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

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posted on Jul, 17 2009 @ 05:52 PM
Flu patient gives birth before dying

The BBC said the woman, Ruptara Miah, was admitted to a London hospital about three weeks ago with a cough and chest infection.

Her brother Abdul Malik told the broadcaster that his sister was treated in intensive care, where she gave birth to a son prematurely, but never regained full consciousness.

"We are very, very upset as a family. It has really taken me by shock," Malik said. "We thought she was going to recover."

Malik said his sister had used a wheelchair for 15 years after a road traffic accident but had led a normal life and had brought up six daughters.

The newborn baby is reportedly ill in intensive care in hospital.

Health officials confirmed that a 39-year-old woman with swine flu had died on July 13, adding that she had underlying health problems, but declined to say whether she had given birth while she was in hospital.

The woman is among the 29 deaths in Britain reported by health officials on Thursday, a sharp rise in the death toll from 17 announced earlier this week.


posted on Jul, 17 2009 @ 05:55 PM

The first death by swine flu in Mendoza was confirmed in a 62-year-old truck driver who picked the virus in Cordoba.

The patient died on July 3rd at a hospital in General Alvear, 323 kilometers south of Mendoza´s capital and the samples tested at Malbrán Institute indicate that he had A H1N1 virus.

On the other hand, the tests at Malbrán gave “negative” in the case of a-year-old child , immune suppressed, who died a few days ago at the Children´s Hospital, in Guaymallén.

Until now, the patients are 250 with swine flu symptoms admitten to hospitals and about to be released inMendoza, where there are another 544 suspicious cases

posted on Jul, 17 2009 @ 05:56 PM
Ontario reports one new death linked to swine flu as national toll rises to 49

Ontario is reporting an additional death of someone with H1N1, bringing the total number of swine flu-related deaths in Canada to 49.

Another Quebecer died as well after getting the H1N1 virus _ a woman from the Montreal area who had underlying medical conditions.

There have been 18 deaths in Quebec, 16 in Ontario, six in Manitoba, four in Saskatchewan, three in Alberta, one in British Columbia and one in Nunavut.

The most recent case in Saskatchewan was a woman in her 50s who had serious underlying health conditions.

The latest deaths come after Canadian health officials said they will now look for trends in communities, instead of listing individual confirmed cases.

posted on Jul, 17 2009 @ 06:00 PM
Uruguay reports 4 new A/H1N1 flu deaths  

MONTEVIDEO, July 16 (Xinhua) -- Uruguay has reported 4 new deaths of the A/H1N1 flu, raising the toll in the country to 19, the Public Health Ministry said Thursday.

The 4 new victims are aged between 56 and 65, the ministry said, adding that 129 hospitalized patients had also been tested positive for the flu.

Uruguay confirmed on May 27 the first two cases of A/H1N1 flu in two young people who had traveled to Argentina.

posted on Jul, 17 2009 @ 06:02 PM
A/H1N1 flu death toll reaches 11 in Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 16 (Xinhua) -- The Brazilian health authorities confirmed on Thursday afternoon four deaths from A/H1N1 flu in the country, bringing the total to 11.

The four new victims were from the southern Rio Grande do Sul state. Bordering Argentina, where 155 people died from the disease, the state saw a sharp rise in A/H1N1 flu cases over the past weeks.

Among the 11 victims, there were seven in Rio Grande do Sul state, three in Sao Paulo state and one in Rio de Janeiro state. Altogether these three states had two thirds of Brazil's 1,175 A/H1N1 flu cases.

posted on Jul, 17 2009 @ 06:12 PM
Superbug death linked to swine flu
(07-16 22:56)
Hong Kong yesterday recorded its first death linked to human swine flu (H1N1).

That came as five people, including a Hong Kong University student, were in serious or critical condition after being stricken by H1N1.

Health authorities had said a 42-year-old Filipino seaman had died of the "superbug" community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. But further tests showed he also suffered from human swine flu, the Centre for Health Protection said.

A post-mortem will be performed to determine the exact cause of death.

The man had fever, chest pains and a cough for five days before he sought treatment at a hospital. He flew into Hong Kong on June 28 and worked on a cargo ship that left port on June 30. The seaman became ill several days later but went without treatment until July 8 when the ship returned to Hong Kong and he was admitted to Ruttonjee Hospital. He died last Friday.

Other than the seaman, there have been six serious infections in total, involving two men and four women aged between 23 and 76. They came down with symptoms between June 28 and July 8. One of those whose condition is serious is a 23-year-old, second-year HKU student. The condition of a 76-year-old man, the first serious case, has now improved and he is in a stable condition.

Hong Kong registered 85 new H1N1 cases yesterday, taking the total to 1,

posted on Jul, 17 2009 @ 06:15 PM
Cherie Blair 'may have swine flu'

Cherie Blair, wife of former British prime minister Tony Blair, has suspected swine flu, it was revealed today.

Ms Blair has pulled out of a series of public engagements.

It is understood she was identified as likely to have the virus on Tuesday.

Mr Blair and the couple’s children have not shown any signs of being infected.

Mrs Blair has been given a course of Tamiflu, and told to rest.

The Queen's Counsel had been due to pick up an honorary degree at Liverpool’s Hope University today, and also cancelled a staff barbecue to ensure the virus was not passed on.

Mr Blair’s office refused to comment.

Health officials in Britain said today that 29 people have died after contracting the H1N1 flu.

Britain's Health Protection Agency estimated that there had been 55,000 new cases of swine flu in the last week. The majority of cases were

posted on Jul, 17 2009 @ 06:20 PM
"We have contracts in place with five countries, and their manufacturing enterprises are in five locations," said Dr. Anne Schuchat, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said during an afternoon teleconference. "We haven't gotten information that makes us question the supply that we've been promised."

The teleconference brought together experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services and addressed concerns that vaccine supplies, once available, may be too scarce to go around.

The conference came one day after the federal government deployed its first wave of funds to stave off the swine flu.

Much of this money is slated for swine flu vaccine development, approval and distribution. Manufacturers have indicated that current strains of the H1N1 vaccine are slow growing, and some experts have questioned whether that means vaccine supplies will be delayed. But Schuchat and other health officials said they have factored the pace of vaccine production into contingency plans and still expects vaccine to be available this fall.

Still, the U.S. makes only 20 percent of the flu vaccine it uses. Most of the vaccines -- about 70 percent -- are made in Europe, according to figures compiled by The Associated Press. And there's no quick and easy way to boost supplies.

posted on Jul, 17 2009 @ 06:24 PM
CHICAGO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The new H1N1 swine flu virus is still circulating and will likely cause more disease in the fall, when schoolchildren return from summer break, a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official said Friday.

The virus, which has been declared a pandemic, is causing severe disease and deaths in older children and younger adults in the Southern Hemisphere, just as it has in the United States, the CDC's Dr. Anne Schuchat said.

"We are expecting an increase in influenza or respiratory illness that could be earlier than what we see with seasonal influenza," Schuchat told reporters in a telephone briefing.

"This year we've been seeing this 2009 H1N1 influenza virus circulating in the summer months. We've seen it in camps and military units. I'm just expecting when school reopens and kids get back together, we expect to see an increase."

Schuchat said the virus, which officials estimate has infected millions of people, was thriving in spite of the heat and humidity of summer. Usually respiratory viruses such as flu do not circulate well in summer

posted on Jul, 17 2009 @ 06:28 PM
Geneva - The World Health Organization will stop issuing regular data on the spread of the H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu, since the counting of individual cases is no longer vital to tracking the progression of the disease, the group reported on its website Friday.

'Further spread of the pandemic, within affected countries and to new countries is considered inevitable,' read a statement. 'The counting of individual cases is now no longer essential in such countries for monitoring either the level or nature of the risk.'

Relieving countries of their swine flu reporting duties should free up more resources in the northern hemisphere for the onslaught of the normal flu season, the group said.

However, the WHO will continue to provide regular reports on the status of the disease in newly infected countries and requested that countries with no recorded H1N1 provide data should they record a case.

It urged all countries to keep an eye out for unusual developments related to the disease, such as clusters of infections or fatalities.

The group noticed that H1N1 has been characterized by its relative mildness, but also by its speed of transmission. 'In past pandemics, influenza viruses hae needed more than six months to spread as widely as the new H1N1 virus has spread in less than six weeks.'

In its last report on July 6, the WHO recorded 94,512 cases worldwide with 429 deaths. Experts say actual figures could be higher.

posted on Jul, 17 2009 @ 06:39 PM
- Marie Diron is senior economist at Oxford Economics. The opinions expressed are her own -

A swine flu pandemic would affect the economy via various channels involving supply and demand.

On the supply side, infection and death imply that employees would be unable to go to work. This is what most people think about when they think about swine flu’s economic costs.

But the demand channels are likely much more powerful. Fear of infection would keep people away from airports, train stations, restaurants, cinemas and shopping centres. This would imply cuts in travel and tourism and consumer spending.

In addition, uncertainty about the impact and duration of the pandemic would dampen investment, while financial markets would probably experience renewed tensions with spreads between policy and market interest rates rising again and share prices negatively affected.

To get a quantitative estimate of the impact, we need to make a few assumptions. First, based on the experience of previous pandemics and developments so far, we can assume that 30 percent of the world and UK populations would be infected and be unable to go to work for two weeks. We also assume a death rate of 0.4 percent.

Second, we look at the experience of the SARS outbreak in Asia in 2003 to calibrate the likely cuts in discretionary consumption and international travel. This episode showed significant reductions, of around 20 percent and 60 percent respectively. In the current environment of rising unemployment and needs of balance sheet repairs, households could cut discretionary consumption even more sharply.

Under these assumptions, the GDP loss during the six months of the pandemic would amount to around five percent in the UK. This means that GDP growth in 2010 would be at least as bad as in 2009.

However, and although once the pandemic is over the economic bounce back would likely be less sharp than post-SARS, chances are that, by 2011, GDP growth could be above our baseline forecast and the economic loss would be gradually recouped within around three to four years. CPI inflation would likely turn negative for a few months but would rise as pent-up demand is realised.

There is a risk that swine flu tips the UK and the world economy into deflation as the pandemic would hit at a time when businesses and banks are still reeling from the economic

posted on Jul, 17 2009 @ 06:52 PM
HOSPITALS at the forefront of the swine flu crisis are battling staff absenteeism of 10 to 15 per cent as health workers themselves get sick, further stretching patient care capabilities.

Health administrators in NSW, where the disease is hitting hardest, say many Sydney hospitals have 20 nurses out of a workforce of several hundred calling in sick daily -- compared with a normal level of 10 -- and replacements are not always available.

NSW Health deputy director-general Tim Smyth said the state's hospitals were resorting to various measures to deal with the crisis, including asking more staff to work overtime, cancelling non-essential operations, diverting less seriously ill patients to flu clinics and deferring staff holidays.

posted on Jul, 17 2009 @ 06:59 PM
Britain is among the top half dozen global hot spots for swine flu. Along with Mexico, where the disease orginated, the US, Canada, Chile, Argentina and Australia, we are leading the way in the battle against the bug. We have more cases, and more deaths, than any other country in Europe and the pandemic is growing exponentially here, with 55,000 new cases last week, while it is subsiding elsewhere, notably in Mexico. And because we are in the front line, we are having to learn as we go.

This is not what was expected. Britain is an island nation, accustomed to the security that living within sea borders brings. But when it comes to highly pathogenic viruses, even the English channel cannot protect us.

When the pandemic emerged in Mexico last April, spreading first to the US and then across the Atlantic to Britain and Europe, it was thought that, as we were entering our summer, the virus might spread only slowly, giving us a few months grace to prepare for a winter surge.

It has not turned out that way. The expected winter surge, which may still occur, has been preceded by a summer one. In the early weeks of the pandemic, last May, Britain and Spain had roughly equivalent numbers of cases. But as the weeks have passed, Britain has been much harder hit. By 16 July, we had 9,718 confirmed cases and 14 deaths, nine times more than Spain with 1099 cases and two deaths. In Germany, France and Italy, the number of cases is still in the hundreds and there have been no recorded deaths.

Confronted with these puzzles, experts respond with a single phrase: the behaviour of the flu virus is very difficult to predict. Flu repeatedly confounds efforts to understand, and forecast, its course - it behaves in mysterious ways. Nevertheless, Sir Liam Donaldson, the Government’s chief medical officer, offered two possible explanations for Britain’s high rate of swine flu sickness this week.

Our close links with the US, with large numbers of visitors coming and going, made Britain an ideal staging post for the virus to break out from north America. Heathrow is one of the world’s busiest international transport hubs and as such is one of the key routes for global viral transmission.

In addition, Sir Liam said, disease surveillance in the UK is exceptionally good. It may be that we are picking up more cases which in other countries are going undetected.

A further reason, cited by some experts, is that schools close earlier for the summer holidays on the continent and this may have slowed the spread.

posted on Jul, 17 2009 @ 07:02 PM
The Sydney West Area Health Service (SWAHS) says patients' toilets at Westmead Hospital had to be closed this week as cleaners were re-assigned to infection control due to the swine flu

posted on Jul, 17 2009 @ 07:12 PM
The survey, conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health, was done via phone June 22-28. There were 1,823 survey participants, all 18 or older.
Swine Flu Outbreak:

About six in 10 participants -- 59% -- said they believed it was very or somewhat likely that there would be widespread cases of swine flu with people getting very sick this fall or winter. Parents were more likely to predict such an outbreak, with 65% of parents saying it was very or somewhat likely, compared to 56% of people without children.

Despite this belief, 61% of respondents said they were not concerned about their own risk or the risk to their family members.
Swine Flu School Closings Worry Parents

Survey results also suggest that widespread school closings and work absences -- a likely outcome if a serious outbreak does occur -- could be financially devastating to many American families, especially minority families.

Fifty-one percent of parents with children attending either day care or school said that if those schools or day cares closed for two-week periods, someone in the home would have to miss work. Forty-three percent predicted that they would lose pay and have money problems due to such absences, and 26% said that the person staying home would likely lose a job or business. Hispanics and African-Americans were more likely to predict that they would lose income and/or jobs because of such

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posted on Jul, 17 2009 @ 07:18 PM
Hospitals are showing signs of being under strain from the tide of flu sufferers.

Dunedin and Southland hospitals are preparing to take patients from Christchurch, which is inundated with swine flu cases. Christchurch Hospital has eight people in its intensive care unit.

With intensive care units around the country filling up, some operations may have to be

posted on Jul, 17 2009 @ 09:20 PM
Spain alarmed by swift swine flu death
Associated Press
2009-07-17 05:29 PM
The health minister says Spain is alarmed by the swine flu death of a young woman who had no previous health problems.

Trinidad Jimenez says that until now Spain's most serious cases of the disease turned up in people with pre-existing conditions like respiratory trouble.

But like about half of the people worldwide who have died of swine flu, Spain's latest victim, a 33-year-old Nigerian woman, had no history of medical trouble. She died Thursday in Palma on the Mediterranean island of Mallorca after being admitted to a hospital Sunday.

That death and another reported Thursday _ a 71-year-old man in Madrid with a chronic lung disease _ raised Spain's swine flu fatalities to four.

The country has confirmed a total of 1,222

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posted on Jul, 17 2009 @ 09:30 PM
3rd death in Hawaii associated with swine

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posted on Jul, 17 2009 @ 09:46 PM
Safety questions over swine flu jab

Vaccine will be rushed out before results of health checks are known as licensing is accelerated for 132m doses of

posted on Jul, 17 2009 @ 10:49 PM
When the vaccines become avaiable, do you think the countries that produce them will let laboratories sell them to foreign countries BEFORE all of their own people are immunized ?
NO WAY this will happens.
USA make only 20% of the vaccines they need.

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