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

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posted on Jul, 11 2009 @ 07:46 PM
19-year-old from Dearborn County had no underlying health problems

A Dearborn County teenager who died Sunday in a Cincinnati hospital is Indiana's first fatality from the H1N1 flu virus, health officials said Friday.
Matthew McIntosh, 19, is the second person to die in Ohio of the virus and the first in the Cincinnati area, Hamilton (Ohio) County Coroner O'Dell Owens said. An autopsy revealed no underlying health problems, he said.

""This is July. It's hot and humid, and we have a circulating influenza virus," she said. "That is unusual."
From the beginning, McIntosh's case was unusual. McIntosh passed out in a barn. Doctors thought something in the barn was to blame.
"Normally a swine flu case would not be a coroner's case," Owens said.
McIntosh's older sister also fell ill around the same time, as did his father and a friend, Owens said. His sister, who has tested negative for the virus, remains in intensive care. Both the friend and the father are recovering.
On Friday, McIntosh's H1N1 swab came back positive, solving the mystery.

posted on Jul, 11 2009 @ 07:49 PM
Heres the previous story I posted.

Originally posted by JBA2848
Mysterious Death of Local Musician Investigated

The Indiana family struck by a fatal medical mystery is thanking everyone for their prayers and asking them to stay calm. The Mcintosh family says doctors still don't know what killed 19-year-old Matt Mcintosh and has his sister Mindy in critical condition.

Local 12's Joe Webb spoke with Matt and Mindy Mcintosh's mother today.

She says they are still waiting for Matt's autopsy report for answers. They are sad and confused, but not scared.

"I don't want people to be scared. I don't know why they're scared. I'm not sick."

That's the message Katrina Mcintosh wants to send out to neighbors and friends. She says she's proof whatever killed her son, Matt, and has her daughter, Mindy, in intensive care must not be contagious, even though doctors are still baffled by it.

Matt, known as "Skinny" died Sunday after first feeling ill two weeks ago. Mindy has been at University Hospital a week with the same symptoms... pneumonia and kidney failure. The two lived with their parents in rural Dearborn County, Indiana.

The family is trying to nail down everything the two did together before they got sick.

Katrina Mcintosh, Mother: "It's like trying to put together a puzzle that you don't have a box for and you're not sure if every piece belongs to that puzzle."

Matt is the drummer in the local band "Strange on Display." A neighbor says he became very sick during a performance more than a week ago and called his mother.

Pay Cummins, Neighbor: "She came and got him and when he got home he was coughing, but he was coughing up blood."

Matt Mcintosh is now dead. His sister is in a critical care unit, and another band member, Kristine Spielmann is also at University Hospital. She has been in isolation and under observation since Sunday with flu-like symptoms.

Don Crouse says it doesn't appear Spielmann has the same ailment, but is being checked out because of contact with Mcintoshes.

The Mcintoshes live in rural Dearborn County, near Moores Hill. Initial calls to Local 12 claimed they got sick after cleaning an outbuilding, a shed or barn and getting into some mold or dust. The hospital is taken a broad treatment approach.

"It's being treated as either viral, bacterial or fungal. We don't really have any clue as to what we're dealing with, yet."

The hospital has sent cultures for tests. A lot of people are anxious for answers.

"It's puzzling. And it's scary because we live so close."

posted on Jul, 11 2009 @ 07:53 PM
Swine flu – first death in Georgia attributed to H1N1 virus

Dr. Rhonda Medows, DCH Commissioner and Acting Public Health Director reports the swine flu (H1NI) has claimed its first victim in Georgia. A 43 year old woman from CobbCounty has reportedly died from both the flu and other health conditions. Condolences and sympathy are extended to this grieving family. May we never forget that statistics are not the individual people who make up those numbers – but real people and families who are involved. For encouragement in grieving, you may find solace in going to Grief/Share for understanding from others who have grieved.

posted on Jul, 11 2009 @ 07:54 PM
Second swine flu death in Isles

Jul 11, 2009 (The Honolulu Advertiser - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- A second person in Hawai'i who tested positive for the H1N1 virus, or swine flu, has died, a state health spokeswoman said yesterday.

However, it was not known what role swine flu played in the person's death, and if the person had other contributing health conditions.

"We did receive a laboratory confirmation today on an individual who was hospitalized and died, and that person was positive for H1N1," Department of Health spokeswoman Janice Okubo said yesterday.

"We're still waiting to get the data and background on the case. We likely will not have any details or further information until Monday." In the earlier case, a woman in her late 60s who died at Tripler Army Medical Center on June 19 also had swine flu, officials have said.

posted on Jul, 12 2009 @ 12:24 AM

University in Phuket closed for two-day cleaning after swine flu death

Hospital staff did everything possible to save the young victim last week, whose respiratory rate had reached as high as 60 breaths per minute just before his death.

Subsequent analysis of the victim’s lungs revealed the presence of a secondary infection by an unknown bacterial agent, he said.

Story Here

posted on Jul, 12 2009 @ 08:08 AM
The Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado is dealing with the state's largest outbreak of the H-1-N-1 virus, or swine flu.

The Academy says initial tests show 15 cadets with the virus.

Nearly 90 cadets have been isolated because of flu-like symptoms.

The Academy says most of the sick cadets are members of the incoming freshman class.

They began training on June 25th.

Others in the 13-hundred member class are having to wash their hands with an alcohol-based

posted on Jul, 12 2009 @ 08:17 AM
The only Briton to die of swine flu and not to have underlying health problems fought for life for nine days.

He was admitted to Basildon Hospital in Essex on July 1 and was placed in isolation in the intensive care unit.

The man, who came from the local area, was understood to have been in full health before contracting the virus. Despite this, he lost his battle against the flu strain on Friday morning.

posted on Jul, 12 2009 @ 08:18 AM
link July 12 (Xinhua) -- Thailand has one more death related to A/H1N1 influenza virus infection, bringing the country's death toll to 18, according to a local media report Sunday.

The latest victim was a 19-year-old rubber farmer from Thung Yai district, southern province of Nakhon Si Thammarat, Nopporn Chuenklin, head of the province public health office was quoted by the website of the Bangkok Post as saying.

The youth also suffered from a complication of leptospirosis, Nopporn said.

Health officials were trying to find where and how the victim was infected since he had not been to Bangkok since the A/H1N1 flu outbreak. His family members and neighboring villagers were also being examined.

Early Sunday, a woman from central province of Rachaburi was reportedly died of the disease, the 17th fatality of the epidemic.

As of Sunday morning, Thailand has confirmed 247 infection cases, bringing the country's cumulative total to 3,475.

Thailand had its first two confirmed patients on May 12.

posted on Jul, 12 2009 @ 08:19 AM
BUENOS AIRES, July 11 (Xinhua) -- Argentina reported six new A/H1N1 flu deaths on Saturday, the Health Ministry said.

With the newly-reported casualties, the country's death toll caused by the A/H1N1 flu rose to 94.

The number of confirmed cases in the country was 2,929, Health Minister Juan Manzur said.

Argentina is the third worst-hit country in the world, behind Mexico, which has reported 121 confirmed deaths, and the United States, which has reported 221.

To help stem the spread of the virus, Argentine authorities have taken a number of special measures, such as extending school vacations and canceling public celebrations.

Argentina's economy is headed for a monthly loss of six billion pesos (about 1.57 billion U.S.

dollars) because of the A/H1N1 flu spread, according to a report released a research institute on Tuesday.

According to the report, the spread of the flu has inflicted three billion pesos (785 million dollars) of loss to Argentina in the previous 15 days, and the monthly loss could add up to six billion pesos, 0.6 percent of the country's GDP.

Though medical and sanitary supplies sales have surged, other sectors including aviation, tourism, food and beverage, and entertainment have all been severely hit, the report said.

According to statistics released by the World Health Organization, globally more than 440 people

have been killed by the A/H1N1 virus since the pandemic broke out while around 100,000 others have been infected.

posted on Jul, 12 2009 @ 08:22 AM
JERUSALEM, July 12 (Xinhua) -- Professor Lewi Stone and his colleagues at the Department of Life Sciences of Tel Aviv University (TAU) are creating a statistical tool which they believe has the power to macro- and micro-manage pandemic influenza outbreaks.

posted on Jul, 12 2009 @ 08:34 AM
BRITAIN’s top medic last night warned of a doomsday swine flu scenario.

But Chief Medical Officer Sir Liam Donaldson said people should not panic.

He revealed scientists are ­probing the possibility that swine flu and bird flu could combine to form a deadly new virus.

He said experts were carrying out daily tests on each new case of A/H1N1 to check even minute mutations of the disease.

Sir Liam’s warning came after the first swine flu death of a ­patient with no underlying ­medical problems.

He said: “The worst scenario is it mixes together with another virus to produce a new variant.”

posted on Jul, 12 2009 @ 08:39 AM
Vital sections of society could be paralysed if swine flu reaches epidemic proportions as expected, the government has been warned.

A Whitehall meeting of emergency services and business chiefs has been told that more than a third of Britain's businesses have no response plans at all for dealing with the pandemic, while specific fears have been raised about the ability of the country's broadband network and the London Underground to operate

posted on Jul, 12 2009 @ 12:08 PM
THE number of people diagnosed with swine flu in Queensland has jumped by more than 400 in just two

posted on Jul, 12 2009 @ 12:56 PM
"Hospitals will have to stock up on medicine for people who are on respirators, as well as, buy extra respirators. They are gearing up for a full blown flu season," said

posted on Jul, 12 2009 @ 02:52 PM
link Minister Juan Manzur spoke in regards the concerning number of H1N1 fatal victims in an interview with a local newspaper an indicated that "Even though I understand the people's concern, and I suffer with each life we lose, we also have to know how to put information under its right context. Nobody remembers that only in July of 2006 we had 339 deaths due to regular influenza virus."

The newly appointed Health Minister also remarked that "all Argentines will be conceded with treatment", and added, "The anti viral medicine is of free distribution and can be obtained at hospitals".

Manzur described what his biggest ambitions for his new role are: "Ever since I took office, I'm only willing to give out all possible information on H1N1 A, and make sure and clear that nobody is trying to hide information here."

Health Minister also recognized that since last May "at least 110,000 cases were detected and tested positive"

"We have already had 94 H1N1 influenza deaths nationwide though the death toll is thought to be higher since there are many other cases of fatal victims under study."

"We have to be careful. The main difference between H1N1 and regular influenza is that the new virus has a higher transmissibility and it affects young people -between 25 and 45-. Up to 40 percent of the deads were pretty healthy persons. On he other hand, the regular influenza hits mostly on elder people -65 and older-.

posted on Jul, 12 2009 @ 06:51 PM
Holden said it would be the biggest campaign in response to an outbreak since mass vaccination against smallpox in 1962. He said surgeries would be aiming to inoculate about 30 people an hour in a “military-style operation”.

posted on Jul, 12 2009 @ 06:57 PM
WELLINGTON,FL--34-year-old Bryan Opdyke and his mother, Christine live in a waiting room now.

"It's been a waiting game. They tell us a little each day. This is what they are doing, no protocol just baby steps."

Opydyke's bride of just a year, Aubrey, lies connected to a the intensive care unit room of Wellington Regional Medical center. She's been in that state for a week. The prognosis is grim.

"With her diagnosis...we are quoting a fifty percent chance. It's a grave situation."

The 27-year-old mom-to-be came down with what the couple thought was a 'little' cold two weeks ago. She visited her doctor who told her not to worry and gave her an antibiotic. But the sore throat quickly turned into uncontrollable coughing and then worse.

"I got her to get in the car...and when we got here she shut down."

It took phsyicians five days of monitoring Aubrey and her unborn child before they confirmed it is Swine Flu. They asked her husband if they could deliver their baby at 26 weeks to take the pressure off of her body.

"I said you guys are the experts. You tell me what you need to save Aubrey."

Ultimitely, her doctor decided against delivering the baby: still moving around with a strong heart rate.

Still, there is no guarantee the baby girl or her mom will make it out of the hospital alive.

"For me it was just how quickly this all happened....a couple days window."

This is the second case of a pregnant woman that we know of in Palm Beach County contracting Swine Flu. A 25-year-old mom-to-be passed away in south Palm Beach County from the virus last week.

Doctors still don't know how Aubrey Opdyke contracted the virus.

Angela Sachitano, spoke with the I.C.U. physician and lung specialist who is working on her. You'll want to hear what he has to say. That's tonight at 11:00

posted on Jul, 12 2009 @ 07:06 PM
The prime minister told Jacobs it would be diplomatically disastrous if Britain was responsible for infecting the G8's leaders. Instead, Jacobs followed negotiations by phone.

[edit on 12-7-2009 by wizardwars]

posted on Jul, 12 2009 @ 07:17 PM
They dont want to infect the G8 but we should keep sending our kids to school and behave like nothing is wrong.I am very angry at this

[edit on 12-7-2009 by wizardwars]

posted on Jul, 12 2009 @ 07:29 PM
TORONTO — Swine flu vaccine production has hit a snag, with manufacturers reporting a disappointingly low yield when vaccines viruses are grown in eggs.

The World Health Organization says so far the yield for egg-based production is half or less what manufacturers get when they make vaccine to protect against seasonal H1N1 viruses. The lion's share of influenza vaccine is made by companies that grow the viruses in eggs.

New seed strains are being made in the hopes of increasing the vaccine yield, a report by the WHO's vaccine chief, Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny says.

But if the yield cannot be increased, it will slow the rate at which pandemic vaccine comes out of the production pipeline, adding to the time it takes to protect populations in countries like Canada that have purchased vaccine. And countries that haven't pre-ordered pandemic vaccine would face substantial delays before manufacturers have product to sell to them.

"There's nothing to suggest it will take longer to make vaccine, if in fact everything goes as planned. The question is: How much?" says Dr. Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Diseases Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.

"There is nothing magical about making this virus. The questions will be: How much? When? and Where will it be available?"

The yield problem is revealed in presentations WHO staff made to last week's special meeting of the expert panel that advises the Geneva-based global health agency on vaccine issues.

The body - called the strategic advisory group of experts on immunization or the SAGE - was convened to give WHO counsel on a variety of questions about pandemic vaccine use. Those include which groups should be given priority when vaccine becomes available and whether the WHO should recommend companies use adjuvants, which are boosting compounds that could help stretch limited supplies.

Kieny, head of the WHO's initiative for vaccine research, was not available for interview Sunday. The WHO is expected to reveal details of the SAGE's deliberations and recommendations on Monday.

But a report to the meeting by Dr. Wenqing Zhang of the WHO's global influenza program says that vaccine manufacturers who use so-called wild-type viruses (unmodified viruses like those now circulating around the globe) are reporting yield rates similar to what they get when they grow seasonal H1N1 viruses in Vero cells, a cell culture medium. However, few manufacturers produce flu vaccine this way.

Most make vaccine in eggs, using a reassortant or hybrid seed strain designed to improve the chances of a good yield. These seed strains can be made by a couple of methods, but the end result is a hybrid with the external genes of the virus that vaccine is to protect against and the internal genes of a virus with a proven track record for growing well.

Zhang's presentation says that of the various reassortant vaccine viruses that have been made, the one with the highest output still only generates about half of the yield seen with seasonal H1N1 vaccine production.

Kieny's presentation calls the yield "less than optimal" and says laboratories in the WHO's lab network are generating new sets of vaccine viruses as quickly as possible.

Her presentation illustrates the impact low yield would have on availability of vaccine.

Somewhere between 850-900 million and 1.8 billion doses of pandemic vaccine are already spoken for, she reports. The low end of the scale represents what would be needed by countries with contracts if it is shown that one shot will be enough to protect a person; the high end represents what those countries would need if two shots per person are required.

If all manufacturers used the lowest possible effective dose, if yields are on a par with seasonal H1N1 production and if countries only used one dose per person, manufacturers could fill all their advantage purchase orders by mid-November, Kieny's presentation suggests.

That best-case scenario also requires that all manufacturing capacity remains devoted to pandemic vaccine and no portion shifts back to the production of seasonal vaccine for next year's Southern Hemisphere flu season.

If companies don't use low doses and countries that have pre-purchased vaccine demand two shots for all their citizens, it could be mid-April before the vaccine manufacturers in high-income countries have free capacity to devote to making vaccine for middle-and-low income countries, Kieny's presentation estimates.

Ninety per cent of the world's flu vaccine production capacity is in the high-income countries that use seasonal flu vaccine.

A lower yielding vaccine "would considerably push back the timelines," the presentation warns.

Assuming the yield is half that of seasonal flu vaccine production, it would be mid-January before producers could fill all contracts if they use a single-shot, low-dose regime, Kieny estimates.

She suggests even with low-dose shots, a low-yield scenario would mean manufacturers would not be able to fill all their existing contracts until next June if the countries opt for two shots per person for all their

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