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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 @ 03:33 PM
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Manitoba reports sixth flu death National of deaths related to H1N1 hits 38


Health officials in Manitoba are reporting the death of an adult who had tested positive for swine flu.

It is the sixth death in the province related to the H1N1 virus.

Officials say the person was between 18 and 65 years old and had underlying medical conditions.

The province is also confirming 102 new confirmed flu cases in the last week, bringing the total to 787.

Many of the stricken have been from northern aboriginal communities.

There have now been 38 deaths of Canadians who had swine flu: 15 in Quebec, 12 in Ontario, six in Manitoba, three in Saskatchewan and two in Alberta.

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posted on Jul, 8 2009 @ 03:34 PM
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Swine Flu Debuts in Murray


MURRAY, KY (wkms) - Murray Primary Care Medical Center officials have confirmed two cases of swine flu in Calloway County. Doctors say both H1N1 patients have been treated and cured. One of the patients is a visiting 10-year-old girl from Wisconsin, while the other is a local 16-year-old girl. RN Janet Essary says a third suspect case was treated and was a family member of one of the girls. The patients showed symptoms of the virus two weeks ago, only yesterday did lab results show positive for H1N1. Essary says the cases have passed and Murray is no more dangerous than anywhere else in the world.



posted on Jul, 8 2009 @ 04:16 PM
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According to the latest report from Polish National Institute of Public Health we have more than 100,000 cases in 135 countries and 504 deaths.

More on link: www.pzh.gov.pl... (.PDF)



posted on Jul, 8 2009 @ 04:48 PM
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Swine flu deaths in L.A. County


Two more people have died in Los Angeles County from the novel H1N1 swine flu virus, local public health officials said today.

The deaths occurred among people who were at risk for higher complications from the flu. The latest victim was a pregnant woman, whose baby survived. The other occurred in a person with an underlying medical problem.

L. A. County now has a total of three confirmed deaths related to the H1N1 virus. The first death occurred in a middle-aged woman who had an underlying medical condition. She died in late May.

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posted on Jul, 8 2009 @ 04:57 PM
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N.J. confirms 10th swine flu death


A tenth person has died from the H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu, according to New Jersey officials.
A Camden County woman, 30, with underlying medical conditions, died on July 1, according to Thomas Slater, a spokesman for the state Health and Senior Services department
New Jersey has 833 confirmed cases and an additional 456 probable cases through today, according to the state



posted on Jul, 8 2009 @ 05:00 PM
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momento24.com...


Swine Flu: Buenos Aires government declared 2 more deaths to the total of 9
The Government of Buenos Aires confirmed this evening in a press conference two new fatal cases of Swine Flu in Capital Federal, where there are now nine people dead because of the illness.

Juan Manzur, pointed out earlier that according to the information given by the Central government, 70 are the total number of death in the country for H1N1 virus, 44 more than the ones registered officially before the elections of last June 28




posted on Jul, 8 2009 @ 05:05 PM
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Swine flu swamps other viruses as five more die


SWINE flu has recorded its deadliest day yet, with five more fatalities linked to the disease announced yesterday.

The number of Australians who have died with the novel AH1N1 virus jumped to 18, on the same day that health authorities revealed swine flu was now infecting more influenza patients than all other strains combined.

Victoria's Deputy Chief Health Officer, Rosemary Lester, said that over the past few days four more people with swine flu had died, all of whom had underlying health conditions.

The most recent, a 68-year-old man, died in a Melbourne hospital, taking the state's toll to 11.

Three of the four new cases passed away after being admitted to hospital with flu-like illnesses, but no other details were released by their families.

In NSW, a 27-year-old man with multiple health problems became the third person in the state to die with AH1N1.

NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant said the young man died last Saturday at John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle, four days after being diagnosed with the virus.

Western Australia, South Australia, the Northern Territory and Tasmania have recorded one death apiece linked to swine flu.

Federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon said it was impossible to say whether swine flu had directly caused the fatalities.

Australia has 6378 confirmed cases of swine flu, including 116 hospitalised and 32 in intensive care.
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posted on Jul, 8 2009 @ 05:08 PM
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Homeless people die after bird flu vaccine trial in Poland


Three Polish doctors and six nurses are facing criminal prosecution after a number of homeless people died following medical trials for a vaccine to the H5N1 bird-flu virus.

The medical staff, from the northern town of Grudziadz, are being investigated over medical trials on as many as 350 homeless and poor people last year, which prosecutors say involved an untried vaccine to the highly-contagious virus.

Authorities claim that the alleged victims received £1-2 to be tested with what they thought was a conventional flu vaccine but, according to investigators, was actually an anti bird-flu drug.

The director of a Grudziadz homeless centre, Mieczyslaw Waclawski, told a Polish newspaper that last year, 21 people from his centre died, a figure well above the average of about eight.

Although authorities have yet to prove a direct link between the deaths and the activities of the medical staff, Poland's health minister, Ewa Kopacz, has said that the doctors and nurses involved should not return to their profession.

"It is in the interests of all doctors that those who are responsible for this are punished," the minister added.

Investigators are also probing the possibility that the medical staff may have also have deceived the pharmaceutical companies that commissioned the trials.

The suspects said that the all those involved knew that the trial involved an anti-H5N1 drug and willingly participated.

The news of the investigation will come as another blow to the reputation of Poland's beleaguered and poverty-stricken national health service. In 2002, a number of ambulance medics were found guilty of killing their patients for commissions from funeral companies.




posted on Jul, 8 2009 @ 05:23 PM
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SSA reported 121 deaths from influenza


The number of people killed by the human influenza in Mexico rose to 121, reported the Health Department, after ensuring that the outbreak of A/H1N1 virus in recent days in the southeast of the country is already controlled.

The unit said in a statement that so far have been registered in 11 countries around the 699 thousand cases of influenza A H1N1, including 121 deaths.

In the latest report about the virus, from June 25, 10 thousand were registered 687 cases including 119 deaths.

In late June, also reported a significant upswing in new infections in the southern states of Chiapas and Yucatan in only one weeks saw jump in the number of cases to 492 thousand and 79 thousand from 683 to 362, respectively.

"Fortunately in both entities and has controlled the situation," said Health Secretary Jose Angel Cordova, said in the statement.



posted on Jul, 8 2009 @ 05:28 PM
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4 More Deaths In Utah--bringing count to 14
health.utah.gov...

Pandemic A (H1N1) 2009
Utah Public Health
Situation Report
07/08/2009
Updated Wednesdays at: health.utah.gov...
Page 1 of 2
Status summary as of Wednesday, July 8:
Utah:
Public health is reporting:
 268 hospitalized cases of Pandemic A (H1N1) Flu (that is 23 more
hospitalized cases than on 7/1).
 14 individuals have died.
 Influenza-like illness (ILI) rates in Utah for the last week are going
down, but are still slightly above the epidemic threshold.
 At this time, all indicators suggest that the outbreak has peaked in
Utah.
U.S. and World:
Note: the WHO numbers were updated on 7/6, CDC on 7/2. Data
reported by the WHO does not reflect current U.S. case count. Data
reported by CDC does not reflect current Utah case count.
The World Health Organization (WHO) is reporting the following world situation
for Pandemic A (H1N1) Flu and the CDC for the U.S.:
 Worldwide 94,512 cases (39,645 more than 7/1)
o During the last reporting period, highest reported influenza activity has
occurred in Argentina, Australia, China, Japan, Peru and Thailand.
 United States
o 33,902 confirmed and probable cases (12,453 more than 7/1)
 170 deaths (43 more than 7/1)
 All states (including Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico) are now
reporting cases.
o For more information on U.S. cases see: www.cdc.gov...
o WHO now reports that there have been 3 pandemic A (H1N1) isolates
(out of 1,000 tested) that are resistant to oseltamivir. This is termed
“sporadic” resistance to Tamiflu.
Pandemic A (H1N1) 2009
Utah Public Health
Situation Report
07/08/2009
Updated Wednesdays at: health.utah.gov...
Page 2 of 2
Prevention/Treatment
U.S. Percent isolates SUSCEPTIBLE to antivirals*
Influenza strain Oseltamivir Zanamivir Adamantanes
Pandemic A (H1N1) 100% 100% 0%
Seasonal A (H1N1)



posted on Jul, 8 2009 @ 05:30 PM
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Twelve hospitalised with swine flu


Twelve people have been hospitalised with swine flu in Queensland.

Half of them are in intensive care.

The current H1N1 infection tally stands at 1484 in the Sunshine State, compared to 6767 cases nationally.

So far, 13 people have died from swine flu-related illness in Australia, the bulk of them in Victoria. No swine flu deaths have been recorded in Queensland.

Under the current 'protect' phase of the pandemic, health authorities are only conducting testing on people considered as being at high risk of developing post-infection complications.

Those include pregnant women, the morbidly obese, elderly, indigenous Australians, diabetics and people suffering respiratory illness such as asthma, heart and renal disease.
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posted on Jul, 8 2009 @ 05:32 PM
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Man, 76, first swine flu victim at serious risk


A 76-year-old man has become the first human swine flu (H1N1) victim to slip into a serious condition.
More than 1,000 people have contracted the virus but in nearly all cases the symptoms have been mild.

Centre for Health Protection controller Thomas Tsang Ho-fai said the man was admitted to the Prince of Wales Hospital on Sunday and was confirmed to have H1N1 yesterday.

The patient, who is also suffering from a chronic pulmonary disease, had shown initial improvement following treatment on Monday, but his condition deteriorated yesterday.

The man's 74-year-old wife has shown no symptoms, but tests are being conducted to determine whether she has contracted the virus.

"Prior to being taken to hospital, the man had spent most of his time at home, and had not received visitors," Tsang said.

So far, only four senior citizens had contracted H1N1. Only four to five patients were still hospitalized.

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posted on Jul, 8 2009 @ 05:34 PM
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Four More Swine Flu Deaths Reported in Utah


SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah Health Department announced that there are now four more swine flu deaths in the Beehive State within the last week. The total number of deaths from the H1N1 flu now stand at 14 and there are now 268 confirmed hospitalized cases. Watch FOX 13 News Live at Five and fox13now.com for the latest information on this story.



posted on Jul, 8 2009 @ 05:35 PM
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3 More Texas Deaths--Toll Jumps to 21
www.dshs.state.tx.us...


Deaths. There have been 21 people with H1N1 who have died in Texas. June: one Cameron County woman; one Travis County man; three men and one woman from El Paso County; one man, three women and one boy from Hidalgo County; two women and one man from Bexar County; and one Victoria County woman. May: one man and one woman from El Paso County, one Fort Bend County girl, one Cameron County woman, and one Nueces County man. April: A young boy from Mexico City died in a Houston-area hospital



posted on Jul, 8 2009 @ 05:36 PM
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Swine flu claims four more Texans


Four more Texas are confirmed to have died of swine flu, the Department of State Health Services is reporting today, bringing the total to 21.

The most recent deaths do not include any Central Texas residents. The department did not release where the four victims lived.

A 49-year-old Pflugerville man died of swine flu June 28, the first in Travis County.

The state is now reporting swine flu infections in nearly half of Texas’ counties — 120 of 254.

The state health department says there are 4,287 confirmed cases of H1N1, or swine, flu and 177 probable cases for a total of 4,464.
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posted on Jul, 8 2009 @ 05:42 PM
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Disease experts talk swine flu in Toronto


About 200 infectious disease experts have gathered in Toronto to discuss the H1N1 flu virus that has become a global pandemic.

The meeting is aimed at sharing information from across the country and setting up research collaborations.

Dr. Frank Plummer of the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg says experts need to find out why some people are getting only mild illness from this flu, but others are getting severely ill.

He says a new concern is a different virus that has affected at least two hog farm workers in Saskatchewan.

But Plummer says it is not related to the pandemic H1N1 flu virus that has made thousands of Canadians sick.

Plummer says infectious disease experts need to deal aggressively with the new virus, found in farm workers who experienced mild flu symptoms in June and later recovered.

Meanwhile, health officials in the United States are stepping up testing of swine flu cases for Tamiflu resistance.
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posted on Jul, 8 2009 @ 05:45 PM
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One More Death in Michigan; Totals 8
www.michigan.gov...

The latest number of deaths by county will be updated daily (Mon-Fri) by 5:00 p.m.
as of
5:00 p.m.
June 13, 2009
8 Deaths as of
July 8, 2009


Detroit: 1
Macomb: 3
Oakland: 3
Roscommon: 1



posted on Jul, 8 2009 @ 05:51 PM
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Secretaries Kathleen Sebelius (HHS), Janet Napolitano (DHS), and Arne Duncan (ED), along with Homeland Security Advisor John Brennan, will host an all-day H1N1 Flu Preparedness Summit with states to further prepare the nation for the possibility of a more severe outbreak of H1N1 flu in the fall.

Federal, state and local officials, emergency managers, educators and others will discuss lessons learned during the spring and summer H1N1 wave, and discuss best practices and preparedness priorities.

Plenary sessions will air live from 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM and from 2:45 PM – 4:00 PM. Watch live here.

www.flu.gov...



posted on Jul, 8 2009 @ 06:02 PM
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ATHENS, July 8 (Xinhua) -- The total cases of the new A/H1N1 flu in Greece reached 187, of which 70 have fully recovered and the rest are still being treated, according to Health Ministry on Wednesday.

The ministry said all the new cases again concerned individuals that had recently entered the country from abroad or had come into contact with a confirmed case.

The health ministry said that the situation was completely under control and there was no cause for concern.

According to the ministry, although the new flu has acquired the proportions of a pandemic and the number of cases was expected to rise, the cases in Greece continued to be all in mild form



posted on Jul, 8 2009 @ 06:05 PM
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While much of the world’s media obsesses about death tolls from the swine flu pandemic, more evidence has emerged today of what is arguably the more concerning trend: antiviral resistance. The World Health Organisation has just reported that it has now been informed by health authorities in Denmark, Japan and Hong Kong of the appearance of H1N1 viruses which are resistant to Tamiflu.

The good news: The resistant viruses, detected through laboratory testing, have been found in three patients who subsequently recovered after mild flu symptoms. All three responded to Relenza (zanamivir). The cases also appear to be sporadic, with no signs yet of a Tamiflu-resistant strain of H1N1 circulating in the community

The bad news: While cases of resistance are not unexpected (common seasonal flu can do the same, and a Tamiflu-resistant strain emerged last year and is now widely circulating), it hints at what might come, and the risk that the UK’s stockpile of tamiflu — so far successful in treatment — might be rendered ineffective...

WHO has recommended that, on the basis of risk assessment of no evidence of widespread antiviral resistance, there should be no changes to clinical treatment guidance, and antiviral drugs remain a key component of the public health response when used as recommended. So treatment strategies the world over stay as is, for the time beingtimesonline.typepad.com...




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