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

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posted on Jul, 10 2009 @ 08:11 PM
A second staff member at the Alberta Children's Hospital is recovering from the swine flu virus that struck two patients and another worker in the same unit.

The staff member developed respiratory problems before being diagnosed, Dr. Richard Musto, medical officer of health for the Calgary, said Friday.

The third-floor unit remains in isolation, and only parents or guardians are allowed to

posted on Jul, 10 2009 @ 08:14 PM
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said the decision to quarantine the Bartolomeu Dias was taken by the Portuguese authorities.

The ship has anchored at a jetty in the base and its 183-strong crew given the anti-viral medication, Tamiflu.

Medical staff at the base are liaising with the Health Protection Agency.

The infected crewman is being treated in the sick bay at the naval base.

It is now know how the seaman contracted the disease.

The UK now has nearly 10,000 confirmed cases of swine flu, making it the worst-affected country in Europe.

The Bartolomeu Dias is due to return to its Portuguese base next month.

posted on Jul, 10 2009 @ 08:16 PM
LA PAZ - Bolivia has confirmed its first two deaths from the swine flu virus, a health official in the country said Friday.

"Both patients have died, we are able to confirm, as a result of the A(H1N1) virus," said Erwin Saucedo, head of the regional health department in Santa Cruz, southeast of the capital La Paz.

Santa Cruz has seen around 75 percent of the 600 cases recorded throughout the country.

In both fatal cases, the patients' infection had been complicated by other illnesses.

One of the dead, a young girl, had cerebral palsy and the other, an adult male, suffered from Chagas disease, a tropical ailment caused by parasites.

The government of Santa Cruz has ordered all public events to be halted as a measure to contain the virus.

It is also contemplating a four-day shut

posted on Jul, 10 2009 @ 08:19 PM
Tamiflu (Oseltamivir) is one of the few antiviral drugs available for treatment of influenza. Use of the drug has increased substantially because of the emergence of the 2009 H1N1 pandemic strain, against which no vaccine is yet available. A recent study has shown that low levels of oseltamivir can be detected in the aquatic environment. This finding raises the possibility that aquatic birds which harbor influenza virus could be exposed to the antiviral, leading to selection of drug resistant

posted on Jul, 10 2009 @ 09:10 PM
“The bus full of children, chaperones and parents from Meridian were on their way home from Walt Disney World, where they had been since Monday, said one of the passengers on the bus. Earlier this week, one child from the group reported feeling ill, and was given a rapid test that showed the influenza virus was present, said Orange County Health Department spokesman Dain Weister. He said he did not know whether the test was sent to a state or private lab, which would have to confirm whether the virus was of the H1N1 strain, or swine flu. Later, several children said they felt sick, so the group went to the hospital, said Weister.

Jim Knight, owner of Knight Coach buslines, which transported the tourists, said there were between 12 and 14 people who complained about flu-like symptoms. A group of teens at the hospital told the Orlando Sentinel that they had boarded the bus around 7 a.m. today to make the 633-mile trip back to Mississippi, but by 9 a.m. were at the hospital. The teens said some of the passengers on the bus looked sick and were coughing and complaining of flu symptoms.

At the hospital, they were taken to a room, given masks and told that one of the passengers had tested positive for flu, said one of the teens. O'Lenick said confirmation of swine flu takes several days, and that it was unlikely one of the passengers would have been diagnosed so quickly.

The group, which had been staying at Disney's Pop Century Hotel, were given masks and put in isolation at the hospital.

The trip back home is expected to take around 10 hours. Knight said there were two drivers aboard the bus, but that neither had exhibited any symptoms. He said he spoke to one of the drivers, who told him: "I feel great. I'm ready to come home. Let me out of here."

posted on Jul, 11 2009 @ 07:40 AM
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posted on Jul, 11 2009 @ 07:52 AM
BANGKOK, July 11 (Xinhua) -- Thailand reported one more death related to influenza A/H1N1, bringing the country's death toll to 16, according to local media on Saturday.

The latest victim was a 45-year-old man from Ayutthaya province, some 50 kilometers north to the capital of Bangkok, Rattanachai Jullaneth, chief of Ayutthaya public health office, was quoted by the Bangkok Post website as saying.

The patient was admitted to Ayutthaya hospital last Wednesday. He, already in critical condition, suffered from a complication of pneumonia and kidney failure.

A team of doctors tried to save his life by giving him the antiviral drug oseltamivir and washing his kidney, but they had failed, he said.

As of Saturday morning, Thailand had confirmed 157 new infection cases, bringing the country's cumulative total to 3,228.

Thailand reported its first two confirmed patients on May 12.

posted on Jul, 11 2009 @ 07:53 AM
WELLINGTON, July 11 (Xinhua) -- The number of confirmed deaths in New Zealand from influenza A/H1N1 rose to seven on Saturday, up one since Friday, the Ministry of Health said.

The latest death involved a man from east North Island's Taranaki region, who had tested positive for the new strain of flu virus and died last week.

Doctors said he had also suffered "underlying medical condition."

The cumulative cases have reached 1,555 in New Zealand so far.

posted on Jul, 11 2009 @ 07:55 AM
HOUSTON, July 10 (Xinhua) -- The A/H1N1 flu death toll in the United States has reached 211, while confirmed and probable cases rose to 37,246, according to the latest statistics released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday.

The CDC said that 41 more deaths have been reported in the past week, a 24 percent jump from the previous record of 170, and 3,344new confirmed and probable cases have emerged, representing a 10-percent increase from the previous total of 3,3902 released a week ago.

Since the outbreak of the H1N1 flu, the state of New York has been leading the nation with most deaths of the new flu virus. The latest CDC report shows there have been 52 deaths in the state, eight more deaths reported for the past week.

Meanwhile, the state of Wisconsin continues to has most cases of the H1N1 flu. The CDC said on its website that there have been 6,031 confirmed and probable cases in the state.

However, those are "really just the tip of the iceberg," Anne Schuchat, a leading CDC expert, said last week. She and other CDC experts believe that there might be more than 1 million Americans who have been infected with H1N1 virus, though many probably had only a mild illness.

The reported numbers of the H1N1 flu cases by the CDC do not reflect how many actual cases there may be in the United State because individuals in outpatient settings are no longer being tested for the presence of the virus and many cases go undetected due to the mild nature of disease among most people, the CDC officials and experts explained.

Laboratory testing is limited to individuals with serious H1N1 flu symptom, including hospitalized patients, and those at high risk for complications, they added.

Both state and federal health officials urge people to be prepared for the pandemic declared by World Health Organization.

posted on Jul, 11 2009 @ 08:02 AM
Buenos Aires City Mayor, Mauricio Macri, confirmed four lethal cases of H1N1 Influenza virus, which add up to 13 deaths in the City.

Jorge Lemus, City Health Minister, said that there are other 22 deaths that are being

posted on Jul, 11 2009 @ 08:03 AM
The non-profit Doctors of the World international organization reported that the number of Influenza A deaths in Argentina is three times higher than the official figure announced by the government.

The organization harshly criticized that the government "minimized" the situation before the congressional election. "We were notified about the Influenza A issue after June 29," said the president of the international organization, Gonzalo

posted on Jul, 11 2009 @ 08:08 AM
CHULA VISTA, Calif.—About 400 San Diego County jail inmates have been quarantined after an inmate tested positive for the swine flu.

Sheriff's officials confirmed the case Friday, but declined to release information about the sick inmate.

They said the quarantined inmates are being isolated in various housing units and have been given anti-viral drugs. Officials have also suspended visits to all county detention facilities until further notice.

Health officials said the latest case brings the number of confirmed swine flu cases in the county to 572. Five people who contracted swine flu have died, including two whose deaths were reported this

posted on Jul, 11 2009 @ 08:11 AM
Health authorities advise taking some precautions now, in case there's a fall outbreak. Chief among them is having a two-week supply of water and food on hand and up to a month's worth of medications available.

If flu is widespread this fall, "some people are talking about high absenteeism," said Dr. Pat Crocker, chief of the emergency department at Dell Children's Medical Center in Austin. "If you took away 20 percent of the work force for six weeks, it's going to make a big dent in things."

Crocker and Palmer said people can stock up now on items that have a long shelf life. If the items aren't needed this fall, "you can cycle food through your pantry," Palmer

posted on Jul, 11 2009 @ 08:18 AM
Although the global flu pandemic has been pushed off the front pages by coverage of pop star Michael Jackson’s death and before that South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford’s infidelity, the spread of the novel influenza A (H1N1) virus continues at a worrisome rate. The latest data from the World Health Organization shows that 429 people have died and 94,000 have been infected in more than 70 counties.

As a result, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon is seeking at least $1 billion to help poor countries fight the flu epidemic. The money, of course, would have to come from rich nations.

It’s a tall order, given that the United States and other industrialized countries are struggling to weather the worldwide economic storm and are attempting to stimulate their own economies with huge amounts of government spending. Indeed, any suggestion that the rich should help the poor is bound to be met with vehement objection from citizens of the wealthy nations.

But, it would foolhardy for anyone to believe that the spread of the flu virus can be confined to those regions of the world most at risk. The movement of people around the world means that infections cannot be stopped.

It is noteworthy that the new swine flu virus first caused illness in Mexico and the United States in March and April. It is spread in the same way that regular seasonal influenza viruses spread, mainly through the coughs and sneezes of people who are sick with the virus. It may also be spread by touching infected objects and then touching your nose or mouth.

Mild strain

While the strain is mild and most people recover without needing treatment, it could have a more devastating impact in countries with populations fighting other health problems like AIDS, pneumonia, malaria and tuberculosis.

Hence, Secretary-General Ban’s contention that at least $1 billion is needed to ensure that poor countries get some vaccine doses and antivirals.

World Health Organization chief Margaret Chan has told potential donors that she wants to start a minimum stockpile of vaccines to 49 of the world’s least developed nations as a first step.

“Many of the developing countries have weak health systems,” Chan said. “They actually go into this pandemic what I call empty handed. They don’t have antivirals. They don’t have vaccines. They don’t have antibiotics.”

And it doesn’t matter that the rich countries like Britain and France have stockpiles of the antiviral Tamiflu, as well as orders for pandemic vaccine to cover their entire populations.

When people from rich countries travel to other countries, they are at risk — as illustrated by last week’s report that nine British students on a visit to the East African nation of Kenya were confirmed to be infected. The students, part of a group of 33, have been quarantined and receiving medication to attack the virus.

All the students have been confined to their hotel and all have been treated for swine flu.

The students were in contact with the staff of the hotel as well as pupils at various schools they visited.

The declaration of a pandemic — on June 11 the WHO raised the alert level to Phase 6 to reflect the global spread — is not to be taken lightly. Public health officials are well aware of the ease with which the virus can be transmitted, and no amount of warnings to take special care will stop the spread.

That is why the $1 billion or so would be money well spent — by the rich

posted on Jul, 11 2009 @ 08:22 AM
TWO of Dorset's biggest schools have been hit by the swine flu scare.

Letters have gone out to pupils at Wey Valley School and Sports College in Weymouth and The Thomas Hardye School in Dorchester advising parents of possible cases of swine flu.

The swine flu scare comes after parents of pupils at Damers First School in Dorchester received warning letters after a pupil was diagnosed with the virus.

At Wey Valley a hand-written note was handed in by a parent yesterday advising that her child had flu like symptoms.

Later that day all pupils were sent home with a letter advising them to stay at home if any flu-like symptoms occur.

Wey Valley headteacher Philip Thomas said: "After receiving the letter we followed the Dorset County Council guidelines and sent out precautionary letters to parents indicating that someone had come out with flu-like symptoms.

"It advises people to stay away rather than come to school where there are lots of people."

posted on Jul, 11 2009 @ 08:27 AM
LYON, France (Reuters) - A group of 23 teenagers from the Paris region have fallen ill with the H1N1 flu virus at a school camp in the Alps and have been isolated in special rooms at the center, a local official said on Saturday.

"At the moment they are being treated there," said the official with the local prefecture, adding that doctors were sent to the camp on Saturday. About 10 other children at the camp, also from the Paris area, have no symptoms, he said.

On Friday, the French authorities said there were 434 confirmed cases of H1N1 in France, 383 of them in the capital, and that 309 of the cases had originated abroad.

Also on Friday, the British health authorities announced the first death from H1N1, also known as swine flu, of an otherwise healthy patient. All previous deaths from H1N1 in Britain had been of people with other serious health

posted on Jul, 11 2009 @ 08:30 AM
Northamptonshire County County has confirmed the scale of the virus as it begins to take a hold in our

posted on Jul, 11 2009 @ 08:33 AM
He said Singaporeans have done well in combating the virus, but urged them not to be complacent.

'Now you begin to have complicated cases, bound to get some sad stories, maybe deaths, going forward, as you see in other countries, so that may be hard to avoid. But our job is to minimise that,' he told reporters on the sidelines of the Health & You Exhibition at Suntec City on Saturday.

Since last Monday, at least two men infected with H1N1 have been admitted to the intensive care unit as their conditions were more serious. Both had underlying medical conditions.

Mr Khaw said one reason Singaporeans have performed relatively well during this pandemic is because they have been kept well-informed.

'I think the media does a very good job, updating the people every day, advising them on what they should do. And by and large, Singaporeans comply. So when they have a fever, they do see the doctor, call 993, and that's why we have been able to manage this problem as well as we can.'

He also elaborated on his three priorities in this last leg of the fight against the virus, which first appeared here on May 27.

The first would be to focus on the high-risk groups and to ensure that they have the best chance of fully recovering. These patients may have to go to intensive care units. High-risks groups include the young, the old and those with underlying medical problems like diabetics.

The second priority is to conduct a post-mortem of how Singapore has reacted to the first wave of the virus. The authorities are taking a pause to reflect on what have been learnt since the World Health Organisation sounded the alert on the virus about 10 weeks ago so that they can do better.

'I think there are good lessons to be learnt, so that's ongoing,' he said.

Finally, Singapore must prepare for the next wave of the virus if it

posted on Jul, 11 2009 @ 11:48 AM
In April 2009, CDC reported the first two cases in the United States of human infection with a novel influenza A (H1N1) virus (1). As of July 6, a total of 122 countries had reported 94,512 cases of novel influenza A (H1N1) virus infection, 429 of which were fatal; in the United States, a total of 33,902 cases were reported, 170 of which were fatal.* Cases of novel influenza A (H1N1) virus infection have included rapidly progressive lower respiratory tract disease resulting in respiratory failure, development of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), and prolonged intensive care unit (ICU) admission (2). Since April 26, communitywide transmission of novel influenza A (H1N1) virus has occurred in Michigan, with 655 probable and confirmed cases reported as of June 18 (Michigan Department of Community Health [MDCH], unpublished data, 2009). This report summarizes the clinical characteristics of a series of 10 patients with novel influenza A (H1N1) virus infection and ARDS at a tertiary-care ICU in Michigan. Of the 10 patients, nine were obese (body mass index [BMI] ≥30), including seven who were extremely obese (BMI ≥40); five had pulmonary emboli; and nine had multiorgan dysfunction syndrome (MODS). Three patients died. Clinicians should be aware of the potential for severe complications of novel influenza A (H1N1) virus infection, particularly in extremely obese

posted on Jul, 11 2009 @ 11:59 AM
Millions of Argentines stayed home from work on Friday, as the A/H1N1 virus influenza continues to spread during the South American winter season. The latest official report from Argentina’s Public Health Ministry indicates 99 deaths caused by the A/

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