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

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posted on Jul, 15 2009 @ 08:07 AM
Dr. Cannell’s research then led him to some remarkable discoveries about the effectiveness of vitamin D as a potent antibiotic and antiviral. Vitamin D boosts the body’s production of antimicrobial peptides, a class of proteins that quickly destroys the cell walls of bacteria, viruses (including influenza) and fungi. These peptides also keep the lungs free from infection.

But that’s not all. While vitamin D is destroying flu-causing viruses, it simultaneously performs another life-saving function. It prevents the immune system from producing a dangerous amount of inflammatory chemicals (cytokines) that attack sensitive respiratory membranes. In severe cases of the flu, this inflammation can destroy the normal cell lining of the respiratory

posted on Jul, 15 2009 @ 08:11 AM
The swine flu scare Tuesday forced IT major Google to shut down its Hyderabad office for two days as a precautionary measure.

A company spokesman confirmed that Google has declared two-day holiday for all its employees at Hyderabad office to enable them to be screened for influenza A (N1H1).

All employees of the firm were told to approach Andhra Pradesh Chest Hospital after one employee tested positive for swine

posted on Jul, 15 2009 @ 09:17 AM
Nebraska has confirmed it's first death from the H1N1 Virus. More information after 10:30 a.m.

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KTIV)- The Chief Medical Officer for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services has schedule a press conference to provide more details about the first death of a Nebraska resident due to the H1N1 virus.

Check back to or watch KTIV NewsChannel Four for more after the press conference, which is scheduled for 10:30.

[edit on 15-7-2009 by JBA2848]

posted on Jul, 15 2009 @ 12:21 PM
Doctors are to be allowed to issue "fast-track" death certificates under Government plans to help the health system cope with the workload at the height of the swine flu pandemic.

Sir Liam Donaldson, Chief Medical Officer for England, confirmed the planned move in an interview on BBC's Newsnight.

"We want to try and reduce as much as possible the burden of work on doctors and we're considering all sorts of things which wil help with that," he said. "It's one of a number of things that we hope at the height of the pandemic - which we may see in the autumn and winter - will reduce the burden of paperwork for doctors."

But Sir Liam, the Government's principal advisor on public health issues, disputed a report from researchers at Imperial Collge London suggesting that 0.5 per cent - or one in 200 - of those who are ill enough to seek help for swine flu will go on to die as a result of it.

posted on Jul, 15 2009 @ 12:32 PM
There have been outbreaks of swine flu at three summer camps in Simcoe-Muskoka.

Dr. Charles Gardner, medical officer of health for the Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit, said today that 227 children at three camps have contracted the H1N1 influenza virus.

Some 18 per cent of a total of 1,275 campers have been infected, he said, adding that confidentiality rules prohibit him from naming the camps.

The outbreaks have occurred over the last week. All cases of the virus were deemed mild.

posted on Jul, 15 2009 @ 12:35 PM
Tennessee has its first reported death from the H1N1 virus, initially called swine flu, the state Department of Health

posted on Jul, 15 2009 @ 12:39 PM
A 55-year-old man that Health Department officials first said had died of a chronic medical condition weeks ago at Florida Hospital DeLand has been added to the official list of Florida swine flu

posted on Jul, 15 2009 @ 12:42 PM
The number of people diagnosed with swine flu in England soared by 42% during last week, new figures from GPs show. Cases in the north of England leapt almost six-fold, from 6.6 per 100,000 people to 37.16 per 100,000, between the week of 29 June to 5 July and the week after, 6-12 July. In central England incidence more than doubled over the same short period from 42.8 to 93.89 per 100,000, although the south of England experienced only a small increase from 72.1 to 74.91 per 100,000, according to data collected by the Royal College of General Practitioners.

The statistics underline how fast swine flu is spreading. Children aged five to 14 are the worst affected: the incidence in that age group is now 160 per 100,000, while it is 114 among under-fives and 89.4 among 15 to 44-year-olds. Across England as a whole the rate has risen from 51.99 to 73.42 per 100,000 - up by

posted on Jul, 15 2009 @ 12:45 PM
The Daily Telegraph has learned that visitors have started to cancel trips due to health fears, raising concerns over the impact of the disease on the tourism industry.

Two conferences at Cambridge University were scrapped because of health concerns and a small number of schools in Europe have also pulled out of exchange trips and summer schools.

posted on Jul, 15 2009 @ 12:50 PM

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NEARLY 50,000 people in Britain could die of swine flu before a vaccine becomes available, it emerged today.
Dr Margaret Chan, head of the World Health Organisation, today rubbished claims by the Government that a reliable flu vaccine would be ready within weeks.

Instead she insisted it could be up to three months after a vaccine has been developed before it is ready for widespread public use.

It means - on current Government projections of 100,000 new cases-a-day by the end of August - there could be 45,500 deaths if clinical trials on a vaccine are not completed until the end of November.

Dr Chan said: “There’s no vaccine. One should be available in August. But having a vaccine available is not the same as having a vaccine that has been proven safe.

“Clinical trial data will not be available for another two to three months.”

[edit on 15-7-2009 by wizardwars]

posted on Jul, 15 2009 @ 12:54 PM
Tangerang, Banten – A family of four in Kecamatan Curug, Kabupaten Tangerang infected by H1N1 Mexico flu.

“Ministry of Health laboratory test showed positive H1N1,” said the head of Health Service, Kabupaten Tangerang, Hani Heryanto, on Wednesday (15/7).

Until now, this family is still being treated at isolation unit Tangerang public hospital. The family members are W (44), I (39), R (4) and L (14). W is a veterinarian who’s working for Health Service of Kabupaten Tangerang.

Hani said, W was assigned to check sick birds in a chicken farm located in Curug. After visiting the farm, W developed high fever with bird flu-like (H5N1) symptoms. “Because he had contact with sick birds, we suggested that he had bird flu infection, and gave him tamiflu administration,” said Hani.

Because W didn’t get better, in particular his wife and two children also developed symptoms; they were rushed to Tangerang hospital last Sunday (12/7) and treated at isolation unit.

Hani admitted that the test result was surprising. “We thought of H5N1, but the result showed H1N1 instead,” said Hani. Following to the result, Health Service of Kabupaten Tangerang collected samples from people who had contact with W and

posted on Jul, 15 2009 @ 12:59 PM
Most countries have health protocols that allow them to use a vaccine that has not been fully tested in the event national emergency due to an epidemic. Most vaccines have not been tested for pregnant women and children under three, so more safety data is needed, Kieny said.

"There are no data in children more than 6 months old and less than 3 years, there are no data in pregnant women, there are no data in asthmatics, so there are quite a number of populations for which there are no data," the WHO official said.

posted on Jul, 15 2009 @ 01:16 PM
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Many local health departments across the U.S. were slow to get information on the swine flu outbreak onto their Web sites, according to a new

posted on Jul, 15 2009 @ 01:31 PM
Swine flu or the H-1-N-1 virus has killed two more people in San Diego, California. And now more confirmed cases in local jails could bring the justice system to a

posted on Jul, 15 2009 @ 01:47 PM
Authorities from the State Department of the United States alerts citizens traveling to or residing in Argentina of the health risks associated with the World Health Organization (WHO)-declared 2009-H1N1 influenza pandemic, which has resulted in illness in numerous countries.

The current outbreak in Argentina has caused federal, provincial, and municipal authorities to announce several measures to prevent the illness from spreading.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that Americans at high risk for complications of influenza and considering travel to areas affected by 2009-H1N1 influenza, such as Argentina, discuss their travel plans with their doctor.

Together, they should look carefully at the 2009-H1N1 flu situation at their destination including available health-care options in the area. They should discuss their specific health situations and possible increased risk of traveling to the area affected by 2009-H1N1 flu.

This alert will expire on September 14 this year, according to the document, released on the official website of the

posted on Jul, 15 2009 @ 03:10 PM

Swine flu attacking mothers, newborns

UP TO six new mothers infected with swine flu are on life support after giving birth prematurely because the virus was threatening the lives of their babies.

The women, all from the western suburbs of Sydney, are fighting for their lives in four hospitals, and at least two of the babies are also in intensive care because they were born with respiratory problems.

"This situation has become very, very grave," a midwife said.

Another two pregnant women were in intensive care at Westmead Hospital but were yet to give birth. Staff were trying to manage their conditions without inducing labour, said Brian Trudinger, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Westmead Hospital.

"Usually we don't have any pregnant women in ICU with influenza so this is worrying," he said.

Swine flu can pass to a fetus through infected membranes in the placenta or can cause a baby to overheat if the mother is febrile. Pregnancy reduces a woman's immunity, and her capacity to breathe properly due to compression on her lungs from the fetus.

Main arteries are also compressed by the baby when a pregnant woman is lying on her back, making it difficult to intubate and ventilate, the president of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Ted Weaver, said yesterday.

More than 420 people have been admitted to hospital with swine flu in the past six weeks. Thirty two are in intensive care and seven are being treated using cardiac bypass machines.

One fit, healthy man in his 30s, from the south-west, awoke yesterday from a 10-day coma after doctors initially sent him home with instructions to take paracetamol. His family does not want him identified but told the Herald his mother "could not stop crying" and was demanding that swine flu not be dismissed as normal by authorities.

The man was now conscious but felt suicidal, the friend said. He was in a lot of pain and felt like he had already died, she said. "This is absolutely no longer a mild flu. It is eating healthy young people's lives."

A surge in the number of people presenting at hospitals with swine flu had also forced some elderly patients to wait more than 24 hours on ambulance stretchers.

Up to 10 patients were waiting for hours on stretchers at Blacktown, Nepean and Westmead hospitals, taking paramedics off the road because they have to stay with the patient until a bed is available.

The worst day was June 28, when 30 per cent more patients than a typical winter Sunday turned up at Blacktown's emergency department, including a patient who remained on a stretcher for more than 24 hours.

The acting chief executive of Sydney West Area Health Service, Bernard Deady, said 20,500 patients were treated last month, up 9 per cent on June last year.

The Opposition's health spokeswoman, Jillian Skinner, said the Government should not blame swine flu. "Responsibility for the access block crisis currently plaguing our hospital system falls squarely on the State Labor Government because it's closed hospital beds - it's as simple as that," she said.

Most of those becoming infected are young and healthy, prompting doctors to blame a condition called cytokine storm, where a vigorous immune system can overreact to certain pathogens, racing so many antibodies to the infection site that they collect together damaging healthy tissue.

When that storm occurs in the lungs, it can block airways and prevent oxygen getting into the blood supply.

John Graham, the chairman of the department of medicine at the Sydney Hospital, attended autopsies of people who died from the Hong Kong flu in 1970 and found their lungs had become "solid with blood-tinged watery immune secretions that filled every alveolus and every air pipe within the lungs".

"There was no evidence of any superimposed infection with a bacteria. It certainly did appear that they were drowning in their own overproduction of immune juices," he said.

posted on Jul, 15 2009 @ 04:35 PM

President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner made sure that the country is second in the numbers of deaths for swine flu, because “we count the real number of infected and dead” for H1N1 virus.

“We have these numbers because we do give the information. Argentina is the country that really releases all the numbers”, said the president on having been consulted by the press on the statistics.

She added that earlier 4,000 people were dying per year for seasonal influenza.

“I do not like the rankings of this type. We are working very well. The minister of Health (Juan Manzur) has surrounded himself with the main specialists of the country”,Cristina added.

Finally, she made sure that she always washes her hands “with water and soap” and keeps on greeting people “with a kiss"

posted on Jul, 15 2009 @ 04:37 PM
Tennessee has first swine flu death

NASHVILLE - Tennessee has its first reported death from the H1N1 virus, initially called swine flu, the state Department of Health reports.

The department spokeswoman didn't immediately have information on where the fatality was located.

Tennessee currently has 246 confirmed cases of the strain.

posted on Jul, 15 2009 @ 04:44 PM
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"I was in isolation at home, I had pain in neck, head and back, fever," said Noelia, who must appear in the statistics reveal that 100,000 infected the Government, while the counts in 137 deaths since the epidemic began in the fall austral.

But 170 other deaths are under investigation on suspicion of laboratory treated virus A (H1N1), so statistics may suffer permanent breaks throughout the austral winter, after placing the country with more deaths behind United States (211) and ahead of Mexico (124).

137 deaths confirmed but 170 more under investigation.

posted on Jul, 15 2009 @ 04:46 PM
Latest H1N1 fatality in Onondaga County

SYRACUSE -- A third person in Onondaga County has died from the H1N1 flu.

The Onondaga County Health Department confirmed the third death Wednesday, but no information about the person is available.

The total number of confirmed cases in the county is now up to 93. There are also 52 unconfirmed 'probable' cases.


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