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

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posted on Jul, 5 2009 @ 07:29 PM
Graph Overview of H1N1 in US-3-7-09

[edit on 5-7-2009 by sonjah1]

posted on Jul, 5 2009 @ 07:38 PM
Graph Overview of H1N1 in Argentina-3-7-09

[edit on 5-7-2009 by sonjah1]

posted on Jul, 5 2009 @ 08:49 PM
Health Minister Juan Manzur declared that, in order to fight the H1N1 virus, the government was "beginning to apply all measures ordered by President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner to enhance our ability to react". His colleague for the Buenos Aires province, Claudio Zin explained that the vaccine would be available by the end of the year of for next winter."

Both National and Provincial Health Ministers held a joint press conference today, minutes after delivering 30 artificial respirators and 100 oximeters to Federico Abete hospital in the Malvinas Argentinas district (Greater Buenos Aires). By delivering such devices, "we are trying to enhance our capacity to react and to attend more people, if needed," Manzur said.

The Minister added that the use of health masks by people without symptoms is not recommended. "It only is recommended for health workers and people with symptoms", he emphasized.

Claudio Zin announced that the first vaccine test results will be known in four weeks. Taken into account that teams from all over the world are working on it, he concluded: "It could be that the virus isn't exactly the same in Europe, in the US or here. That is why we need to find out if it would be useful for us."

National Health Minister, Juan Manzur, had also reported 55 H1N1 Influenza virus deaths in Argentina and 2,409 confirmed cases by the Malbrán Institute. The Ministry increased special equipment and supplies in provinces for the H1N1 Influenza virus hospitalized people, which includes 800 thousand complete treatments of the antiviral oseltamivir and breathing machines. "By applying these measures we are strengthening the health system," said Manzur.

The Minister considered that "the virus in our country is still spreading easily in the City of Buenos Aires and the Province, with a bigger amount of confirmed cases and much more impact in children between 5 and 9 years old and between 10 and 14 years old."

Manzur confirmed that up to now there are 39 deaths and 764 confirmed cases in Buenos Aires Province, six deaths and 926 confirmed cases in Buenos Aires City, one death and 155 cases in the Metropolitan area, seven deaths and 95 confirmed cases in Santa Fe province and 2 deaths and 20 reported cases in Misiones province. Today, one more death was announced by media, the first in the Córdoba provinc

posted on Jul, 5 2009 @ 08:57 PM
NECN: Kristen Caira, Cambridge, Mass.) - A group of unruly inmates broke the sprinkler system at the Middlesex Jail in Cambridge, Massachusetts, according to the county sheriff.

Officers from the Middlesex Sheriff's Office evacuated prisoners on Sunday evening.

Over the past few days, about 12 inmates came down with flu-like symptoms. One of those 12 may have swine flu, but the others do not.

When officers were sanitizing parts of the jail, about nine inmates became unruly and caused an uprising. They broke pipes in the sprinkler system, flooding the building.

"It was an opportunity seized by a small percentage of the inmates to try to gather attention to this issue," Sheriff DiPaola said.

Flooding occurred from the 18th floor right down to the lobby.

The fire department and NSTAR said that they were forced to shut down power to the building, forcing the evacuation of over 180 inmates.

Sheriff DiPaola said that arrangements were made to move some inmates to the Middlesex House of Correction at Billerica, Essex Sheriff's Office, Plymouth, Dedham House of Correction, South Bay and Nashua Street, while others would remain under their control.

Dozens of officers were involved in the evacuation process. Those who caused the uprising were to face charges, Sheriff DiPaola sai

posted on Jul, 5 2009 @ 09:54 PM
Suspected Swine Flu Case In Gisborne Hospital's Intensive Care Unit

A 29-year-old man is in Gisborne Hospital's Intensive Care Unit with respiratory problems, possibly suffering from Influenza A (H1N1) or Swine Flu.

The man was admitted to hospital on Friday and is in a stable condition.

Medical Officer of Health Dr Geoff Cramp described the man's condition this morning as "improving".

The man had recently returned to Gisborne from the United Kingdom.

Swabs have been taken and a result is expected back by Wednesday.

The man does not have an underlying medical condition and there could be a number of illnesses that could cause his condition.

The total number of confirmed Influenza A (H1N1) cases in the Tairawhiti District is two.

The second case was confirmed on Friday.

That case was another 29-year-old man that was diagnosed in another part of the country but lives in Gisborne.

posted on Jul, 5 2009 @ 10:07 PM

Respiratory virus outbreak contained at Mac's neonatal ICU unit
Hamilton health officials have declared an outbreak at McMaster hospital's
neonatal intensive care unit after 3 newborns became ill with a respiratory
virus. The premature babies were confirmed to have parainfluenza type 3
virus infection. It is a seasonal virus associated with respiratory
symptoms such as a cough and fever. There have been no new cases since then, according to hospital officials. The neonatal intensive care unit,
which has 44 babies, remains open to visitors and patient admissions and
the 3 affected babies are in isolation and being monitored closely. All are
recovering, said hospital spokesperson Lillian Badzioch.

The virus is not a flu virus and not associated with the H1N1 swine flu
virus that is spreading in the community, according to Dr Chris Mackie,
Hamilton associate medical officer of health. Mackie said although
parainfluenza type 3 virus doesn't carry the same risks as regular seasonal influenzas, it does pose a risk for preemies [babies born prematurely]. Most cases do not require treatment and the virus is commonly seen in infants during spring and summer months. It can mimic the symptoms of the flu, Mackie said.

Badzioch said, "It is very common in children under 2." But, she added,
because it is in an intensive care unit and because the babies are all
preemies, the hospital declared the outbreak and erred on the side of
caution to prevent further spread. "We're already dealing with a fragile
population and we wanted to take all the precautions."

posted on Jul, 5 2009 @ 10:12 PM
A local pastor has died from H1N1. Only 43 yrs old. Trying to make sense of it on // CJOB 68

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posted on Jul, 5 2009 @ 10:28 PM
Swine flu fears spur Canada to stock up on ventilators

Critical ventilators to help Canada cope with the swine flu outbreak are being ordered by the federal government amid dire warnings about the severity of this fall's flu season.

As the pandemic spreads globally, Canadian public health findings show – for unknown reasons – that victims here have been younger and sicker, and have required more ventilators than most other countries, including the United States.

For years, medical experts have been worried about the small number of intensive care nurses who would be available to treat patients during an influenza pandemic. But the first wave of the H1N1 virus, which killed 29 people in Canada and sent 663 to hospital as of Friday, has exposed another shortfall in national pandemic planning: the number of ventilator machines.

One young man arrived at the Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto more than a month ago with symptoms of the disease, which was subsequently confirmed. He was put on an oscillatory ventilator – a measure that is used only rarely for patients with a standard type of influenza. Four weeks later, he was still hooked up to the machine.

“It appears that there is a sub-population of relatively young people who very rapidly develop severe illness with this virus. And they are not a large number, but they require very intensive ventilatory support with new advanced ventilators,” said Allison McGeer, an expert in infectious disease at Mount Sinai.

“We have very few oscillatory ventilators. We generally don't need them very often and usually it's for a very short period of time. So these young people are requiring a disproportionate amount of time on ventilators that we have very small numbers of.”

posted on Jul, 6 2009 @ 05:13 AM
July 6 (Bloomberg) -- Australian health authorities say a Darwin, Northern Territory, man who contracted swine flu is the country’s 12th death related to the virus.

“A male patient in his early 50s died at the Royal Darwin Hospital earlier today as the combined result of underlying risk factors and H1N1 influenza,” the Department of Health and Ageing said on its Web site today. The Northern Territory has confirmed 17 cases of swine flu in the 24 hours to 5:30 p.m. local time, according to a hospital statement.

The fatality follows the death of a man from Sydney’s northwest on July 3 who also had underlying medical conditions including diabetes. That was the second death in New South Wales state, Australia’s most populous, after a 45-year-old man with a medical condition died on June 29.

Victoria state has been the hardest hit, with seven fatalities, the health department said. Other deaths have occurred in South Australia and Western Australia states.

Eight people with the H1N1 influenza virus, aged between 18 and 49, are currently in intensive care units in New South Wales, the Department of Health said in a statement. Five have underlying health risks such as obesity, lung disease and diabetes, it said.

Australia’s swine flu tally stands at 5,298 confirmed cases, with 24 people in intensive care around the country, according to Department of Health and Ageing figures released yesterday.

To contact the reporter for this story: Jason Scott in Perth at

posted on Jul, 6 2009 @ 08:04 AM
Poland has its first serious case of novel influenza A (pl)< br />
Status 8-year old girl who has confirmed A/H1N1 virus infection is severe - informed Sanitary Inspectorate spokesman Major John Bondar. As noted, the child passes the bacterial infection - for the time being it is uncertain which is the direct cause of its poor.

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posted on Jul, 6 2009 @ 09:46 AM

The Ministry of Health reported last night that the number of patients affected by H1N1 virus, reaches 2,485 with 60 killed, 42 of them from Buenos Aires Province, but the total could reach 65 according to reports from the provinces of Santa Fe and Cordoba .

For the spread of the disease, health authorities declared that they have at their sisposal hospitals of the Armed Forces: Campo de Mayo, Bahía Blanca, Mar del Plata and Punta Indio, Ezeiza Mobile Hospital , including doctors and nurses, ambulances and health posts.

posted on Jul, 6 2009 @ 09:48 AM
Nine-year-old with swine flu dies

A nine-year-old girl has become the fifth person with swine flu to die in the UK.

The child from south London had "serious underlying health problems", NHS London has said.

Last week a 19-year-old man from south London, also with underlying health problems, died after contracting the virus.

London is the second-worst affected area. On Friday, the capital had more than 1,900 cases.

A spokesman for NHS London said the child died "over the weekend". He added that no other details would be released.


posted on Jul, 6 2009 @ 09:49 AM
Hospitals clear space for swine flu

HUNDREDS of extra hospital beds in NSW are being made available to cope with the large numbers of people presenting at hospitals with flu symptoms.

The state now has 1446 confirmed cases of swine flu, and as many as four in 10 people could become infected.

The NSW Minister for Health, John Della Bosca, said there had been a 17-fold increase in hospital visits for flu compared with the same period last year. Along with 550 extra beds, 8000 hospital-in-the-home places will be made available, allowing health-care professionals to provide acute care to patients in their place of residence.

These measures would increase the number of people who could receive high-quality care and reduce the risks from the virus, Mr Della Bosca said.

The state's chief health officer, Kerry Chant, estimated that 20 to 40 per cent of the population could be affected by the influenza A(H1N1) virus.

"Because it's a new virus the population doesn't have any degree of immunity to it," she said.


posted on Jul, 6 2009 @ 09:56 AM
Ohio Department Of Health Confirms First H1N1 Influenza Death

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) announced that a Butler County male in his 40s, who was infected with H1N1 influenza, died June 29. This is the first Ohio death linked to the pandemic strain of influenza. The patient had underlying health problems that may have contributed to his death.

The H1N1 infection was confirmed at the ODH laboratory today. ODH is unable to provide further details about the patient to protect confidentially. Patient contacts are being identified to determine whether public health interventions are necessary.

posted on Jul, 6 2009 @ 09:59 AM
Breaking: Man and girl dead in Dewsbury after catching swine flu

Breaking: Man and girl dead in Dewsbury after catching swine flu
Two people in Dewsbury have died after catching swine flu
A MAN and a child Dewsbury have died after catching swine flu, it was confirmed today. A girl, whose age has not been disclosed, died on Thursday and a man, believed to be a teacher in the town, died yesterday.
The deaths in the West Yorkshire town were confirmed today by officials from NHS Kirklees.

A spokesman said the child and the man both had "underlying health issues" and it was not yet known whether swine flu had caused their deaths.

It is believed that the man was a teacher at the Institute of Islamic Education, a private boarding school in Savile Town, Dewsbury, although NHS Kirklees officials would not comment on this.

A spokesman said the coroner had been informed of both deaths.

A spokesperson for NHS Kirklees said: "We can confirm that a child from the Kirklees area, who had swine flu, has died. The child also had serious underlying health issues.

"At this stage, we have no confirmation whether or not swine flu was the cause of death." .

posted on Jul, 6 2009 @ 10:12 AM
google translate

Medical sources announced the first case of swine flu in Baghdad
) KARACHI newspaper Panorama (picture in front of clarification only)
06/07/2009 12:00:03 06/07/2009 12:00:03

A medical source from within the municipal hospital, the son of a hospital located in the outskirts of Sadr City in Baghdad, who declined to be named, said yesterday,
. Saturday saw the first case of swine flu in Iraq.
The source said that "a child had died with symptoms of the flu virus, pigs, the disease was diagnosed by a specialist doctor
". But the parents of the child who suffered panic upon hearing the news and they have to take the body of the boy and tore up the file of the child and fled the scene. "
. The news hit the panic in the hospital and was to contact the office of the Director-General of the Department of Health said.
. It is noted that all the hospital staff had to take precautionary measures by wearing masks and others. h1n1 It should be noted that this case is the first case of detection of the virus h1n1

[edit on 6-7-2009 by JBA2848]

posted on Jul, 6 2009 @ 12:45 PM
Another Manitoban with H1 N1 dies

There's word that a fifth Manitoban carrying the H1 N1 flu virus has died.

43 year old Perry Chernesky fell ill two weeks ago and died yesterday morning.
It's not known if he had an underlying medical condition.

He was the pastor of Oakbank Baptist Church and leaves behind a wife and two daughters.

To date, 685 Manitobans have tested positive with H1-N1.

posted on Jul, 6 2009 @ 12:48 PM
First swine flu death recorded in NT

The Northern Territory has recorded its first swine flu-related death.

The department of health has confirmed a man in his early 50 has died at Royal Darwin Hospital.

It says he had underlying health issues.

"This is the first H1N1-related death to have occurred in the Northern Territory and RDH staff extend their sincerest sympathy to the patient's family and friends for their sad loss," the hospital's general manager, Dr Len Notaras, said.

posted on Jul, 6 2009 @ 12:50 PM

Urtubey, Salta’s governor, would have swine flu
Posted on 06 July 2009 at 13:53

A web based newspaper from Salta informed that the governor of this province, Juan Manuel Urtubey, spent the whole weekend with symptoms of being infected, including a 40Cº fever.

The provincial governor remains isolated in the Farm “Las Costas” as a preventive measure.

The situation worried his personal doctor who submitted samples to determine if it is the H1N1 virus. The results would be available today

posted on Jul, 6 2009 @ 12:52 PM
Swine flu: two children and man take UK death toll to seven

Three more people, two of them children, have died of swine flu, it was announced today, taking the death toll in the UK to seven.

One of the children, a nine year-old from south London, died at the weekend. The family asked for their privacy to be respected and would not allow any information about the child's health problems to be divulged.

The other two were a man and a child from the Kirklees area of West Yorkshire. All three victims had serious underlying health problems, according to local NHS officials.

Three children have now died. The first, Sameerah Ahmad in Birmingham, was six and suffered from a rare life-threatening disease which impaired her immune system and made her vulnerable to infections. Only one victim so far has been elderly – a 73-year-old man in Scotland. The others were a 19-year-old and a 38-year-old woman, who had recently given birth. All five had serious underlying health problems, according to NHS officials.

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