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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government will pay for any vaccination program against the H1N1 swine flu, and may encourage schools to help vaccinate children, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said on Thursday.
The government is also considering buying even more antiviral drugs, including more of GlaxoSmithKline's inhaled drug Relenza and pediatric doses of Roche AG's Tamiflu, officials told a swine flu "summit" at the National Institutes of Health.
The National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology is studying the genes of H1N1 virus from two patients following suspicion about its resistance to the antiviral drug oseltamivir or Tamilflu.www.thanhniennews.com...
Flutrackers Confirmed U.S. Fatalities 7/9/09 .....
*Fatalities are listed by probable location of infection, not by the victim's state of residency, when the two are different. Totals may not match each state's official number of reported deaths.
Arizona - 11
California - 31
Connecticut - 6
Florida - 8
Hawaii - 1
Illinois - 13
Maryland - 2
Massachusetts - 4
Michigan - 8
Minnesota - 3
Missouri - 1
Nevada - 3
New Jersey - 10
New York - 63
North Carolina - 2
Ohio - 1
Oklahoma - 1
Oregon - 4
Pennsylvania - 6**
Rhode Island - 2
Texas - 22
Utah - 14
Virginia - 2
Washington - 4
Wisconsin - 4
TOTAL - 226*--see below for final???
*This number represents deaths as described and reported in the media. The known CFR of H1N1 is 0.4%
**Might include 1 or more listings counted from other states
#205 California - Los Angeles County, unidentified woman reported 7/8/09 *pregnant, baby survived
#206 New Jersey - Camden County, 30 year old woman died 7/1/09 reported 7/8/09 *underlying medical conditions
#207 Pennsylvania - Montgomery County, 19 year old woman reported 7/8/09 *underlying medical conditions This is probably a double listing of Florida #6
#208 Utah - no location, unidentified person reported 7/8/09 by UTPH
#209 Utah - no location, unidentified person reported 7/8/09 by UTPH
#210 Utah - no location, unidentified person reported 7/8/09 by UTPH
#211 Utah - no location, unidentified person reported 7/8/09 by UTPH
#212 Michigan - Oakland County, unidentified person reported 7/8/09 on Michigan DCH website
#213 New York - Oneida County, adolescent reported 7/9/09 *underlying condition, being treated at SUNY Upstate in Syracuse at the time of death
#214 Florida - Palm Beach County, 25 year old woman died 6/27/09 reported 7/9/09 *according to officials, "there were other circumstances... other things going on with this individual"
#215 California - Monterey County, unidentified person reported 7/9/09 *Serious underlying medical conditions caused high risk of severe disease, hospitalized at time of death
#216 California - San Diego County, 36 year old man reported 7/9/09 *underlying health issues
#217 New York - NYC unidentified person reported 7/9/09
#218 New York - NYC unidentified person reported 7/9/09
#219 New York - NYC unidentified person reported 7/9/09
#220 New York - NYC unidentified person reported 7/9/09
#221 New York - NYC unidentified person reported 7/9/09
#222 New York - NYC unidentified person reported 7/9/09
#223 New York - NYC unidentified person reported 7/9/09
#224 New York - NYC unidentified person reported 7/9/09
#225 New York - NYC unidentified person reported 7/9/09
#226 Texas - Bell County, Temple 60 year old woman reported 7/9/09
SANTA CRUZ -- The county has recorded its first death from swine flu, the top public health officer announced today.
The 52-year-old woman died Tuesday at Dominican Hospital, but tests did not confirm swine flu infection until noon today, said Dr. Poki Stewart Namkung. Authorities are not releasing the woman's identity or exact city of residence, but said she is a resident of the county.
The woman who died was in good health before becoming ill with the flu, but did have asthma, which is one of numerous health conditions that can lower immunity to swine flu, Namkung said. The woman was hospitalized a week ago after coming to the ER with flu-like symptoms.
Initial test results analyzed in Santa Clara County could not zero in on what type of flu she had, but expidited state tests conducted two days ago confirmed she had the pandemic flu,
Health officials say this year’s swine flu epidemic has killed at least 47 people in New York. That’s nine more than previously known.
Almost all of the city’s victims had underlying medical conditions that put them more at risk from the virus. Those illnesses included asthma, diabetes or an immune system deficiency. Most people who catch the bug have only mild symptoms.
More than 900 New Yorkers have been hospitalized with swine flu since April.
There have been no new hospitalizations reported in July. The city says the number of people getting treatment for flu symptoms is now lower than when the outbreak began.