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

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posted on Jul, 4 2009 @ 04:13 PM
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New concern over swine flu


THE World Health Organisation is investigating whether a form of swine flu resistant to antiviral drugs being stock-piled in Britain is spreading from person to person.

The strain has been identified in a 16-year-old girl who was stopped by officials at Hong Kong airport after falling ill. She had arrived on a flight from San Francisco.

The symptoms were mild and she was released from hospital after a week. However, subsequent tests revealed she was carrying a form of the virus that was resistant to Tamiflu, the main drug used to combat swine flu.

Two other patients, in Denmark and Japan, have been identified with a Tamiflu-re-sistant strain of the virus, but they developed it after being treated with the drug, indicating that it had mutated.

Crucially, the girl in Hong Kong had not been given Tamiflu, suggesting that she had picked it up from another person. Health officials are now trying to trace everyone she had been in contact with.

The development of a widespread resistant variant of swine flu would limit treatment options before a vaccine becomes available. In Britain, the government has stock-piled 30m courses of Tamiflu and is giving the drug to every patient with the virus.

Health authorities are investigating whether the Hong Kong type developed after swapping genes with existing seasonal H1 flu strains, almost all of which are resistant to Tamiflu.

Dr Nikki Shindo, a medical officer with the World Health Organisation, said: “The Hong Kong case is different because this person hasn’t seen any treatment. She has been identified at the airport so we suppose there are a considerable number of contacts in the aeroplane.”

John Oxford, professor of virology at Queen Mary, University of London, sounded a note of caution. He said: “At this stage it is just one case. The predominant strain of swine flu remains susceptible to Tamiflu.”

Andy Burnham, the health secretary, has warned that fresh cases of swine flu could top more than 100,000-a-day by the end of next month.

The actor Rupert Grint, who plays Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter films, announced that he took a few days off his latest film because of a mild bout of swine flu.




posted on Jul, 4 2009 @ 04:24 PM
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55 already confirmed dead across the country by the influenza A


Health Minister, Juan Manzur, said today that there are 55 patients confirmed to have died in the entire country by the Influenza A virus (H1N1).

"We received the (Institute) Malbrán laboratory-confirmed patients who have suffered from the presence of H1N1 and is today the official figure of 55 patients confirmed to have died" because of the virus, said the official.



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posted on Jul, 4 2009 @ 06:03 PM
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Swine flu has found its way to the Houses of Parliament.

A senior security official there has become the first member of staff to be diagnosed with the virus – sparking fears that it may spread to MPs.

Simon Pierce, 44, a Metropolitan Police civilian employee who supervises 28 security officers, was taken ill at work last Tuesday.

After spending two days in bed, he went to see his GP and tested positive for swine flu.

The security chief, who is married with a teenage daughter, told officials in a phone call that he had the virus and had been prescribed a course of Tamiflu anti-viral tablets.www.dailymail.co.uk...



posted on Jul, 4 2009 @ 06:08 PM
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QUEENSLAND has recorded a surge in swine flu cases as concern grows internationally over a second wave of the disease.

The number of confirmed cases of the H1N1 virus rose by 85 to 831 in the 24 hours to noon yesterday – more than three times the rate for the previous week.

There are six swine flu patients in hospital, including three in intensive care.

No deaths have yet been reported in the state.

Health authorities in New Zealand yesterday confirmed its first three fatalities.

London: Harry Potter actor contracts swine flu

The rising number of cases could also impact on Queensland – a popular winter holiday destination for Kiwis.

All Queensland schools which were closed due to swine flu will re-open after the holidays on Tuesday, July 14.

Under a new "protect" phase, classrooms or schools will only be closed in special circumstances, such as those in areas which are otherwise free of the virus.

Restrictions on students returning from Victoria and several overseas countries have also been lifted.

Previously, they were not allowed to go back to school for seven days.

Authorities in Hong Kong reported they had found a patient with the type of swine flu that has proven resistant to the Tamiflu medication.

Similar cases were detected in Denmark and Japan last week.

Scientists are worried that the new version could swap genes with seasonal flu or other types and possibly mutate into a more dangerous or infectious form.

The World Health Organisation says more than 77,000 cases of swine flu have so far been confirmed across the globe.

There have been nearly 350 deaths, 10 of them in Australia where the total number of cases reached 5254 yesterday.

In the United States, the White House said it would bring together government officials for a high-level meeting on Thursday week to prepare for the possibility of a more severe outbreak of H1N1 influenza.

The country has 28,000 confirmed cases, including 127 deaths, but computer modelling suggests at least one million people have had it.

British officials have warned that the rate of swine flu cases there could hit 100,000 by the end of August if current trends continue.

An Australian woman is thought to be the first case in Croatia.

The 60-year-old from Sydney is being treated with Tamiflu while awaiting the results of further tests.www.news.com.au...



posted on Jul, 4 2009 @ 06:27 PM
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ATHENS, July 4 (Xinhua) -- The number of confirmed A/H1N1 flu cases in Greece has now reached 140, of which 52 have made a full recovery, the National Center for Health Operations (EKEPY) reported on Saturday.

All the new cases of the H1N1 virus found involved people who had recently come to Greece from abroad, such as a group of students from the United States and two people just returned from a trip to Britain. news.xinhuanet.com...



posted on Jul, 4 2009 @ 06:56 PM
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PETER'S NEW YORK, Wednesday, July 1, 2009--The scientist who made headlines in May by positing a laboratory origin for the swine flu that has swept the world will defend his theory in the scientific literature, Peter's New York has learned.

Dr. Adrian Gibbs, a Canberra, Australia-based virologist with more than 200 scientific publications to his credit, said that over the weekend he submitted his latest work on the swine flu to a prominent scientific journal, and is awaiting a response.

Gibbs, 75, was part of a team that developed the antiviral drug Tamiflu.



Dr. Adrian Gibbs, Australian Virologist, on Bloomberg TV

Back in April, when the first cases of swine flu were diagnosed in Mexico, Gibbs examined the genetic structure of the virus that had been posted on a public database. His analysis led him to speculate that the virus may have been the result of a laboratory error. He contacted the Geneva, Switzerland-based World Health Organization with his conjecture, and scientists there scrutinized his findings, concluding, however, that the virus was most likely a product of nature.

In a series of email exchanges with Peter's New York, Gibbs said he was not satisfied with the WHO's critique, indicating that the basis for it was ambiguous.

"The WHO stated that they had no evidence to support my suggestion," Gibbs said. "They made a very fair statement. However the principle reason for my conclusion remains-that none of the genes of the new virus had been sampled/found/caused epidemics since at least 2000, despite probably coming from at least two different parents on two continents, where other strains had been sampled."

Gibbs said that might have been a coincidence, but the unusual placement of the virus on what what virologists call phylogenetic trees-a sort of schematic family history of the virus--also peeked his interest. On top of that, Gibbs observed that there was a lack of evidence that pig populations in North America, from which the virus is believed to have emerged, had been infected. Only the pigs on one farm in Canada have as yet been shown to have contracted the virus.

It has been established, said Gibbs, that swine easily contract the new flu from humans, and spread it among themselves. The absence of infection in the North American swine, Gibbs noted, may be evidence that the swine had already contracted the disease and built up immunity, or that they were vaccinated against viruses that resembled the novel swine flu closely enough for them to have been protected against it. Gibbs said the one Canadian herd that came down with the novel swine flu had not been inoculated, and that the evidence therefore leans toward inoculation as the reason North American pigs are disease free. That, in turn, would support a theory, according to Gibbs, that "the virus in the vaccine may be the immediate progenitor of the new human virus."

Gibbs said he would have been more satisfied if scientists at the WHO had examined the lists of all the vaccines licensed for production in the United States and Mexico and determined that none of them harbored strains from which the swine flu could have descended. He said he had been unable to locate such lists to make the determination himself.

Gibbs spells out fairly clearly how he thinks the new virus might have emerged due to a laboratory error. In manufacturing a vaccine, each of the viruses to be protected against must first be bred and then sterilized to prevent their further multiplication. When a subject is inoculated, the body reacts to the "killed" viral fragments and produces antibodies that provide protection against the live virus. Gibbs said that if the sterilization process was not carried out properly, pigs could end up being given live viruses, and instead of being protected, would contract the disease. The live viruses would then have a chance to multiply and exchange genetic material within the infected pig in a process known as reassortment, and a new virus could emerge and spread to humans as a "swine flu."

The study of viruses is overlaid with a complex nomenclature and labyrinthine concepts and arguments in the field of genetics that are unfamiliar to the average layman. But the implications are far reaching, a fact not lost on the general public or on Gibbs.

Early this year, the Deerfield, Ill. based drug firm Baxter International Inc. shipped experimental vaccines for human flu that were contaminated with the bird flu. The cocktail of influenzas, if it had not been discovered by alert laboratory specialists in the Czech Republic in February, could have been administered to subjects, after which, some experts feared, the two viruses could have undergone reassortment, producing a new virus that possessed the lethality of bird flu and the communicability of human flu. Bird flu is a deadly disease that kills close to half its victims, but resists spread from human to human. Human flu, on the other hand, is far more benign, but is easily spread through human contact. A recombined virus with the characteristics of each of the two could conceivably wipe out almost half the world's population.

Gibbs steers clear of elaborate intrigues that some believe are behind the new flu's emergence. "Whenever I've thought something has resulted from a conspiracy, it usually turns out to be from a 'cock-up,'" he said. The importance of establishing whether or not the flu emerged from a laboratory, he emphasized, is "to try to avoid a recurrence."

He did admit, however, that there was a definite risk to the public of escaping pathogens held in government and private facilities.

"There are many historical precedents that are conveniently forgotten," said Gibbs. "The recent Baxter incident seems to have been one."

"The reappearance in 1977 of the H1N1 (virus) last seen in 1950 after a period of non-evolution," which he speculated could represent "suspended animation in a freezer," was another instance in which pathogens might have escaped from a laboratory. Gibbs also cited the escape of foot-and-mouth disease from a British government laboratory facility in 2007.

Asked if the resurrection of the viral agent for the deadly 1918 "Spanish" flu, which was reconstituted in 2005 by scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for research purposes, was a safe proposition, he answered, "No, definitely not."

"It's exactly the same principle as should apply to all high security labs," said Gibbs. "If it ain't 'there' it can't get out, whereas if it is, then there is always the possibility, however remote, that it might get out."

The 1918 flu, which spread to every corner of the globe in the two years immediately following World War I, had a rate of lethality some 30 to 50 times greater than other strains of human flu. Tens of millions of people died in the pandemic worldwide.

While some aspects of his presentation have been updated, Gibbs said his basic premise remains unchanged, and has, in fact, been reinforced by recent additions to the scientific literature.

And while the WHO gave the appearance of having put the final nail in the coffin of Gibbs's theory, in a rare show of scientific honesty for a public institution, it affixed the lid rather loosely, leaving itself room to revisit Gibbs's hypothesis once it is published.

In the mid-May press conference in which the WHO addressed Gibbs's analysis, which by that time has spread far and wide throughout the mainstream media, Assistant Director Keiji Fukuda praised the virologist who had contributed to the field for more than fifty years of professional work, calling Gibbs "a credible scientist, a credible virologist."

In answer to a reporter's question about whether Gibbs's theory had been refuted, Fukuda said: "I think that it is fair to say that in the world of science, nothing is ever totally excluded, nothing is ever ended." On the issue of whether Gibbs's theory may actually prove true or not, he said: "We feel very comfortable based on the analyses which have been done, based on the rigor in which it has been looked at, that we are not dealing with a laboratory-created virus. However, I do not expect that the debate itself will stop."
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posted on Jul, 4 2009 @ 07:11 PM
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TORONTO - All cases of Tamiflu resistance are not created equal. So while the first three instances of swine flu infection with Tamiflu-resistant viruses were reported in the past week, it was Number 3, not Number 1 that put influenza experts on edge.

Public health authorities in Hong Kong announced Friday they have found a case of Tamiflu resistance in a woman who hadn't taken the drug. That means she was infected with swine flu viruses that were already resistant to Tamiflu, the main weapon in most countries' and companies' pandemic drug arsenals.

The two earlier cases, reported from Denmark and Japan, involved people who had been taking the medication. While always unwelcome, that type of resistance is known to occur with seasonal strains and may be less of a threat to the long-term viability of this key flu drug.

"It was not at all surprising to see resistance in patients on treatment but seeing it in someone who was not treated, it certainly is more concerning," says Dr. Malik Peiris, a flu expert at the University of Hong Kong.

There is currently no evidence Tamiflu-resistant viruses are spreading widely. Still, some experts see the Hong Kong case as a warning Tamiflu's role in this pandemic may not be as long-lived as pandemic planners would like.

"I think it's too early to judge," says Dr. Frederick Hayden, an expert on influenza antivirals who teaches at the University of Virginia. "But I think that possibility has existed from the beginning."

"And it's something that needs to be certainly considered in making determinations about things like antiviral stockpiling, management of patients with more serious illness in hospital and how the available drugs will be used."

Some experts say this early sign of resistance should prompt a rethink of how often and in which circumstances Tamiflu is used to battle the novel H1N1 virus.

"It ... probably highlights the importance of not using these antiviral drugs indiscriminately, given that the disease is relatively mild," says Peiris, whose hospital monitored the woman who was found to be carrying the resistant virus.

"In people who don't have underlying risk factors, it probably should not be treated with Tamiflu, basically."

Others suggest countries should limit how often they use the drug to prevent infection, a regimen known as prophylaxis. In prophylaxis, people who've been exposed to the virus are given one pill a day for 10 days, compared to the treatment regime of two pills a day for five days.

Some countries, including Canada, have been reserving prophylaxis for people at high risk from this flu, such as pregnant women.

But others have taken a different approach, using Tamiflu to try to curb spread of the virus. For instance, Britain has made the drug widely available to contacts of confirmed cases, though it announced this past week it was changing that policy.

The World Health Organization is drafting guidance for countries on the use of antivirals. While the WHO advises rather than instructs, it has been stressing that saving these drugs for treatment makes the most sense, says Dr. Keiji Fukuda, the agency's top flu expert.

"In general we have been pushing the advice that using these drugs for treatment is definitely the priority use of them," says Fukuda, the acting assistant director general for health security and environment.

"And I think this is not just from a theoretical resistance perspective, but also from the fact that if you have limited amounts of antiviral drugs, then you need to make some choices about how you use them."

From their first sighting, the new H1N1 viruses have been resistant to two older flu drugs, amantadine and rimantadine. That left the only two other influenza drugs, oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and zanamivir (Relenza), as the sole options for treatment and prophylaxis.

There is a risk inherent in using the drug to prevent illness. If people who are already infected but aren't yet experiencing symptoms are put on prophylaxis, there won't be enough drug in their systems to kill all the viruses they house. Those that survive develop resistance to the drug.

And that, it appears, maybe what happened in the resistance cases in Denmark and Japan. In both instances the women involved had been given Tamiflu prophylaxis after a contact developed swine flu.

But the Hong Kong case was different. A 16-year old girl travelling from San Francisco was stopped in Hong Kong's airport in mid-June after setting off a fever detection device.

She was taken to hospital where she tested positive for swine flu. She had not been taking antivirals and declined to be treated with the drug. She was kept in isolation until she recovered.

Dr. Jennifer McKimm-Breschkin, an influenza expert from Australia and a member of the team that developed Relenza, says this case shows resistant swine flu viruses can spread.

It was previously thought flu viruses that developed resistance to the drug would be crippled in the process and would not transmit to others. But that belief was shattered in 2008 when it was discovered Tamiflu-resistant versions of the seasonal H1N1 viruses were spreading rapidly around the globe. They have since all but wiped out Tamiflu-susceptible seasonal H1N1 viruses.

"This is a patient that hasn't been treated, who has gone from San Francisco to Hong Kong. What that means is that she has caught a resistant virus in San Francisco," says McKimm-Breschkin, virology project leader at the Commonwealth Science and Research Organization - known as CSIRO - in Melbourne. (McKimm-Breschkin does not receive royalties for sales of Relenza.)

"So that means this virus has been transmitted from somebody who's presumably been treated. Which means it's been fit enough to transmit. And that is of a lot more concern than just resistance in a treated patient."

Experts have worried the seasonal H1N1 viruses might reassort or swap genes with the swine H1N1. If swine flu picked up with neuraminidase gene - the N in a flu virus' name - from the seasonal H1N1, it would acquire the resistance its seasonal cousin has developed.

Authorities in Hong Kong have not yet told the WHO whether that is what has happened in this case.

But whether the Hong Kong resistance case is due to reassortment, or from the fact that some swine flu viruses have developed resistance on their own, the situation demands careful monitoring, Fukuda and others say.


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posted on Jul, 4 2009 @ 07:21 PM
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Further swine flu-related deaths are almost inevitable if the current rate of community transfer continues, the Ministry of Health says.

The deaths of three people in New Zealand in the last week have been strongly linked to the H1N1 virus.

Zachary Wilson, 19, had flu-like symptoms before he died at home in Hamilton on Sunday 28 June. It is understood he had suffered from asthma but his medical background remains unclear.

On Thursday, a 42-year-old man, who had underlying medical conditions, died in Christchurch.

On Saturday, a young girl, also with underlying medical conditions died in Wellington Hospital, the Ministry of Health says. She had earlier tested positive to swine flu.

Director of Public Health Dr Mark Jacobs says a third or more of New Zealanders could catch swine flu before the pandemic is over, but most will have a mild to moderate illness.

"If we keep on seeing a lot more community spread, which is very likely, then I think it is almost inevitable that we will see some more deaths," he says.

Dr Jacobs says New Zealand records about 400 deaths a year from seasonal influenza.
Five seriously ill in hospital

Five people are seriously ill with swine flu and are in intensive care units around the country.

One of the latest cases is a woman who was admitted to Wellington Hospital's intensive care unit on Friday, and is now in a critical condition.

A 30-year-old woman who has been in the unit for several weeks remains in a serious but stable condition.

A woman in her early twenties remains in a critical condition in Hawke's Bay Regional Hospital's intensive care unit, but a man who was in the unit yesterday has now been transferred to a ward.

Two people remain in a critical condition in Auckland Hospital's intensive care unit with swine flu.www.radionz.co.nz...



posted on Jul, 4 2009 @ 07:32 PM
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'Harry Potter' Star Gets Swine Flu


Rupert Grint, who plays Ron Wesley in the 'Harry Potter' film franchise, is recovering from a mild case of swine flu, according to the Associated Press.


What can you do?

Escape it.



posted on Jul, 5 2009 @ 08:17 AM
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A 52-year-old non resident Indian, who was suspected to have contracted swine flu, died shortly after he was admitted to a hospital in Kerala's [ Images ] Kollam district on Wednesday night, a health official said on Thursday.

The throat swabs of Stanley Pelis, who arrived in Kerala two weeks ago from the United Kingdom, have been sent to the National Institute of Communicable diseases, New Delhi [ Images ], today morning. If confirmed, he would be the first victim of swine flu in the country.

Pelis, hailing from Kollam, was admitted to the Holy Cross Hospital at Kottiyam in the district with high fever and breathlessness at approximately 7 pm on Wednesday night and passed away at 9 pm, said medical director Dr K Shylaja.

Meanwhile, two passengers who arrived at the Kochi airport from the United States and Ireland today morning, have been quarantined with suspected symptoms of the flu.

The two passengers are a 33-year-old man from Pathnamthitta, who arrived from Ireland and a 20-year-old Keralite woman from the US. They have been admitted to the Aluva taluk hospital, hospital sources said. Till now, four persons have tested positive for swine flu in Kerala, she saidA 52-year-old non resident Indian, who was suspected to have contracted swine flu, died shortly after he was admitted to a hospital in Kerala's [ Images ] Kollam district on Wednesday night, a health official said on Thursday.

The throat swabs of Stanley Pelis, who arrived in Kerala two weeks ago from the United Kingdom, have been sent to the National Institute of Communicable diseases, New Delhi [ Images ], today morning. If confirmed, he would be the first victim of swine flu in the country.

Pelis, hailing from Kollam, was admitted to the Holy Cross Hospital at Kottiyam in the district with high fever and breathlessness at approximately 7 pm on Wednesday night and passed away at 9 pm, said medical director Dr K Shylaja.

Meanwhile, two passengers who arrived at the Kochi airport from the United States and Ireland today morning, have been quarantined with suspected symptoms of the flu.

The two passengers are a 33-year-old man from Pathnamthitta, who arrived from Ireland and a 20-year-old Keralite woman from the US. They have been admitted to the Aluva taluk hospital, hospital sources said. Till now, four persons have tested positive for swine flu in Kerala, she said



posted on Jul, 5 2009 @ 08:25 AM
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Bandar Seri Begawan – Swine flu claimed its first victim in Brunei yesterday when a 12-year-old girl died in the hospital as the cases inched towards the 100 mark since the first outbreak here on June 20.

A Health Ministry press release said that laboratory tests confirmed that the child was tested positive for Influenza A (H1N1).

The ministry is investigating the background of the patient’s H1N1 infection.

The press statement added that the patient also had Auto-immune Hepatitis end stage liver failure and pneumonia and has been in critical condition since June 26.

The pandemic set another record here today as the most number of people so far in a day – 27 new ones – brought the total in the sultanate so far to 93 cases. All these cases are being investigated, the ministry said.

As the situation deteriorated strict controls have been imposed in hospital visiting hours. The ministry said that In view of the increasing number of reported cases, it emphasized the importance of the public in adhering to the visiting regulations at all government hospitals.

The public are told not to bring children aged 12 and below to visit patients. They are only to visit during the stipulated visiting hours and to limit two visitors for every patient.

For those who have just returned from overseas or showing symptoms of Influenza A (H1N1), are advised not to visit patients in the hospital.

Meanwhile so far 21 patients have been discharged from Pengiran Muda Mahkota Pengiran Muda Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah Hospital, Tutong, the statement said.


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posted on Jul, 5 2009 @ 08:32 AM
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The number of swine flu cases in Saudi Arabia jumped to 106 on Friday as neighbouring countries stepped up immigration security over fears of a mass outbreak when millions of Muslims gather during Umrah and Haj.

The Health Ministry said eight more people tested positive for the potentially deadly A(H1N1) virus, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported, without giving any further details.

The sharp increase in the number of cases since the virus was first detected on June 3 has raised concerns over the threat of an outbreak during the pilgrimage season, which runs from August to December.

The Umrah - minor pilgrimage - season picks up in late August, during the fasting month of Ramadan, followed by the Haj - the fifth pillar of Islam - in late November.

Airport officials in Bahrain said in remarks published Saturday that extra staff are being hired and stricter measures to screen passengers put in place to deal with people returning from pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.

"We are concerned at the emerging scenario and are planning some measures. We will reveal them as we near the pilgrimage dates,” Bahrain International Airport Director Mohammed Tamer al-Kaabi told the local Gulf Daily News.

Egyptian health officials have already said all returning pilgrims will be quarantined after the country last month confirmed the first swine flu case in an Egyptian returning from Saudi Arabia after performing pilgrimage.

With the rapid global spread of swine flu, which has now infected 89,921 people in 125 countries and territories and caused 382 deaths.

All eyes are on Saudi Arabia to make sure the conservative Muslim country has adequate measures in place for when more than 2 million pilgrims descend on the holy cities of Mecca and Medina later this year.

If there is an outbreak the consequences could be dire.

Saudi Arabia last week warned elderly Muslims and pregnant women against performing Haj this year due to the threat of swine flu.

Experts from the United Nations and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have been to Saudi to assess the kingdom’s plans to prevent the spread of A(H1N1).

The World Health Organization (WHO) has backed the plans, describing them as “comprehensive, methodical and transparent”, Saudi daily Arab News reported on Saturday.

Across the Middle East the number of swine flu cases has risen to 892, according to the latest WHO figures updated on July 3 at 0900 GMT.

Israel is the worst hit with 577 cases, followed by Saudi Arabia (89), Egypt (67), Lebanon (47) and Kuwait (35), the figures show.

Jordan has 22 cases, Bahrain 15, Iraq 11, Qatar 10, the UAE eight, Yemen seven, Oman three, and Iran one. Syria has not reported any cases of A(H1N1), according to the figures.

Since the last WHO update, the UAE Health Ministry has announced new cases of swine flu, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 14, according to state news agency WAM.

As has Syria, on Saturday confirming its first case of swine flu in a woman who arrived from Australia.

"The disease was detected on Friday in a 35-year-old woman who arrived in Syria on June 30 from Australia," Health Minister Rida Saeed told the news agency AFP.



posted on Jul, 5 2009 @ 08:39 AM
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Australia reported its 11th death linked to swine flu on Sunday, as the number of cases in Asia-Pacific's worst-hit nation soared to 5,298.

Authorities in New South Wales said a 57-year-old man died on Friday in a Sydney hospital, but state chief health officer Kerry Chant said the man suffered pre-existing medical problems, including diabetes.

"Because of underlying medical conditions, the man was at greater risk of severe illness from H1N1 influenza," she said.

Health officials have said that all those who have died with swine flu in Australia have had underlying medical conditions, except one, a three-year-old boy from Victoria state who died late last month.

A national update on the disease issued Sunday said 88 people with swine flu were in hospitals around the country, 24 of them in intensive care.www.google.com...

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posted on Jul, 5 2009 @ 08:43 AM
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SKOPJE (Reuters) - Macedonia has confirmed its first cases of the new H1N1 flu virus in two patients who caught the virus abroad, said Health Minister Bujar Osmani on Saturday.

"With the new data we have confirmed our first two positive cases of H1N1," Osmani told a news conference.

The country's National Pandemic Flu Committee said the virus was not yet being transmitted from human-to-human, and Macedonia did not need additional anti-viral drugs.

The two patients were in a stable condition, with one being treated at the country's Clinic for Infectious Diseases in Skopje, while the other has already been discharged and was being monitored at home, said Osmani.

He did not name the patients or say whether they were Macedonian or foreign citizens.www.reuters.com...



posted on Jul, 5 2009 @ 08:52 AM
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Graphical overview of H1N1 in Australia twitpic.com...



posted on Jul, 5 2009 @ 08:55 AM
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At total of 50 people have now been diagnosed with swine flu in Wales.news.bbc.co.uk...



posted on Jul, 5 2009 @ 09:05 AM
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SINGAPORE confirmed 52 new cases of Influenza A (H1N1) on Sunday, bringing the nation's tally to 1,055 cases.

Investigations are still ongoing for these 52 new cases. Of the 1,003 investigated cases, 591 were spread locally while 412 were imported.

The Health Ministry reiterated that the strain remains mild, except for high-risk individuals with underlying medical conditions where complications and even death may occur. It added that most patients, including those in Singapore, have responded well to treatment.

It also urged people who feel unwell with flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat and runny nose to seek prompt medical attention.

If the symptoms are mild, general practitioners, the nearest Pandemic Preparedness Clinic (PPC) or polyclinic, would be able to assess them, it said.

The public is advised to check the MOH website (www.moh.gov.sg) for more information on the PPCs and for the latest updates on the H1N1 situation.www.straitstimes.com...



posted on Jul, 5 2009 @ 11:24 AM
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Second swine flu death recorded in NSW


A MAN with serious medical problems including diabetes has become the second person to die in NSW after contracting swine flu, health authorities say.
NSW chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant said the 57-year-old was diagnosed with the virus on Friday and died on the same day at Westmead Hospital, in Sydney's west.

He has become the 11th person in Australia infected with swine flu to have died.

"Because of underlying medical conditions, the man was at greater risk of severe illness from H1N1 Influenza 09," Dr Chant said.

Last Monday, a 45-year-old man, who also had other medical problems, died in Nepean Hospital after testing positive for swine flu.

The number of confirmed swine flu cases in NSW has more than doubled to 1,375 in the past fortnight.

There are currently eight people in intensive care - six men and two women aged from 18 to 49 - in NSW who have swine flu, Dr Chant said.

Of these, five have underlying risk factors including asthma, obesity, chronic lung disease and diabetes, but the remaining three have no clear risk factors.



posted on Jul, 5 2009 @ 11:29 AM
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www.hhs.gov...


"Scientists and public health experts forecast that the impact of H1N1 may well worsen in the fall - when the regular flu season hits, or even earlier, when schools start to open - which is only five or six weeks away in some cases," Secretary Sebelius said. "The goal of the Summit is to launch a national influenza campaign by bringing federal, state and local officials, emergency managers, educators and others together with the nation's public health experts to build on and tailor states' existing pandemic plans, share lessons learned and best practices during the spring and summer H1N1 wave, and discuss preparedness priorities."


Five or six weeks until they believe it will worse do to schools reopening.



posted on Jul, 5 2009 @ 01:49 PM
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ALGIERS (Reuters) - Libya has reported its first case of the new H1N1 virus in a man who arrived from Thailand via Dubai, the official news agency Jana said on Sunday.

It quoted Health and Environment Minister Mohamed Mahmoud al-Hijazi as saying the 52-year old man, a Thai national who works in Libya, returned on Saturday after holidays in his country.

"Libya announces the first case of H1N1," he said




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