It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
MEXICO CITY, June 26 (Xinhua) -- Four more deaths from A/H1N1 flu and 255 new cases were confirmed in Latin America on Friday.
The Chilean health authorities confirmed four new H1N1 flu-related deaths, bringing the country's death toll to 12. Chile has so far confirmed 5,186 cases of the novel flu.
Brazil's Health Ministry confirmed 70 new cases of A/H1N1 flu in the country, raising the total number of the infected to 522.
Costa Rican Health Minister Maria Luisa Avila reported one new case, bringing the total to 210 in her country.
Venezuelan Collective Health Networks Vice Minister Nancy Perez reported eight new cases, raising the total to 180 in the country.
In Peru, the Health Ministry reported 145 new cases since Monday, increasing the total to 360 in that country with 305 cases from the capital city of Lima.
Cuba reported 31 new cases this week, 15 of which were infected by direct contact with the patients. The confirmed cases totaled 46 in the country.
Originally posted by burntheships
Karl Denninger has this to say today...
Heh, since I got a "tinfoil" mention over at another blog for my coverage of the bearer-bond saga (along with a clearly-twisted line of garbage as their "explanation") I thought I'd stoke the fire a bit more with this story:
In its current issue, HSL reports rumors that "Some U.S. embassies worldwide are being advised to purchase massive amounts of local currencies; enough to last them a year. Some embassies are being sent enormous amounts of U.S. cash to purchase currencies from those governments, quietly. But not pound sterling. Inside the State Dept., there is a sense of sadness and foreboding that 'something' is about to happen ... within 180 days, but could be 120-150 days."
.....HSL's suspicion: "Another FDR-style 'bank holiday' of indefinite length, perhaps soon, to let the insiders sort out the bank mess, which (despite their rosy propaganda campaign) is getting more out of their control every day. Insiders want to impose new bank rules. Widespread nationalization could result, already underway. It could also lead to a formal U.S. dollar devaluation, as FDR did by revaluing gold (and then confiscating it)." .....
.....CDC is now estimating that the novel H1N1 virus will be “Category 2” in severity. They are closely watching the situation in the Southern Hemisphere for validation of this estimate.....
......And by the way, if the attack rate is between 20 and 40% the death rate, if the "serious complication" rate looks anything like it has thus far, will end up closer to that upper boundary.
Why? Lack of ability to treat, and that's in the US. In other parts of the world, especially out of the "first world" western nations, the death rate will be insanely high.
Here's the problem: If you need a ventilator you're in deep trouble and there's a decent chance you'll be leaving the hospital in a pine box. But if you need one and there is none available, you are almost certainly going to leave the hospital in a pine box!....
..... But if we have 2 million people showing up at hospitals within a few weeks and a significant percentage need supportive respiratory therapy, all pretty much at the same time, a huge percentage of those people are not going to get it, as the equipment simply does not exist, and they will die.
If this flu bug turns into that sort of event nations will go on "lockdown" almost immediately in a last-ditch defensive attempt to control contagion. It will help but not fix it (there is no fix) but in that situation having local currency will be critical to be able to have basic needs delivered to you - like for instance food!
By the way should that sort of event occur you can say goodbye to any idea of "green shoots". The economic damage of such an event will be tremendous.
Let's hope we avoid it; pay attention to that part of the world where its winter now for some sort of indication as to what we're in for here in the northern hemisphere's "western world" developed economies in six months or so.
So please pay attention to the following.
I have heard rumors for some time, but today it was confirmed to me, that the Canadian mint’s present problems are not unique and that other depositories (vaults) have had an army of auditors descend on them in the last two weeks. Some of these depositories have names so famous that it would scare the hell out of you. The repercussions would be drastic if they turn out to be troubled.
Why take the risk?
I suggest to you now that you take delivery of all gold held in vaults and depositories on your behalf, but this time even from the most prestigious.
A middle-aged man who died earlier this week is the second person in San Mateo County to succumb to complications from the swine flu virus, a health spokeswoman said Friday.
The man was obese and had a lung condition that likely was a factor in his death, Health System spokeswoman Doris Estremera said.
Though the man died Monday, county health officials did not receive confirmation until Wednesday that he tested positive for the H1N1 strain of the influenza virus, Estremera said.
Chief Health Officer Scott Morrow announced Monday the county's first swine flu-related death — a middle-aged woman who had underlying heart and lung conditions and succumbed within the previous three weeks.
"This individual could easily have died if she just got seasonal flu," Morrow said.
The county will send DNA samples from the woman to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for further testing, he said.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - A young Buffalo girl, just shy of her 10th birthday, has lost her life to the Swine Flu.
News 4 received news of her death late Saturday afternoon.
This is the second child to die from the virus in a week.
9-year-old Maya Harden died just after 9:30 Saturday morning at Women and Children's Hospital.
She'd been on life support for 11 days, and had contracted pneumonia and MRSA. She would have been ten on July 18th.
Influenza A: 27 confirmed deaths
40-year-old woman from Mar del Plata district, in Buenos Aires province, died of Influenza A and became the 27th victim of this lethal illness. Malbrán Institute is still waiting for 250 sample results.
The woman had been hospitalized a week ago at Mar del Plata's Regional Hospital. The head of the Health Zone VIII, Gustavo Rodriguez, said that the "H1N1 virus flu situation in Mar del Plata is getting worse."
"The Acute Hospital created a crisis committee and organized a special emergency room for the Influenza A cases," said Rodriguez.
Alejandro Ferro, Health secretary from General Pueyrredón district, said "the woman who died was not in good health, she had a previous illness. The previous studies the victim had showed she had a general infection"
Ferro reported that "most of the lethal cases are from people that have a related illness" and confirmed that "currently there are 27 H1N1 cases in Mar del Plata and almost 250 samples are still being tested by the Malbrán Institute."
Mar del Plata is considered a risk zone because it is an area in which "the virus spread easily and with its own characteristics," Ferro said, "people shouldn't panic."
A pensioner has become only the second patient in Europe to die from swine flu - just weeks after the death of a young mother in the same hospital.
The 73-year-old man from the Greenock in Scotland succumbed to the H1N1 strain of the virus last night.
He passed away quietly in the intensive care unit of Paisley's Royal Alexandra Hospital.
Earlier this month, Jacqueline Fleming, 38, a mother of three from Glasgow, was the first victim of the flu pandemic outwith the Americas.
Jun 26, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently provided a shield against damage claims related to the use of the antiviral drugs oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and zanamivir (Relenza) in the current H1N1 influenza pandemic.
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius signed a notice extending liability protection under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Act. It was published in the Federal Register on Jun 19.
The PREP Act allows the HHS secretary to provide liability protection related to the use of various medical measures against diseases that HHS determines to be health emergencies. Protections are already in place for the two antivirals when used against H5N1 influenza and for vaccines for H5N1 and other potential pandemic flu strains, among other drugs and vaccines.
Liability protection is provided to groups and individuals involved in the development, manufacture, testing, distribution, administration, and use of medical countermeasures, according to HHS.
Gretchen Michael, an HHS spokeswoman in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, described the antiviral-related move as routine. "This just sort of adapted the previous PREP Act documents for H1N1," she said.
Michael said the impulse for PREP Act liability protections has come primarily from the manufacturers of the relevant products. She said the oseltamivir protection measure was not related to the reports, mainly from Japan, of abnormal behavior in some adolescents who were given the drug.
Federal Register notice about liability protection for oseltamivir and zanamivir
HHS PREP Act page with links to liability protection declarations
REGINA — Saskatchewan reported its first death linked to the H1N1 swine flu virus Sunday.
The woman, in her forties, also had serious underlying health conditions, according to a Saskatchewan Health media release.
"This is very sad news, and our sympathies go out to the family," said Saskatchewan Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Moira McKinnon. "Influenza can be a very serious disease, particularly for people who have other health issues."
Swine flu has infected more than 6,700 Canadians in every province and territory, and has been linked to 21 deaths in this country.
SAO PAULO, June 28 (Reuters) - Brazil had its first death from the H1N1 influenza, or swine flu, on Sunday, after a 50-year-old man succumbed to the virus which he picked up in Argentina, the health ministry said in a statement.
He first showed symptoms on June 15 while on a trip to Argentina, which has had several deaths due to the flu. After returning to Brazil on June 19, he was admitted to a hospital the following day where he was confirmed to have the H1N1 virus.
The ministry has in recent days warned Brazilians against traveling in Argentina and Chile.
It also said the total confirmed cases of the deadly flu had reached 627 in Brazil.
Officials expect further deaths as the virus spreads during the coming winter months, which began a week ago in Brazil.
A former Kenosha high school baseball star who died Saturday reportedly had suffered flu- or pneumonia-like symptoms and had been given antibiotics by a doctor.
Sam Schissel became unresponsive at his family's home in Somers and was taken by ambulance to Kenosha Medical Center, the Kenosha County Sheriff's Department said Sunday.
Schissel's mother said a doctor had given her son antibiotics, a hospital spokeswoman said. The treatment was given a day or perhaps a couple of days before Schissel's death, the spokeswoman said.
Schissel would have turned 19 Sunday, the spokeswoman said.
Schissel was a first-team all-state pitcher last year as a senior at Kenosha Bradford High School. He was the winning pitcher when Bradford won the state high school championship game.
Schissel won a scholarship to play baseball at the University of Minnesota, but transferred to Carthage College in Kenosha during his freshman year.
An autopsy will be performed Monday, Kenosha County Medical Examiner Mark Witeck said.