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

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posted on Jul, 2 2009 @ 02:33 PM
WHO lvl6, Swine Flu and whats coming this fall--video w/link
transcript below:
Most Flu-Like Illness Not True Influenza
What a lot of people don’t know is that true type A or type B influenza only causes about 20 percent of all flu-like symptoms that people experience during any given flu season6. 80 percent of all flu-like illness in a normal flu season is NOT caused by the type A and B strains of influenza contained in annual flu shots. And vaccine acquired immunity is temporary, while immunity gained after recovering from influenza is longer lasting7,8.

1968 Flu Pandemic Killed 34,000 Americans

The new type A H1N1 influenza virus public health doctors say is making people sick around the world is an unusual combination of human, bird and pig viruses9. Nobody seems to know exactly how this new virus was created and why it suddenly emerged from Mexico in mid-April - or if it will behave like past pandemic influenza viruses that caused 68,000 American deaths in 1957 and killed 34,000 Americans in 196810. (The CDC states that 36,000 Americans die from influenza complications annually, with most of those deaths occurring in the elderly and those in poor health). Influenza pandemics usually start with mild symptoms and progress to more severe symptoms before populations acquire immunity to the virus and it dies out.

Older Americans May Have Antibodies Against Swine Flu

The good news about the new swine flu going around is that there are signs those of us born before 1957, may be naturally protected and at LOWER risk of being infected11,12. Why? Because we recovered from influenza caused by similar influenza strains that circulated in past decades and have long lasting antibodies that help us resist infection. So the aging baby boomers have something to be happy about.

Vaccinated Children Don’t Have Natural Antibodies

But will health officials allow our children and grandchildren to get those same kind of natural protective antibodies to type A and B influenza, including this new swine flu? It doesn’t look like it. First, doctors in America have been insisting for the past few years that every child from six months old to age 18 must get an annual flu shot13. Second, there are now calls by U.S. health officials to give American children the first doses of experimental swine flu vaccines in the school setting14.

WHO Declares Phase 6 Alert; Public Health Doctors Exercise EUA

This is because the response by doctors at the World Health Organization, who immediately went into high gear within days of identifying the new swine flu virus emerging out of Mexico, was to declare a public health emergency. Now, they have increased the pandemic flu fear alert to Phase 615, which is the equivalent of the U.S. Homeland Security’s Code Red warning of an imminent terrorist attack16. Doctors at the Centers for Disease Control, who followed the lead of the World Health Organization, have done the same and are exercising unprecedented power that Congress handed over to them after 9-11.

Fast Tracking of Experimental Vaccines With Novel Adjuvants

Whenever the CDC declares a public health emergency, that declaration allows the Food and Drug Administration to permit emergency use authorization for drug companies to fast track creation of experimental drugs and vaccines that do not have to be tested as thoroughly as vaccines that go through the normal FDA licensing process17. In this case, Congress responded to the public health emergency declaration by giving a group of drug companies one billion dollars18 to fast track experimental swine flu vaccines that may include whole live19, killed or genetically engineered human and animal influenza viruses, chemicals, and potentially reactive oil based adjuvants that manipulate the immune system to boost the vaccine’s potency20,21,22.

States Enact Stronger Quarantine & No Free Assembly Laws

In some states, like Massachusetts, public health doctors have persuaded legislators to quickly pass pandemic influenza legislation that will allow state officials to enter the homes and businesses without the approval of occupants; to investigate and quarantine individuals without their consent; to require licensed health care providers to give citizens vaccines and to ban the free assembly of citizens in the state23,24.

What Can You Do?

What does this declaration of a public health emergency in the U.S. mean for you and your family? It means that, right now, you need to become educated about vaccination, influenza, vaccine risks, and the public health laws in your state. You need to find out what your rights and options are under new public health laws that may require you and your children to get vaccinated or be quarantined25.

Take Action Now

Go to and learn more. Register now to attend the Fourth International Public Conference on Vaccination Oct. 2-4, 2009 in Washington, D.C. and help organize in your state to protect your right to informed consent to vaccination. Call and write the state legislators you elected to make public health laws that govern you and your family. Make your voice heard.

Homeland Security, Department of Defense & CDC

As Department of Homeland Security officials are declaring that any disease outbreak is a matter of homeland security26,27; as Department of Defense officials are defining public demonstrations as “low level terrorism;”28 as CDC officials make plans to re-route airplanes to designated airports with quarantine centers to screen all passengers for signs of swine flu29; and as fast tracked experimental pandemic flu vaccines are being created to be given to American children first, it is time for all of us – whether we are public health officials addressing what we believe is a true public health emergency or whether we are ordinary citizens simply trying to protect our health and the health of our children - to act in rational and responsible ways.

Protect Health Choices

Every pharmaceutical drug, including vaccines, carries a risk and those risks are greater for some than others. In this time of fear, we cannot let that fear take away our freedom to make voluntary health choices, including vaccine choices, so we have the power to make sure that the cure is not more dangerous than the disease.

[edit on 2-7-2009 by sonjah1]

posted on Jul, 2 2009 @ 02:37 PM

Table. U.S. Human Cases of H1N1 Flu Infection
Web page updated July 2, 2009,
2:30 PM ET (due to the July 3, 2009 Federal Holiday)
(Normally updated each Friday at 11 AM ET)
Data reported to CDC by July 2, 2009, 11:00 AM ET. States and Territories* Confirmed and Probable Cases Deaths
Alabama 330 cases 0 deaths
Alaska 60 cases 0 deaths
Arkansas 42 cases 0 deaths
Arizona 761 cases 10 deaths
California 1985 cases 21 deaths
Colorado 136 cases 0 deaths
Connecticut 1247 cases 6 deaths
Delaware 316 cases 0 deaths
Florida 1302 cases 5 death
Georgia 118 cases 0 deaths
Hawaii 616 cases 0 deaths
Idaho 92 cases 0 deaths
Illinois 3166 cases 13 deaths
Indiana 267 cases 0 deaths
Iowa 92 cases 0 deaths
Kansas 117 cases 0 deaths
Kentucky 130 cases 0 deaths
Louisiana 183 cases 0 deaths
Maine 82 cases 0 deaths
Maryland 591 cases 1 death
Massachusetts 1308 cases 3 deaths
Michigan 484 cases 7 deaths
Minnesota 576 1 death
Mississippi 161 cases 0 deaths
Missouri 65 cases 1 death
Montana 67 cases 0 deaths
Nebraska 111 cases 0 deaths
Nevada 301 cases 0 deaths
New Hampshire 224 cases 0 deaths
New Jersey 1159 cases 9 deaths
New Mexico 232 cases 0 deaths
New York 2499 cases 44 deaths
North Carolina 255 cases 2 deaths
North Dakota 57 cases 0 deaths
Ohio 120 cases 1 death
Oklahoma 128 cases 1 death
Oregon 366 cases 4
Pennsylvania 1748 cases 4 deaths
Rhode Island 158 cases 1 death
South Carolina 160 cases 0 deaths
South Dakota 29 cases 0 deaths
Tennessee 174 cases 0 deaths
Texas 3991 cases 17 deaths
Utah 920 cases 10 deaths
Vermont 49 cases 0 deaths
Virginia 191 cases 1 death
Washington 588 cases 4 deaths
Washington, D.C. 33 cases 0 deaths
West Virginia 154 cases 0 deaths
Wisconsin 5861 cases 4 death
Wyoming 81 cases 0 deaths
Puerto Rico 18 cases 0 deaths
Virgin Islands 1 case 0 deaths
TOTAL (53)* 33,902 cases 170 deaths

Florida 1302 cases 5 death ?

[edit on 2-7-2009 by JBA2848]

posted on Jul, 2 2009 @ 03:09 PM
Transmission studies suggest H1N1 is here to stay

TORONTO — H1N1 viruses are missing at least two key features seen in all flu viruses present and past that transmit well among people and yet the viruses are spreading quite efficiently, two new studies suggest.

The research groups which produced the work differ slightly in their views of the degree to which the novel H1N1 virus is spreading, with one finding transmission isn't yet as efficient as with human flu viruses while the other finding transmission rates are in lockstep with those of seasonal flu cousins.

There is no disputing the evidence, though -- the virus is spreading around the globe, claiming at least 332 lives so far. And it is doing this without all the tools scientists would expect a flu virus to need to become a successful human pathogen.

"The take-home message is that a virus that does not have some of the features that we have previously recognized as hallmarks of adaptation of flu in humans was able to establish itself in humans and cause disease," said Dr. Daniel Perez, an influenza virologist with the University of Maryland.

"Regardless of what the virus might do, I believe it is here to stay either as a whole virus or with some of its gene. It may be able to outcompete and-or co-circulate with seasonal flu strains."

Perez was not involved in the studies, both of which will be published Friday in the journal Science. He is, however, familiar with the work; his lab has completed a similar study.

The transmission studies were done by research groups at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control with colleagues from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and at Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Both groups tested spread in ferrets, which are considered an excellent model for flu infection in humans.

The CDC's work suggests the virus isn't yet completely adapted to spread among humans. When healthy ferrets were housed in cages adjacent to and sharing feeding dishes with experimentally infected animals, only two-thirds of the healthy animals became infected in the CDC research.

By contrast, the group in the Netherlands found all healthy ferrets caught the new virus when housed next to animals infected with the virus. Perez's work also saw this 100 per cent transmission rate.

In both the CDC and Erasmus studies, ferrets that were infected with human flu viruses transmitted infection to all their healthy neighbours.

Dr. Terrence Tumpey, senior author of the CDC study, said variation in the air flow setups between the CDC's ferret cages and those used in the other studies may explain the differing findings.

But based on what they saw, his team believes this virus may still be getting used to its new human host.

A key piece of evidence supporting their conclusion relates to the virus's ability to infect cells in the human respiratory tract. The CDC-MIT scientists showed the novel H1N1 virus's hemagglutinin -- the surface protein that locks onto a cell it is about to invade -- currently makes a connection that is weaker or less efficient than that made by regular flu viruses.

That suggests the virus has room for improvement. And if it mutates to bind more efficiently, it would become even more adept at spreading from person to person.

"I mean, it's transmitting. But we think it could potentially transmit even better," Tumpey said from Atlanta.

He suggested with better transmission could come more severe disease -- not just in sheer numbers, but in the proportion of infected people who develop serious illness.

"A lot of cases have been mild. But if it was adapted more towards humans, it could be more severe. More consistently severe," Tumpey said.

His counterpart on the Dutch paper, Dr. Ron Fouchier, shares his concerns.

"I do agree that the virus might still pick up mutations to improve infection and transmission in humans. But in our opinion, it is already good enough to beat the seasonal flu viruses," he said via email.

The CDC scientists also reported that the virus is missing a feature in an internal gene called PB2 that is known to relate to transmissibility.

All seasonal flu viruses and the past three pandemic viruses -- in other words, all flu viruses which have successfully made the jump from other species into humans -- have had this feature. The H1N1 virus does not.

They don't know how the virus achieved transmissibility without this mutation or how likely it is to acquire it. But Tumpey said the mutation is also linked to increased virulence or disease severity and the flu community is watching closely for this change.

Both groups studied tissues from the infected ferrets. They found H1N1 viruses triggered infections that went deep into the lungs of the animals. Human flu strains infect the animals' upper airways.

That ability of the virus to spread to and proliferate deep in the lungs could help explain what doctors caring for severely ill H1N1 patients are seeing: aggressive viral pneumonias that incapacitate the lungs.

"Certainly, the lesions we noted in our ferrets are consistent with the disease in humans," Fouchier said.

"It seems that due to more extensive virus replication, the virus does more damage, and spreads deeper down the airways as compared to seasonal viruses."

Those findings are concerning, suggested Dr. Malik Peiris, a virologist and flu expert at the University of Hong Kong.

Peiris, who was not involved in the studies, said that while the H1N1 virus is not as virulent as H5N1 avian influenza or the virus that caused the 1918 Spanish flu, its ability to infect the lower respiratory tract "is clearly cause for caution in regard to the pathogenic potential of this virus in humans."

Both H5N1 and the Spanish flu virus infect tissues deep in the lungs.

Fouchier said he is concerned the novel H1N1's ability to invade deep lung tissue could lead to more severe disease when the virus is spreading in true winter conditions, which are better suited to spread of flu.

A study in guinea pigs -- also a good animal model for flu -- published a couple of years ago found that at lower temperatures flu viruses replicate more and for longer durations.

If that holds true for humans and for this virus, the severity of H1N1 infections in winter could be greater, Fouchier warned.

[edit on 2-7-2009 by sonjah1]

posted on Jul, 2 2009 @ 03:23 PM
Two more dead of H1N1 swine flu in Miami-Dade; state total is 5

DAVIE - The state health department announced today that two more South Florida residents have died of swine flu, bringing the total number of cases in Florida to five.

The latest deaths were a 31-year-old woman and a 63-year-old man, both in Miami-Dade County.

Further details were not immediately available.

posted on Jul, 2 2009 @ 03:31 PM
Up to 70 prisoners 'may have swine flu'

Up to 70 prisoners at a far-north Queensland prison could have swine flu, authorities say.

A corrective services spokesman said a 34-year-old offender at Lotus Glen Correctional Centre had tested positive to swine flu after displaying flu like symptoms over the weekend.

The man has been isolated, but a further 69 prisoners are exhibiting flu-like symptoms and are being treated with the anti-viral drug Tamiflu.

The prison has been closed to visitors, and prisoners will only be allowed to leave for court appearances after being checked by a nurse.

Meanwhile, Capricornia Correctional Centre, in central Queensland, will return to normal operations after four prisoners there had swine flu.

Movement in and out of the prison was suspended for seven days, but will now resume.

posted on Jul, 2 2009 @ 04:19 PM
Swine flu kills 6th El Paso County, TX resident

EL PASO -- A 46-year-old woman who had swine flu has died, the sixth such case in El Paso County this year, public health officials said today.
They withheld the identity of the woman, who lived on the East Side.

Officials from the city's Department of Public Health said she was hospitalized with an influenza-like illness and was believed to have underlying medical conditions that might have contributed her to her death.

They would not say when she died.

So far this year, El Paso County has recorded 313 confirmed cases of the H1N1 influenza virus.

[edit on 2-7-2009 by sonjah1]

posted on Jul, 2 2009 @ 04:29 PM
Swine flu kills 6th El Paso County resident

EL PASO -- A 46-year-old woman who had swine flu has died, the sixth such case in El Paso County this year, public health officials said today.
They withheld the identity of the woman, who lived on the East Side.

Officials from the city's Department of Public Health said she was hospitalized with an influenza-like illness and was believed to have underlying medical conditions that might have contributed her to her death.

They would not say when she died.

So far this year, El Paso County has recorded 313 confirmed cases of the H1N1 influenza virus.

posted on Jul, 2 2009 @ 04:31 PM
Thailand has 5th H1N1 death

BANGKOK - THAI health officials on Wednesday announced the deaths of two more people afflicted with (A)H1N1 flu, bringing the country's total to five.

Thailand is one of three countries in the Asia-Pacific region which have reported fatalities from swine flu. The others are Australia with seven dead, and the Philippines, with one.

The latest victims were a 47-year-old man in the capital, Bangkok, and a 15-year-old girl in the eastern province of Chonburi, said Mr Paichit Warachit, deputy permanent secretary of Thailand's Public Health Ministry.

He said that both had underlying medical problems - including a kidney infection in the man, and diabetes in the girl - prior to contracting the virus, which further weakened their immune system. It was unclear where they contracted the flu. Thailand has reported 1,473 swine flu cases, with 21 still in the hospital although none are critically ill.


posted on Jul, 2 2009 @ 06:09 PM
CANCUN, Mexico (AP) — Swine flu is running wild in the Southern Hemisphere and is spreading rapidly through Europe, with Britain projected to reach 100,000 daily cases by the end of August. The virus is even showing signs of rebounding in Mexico.

World Health Organization Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan and health ministers from around the globe huddled Thursday in Cancun for a two-day summit to design strategies for battling the pandemic. Nations attending include the United States, Canada, China, Britain and Brazil.

"As we see today, with well over 100 countries reporting cases, once a fully fit pandemic virus emerges, its further international spread is unstoppable," Chan said during opening remarks.

Mexican officials wanted the meeting held in the Caribbean resort city of Cancun — where tourism has plunged — to highlight the country's success in controlling its epidemic with a five-day national shutdown of schools and businesses in May.

The measures were applauded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and international health officials.

"Our presence here is an expression of confidence," Chan said. "Mexico is a safe, as well as a beautiful and warmly gracious, place to visit."

But Mexico is starting to see an increase in swine flu cases in isolated areas. In southern Chiapas state and the state of Yucatan — adjacent to Quintana Roo state, where Cancun is located — cases have more than doubled in a worrying sign that the country may see a resurgence, especially when its winter flu season begins in November.

In the space of a week ending Tuesday, the number of cases in Yucatan state jumped from 683 to 1,362, and in Chiapas from 492 to 1,079, Mexico's Health Department said. During the same week, Quintana Roo reported 102 new cases.

Yucatan and Chiapas officials blamed the spike on outbreaks in schools, which have since closed a few weeks early for summer break. Mexican Health Secretary Jose Angel Cordova said most of those infected were local residents who had recently traveled to northern Mexico.

"Unfortunately we let our guard down, especially after classes started, and the outbreak is unstoppable," Yucatan Health Secretary Alvaro Quijano told local news media.

Mexico has confirmed a total of 10,687 cases to date, including 119 deaths.

With the Southern Hemisphere in the midst of its winter flu season, Chan said officials are keeping a close watch on those countries. U.S. Health Secretary Kathleen Sibelius said the United States will give 420,000 Tamiflu treatments to the Pan American Health Organization to be distributed in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Chile's epidemic has followed closely behind outbreaks in Mexico and the United States. Cases in the South American country have swelled to 7,342, including 15 deaths. The government has predicted it could see as many as 140 children hospitalized a day.

Argentina, meanwhile, has 1,587 cases and with 26 deaths, ranks third behind Mexico and the United States.

Under mounting pressure, the country's new health minister, Juan Luis Manzur, announced more than $250 million in extra anti-flu funding Wednesday and ordered schools suspended for a monthlong winter break. Health experts consulted by Buenos Aires' leading daily newspaper Clarin estimated that 2.5 million, or 20 percent of people in the capital and its suburbs, could catch the virus.

The city government declared a health emergency this week, along with the provinces of Jujuy and Mendoza, but the federal government has yet to do so.

Mirta Roses, head of the Pan American Health Organization, said a team of 25 experts began working with the South American country this week.

Britain, which has officially reported 7,447 swine flu cases, is the hardest-hit nation in Europe. Many flu experts believe numbers could jump exponentially now that the virus is entrenched.

British officials had been trying to contain the flu by liberally giving out the drug Tamiflu to all suspected victims and their contact

posted on Jul, 2 2009 @ 06:12 PM
Britain's health secretary has warned the country could soon face more than 100,000 daily cases of swine flu, while fears linked to the virus soared in Argentina after the death toll nearly doubled.

The warning from British Health Secretary Andy Burnham came as a second case of resistance to the key Tamiflu drug in a swine flu patient emerged in less than a week, with the latest in Japan.

The A(H1N1) virus has also now spread to all 27 countries in the European Union, with Malta reporting its first two cases.

Burnham said 100,000 cases a day could occur in Britain by the end of August if the current rate of infection is maintained. Britain already has Europe's highest number of reported cases.

"Cases are doubling every week, and on this trend we could see over 100,000 cases a day by the end of August, but I stress this is only a projection," Burnham told the House of Commons, the lower parliamentary chamber.

Britain now had nearly 7,500 cases of swine flu, he said, with hundreds of new cases being confirmed every day.

Health officials have said Britain is abandoning a policy of trying to stop the flu spreading and instead focusing on patients most susceptible to it, such as obese people or those suffering from asthma or breathing problems.

All three people who have died in Britain after contracting swine flu had underlying health problems, health officials have said.

The latest numbers from the World Health Organisation, released on Wednesday, showed 77,201 reported swine flu cases worldwide, with 332 deaths.

On Thursday, Japan's health ministry reported resistance to Tamiflu in a patient with swine flu, the second in a week after a previous case in Denmark.

The patient - a woman in Osaka prefecture - was recovering after having been given Relenza, an alternative anti-flu medication, Kyodo news agency reported, citing the Health, Welfare and Labour Ministry.

A spokeswoman for Swiss pharmaceuticals giant Roche, which makes Tamiflu, said the company had been informed of the case and called it "normal", adding that "0.4 per cent of adults develop resistance" to Tamiflu.

This case did not indicate Tamiflu has become less effective against swine flu, she added.

Separately, the US health department said it would provide 420,000 courses of Tamiflu to fight swine flu in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Argentina has surpassed Canada as the country with the most swine flu-linked deaths after the United States and Mexico, and the government there has come under fire for its response to the pandemic.

Swine flu fears in Argentina have been aggravated by the government's refusal to declare a state of emergency even as the death toll has nearly increased from 26 to at least 43.

New Health Minister Juan Manzur avoided precise numbers at his first press conference on Wednesday, finally settling on "between 43 and 44" as the number of deaths.

The virus spread in Argentina at a time when the government and public were distracted by a campaign for mid-term legislative elections held on Sunday.

But fears over flu have increased

posted on Jul, 2 2009 @ 06:40 PM
HONG KONG, July 2 (Xinhua) -- Countries in the Asia-Pacific region kept a close watch on death cases related to the recent A/H1N1 pandemic and stepped up precautions against the disease as the flu case tally in the region was closing on 13,000.

In Australia, Health Minister Nicola Roxon tried to reassure parents of young children that in the majority of cases A/H1N1 flu remains a mild disease, after a three-year-old Victorian boy died a few days ago with the virus.

Roxon told reporters on Thursday that she could not comment on the case because it was being investigated by police and the coroner.

"The death of any child is a tragedy," Roxon said. "I want to assure people that they should not be unduly alarmed."

"This is a serious disease and it can be severe in some people but it is mild overall for most people."

She indicated that for most children A/H1N1 flu was mild and they recovered without any medical intervention.

So far, all 10 people in Australia who have died while having A/H1N1 had an underlying health issue. But Roxon would not comment if the three-year-old boy had other health problems.

On Thursday, the Chinese mainland confirmed one "accidental" death of a confirmed A/H1N1 flu patient.

A 34-year-old woman was found dead at 7:35 a.m. in her ward lavatory at the No. 1 People's Hospital of Xiaoshan District in Hangzhou, capital of east Zhejiang Province, according to local health bureau.

The patient was in a recovery stage as her temperature had been normal for a week. She had occasional coughs, but her other flu symptoms had disappeared.

Local police and health authorities are investigating the cause of her death. It is suspected that electric shock caused her death.

So far in the Chinese mainland, 612 of all confirmed patients have been discharged from hospitals, 296 were being treated in hospitals and six patients were receiving medical care at their homes, the ministry noted.

Nepal came up with new strategic mechanism to contain the virus from spreading after the country confirmed another two cases of influenza A/H1N1 Thursday.

In collaboration with the United Nations children's Fund (UNICEF), the new plan is being adopted to cover media campaign to raise public awareness against the disease.

Recently Nepal is cooperating with United States Agency for International Development (USAID), International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC), UNICEF, Humanitarian Pandemic Preparedness (H2P), Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS), Save the Children Nepal and some local level organization to disseminate information to warn people at community level.

The meeting held between the government and supporting organizations on Thursday concluded to use more television commercials, radio jingles, newspapers and periodicals and printing posters to improve awareness of people.

World Health Organization (WHO) is also assisting Nepal to train manpower to cope with pandemic.

Besides communication, Nepal has strengthened its strategy in dealing with visitors coming from affected nations.

The government has been screening Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in capital Kathmandu since two months ago. Now it intensified its surveillance by moving the health desk that were set up at the immigration office in TIA to the "C" area.

"C" area is the area where passengers first step on after they arrive at airport. The changes has been made fully functioning from Thursday for better monitoring.

Nepal has confirmed five cases of A/H1N1 up to now. The first case of infection in three people was confirmed on June 29 and the patients have recovered.

In New Zealand, the number of influenza A/H1N1 confirmed cases rose to 825 in New Zealand on Thursday, up 114 from 711 on Wednesday, the Ministry of Health said.

About 30 people were now in hospital in the Wellington region, with one in critical condition.

"Testing to identify the exact type of influenza is now being carried out primarily to support the care and treatment of more serious cases or those at risk of more serious illness," said Deputy Director of Public Health Fran McGrath.

McGrath said the reported confirmed case numbers were now only a small proportion of the total number of people with the influenza.

"It is clear that the numbers are increasing rapidly and likely to continue to increase for some months yet. We expect to see many more cases of influenza," she added.

In Cambodia, six people confirmed with A/H1N1 virus in late June have been allowed to go home after receiving treatment, a health official said on Thursday.

"All the six people have good health, and we allow them to go home," said Ly Sovan, deputy director for anti-communicable department of the Health Ministry.

"Our control system is still continuing their work and we are tracking the travelers through airports and border gates regularly," he said, adding that "we still use health declaration forms for all travelers and need their addresses for contacts if we have urgent cases."

Thailand's Public Health Ministry on Thursday announced 83 more patients, who are confirmed to have infected with the A/H1N1 flu virus, bringing the country's total number to 1,556.

Of the total, some 28 patients have remained in hospitals, the website by the Bangkok Post reported.

In a related development, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said the government has given priority to containing the outbreak of A/H1N1 flu.

The Health Ministry is working closely with the World Health Organization and seeking further ways to deal with the outbreak.

People should not panic as the outbreak may also hurt the economy, the prime minister warned.

Thailand's death toll from the deadly new virus has remained at five since June 27.

Hong Kong and Macao SARs confirmed 29 new cases and 8 new cases respectively, bringing the total numbers to 857 and 42.

Sixteen A/H1N1 flu cases have so far been confirmed in Bangladesh as seven more cases were detected in the last two days, a senior official said.

He said the patients are all at home now under appropriate treatment and also under supervision of health officials.

Malaysia reported 48 more A/H1N1 flu cases here on Thursday, bringing up the total number of such cases to 244 in the country.

The Brunei Health Ministry on Wednesday detected 24 more cases of A/H1N1 flu, bringing the total number of the case in the country to 66, according to Brunei newspapers.

Vietnam's Ministry of Health confirmed 35 more A/H1N1 flu cases in the country, bringing the total number of flu patients to 166, local newspaper the Liberty Saigon reported Thursday.

In Singapore, the total number of Influenza A/H1N1 cases rose to 878.

With the increase of local cases, Singapore is taking a more targeted and risk-stratified approach in its management of the disease so that hospitals can focus on care for those who are more ill.

posted on Jul, 2 2009 @ 06:46 PM
NICOSIA, July 2 (Xinhua) -- A total of 70 cases of Influenza A/H1N1 have been detected so far in the Republic of Cyprus, with 12 new cases confirmed in the past 24 hours, the Health Ministry announced on Thursday.

According to the ministry, 151 persons with flu symptoms had laboratory tests, and 70 of them have been diagnosed with A/H1N1 flu.

Meanwhile, health authorities in the breakaway Turkish Cypriot north have confirmed seven cases of the flu.

However, the sunny island's tourism sector has seemingly not been influenced by the increasing number of the flu cases.

Clubs, pubs and restaurants in the southeastern area, where most of the flu cases were detected, remain busy.

Some British tourists, interviewed by daily Cyprus Mail, shrugged off any concerns about the virus, saying the problem was worse back at home.

posted on Jul, 2 2009 @ 07:08 PM
July 2 (Bloomberg) -- Swine flu caused more-severe illness in ferrets than seasonal flu, according to two studies in the journal Science that help explain why the H1N1 virus causes symptoms not seen in regular flu such as nausea and vomiting.

The H1N1 swine flu virus went further into the ferrets’ lungs, and also penetrated the gastrointestinal tract while seasonal flu stayed in the nasal cavity, researchers from the U.S. and the Netherlands found. Ferrets are affected by flu viruses much as humans are, the researchers said.

Swine flu has struck at least 77,201 people in 113 nations worldwide, killing 332, according to laboratory-confirmed reports compiled by the World Health Organization, which has declared the first flu pandemic since 1968. While the virus causes little more than a fever and cough in most people, a previous study showed that about 40 percent of those infected have developed symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting and nausea.

“These data suggest that the 2009 A(H1N1) influenza virus has the ability to persist in the human population, potentially with more severe clinical consequences,” wrote the Dutch study authors, led by Ron Fouchier at the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam.

The two studies were published online today. Both groups found that ferrets infected with swine flu lost more weight than those exposed to seasonal flu, and that the swine flu virus was more widespread in the animals’ bodies.

When they examined the transmissibility of the virus, the two groups found conflicting evidence. Fouchier and colleagues, who used a strain of swine flu taken from the first person infected in the Netherlands, said ferrets passed it to each other through the air as easily as seasonal flu.

Efficiency Finding

The U.S. researchers, led by Terrence Tumpey at the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the ferrets in their study didn’t transmit the swine flu strains they used, taken from patients in California, Texas and Mexico, as efficiently as seasonal flu strains.

Swine flu doesn’t latch on to healthy cells in the human respiratory tract as easily as seasonal flu because of a genetic mutation, the CDC researchers said.

Inefficient transmission suggests the virus would need to mutate to become as transmissible as seasonal flu or the 1918 pandemic virus, they said.

posted on Jul, 2 2009 @ 07:35 PM
The author of study to be published in the next issue of the medical journal Lancet said swine flu could devastate indigenous populations around the world due to their sensitivity to infectious disease.

Dr. Michael Gracey, a medical adviser to Unity of First People of Australia, an aboriginal non-profit organization, suggests that the world's almost 400 million indigenous peoples — including about 1.2 million in Canada — are particularly at risk for contracting swine flu because they often live in remote, impoverished communities with limited access to medical infrastructure.

First Nations communities in Manitoba and northern Ontario have already been hit by the highly communicable H1N1 virus. Despite comprising just 10 per cent of the population in Manitoba, natives make up about a third of the 685 swine flu cases in that province.

The spread of the virus on reserves prompted aboriginal leaders around Manitoba to declare states of emergency last week to help free funds for federal assistance.

Gracey said the lack of hospitals and medical workers in isolated aboriginal communities means that while they are often introduced to viruses later than the rest of the population, the effects can be quick and punishing.

"I am rather fearful that there will be more deaths from this illness in indigenous populations," he said, adding that the first person to die from swine flu in Australia was a young, desert-dwelling aboriginal man living hundreds of kilometres away from a hospital.

"The underlying factor is that indigenous people are susceptible to infections because they have low immunity, they're often undernourished, and they often have pre-existing illnesses."

Gracey's article, to be released Friday, focused on disease patterns in indigenous groups around the world.

Gracey said his concern is that if natives in developed countries such as Canada are being hit harder than the general population, the impact on indigenous peoples in the developing world, from China to Chile, could be catastrophic.

"These countries have very large indigenous populations and they do not have the underlying public health infrastructure and preventive programs and the capability for dealing with pandemics that Canada, Australia, and the U.S. do."

He cited the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918 as an example of how native communities were decimated by a virus that originated in Europe before spreading the furthest reaches of the globe.

"It's a word of caution, a word of warning, that this may happen

posted on Jul, 2 2009 @ 07:39 PM
KUALA LUMPUR: Forty-eight new cases of influenza A (H1N1) cases were reported yesterday — 40 imported cases and eight local transmissions.

It was the biggest jump in cases in a day after the 38 cases a day earlier.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the imported cases were people who had visited Australia, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, Singapore and China.

The total number of cases increased to 244, with 206 imported cases and 38 local transmissions, he said.

Despite the increase in the number of infections, the situation was under control and the country was safe for tourists, Liow said after briefing the MPs on the influenza A (H1N1) situation at the Parliament lobby.

The number of cases in Malaysia, he said, was still small compared with other countries.

Of the 244 cases, 128 had recovered and had been discharged from the hospital.

Malaysia was still in the containment stage and the quarantine procedure remained only for those who had been in contact with those infected, he said.

The ministry did not impose travel restrictions but Malaysians were advised against going to countries with many cases of the flu.

He said land entry point checks were being tightened in the country while double screening was carried out on tourists arriving from infected countries — first as they stepped off the plane and again at the immigration counter.

On those going to Saudi Arabia for pilgrimage, he said they were already required to take seasonal flu vaccines.

posted on Jul, 2 2009 @ 07:45 PM
BEIJING, July 2 (Xinhua) -- Beijing confirmed 16 new A/H1N1 flu cases Thursday, including 10 more students at the primary school that reported seven cases on Wednesday, the municipal health bureau said.

The disease had sickened 17 students by 8 p.m. Thursday at the Nanhu Zhongyuan Primary School in Chaoyang District, and they are all in stable condition, according to the bureau.

Local health authorities are tracking where the students contracted the A/H1N1 virus.

About 150 students, teachers and parents who had close contact with the patients have been quarantined. Other students and staff are under observation at home.

The primary school has 941 students and 78 teachers.

The flu outbreak has forced the school to start the summer vacation a week ahead of schedule.

The new cases brings the total number in Beijing to 171 by 8 p.m. Thursday, among whom 106 have recovered and been discharged from hospita

posted on Jul, 2 2009 @ 08:59 PM
A/H1N1 flu death toll reaches 3 in Uruguay

MONTEVIDEO, July 2 (Xinhua) -- Uruguay's health authorities confirmed on Thursday that two more people have died of the A/H1N1 flu, as the death toll reaching three in the country.

A woman of 54 died in a hospital in Maldonado, 140 km to east of the capital Montevideo, and a man of 60 died in a Montevideo hospital.

Hospital sources said that the man had diabetes and heart problem, while the women had pneumonia.

The Public Health Ministry said in a Thursday statement that there have been 132 A/H1N1 flu cases in the country.


posted on Jul, 2 2009 @ 09:01 PM
Canada's A/H1N1 flu death toll rises to 31

OTTAWA, July 2 (Xinhua) -- The total number of A/H1N1 flu deaths in Canada rose to 31, health officials said Thursday.

Quebec province reported one new death Thursday, bringing its total to 13. The provincial Health Department said the victim is a woman in her 60s who suffered from other medical problems.

The province also confirmed 62 new cases since June 30, bringing the provincial total to 2,129.


posted on Jul, 3 2009 @ 05:23 AM
WELLINGTON, July 3 (Xinhua) -- The number of influenza A/H1N1 confirmed cases in New Zealand rose to 912 on Friday, up 87 since Thursday, the Health of Ministry said.

But the true figure was certain to be much higher given that every person suspected to have influenza A/H1N1 was no longer being swabbed, Director of Public Health Mark Jacobs said on Friday.

Jacobs said it was important for people to take extra precautions this winter to protect themselves from the virus.

The Ministry of Health has said most people who contracted influenza A/H1N1 would be able to recover at home, although some people with other health conditions could become critically unwell.

People who were more at risk included pregnant women, people with respiratory disease, heart disease, liver disease or blood disorders.

Wellington appeared to have been worst hit by the virus, with the hospital confirming 15 new cases a day.

posted on Jul, 3 2009 @ 05:30 AM
HOUSTON, July 2 (Xinhua) -- Texas health authorities on Thursday reported four more deaths and 1,009 new confirmed and probable cases of A/H1N1 flu for the past week, bringing the death toll to 17 and the number of total cases to 3,991 in the southwest U.S. State.

The state health and human services department also said that, among the 17 deaths, 11 reported and confirmed in June, comparing to 5 in May and one in April.

A Mexican kid died in a Houston hospital in late April as the first death of the A/H1N1 flu virus in the United States.

Bordering with Mexico, Texas and California were the two U.S. states which reported first seven confirmed cases of A/H1N1 flu virus -- two in Texas and five in California -- on April 23.

Since then, the new type flu has been circulating in both states, where reports of more deaths and widespread cases have been a common phenomenon in every week and every month.

In Texas, the state Health and Human Services Department reported 28 confirmed cases on May 1, compared with 1,403 cases on June 1 and 3,991 cases on July 2, a remarkable jump for each month.

As of Thursday, confirmed cases of the A/H1N1 flu virus reported in 112 of the state's 254 counties, with seven counties reporting their first confirmed cases for past week.

Hidalgo County, near the border with Mexico, has been the hardest-hit with three deaths as well as 1,032 confirmed cases.

Though the pandemic was first discovered in Texas and California in April, some experts believe that the new flu is the predominant flu type circulating currently in other states as well.

Nationwide, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Thursday reported 170 deaths in 23 states and 33,902 confirmed and probable cases of A/H1N1 flu in all the 50 states plus the District of Columbia and U.S. territory Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands.

Even so, the CDC experts believe those cases — which sought treatment and underwent testing — are just the tip of the iceberg. They estimate more than one million Americans have been infected

with the virus so far, though many probably had only a mild illness.

About four out of five of the A/H1N1 flu deaths to date were adults aged 25 or older, although seven of the most recent deaths were children, according to CDC statistics.

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