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

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posted on Jul, 8 2009 @ 12:42 AM
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Soacha housekeeper and teenager die from A(H1N1) virus


A 28-year-old woman and 13-year-old girl, both from Soacha, die from the A(H1N1) virus. Neither had contact with people traveling abroad


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posted on Jul, 8 2009 @ 12:47 AM
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Victoria records 4 more swine flu deaths


Another four Victorians diagnosed with swine flu have died.

Three of those died after being admitted to hospital with flu-like illness, and all four had underlying health conditions.

Victoria's deputy chief health officer, Dr Rosemary Lester, says the Department of Human Services had been notified of the deaths over the last few days.

Victoria now has 11 deaths associated with human swine flu, Dr Lester said.

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posted on Jul, 8 2009 @ 12:56 AM
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Fifth swine flu fatality


LATEST: Five New Zealanders with swine flu have now died, the chief coroner confirmed this afternoon.

Judge Neil MacLean said the 49-year-old Christchurch man, who had a history of asthma, died at his home between 4 and 5 July.

Judge MacLean also confirmed today that 46-year-old Blenheim man died at home on or about July 1, but positive test results for the virus were only confirmed today.

The man had pre-existing medical problems.

No further information will be available on either death until after the next of kin have been consulted.




posted on Jul, 8 2009 @ 01:05 AM
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Child dies of influenza in five years, in Yucatán


A new death as a result of human influenza A/H1N1, the victim was a child of five years who passed away on Sunday morning, his family reported.

According to information, the death occurred yesterday at the Clínica de Mérida, where the child remained hospitalized because of the disease since June 22 last. Specialists said that a hospital complication of the disease caused the death.

So far the state government does not yet official cause of death was from influenza, including the Ministry of Health indicated that they have no knowledge of the death of the child.

With this death, and would be at least four deaths from the disease, despite the efforts of the authorities of state and federal health to counteract the disease.

Before there were deaths in the direction of San Sebastian, in Mérida, in Kanasin and Tekit. However, the government only accepted as official by the influenza death of a girl of 11 years of age, Tekit people. The recent case was less than his home in Pensions was buried yesterday.

According to his parents on June 18 she complained of abdominal pain. As the pain continued, he was taken to the doctor, who diagnosed gastroenteritis, 20 on Saturday but his health worsened, as presented high fever and cough.

At 22 noon on Monday he was admitted to the clinic as a patient suspected of Mérida influenza; days after the disease was confirmed. His relatives believe that the disease in a shopping mall.

Four of the Health Caravans are located in different parts of the city and special teams in the detection of evil roam the city, especially the west, where there has been much positive cases and suspects.

The modules operate mobile from Monday to Sunday from 10am to six p.m. in Francisco de Montejo, San Pedro Uxmal in Chuburna; Cordemex at Calle 42 and 41, and the Sanitary Jurisdiction in Cologne German.

The Health Ministry said that people take lightly the disease, which is low due to the influx of people moving to the modules, which are the first to detect evil. “Dr. Suspect cases are being passed around the lab's Center for Regional Studies "Dr. Hideyo Noguchi”. Hideyo Noguchi. "

A panel of federal health brigadistas travels different colonies, mainly in the west, where it tests to people with symptoms of the disease.

The Health Ministry has put its emphasis in Merida, Yucatan, following which climbed to second place in the country in number of cases of influenza.


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posted on Jul, 8 2009 @ 01:08 AM
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In the country, indicate that the 79 were killed by influenza A


Yesterday, it was reported another seven deaths from the new flu. Three deaths were recorded in Santa Fe, two in Cordova, one in San Juan and one in Santa Cruz. Desde el domingo no hay parte oficial Since Sunday is not an official part

While yesterday there was no official part by the Ministry of Health, warned yesterday of four provinces other 7 deaths from influenza A in Argentina, bringing the total deaths by the new flu reaches 79.

Three new deaths were reported in Santa Fe, so in that province are those killed by the 21 previously called "swine flu", making the second jurisdiction in more deaths from this cause, after the province of Buenos Aires that counts 43.

Also, yesterday, health authorities in San Juan last week confirmed that a baby died only eight months when he was transferred in an aircraft emergency health, while in Santa Cruz was killed two years of a child from the flu.

Finally, in the town of Cordoba San Francisco, a man of 39 years and a woman of 26 years, which was 12 days before mother died of influenza A, published the newspaper Clarin.



Argentina 79 dead.

[edit on 8-7-2009 by JBA2848]



posted on Jul, 8 2009 @ 01:15 AM
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6th Person In Florida With Swine Flu Dies


ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) ― A 19-year-old woman from Pennsylvania became the sixth person with swine flu to die in Florida, health officials said Tuesday.

They didn't identify the woman but said she was visiting central Florida and was hospitalized in Orlando prior to her death.

Health officials said the cause of death was still being determined but it was believed to be related to the swine flu.

"This person posed no additional risks to the community's health whatsoever," said Dr. Kevin Sherin, director of the Orange County Health Department.

Florida has had more than 940 cases and five other deaths related to swine flu. Three deaths were in Miami-Dade County, one was in Broward County and another one was in Seminole County in the Orlando area.

Health officials said the death is being added to Pennsylvania's swine-flu related death count since the woman wasn't a Florida resident.

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So she dies in Orlando Florida and add it to Pennsylvanias tally because thats where she is from?



posted on Jul, 8 2009 @ 01:18 AM
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“Between 10-20% of the population must be infected with H1N1 flu”


Renowned infectious disease specialist Daniel Stamboulián said Argentina is going through the first half of the pandemic phase of the virus. "The next three weeks will be extremely important to know how it will diminish," he added.

He also said it is impossible and unnecessary for the laboratories to report all the cases. Stamboulián estimated cases in Argentina may total 3 million. He also emphasized the Argentine situation is quite similar to the current scenario of the neighboring countries. Regarding the prevention of the virus, Dr. Daniel Stamboulián said people showing H1N1-flu like symptoms must be isolated to avoid transmitting the virus to their relatives or work mates. "Health masks are falsely safe," he asserted.

What is the situation in Argentina regarding the Influenza A (H1N1)?

The Influenza A (H1N1) appeared in Argentina three weeks ago. Flu outbreaks and new viruses like this one usually last six weeks, so there are three weeks remaining. This is a very dynamic scenario, the virus grows, it remains stable, but we are certainly in the middle of the pandemic.


Can we consider official data real?

First of all we need to know that confirmed cases don't actually show the real prevalence of the virus. Even in the USA, where data are properly reported, there must be 5-10 actual cases for each reported case. That happens here too. The interesting fact is that seasonal flu usually affects 10% of the population. This means there are about 1.5 to 3 million infected people in the country. Pandemics usually affect 20 to 40% of the population. Health Minister Manzur actually said there are more than 100.000 infected people. Laboratories can't cope with all the work.


So, what are the actual figures?

I think 10- 20% of the Argentine population is infected. This means we will probably reach more than 3 million cases in the country.
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posted on Jul, 8 2009 @ 01:31 AM
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Paraguay reports 3 new deaths due to A/H1N1 flu


BUENOS AIRES, July 7 (Xinhua) -- The Paraguayan Health Ministry reported on Tuesday three deaths due to A/H1N1 influenza, raising the death toll in the country to five.

According to information reaching here from Asuncion, capital of Paraguay, the patients were two of 21 years old and one of 20 years old.

The patients had been hospitalized for respiratory infections and the analysis proved they were infected with the A/H1N1 virus.

Director from the Health Services of Paraguay, Diego Gamarra, said that the authorities are observant due to the grave respiratory conditions to impede the alarm.

The Health Ministry said that to the moment there have been confirmed 114 cases and there are 498 possible cases that are being tested. It also said that 20 percent of the patients were between five and 14 years old.

The Paraguayan authorities said that 50 percent of 111 beds in intensive care from the public health system are full with patients of severe respiratory diseases.

Doctor from the Sanitary Vigilance Direction from the Health Ministry, Ivan Allende, said that all the patients are on severe conditions.

Allende said that the A/H1N1 virus is easy to spread and it has potential to infect all the Paraguayans.

Allende also said that 30 percent of the doctors and nurses working in the emergency have symptoms and there are possibilities that half of them are infected


The Paraguayan authorities said that 50 percent of 111 beds in intensive care from the public health system are full with patients of severe respiratory diseases.



posted on Jul, 8 2009 @ 01:33 AM
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Death toll of A/H1N1 flu in Canada rises to 37


OTTAWA, July 7 (Xinhua) -- The death toll of A/H1N1 flu in Canada rose to 37 Tuesday, health officials said.

The eastern province of Quebec reported one new death, bringing the provincial total to 15, the most among the provinces. But there are no details on the victim.

After Quebec, Ontario province records the second highest fatality with 12 people having died of the flu virus. Other deaths are in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta.

The total of confirmed cases of A/H1N1 flu in Canada now stands at 8,883, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada.




posted on Jul, 8 2009 @ 05:27 AM
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Health Minister Michael McGimpsey has warned he may have to “rob” other parts of his budget to combat swine flu after failing to gain extra cash from the Executivewww.belfasttelegraph.co.uk...



posted on Jul, 8 2009 @ 05:46 AM
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Hawke's Bay Hospital's number of swine-flu cases is sitting at 90, with seven medical staff among the tally.

The Hawke's Bay District Health Board confirmed seven of its staff had caught swine flu and while most had called in sick from home some had become symptomatic at work before being sent home.

However the DHB was doing all it could to control to stop the spread of infection, communications adviser Anna Kirk said.

"It is actively encouraging the use of hand sanitisers, routine hand-washing and other infection control to staff, patients and visitors to the hospital," she said.

Mrs Kirk urged people to think about whether visiting the hospital was necessary and to keep children away where possible.

The young woman in the hospital's intensive care unit remains in a critical but stable condition. She is one of 12 people in the country to be in intensive-care units with the virus.

Three other people with confirmed swine flu have been hospitalised in Hawke's Bay.

The intensive-care high-dependency unit and A1 general ward are still restricting visitors to one per patient to limit the spread of infection while the hospital copes with a large number of people with acute respiratory illness.

Last week 36 inpatient elective surgeries were postponed due to the influx.

The number of confirmed cases of swine flu in New Zealand rose to 1195 yesterday while the worldwide figure has passed 90,000www.hawkesbaytoday.co.nz...



posted on Jul, 8 2009 @ 06:02 AM
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The New Zealand Minister of Health, Hon Tony Ryall, has asked the Ministry of Health officials to urgently advise him on issues raised about a "swine flu" vaccine produced by Baxter International Inc. This follows his receipt of a letter raising concerns about whether vaccines produced by Baxter for "swine flu" can be trusted.

In an open letter to all members of the New Zealand House of Parliament, Penny Bright, Media Spokesperson for Water Pressure Group, a judicially recognized Public Watchdog for Metrowater, water and Auckland regional governance matters, raises a series of questions and concerns about the safety of the vaccine. She demands to know whether Baxter products are currently being used in New Zealand for the "swine flu", "bird flu" or any other type of flu.

Bright highlights the fact that Baxter is currently facing criminal charges for producing contaminated "bird flu" vaccine that date back to February of this year when it became known that the company had sent out 72 kilos of live "bird flu" virus supplied by the World Health Organization in the winter of 2009 to 16 laboratories in four countries. These charges were filed by journalist Jane Burgermeister of Austria and were exclusively reported by Natural Newswww.naturalnews.com...



posted on Jul, 8 2009 @ 12:47 PM
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6th Person In Florida With Swine Flu Dies

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) ― A 19-year-old woman from Pennsylvania became the sixth person with swine flu to die in Florida, health officials said Tuesday.

They didn't identify the woman but said she was visiting central Florida and was hospitalized in Orlando prior to her death.

Health officials said the cause of death was still being determined but it was believed to be related to the swine flu.

"This person posed no additional risks to the community's health whatsoever," said Dr. Kevin Sherin, director of the Orange County Health Department.

Health officials said the death is being added to Pennsylvania's swine-flu related death count since the woman wasn't a Florida resident.

So she dies in Orlando Florida and add it to Pennsylvanias tally because thats where she is from?


Errg...


*They* need to set up a standardized protocol at the very least; remember the case of the US man visiting Canada, and it was counted as a Canadian fatality, or the case of the NY woman visiting Las Vegas and it was counted as a Nevada fatality?

IMO, it's because of the normal MO...follow the $$$...let's move this one to PA: wouldn't want any deaths in Orlando!...tourism dollars at work there...wouldn't want to scare away any of the $ spending Disney, Universal or SeaWorld tourists, would they? If these tourists are even aware...LOL

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posted on Jul, 8 2009 @ 12:52 PM
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Speaking of Swine and Economics...
Argentine businesses struck by swine flu


An uncharacteristic quiet hangs over Buenos Aires’s usually bustling commercial districts as swine flu grips the Argentine capital.

Restaurants, shopping centres, hotels and theatres all report falling sales as deaths from H1N1 infection across the country reached 65.

Local businesses fear that emergency health measures unveiled by the Buenos Aires health ministry last week could result in similar economic losses to those that occurred in Mexico City at the start of the swine flu outbreak.

Trade has halved over recent days, representing a weekly loss of around $150m, according to Luis María Peña, president of the association of hotels, restaurants, confectionary shops and cafés.

Businesses geared towards children are reporting the most severe impact. Cinemas reported a fall in ticket receipts of more than 33 per cent in a week. Internet cafés, sports centres, discotheques and theatres have seen a similar fall-off rate.

In the district of San Isidro, children under 18 have been banned from entering shopping centres until July 9. Nightclubs and gymnasiums have also closed their doors temporarily.

Provincial governments are now following suit. Mendoza, San Juan and Corrientes have ordered casinos and cinemas to remain shut for a fortnight. Argentina’s theatre association has also decided to close box offices for 10 days.

“I’ve had two children’s parties and a baptism cancelled at the last minute. The flu is terrible for business because parents are terrified and prefer to stay at home,” said Justina Maiz, a specialist children’s photographer.

Travel companies are also reporting widespread cancellations as an increasing number of countries issue health warnings against visiting Argentina.

Argentines themselves are holding off travelling as well. School graduates are being requested not to travel to the ski town of Bariloche, a popular end-of-term destination, for at least a fortnight.

Pharmacies are one of the few industries to see sales on the rise. Stocks of masks and alcohol gel are almost sold out across the country, leading some consumers to cross into neighbouring Chile and Uruguay to obtain them.

The antiviral Tamiflu medicine is the top seller. “Supplies are still available, but the problem is that we sell out in a flash,” said a pharmacist in Buenos Aires’s busy Palermo neighbourhood.

Business leaders have criticised the government for responding too slowly to the H1N1 outbreak. An estimated 100,000 people have contracted swine flu since the first cases appeared in Argentina in May, according to the national health ministry. Laboratory results put the figure at 2,485.

If the flu epidemic lasts for a month, the impact on the economy could amount to 0.5-0.6 per cent of GDP, equivalent to over 6.1bn pesos ($1.6bn, £990m), according to estimates by local analyst firm Orlando Ferreres. Other analysts put the figure at anywhere between 4bn and 10bn pesos.

Last week, health minister Graciela Ocana resigned, allegedly due to her frustration at not being able to introduce nationwide prevention measures earlier.

Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, the president, has so far preferred to leave provincial and municipal governments to determine their own responses to the outbreak. To date, 11 of the country’s 23 provinces have declared a state of emergency, in addition to Buenos Aires.

The health ministry finally unveiled a 1bn-peso package of measures at the end of last week, most of which was meant for the distribution of Tamiflu.

Other measures include the introduction of paid leaves for pregnant women. Civil servants with young children have also been granted time off as schools close their doors on Wednesday, a week ahead of scheduled holidays.

Around 45,000 civil servants are off work in Buenos Aires, while private companies are reporting absentee levels of up to 15 per cent.

Congress is due to debate on Wednesday whether or not to bring forward parliament’s winter recess.

www.ft.com...



posted on Jul, 8 2009 @ 12:58 PM
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WHO to Recommend Countries Stop Testing All Flu Cases

www.bloomberg.com...


July 7 (Bloomberg) -- The World Health Organization will recommend that countries stop trying to test all suspected cases of swine flu, said Keiji Fukuda, the agency’s assistant director-general of health security and environment.

Nations that have reported pandemic flu cases should focus on diagnosing patients by their symptoms, Fukuda said today on a conference call with reporters. That will free up laboratories to test samples in unusual or severe cases, clusters of illnesses and cases with odd symptoms, he said.

“What countries ought to do is tailor down their testing,” he said. “It will ease the burden on labs and make testing less of a chore. It is very hard to keep up.”

The Geneva-based United Nations health agency will continue recommending testing in countries that haven’t reported any cases of the pandemic H1N1 flu virus, Fukuda said. The WHO will release updated guidance on testing within a few days, he said. More than 98,000 pandemic flu cases have been reported worldwide, Fukuda said.



posted on Jul, 8 2009 @ 01:12 PM
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sorry so long...


Flutrackers Confirmed U.S. Fatalities 7/7/09 .....

Arizona - 10
California - 26
Connecticut - 6
Florida - 6
Hawaii - 1
Illinois - 13
Maryland - 1
Massachusetts - 4
Michigan - 7
Minnesota - 1
Missouri - 1
Nevada - 3
New Jersey - 9
New York - 53
North Carolina - 2
Ohio - 1
Oklahoma - 1
Oregon - 4
Pennsylvania - 5
Rhode Island - 2
Texas - 18
Utah - 10
Virginia - 2
Washington - 4
Wisconsin - 4

TOTAL - 194*
*This number represents deaths as described and reported in the media. The known CFR of H1N1 is 0.4%

#189 Nevada - Clark County, 51 year old man died 7/3/09 reported 7/6/09 *underlying medical condition, hospitalized 6/25
#190 California - Stanislaus County, 21 year old woman died 7/1/09 reported 7/6/09 *pre-existing medical conditions, died while hospitalized with severe pneumonia, H1N1 confirmed postmortem
#191 California - San Diego County, 50 year old woman reported 7/7/09
#192 Florida - Orange County, unidentified out-of-state visitor reported 7/7/09
#193 New York - Nassau County, unidentified minor died 7/1/09 reported 7/7/09 *multiple underlying medical conditions, hospitalized 6/25 with fever and respiratory symptoms
#194 Rhode Island - Providence County, unidentified woman reported 7/7/09 *underlying medical conditions that increased her risk for serious illness from influenza

Flutrackers Confirmed U.S. Fatalities 7/8/09 .....

Arizona - 11
California - 28
Connecticut - 6
Florida - 6 *tentative total
Hawaii - 1
Illinois - 13
Maryland - 1
Massachusetts - 4
Michigan - 7
Minnesota - 1
Missouri - 1
Nevada - 3
New Jersey - 9
New York - 53
North Carolina - 2
Ohio - 1
Oklahoma - 1
Oregon - 4
Pennsylvania - 5 *tentative total
Rhode Island - 2
Texas - 18
Utah - 10
Virginia - 2
Washington - 4
Wisconsin - 4

TOTAL - 197*
*This number represents deaths as described and reported in the media. The known CFR of H1N1 is 0.4%

#195 California - Alameda County, unidentified person reported 7/7/09 by Alameda County Health Department
#196 California - Alameda County, unidentified person reported 7/7/09 by Alameda County Health Department
#197 Arizona - no location, 11th death in the state, unidentified person reported 7/7/09 by AZ DHS

Flutrackers Confirmed U.S. Fatalities 7/8/09 .....

Arizona - 11
California - 28
Connecticut - 6
Florida - 7 *tentative total
Hawaii - 1
Illinois - 13
Maryland - 1
Massachusetts - 4
Michigan - 7
Minnesota - 1
Missouri - 1
Nevada - 3
New Jersey - 9
New York - 53
North Carolina - 2
Ohio - 1
Oklahoma - 1
Oregon - 4
Pennsylvania - 5 *tentative total
Rhode Island - 2
Texas - 18
Utah - 10
Virginia - 2
Washington - 4
Wisconsin - 4

TOTAL - 198*
*This number represents deaths as described and reported in the media. The known CFR of H1N1 is 0.4%

#195 California - Alameda County, unidentified person reported 7/7/09 by Alameda County Health Department
#196 California - Alameda County, unidentified person reported 7/7/09 by Alameda County Health Department
#197 Arizona - no location, 11th death in the state, unidentified person reported 7/7/09 by AZ DHS
#198 Florida - Volusa County, 55 year old man died 6/23/09 reported 6/24/09, confirmed case of H1N1, hospitalized for several weeks, hospital claims his death was caused by a pre-existing chronic illness



to be continued...

[edit on 8-7-2009 by sonjah1]



posted on Jul, 8 2009 @ 01:18 PM
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Two more californians died of A/H1N1 flu virus
www.istockanalyst.com...

HOUSTON, Jul. 7, 2009 (Xinhua News Agency) -- Local health officials reported on Tuesday that two more californians had died of the A/H1N1 flu virus, bringing the death toll to 25 in the west coast state.

San Diego County public health officer Wilma Wooten announced that a 50-year-old woman infected with A/H1N1 flu had died on June 29.

"This is an unfortunate incident. Our thoughts are with the friends and family of this individual," said Wooten, urging individuals with underlying medical conditions to see their primary care physicians if they have flu symptoms.

County Health and Human Services Agency spokesman Jose Alvarez said the woman had an underlying medical condition and the flu created extra medical stress on her body.

Meanwhile, Utah health officials reported on Tuesday that a California man had died of A/H1N1 flu in a Salt Lake City hospital recently.

Dr. Rick Almaguer, public health officer of Elko County, Utah state, said the California man was first admitted to Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital and subsequently transported to a Salt Lake City hospital.

Almaguer did not have the exact date of the death of the California man, but said he suffered from severe respiratory problems roughly two weeks ago.

As of Tuesday morning, the California Department of Health reported 1,989 confirmed and probable cases of A/H1N1 flu, including 23 deaths.

Nationwide, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last 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.


***Another case of where to count??? CA man dies in Utah???***






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posted on Jul, 8 2009 @ 03:22 PM
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2 new swine flu deaths confirmed in Minnesota


Two additional deaths associated with the swine flu have been confirmed in Minnesota, state health officials said this afternoon.

That brings to three the total number of confirmed deaths in the state since this ongoing global outbreak of the H1N1 virus began.

The latest deaths, both in the Twin Cities, involve an elderly person with "underlying medical problems" who had been hospitalized and a child who "had an extensive bacterial infection" along with the H1NI virus, the state Health Department said in a news release.
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posted on Jul, 8 2009 @ 03:23 PM
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Second Maryland death linked to swine flu


A second Maryland death been linked to the H1N1 flu, state health officials said Wednesday.

Officials gave very few details about the death, saying only that the person was under the age of 65, a resident of the Baltimore metro area and had a serious underlying medical condition that contributed to the death.
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posted on Jul, 8 2009 @ 03:28 PM
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Montco resident with H1N1 flu dies


A 19-year-old Montgomery County woman has died, and county health department officials say the H1N1 influenza virus was a contributing factor.

This case marks the first death related to the H1N1 virus in the county.

The identity and other personal details of the victim will not be made public, according to a press release from the Montgomery County Health Department, due to privacy concerns. The victim had other unidentified underlying medical conditions, according to the release..


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