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Mysterious U.S. Swine Flu Probe Widens as Mexico Finds Swine Flu *updated*

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posted on Jun, 28 2009 @ 06:42 PM
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Swine flu hits Russian figure-skating team in Japan
Updated at: 1200 PST, Sunday, June 28, 2009
TOKYO: Three Russian figure skaters and staff tested positive for swine flu in Japan, where they were taking part in an ice show, a local municipality said Sunday.

A woman in her 20s and another woman her 30s from Moscow, as well as a man in his 30s who came to Japan from New York, tested positive for the A(H1N1) virus, which causes swine flu, said the Kanazawa city government.

The three Russian nationals, who arrived in Japan Wednesday and were not identified by name, came to Kanazawa to take part in "Ice Jewelry 2009" on Saturday and Sunday. They were receiving treatment at their hotel, the city said.

Eight others who came in close contact with the three infected individuals were asked to stay in their hotel rooms, the city said in a statement.

Japan has already seen more than 1,000 cases of swine flu since the first case was detected in early May.




posted on Jun, 28 2009 @ 06:57 PM
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Posted Sun Jun 28, 2009 2:42pm AEST
Updated Sun Jun 28, 2009 7:11pm AEST
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Two nurses in SA and a prisoner in NSW have been confirmed as having swine flu. (ABC News: file photo)

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Two nurses in South Australia and a prisoner in New South Wales have been confirmed as having swine flu.

SA Health says two nurses at Adelaide hospitals have tested positive for the swine flu virus.

One nurse works at the Royal Adelaide and the second works at Lyell McEwin.

A total of seven patients who came into contact with the nurses have been given Tamiflu, but SA Health says they are not seriously ill.

The state's chief medical officer, Professor Paddy Phillips, says the virus is spreading among the community as expected.

"Clearly there's going to be more staff members, healthcare workers as well as policemen, firemen, office workers, all types of workers will be coming down with this bug," he said.

"Our aim is to protect those who are vulnerable and whose immune systems are suppressed by illness or medications."

The New South Wales prisoner is the second to have tested positive to swine flu in the state's prison system.

A Corrective Services Department spokeswoman says the 35-year-old male inmate was jailed a week ago and is now in isolation after contracting the H1N1 virus.

She will not identify the prison concerned but says the infection is not related to another positive test at Silverwater Jail in Sydney's west.

A female inmate tested positive on Friday and is also in isolation. It is thought she contracted the virus from a visitor.

The South Australian branch of the Australian Nursing Federation says the spread of swine flu to the state's medical workers is deeply concerning, but not surprising.

ANF state secretary Elizabeth Dabars says nurses diagnosed with swine flu should be offered extra entitlements from the state's health department.

"It's not very encouraging to a nurse or a midwife to be encouraged or otherwise required to attend for work, at the risk of exposure during the course of caring for the community, just to be told that they won't be supported in the event that they contract that virus," she said



posted on Jun, 28 2009 @ 07:03 PM
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A newly built vaccine plant is set to make available 7.5 million doses of a vaccine against the influenza A(H1N1) virus, better known as swine flu, before Oct. 10 this year, the chairman of the biopharmaceutical firm Adimmune Corp. said yesterday.

Specialists at Adimmune Corp.'s vaccine processing plant in Tanzih township, central Taiwan are currently experimenting with a virus strain that was provided by four World Health Organization (WHO)-authorized labs in Australia, Britain and the United States, Steve Chan told the CNA in an exclusive interview.

Adimmune, the only human vaccine manufacturer in Taiwan, is scheduled to complete the experimental process and decide on a vaccine strain for mass domestic production by the end of August, said Chan. This would pave the way for animal and human trials of the A(H1N1) vaccine in September, he added.

Chan, who served as Taiwan's health minister between 1997 and 2000, said the human clinical trials are scheduled to be completed by the end of September, giving the vaccine producer enough time to begin mass producing the A(H1N1) vaccine around Double Ten National Day on Oct. 10.

If all goes according to plan, Taiwan will become the 12th country in the world capable of producing A(H1N1) vaccines, he said.

Adimmune's Tanzih plant, in working toward this goal, will advance its original launch schedule by 18 months, as it had planned to begin mass production of vaccines against normal influenza in 2011 for export, he added.



posted on Jun, 28 2009 @ 07:05 PM
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SEREMBAN, June 28 (Bernama) -- Sekolah Tinggi Chung Hwa will be closed one week starting tomorrow after a girl student was confirmed positive with swine flu (H1N1).

Principal Sua Sin Zang said the girl was believed to have been infected with the virus by her 22 year-old brother who returned home for a semester break from a university in Australia on Monday.

"The victim, a Form Three student and her brother are now under quarantine at Tuanku Ja'afar Hospital, Seremban for treatment."

He said the student who had fever and flu on Friday was treated at the hospital and confirmed to have been infected with the virus today.

The Health Department had directed that the victim's 46 classmates and 14 teachers to be quarantined at home for one week.

"We have discussed this with the Health Department and feel that the school's closure will ensure the safety of students and staff."

Sua said the school's management also ordered students putting at hostels to return home.

The school has 1,650 students and 80 teachers.

-- BERNAMA



posted on Jun, 28 2009 @ 07:39 PM
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It has been reportedly announced by the Mnistry of Public Health in Thailand that two patients who had been hospitalized because of the H1N1 virus have died. The Ministry on their end have also requested the public to not panic over the matter as such situations could easily escalate in to bigger issues if the public do not maintain their calm.

It was confirmed by the Director of the Medical Council of Thailand that there had indeed been two deaths in the country linked to the H1N1 virus. The first death occured on 20th June with the victim being a 40 year old woman while the second case was that of a man who too was 40 years in age and this one happened just a day ago. A press conference is expected to happen soon to clear the situation.



posted on Jun, 28 2009 @ 07:45 PM
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The Thai Health Ministry has confirmed 80 new cases of swine flu, most of them school age who contracted the virus in the capital Bangkok.

Dr Prat Boonyavongvirot, the Publich Health Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, says 68 of the cases were Thai primary and high school students and the rest were people who had been in contact with the students.

Prat said on Sunday none are in serious condition.

Prat also says authorities are not recommending that schools be closed, despite the virus’s spread among students.

The Public Health Ministry says 1,289 people in Thailand have contracted swine flu as of Sunday. Two people have died.



posted on Jun, 28 2009 @ 08:10 PM
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Four fresh swine flu cases found in India, total 93sify.com...



posted on Jun, 29 2009 @ 12:25 AM
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3rd Death in Thailand


A naval conscript succumbed to the type-A (H1N1) influenza infection Monday morning, raising to three the number of the flu fatalities, the director-general of the Medical Department said.

Doctor Rewat Wisarutwej, the director-general of the Medical Department, also reported 41 new cases of type-A (H1N1) influenza, raising the accumulated number of the cases in Thailand to 1,330.


www.nationmultimedia.com...(H1N1)-flu-total-cases-r



posted on Jun, 29 2009 @ 12:41 AM
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The lungs “burn up” in hours-Report from Argentina


non-english – The lungs “burn up” in hours. There are an unusual number of patients in grave condition.

“We are seeing young patients, between the ages of 15 and 50 years old, with pneumonia that evolves quickly to a severe condition in which the lungs ‘burn up’ in a matter of hours”, said Dr. Jorge San Juan, head of the Department of Intensive Therapy of the Muñiz hospital.

The characteristics of the disease in these patients has resulted in more aggressive treatment. As the NATION reported yesterday, the doctors received a directive from the Ministry of Health to determine quickly whether patients with fever and fatigue symptoms have pneumonia using X-RAYs of the thorax.

“Today, we know that the virus is widely circulating and quick action by the physician is necessary to prevent patient’s symptoms from becoming severe. It is no longer necessary to perform laboratory tests to determine if the patient is infected with the new H1N1 before beginning treatment”, said Dr. Vilma Savy, Chief of the Respiratory Virus Service of the Institute of Malbrán.

The nature of attack of this flu virus on young people was confirmed by LA NACION by a forensic doctor within the past few hours as a result of autopsies on two people who died of flu A.

“The viscera, menniges, and brain of the bodies were inflamed, a result which is rarely seen with common flu. Additionally, the lungs are in very bad condition, with spots which we have not been able to identify. We have sent them for further study of their pathology”, said the pathologist. He asked that his name not be revealed until the public health authorities were ready to release the results.

The changes in treatment strategy for patients who arrive with advanced symptoms of influenza will be more aggressive and rapid. “The treatment strategy will evolve in an attempt to avoid pneumonia and deaths”, suggested Dr. San Juan, Coordinator of the Emergency Epidemiological Committee of the Buenos Aires Ministry of Health.

For serious pneumonia, Dr. San Juan explained, the patients will not only receive antibiotics, but also antivirals and mechanical ventilation without delay, “Although standard procedure is to wait 24 hours to see how the disease evolves, we suggest not to wait if the patient is unstable, but rather, to quickly begin intubation if needed,” said Dr. San Juan.

Starting next week, the province of Buenos Aires will use quick influenza A tests that give results in only 15 minutes. The final confirmation will be determined by the Malbrán Institute. The public health authorities of Buenos Aires indicated that the new test will be sufficient to begin treatment.


www.lanacion.com.ar...



posted on Jun, 29 2009 @ 12:45 AM
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Two more swine flu deaths in Victoria, AU


June 29, 2009 - 2:20PM
Two more Victorians with swine flu have died, bringing the national death toll to six.

The men aged 50 and 85 both had pre-exisiting medical conditions, Victoria's acting Chief Health Officer Rosemary Lester said.

"The 50-year-old was being treated for a life-threatening cancer and was later diagnosed with H1N1 Influenza 09. He died while receiving treatment in hospital," she said.

"The 85-year-old man also had a range of underlying medical conditions and was being treated in hospital. These pre-existing conditions made him more susceptible to any influenza-like illnesses.

"We extend our sincere condolences to both families."

The men's families asked that no further details of their medical histories be released.

Dr Lester again stressed that swine flu was in general a mild illness.

Five Victorians diagnosed with the H1N1 virus have died and one Western Australian woman.


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posted on Jun, 29 2009 @ 05:51 AM
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Welsh hospitals put on alert for more cases of swine fluwww.walesonline.co.uk...



posted on Jun, 29 2009 @ 05:55 AM
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The University of Queensland (UQ) says it has made the first Australian batch of a new swine flu vaccine but it will only be available for research purposes.www.abc.net.au...



posted on Jun, 29 2009 @ 05:57 AM
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Second Swine Flu Death in Erie County, One More Buffalo Student Hospitalizedwww.wkbw.com...



posted on Jun, 29 2009 @ 09:46 AM
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Girl, nine, dies from swine flu


A nine-year-old girl has died at Birmingham Children's Hospital after contracting swine flu.

The hospital said the girl, who had other underlying health problems, had died in the past few days.

It is the third confirmed death from swine flu in the UK. The other two cases were in Scotland.

The Health Protection Agency confirmed 588 new cases of swine flu in the West Midlands region on Monday, taking the total number of cases to 2,104.

The total number of UK confirmed cases is 5,937.

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posted on Jun, 29 2009 @ 09:51 AM
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Hospitals Verging on Collapse in Argentina


Meanwhile, health organizations said that the number of people infected in the country "is substantially greater" than the official toll and that hospitals are "verging on collapse"

The above comments on the state of health care health care in Argentina in general and Buenos Aires in particular due to the exploding number of pandemic H1N1 infections are widely reported. The number of confirmed fatal cases has risen to 29, in the past several days, including two reported today in Rosario, and reports suggest at least 15 additional fatalities are suspect cases. The Buenos Aires website localized 15 fatalities, as well as 180 confirmed cases and over 500 suspect cases (see map), but these cases represent a small percentage of the actual infections. The state numbers identify almost 1400 confirmed cases, including 25 fatalities in the metropolitan area. Similarly, in the adjacent Santa Fe province the number of confirmed is 34, although private labs have confirmed 40 additional cases. However, these are not included because they have not yet been officially confirmed. Moreover, 200 suspect samples have been collected from patiewnts in Rosario (see map) and sent for testing and media reorts suggest there are over 800 cases in Santa Fe province. Similarly, Brazil announced its first confirmed fatality today, who was a truck driver who developed symptoms while in Argentina.

Thus, the state numbers are depressed by a sample backlog at the state for testing suspect cases or confirming positives identified at private labs. Moreover export of cases signal significant under-reporting.
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posted on Jun, 29 2009 @ 10:08 AM
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Danish health officials confirm one case of H1N1 swine flu which is resistance to Tamiflu, first known case.

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29. June 2009 - Resistance of pandemic influenza A H1N1v detected in Denmark June 2009 - Resistance of pandemic influenza A H1N1v detected in Denmark

The first case of resistance to oseltamivir (Tamiflu ®) in the pandemic influenza A H1N1v found in Denmark. The first case of resistance to oseltamivir (Tamiflu ®) in the pandemic influenza A H1N1v found in Denmark. This is the first identified cases worldwide. This is the first identified cases worldwide.

It is well known and expected that influenza virus can mutate spontaneously. It is well known and expected that influenza virus can mutate spontaneously. Resistance has not changed the virus' ability to infect or cause disease, the assessment is that they are a relatively mild flu. Resistance has not changed the virus' ability to infect or cause disease, the assessment is that they are a relatively mild flu.

The person is now healthy, and there is no further evidence of infection with resistant virus. The person is now healthy, and there is no further evidence of infection with resistant virus. The infection was in preventative treatment with oseltamivir (Tamiflu ®) because of close contact with a case that was infected abroad. The infection was in preventative treatment with oseltamivir (Tamiflu ®) because of close contact with a case that was infected abroad. Yet he had flu symptoms. Yet he had flu symptoms. A test showed that the person was infected with influenza A H1N1v. A test showed that the person was infected with influenza A H1N1v. Further studies at Statens Serum Institut has now shown that the virus has mutated. Further studies at Statens Serum Institut has now shown that the virus has mutated. It is resistant to the antiviral agent oseltamivir (Tamiflu ®), while zanamivir (Relenza ®) can continue to be used for treatment. It is resistant to the antiviral agent oseltamivir (Tamiflu ®), while zanamivir (Relenza ®) can continue to be used for treatment.

World Health Organization Calls on the basis of the Danish case for increased attention to the possibility of development of resistance in the pandemic influenza A H1N1v. World Health Organization Calls on the basis of the Danish case for increased attention to the possibility of development of resistance in the pandemic influenza A H1N1v.

A similar development of resistance to oseltamivir (Tamiflu ®) is also seen in the winter influenza A H1N1, which has circulated the past two winter seasons. A similar development of resistance to oseltamivir (Tamiflu ®) is also seen in the winter influenza A H1N1, which has circulated the past two winter seasons.

Each fund in Denmark is mentioned not unexpected. Each fund in Australia is mentioned not unexpected. It does not constitute a risk to public health and does not need to change the recommendations for the use of oseltamivir (Tamiflu ®). It does not constitute a risk to public health and does not need to change the recommendations for the use of oseltamivir (Tamiflu ®).

In Denmark the situation continues to be followed closely with monitoring of disease incidence and investigation of all isolated influenza A H1N1v. In Denmark the situation continues to follow closely in the monitoring of disease incidence and investigation of all isolated influenza A H1N1v.


[edit on 29-6-2009 by JBA2848]



posted on Jun, 29 2009 @ 12:50 PM
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First Clark County Resident Dies of H1N1


A 33-year-old man with no underlying health conditions has become the first H1N1 or swine flu death in Clark County.

The man who had been hospitalized since June 15, died in Sunday, June 28.

"It is with sadness that we report another death related to the novel H1N1 virus. Unfortunately, it is not unexpected that we would see patients with severe illness and additional deaths related to this influenza strain," said Dr. Lawrence Sands, chief health officer.

There was another death on June 12 but that involved a 70-year-old woman from New York who was visiting Las Vegas.

There are currently 80 confirmed cases of H1N1 in Clark County with most people experiencing mild symptoms.
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posted on Jun, 29 2009 @ 01:01 PM
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Argentine health minister resigns in frustration


Jun 29th, 2009 | BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Argentina's health minister has resigned despite the growing swine flu epidemic, reportedly after failing to persuade the government to declare a health emergency.

Graciela Ocana also failed to persuade President Cristina Fernandez to declare an emergency over the spread of dengue fever this year, and lost battles with unions for control of social funds.

The two diseases have exposed shortcomings in Argentina's public health system. Twenty-six people have died from swine flu, the most in South America.

The president's cabinet chief refused to explain why the minister quit Monday. But La Nacion newspaper reports that she was frustrated by a lack of support from Fernandez and waited until after Sunday's elections to quit to avoid disrupting the campaigns.
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posted on Jun, 29 2009 @ 01:10 PM
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Two More People in San Diego County Die of Swine Flu


SAN DIEGO - Two more San Diego-area residents -- a 49-year-old woman and a 75-year-old man -- have died of complications related to the H1N1 influenza virus, the county Health and Human Services Agency reports.

Dr. Wilma Wooten, San Diego County's public health officer, has scheduled an afternoon news conference to provide more details.
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posted on Jun, 29 2009 @ 01:49 PM
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More on tamiflu-resistant case:


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ZURICH (Dow Jones)--Roche Holding AG (ROG.VX) said Monday that a patient in Denmark developed resistance to Tamiflu, but that the drug is still effective in the circulating H1N1 swine flu virus, which is causing the first flu pandemic of the 21st century.

"Such a development had to be expected, and is no surprise from a scientific point of view," David Reddy, Roche's Pandemic Taskforce leader told journalists on a conference call.

The Danish patient, who has since recovered, was taking the drug as a prevention to avoid the contraction of swine flu, Reddy said. He was probably already ...



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