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Latest figures show that the number of deaths throughout the country as a result of influenza H1N1 is 23, although the Ministry of Public Health did not issue an official report.
The authorities of the Ministry, ensure that it is important not counting the dead, because you can not establish a mortality rate because they do not know the denominator, the number of infected.
For its part, the laboratory of the Ministry of Public Health, where the samples are analyzed to confirm cases of H1N1 flu, will send more samples to the Centers for Disease Control and prevention of disease, which is in Atlanta. This is done to assist with research on the pandemic.
Hand washing and using alcohol gel remain the main recommendations for preventing infection.
At least seven Senate pages are have contracted the H1N1 virus, FOX News has learned.
Pages are high schoolers who come to Washington to study and work with House and Senate members. They run errands for lawmakers and learn about the legislative process. They also live together in dorms near the U.S. Capitol.
There are distinct House and Senate page programs. The House Clerk's office says that it was informed of the issue with the Senate pages, but no House pages are affected.
The House Homeland Security Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing Wednesday to assess efforts to prepare for pandemic flu and to review the responses to H1N1 outbreaks.
Western Australia has recorded another Pandemic H1N1 (Human Swine Influenza) related death.
The 22-year-old man, who had an underlying medical condition, died in Fremantle Hospital yesterday.
The death is the second human swine flu related death in Western Australia and the man is the third Western Australian whose death has been associated with the disease.
WASHINGTON (CNN) — The U.S. military wants to establish regional teams of military personnel to assist civilian authorities in the event of a significant outbreak of the H1N1 virus this fall, according to Defense Department officials.
The proposal is awaiting final approval from Defense Secretary Robert Gates.
The officials would not be identified because the proposal from U.S. Northern Command’s Gen. Victor Renuart has not been approved by the secretary.
The plan calls for military task forces to work in conjunction with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. There is no final decision on how the military effort would be manned, but one source said it would likely include personnel from all branches of the military.
It has yet to be determined how many troops would be needed and whether they would come from the active duty or the National Guard and Reserve forces.
The agency that licenses medicines in Britain has received 150 reports of suspected adverse reactions to the Tamiflu treatment for swine flu.
The figure was released yesterday as GPs said some patients were choosing not to take the drug because of concern about the possible side effects.
The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said the 150 reports received within the UK up until 23 July mention 241 separate side effects, most of which were mild and already recognised as linked with the anti-viral drug.
They include "mild allergic and gastrointestinal events", such as diarrhoea and vomiting. There were five reports involving nine suspected adverse reactions to Relenza, the rival drug to Tamiflu which is taken by inhalation and is less widely used.
The MHRA has allocated a dedicated section of its website to receive reports of side effects to Tamiflu from doctors and the public, in order to spot any developing trends.
A spokesman said: "Obviously there are a lot more people taking Tamiflu and Relenza, so we set up a specific site people can go to to report any potential side effects so we can monitor its safety. A report of a reaction does not mean it has been caused by the drug in question n a mere suspicion will suffice. We are very keen to promote this. We want the public to know about it and use it."
One case of a suspected fatal reaction involving a patient who suffered liver failure after taking Tamiflu, was later attributed to hepatitis.
The MHRA said previous reports from outside the UK had suggested a link between Tamiflu and liver failure but none had shown a causal link.
A second report of a fatal reaction was being investigated, he said.
Doctors said the number of adverse reaction reports was tiny in the context of the tens of thousands of patients who have been prescribed Tamiflu.
The commonest side effects of Tamiflu are diarrhoea, nausea, stomach pain and vomiting. Reports from Japan, where Tamiflu has been widely used against seasonal flu, has linked the drug in rare instances with unusual neurological and psychiatric disturbances in children.
Pregnant women are four times more likely than the general population to need hospital treatment for H1N1 swine flu, data from the US suggests.
The findings suggest pregnancy does increase the risk of complications without speedy anti-viral treatment.
It also underlines the need to ensure pregnant women are made a top priority when a vaccine becomes available.
Death toll of the new strain of influenza reached 65 on Wednesday, climbing from 44 last week, Deputy Permanent Secretary for public health Dr Paijit Warachit said.
The infected cases in Thailand jumped from 6,776 to 8,877, he said.
The fatalities were of altogether 27 provinces; 17 from central region, six from northeast, four from north and south each.
The ministry announced in its weekly press conference that there were 44 fatalities.
Paijit said the fatal cases have involved those who have prior medical conditions, those with weak immune system and some who sought treatment late."
QUITO, July 28 (Xinhua) -- The Ecuadorian health authorities reported on Tuesday three new cases of death from A/H1N1 influenza, raising the death toll in the country to 17.
Ecuadorian Vice Health Minister Marcelo Aguilar said on Tuesday that the three victims died during the last two days.
Aguilar said the number of infected patients in the country has risen to 783.
He also said the virus has been detected in 18 of the 24 provinces in the country, including the border areas with Colombia and Peru. The most affected provinces are Guayas and Pichincha.
BOGOTA, July 28 (Xinhua) -- The Colombian government confirmed four new deaths from A/H1N1 flu on Tuesday, raising the death toll to 13 in the country.
The Social Protection Ministry said three men in the capital Bogota and a woman in Cundinamarca province died of A/H1N1 flu.
The ministry said there have been 259 confirmed cases of A/H1N1 flu in the country so far, as well as 7,838 suspected cases.
The Colombian government has tightened control at hospitals and health centers to avoid a large-scale spread of the disease in the country.
It is possible that the number of A/H1N1 flu cases would increase rapidly in the country during the coming rain season, said the ministry
RIO DE JANEIRO, July 28 (Xinhua) -- Brazil's health authorities announced 10 more deaths from A/H1N1 flu on Tuesday, raising the death toll in the country to 56.
Seven of the victims were from Sao Paulo state in southeastern Brazil, while the other three were from Rio Grande do Sul state in the south of the country.
Earlier on Tuesday, the authorities announced the death of a man in Paraiba state in northeastern Brazil.
Sao Paulo state has the highest death toll in the country with 27victims so far, followed by Rio Grande do Sul state with 19, Rio de Janeiro state with five, Parana state with four and Paraiba state with one.
Many of the victims had chronic health problems which complicated their conditions, the authorities said. There were seven pregnant women and six children among the victims.
Public activities have been suspended in several places in the country, while five towns in Rio Grande do Sul State have declared state of emergency. Schools in several places have either suspended classes or extended the winter vacations.
The Brazilian Health Ministry said there are 1,566 confirmed cases of A/H1N1 flu in the country, as well as 8,328 suspected cases.
Colorado has had its first death linked to the H1N1 swine flu, health officials said today.
The victim was a woman in her 40s, according to the El Paso County health department.
Colorado has had 171 confirmed cases of the H1N1 flu, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
"This is sad news, and we want to express our deepest sympathy to this individual's family," said Kandi Buckland, the department's public-health director.
The department did not release the woman's name.
Seven deaths in Spain by Swine Flu
A patient admitted to hospital in Albacete two and a half weeks ago has become Spain’s seventh victim of the A(H1N1) virus.
This 34 year old man suffered an underlying health condition, and was admitted to the General Hospital in Villarrobledo with respiratory problems compatible with the new virus. He remained in a serious condition until his death this Wednesday. He is the sixth person to have succumbed to the new flu in Spain this month.