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A 19-year-old man was confirmed today as the first person in London to die after contracting swine flu.
The teenager from south London, who suffered serious underlying health problems, tested positive for the virus following his death on Wednesday.
He is the fourth person with swine flu to die in the UK
July 3 (Bloomberg) -- Tamiflu-resistant swine flu was found in a teenager who hadn’t taken Roche Holding AG’s best-selling antiviral medicine, Hong Kong’s health department said.
The city’s Public Health Laboratory Services Branch identified the drug-evading variant during routine surveillance of flu specimens, the department said in a statement today.
This marks the first known case of Tamiflu resistance in a swine flu patient not treated with the drug, which has been stockpiled by governments worldwide to fight pandemic influenza. The specimen was collected from a 16-year-old girl who flew from San Francisco and was intercepted by officials at Hong Kong International Airport on June 11, according to the statement.
The Public Health Ministry on Friday afternoon revealed that a Thai man, aged 30, of Bangkok has died of H1N1 flu, adding up the death toll in Thailand to 6.
Earlier today, the ministry said another 154 Thai people were additionally listed as having had the H1N1 flu, bringing up the total to 1,710. As of Friday morning, the death toll was 5.
The World Health Organisation today disclosed that the global death toll stood at 337 while the number of people having contracted the flu in 121 countries was over 80,000.
6:15 pm – Swine Flu: Senator Gerardo Morales has symptoms.
On Tuesday he was having strong symptoms during a press conference so he had to suspend his activities. Tomorrow the medical tests´results will be revealed, but he would be the second officer with swine flu.
This week other positive cases were detected within Macri´s cabinet, first it was the Urban Development minister, Daniel Chaín, who infected Buenos Aires´Chief Officer, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta.
Both are being treated with Tamiflu
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Ontario is now reporting 12 deaths associated with the swine flu for a national total of 33.
A 37-year-old Toronto man who had underlying medical conditions tested positive for the virus.
Ontario now has more than 3,150 confirmed cases of H1N1.
Quebec is also reporting another death related to swine flu today, although that province's health department gave no information about its 14th victim.
Twenty-one new cases of swine flu have been confirmed by the department in Quebec, bringing the provincial total to 2,129.
There have been 12 deaths in Ontario, four in Manitoba, two in Saskatchewan and one in Alberta.
Across Canada, there have been nearly 8,000 cases of the H1N1 since the outbreak began, and most have been mild.
Ontario reports an average of 9,000 cases of seasonal flu each year, and approximately 500 deaths.
Nationwide, the common flu sends about 20,000 Canadians to hospital each year. The Public Health Agency's website says between 4,000 and 8,000 Canadians can die of influenza and its complications annually, depending on the severity of the season.
The number of deaths in Ontario jumped to 12 even though the province's weekly bulletin lists 10 fatalities. A spokesman said that's because information on the latest deaths had not yet been officially submitted through the public health information system.
HANGZHOU - A patient suffering from influenza A (H1N1), better known as swine flu, died of electrocution when she was taking a shower in a hospital here, the police said Friday.
“The patient died of electrocution caused by leakage of electricity from electrical circuits in her ward, when she was taking a shower,” said an official statement.
Lou Yihong was admitted June 23 and she died Wednesday.
She had been recovering and her temperature had measured normal for a week before her death, according to the Hangzhou municipal health bureau.
CHENNAI: The Indian Council of Medical Research will investigate what seems to be a case of “resistant” A (H1N1) virus in Chennai, its Director-General V. M. Katoch said. This is the first such case reported in the country.
The State health authorities have been asked to send a blood sample of the infected person to the National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune.
The patient, a man who had flown in from the U.S. in the third week of June, had tested positive along with his wife.
They were quarantined at the Communicable Diseases Hospital (CDH) here and started on a course of Tamiflu. “This was through the Directly Observed Treatment Short-course method, which means we know he took every tablet and did not miss out on even a single dose. Missing on doses can lead to resistance, but that is not the case with this patient,” Director of Public Health S. Elango said.
While his wife recovered and tested negative for A (H1N1) after about 10 days, the husband continued to test positive even after the treatment was completed.
Though he showed no symptoms, his tests kept coming back positive, Dr. Elango said.
“This is a case to be studied, definitely. The virus should not remain in his blood after the treatment. It is possible that it is a mutation of the virus. I have instructed the officials at the NIV to sequence the strain [from the samples] as soon as possible. Once we have that, we can have the alternative drugs to treat the patient,” Dr. Katoch explained.
He said the patient at the CDH could be treated on recommended doses of the drug ‘Relenza’ available in India.
When told that the patient was anxious to go home, Dr. Katoch categorically said that he could not be discharged as long as he continued to test positive, even if he was not symptomatic.
“He is certainly a carrier and can spread the virus to members of his family, and thereby take it into the community. That should not be allowed to happen. Indigenous transmission of the virus from this person will lead to a huge public health problem,” Dr. Katoch said.
The issue would be sorted out as soon as the sequence was drawn up. “That way we will also be ready for any future occurrences.”