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RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) -- Brazil's health authorities announced five new deaths due to A/H1N1 flu virus on Wednesday, bringing the total death toll to 134.
Of the five new victims, three died in the southeastern state of Sao Paulo, and two in the southern state of Parana. So far, Sao Paulo state has the largest number of casualties at 53.
Over half of the victims were women, and at least 14 of them were pregnant.
QUITO, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) -- Ecuador's Health Ministry reported on Wednesday that the A/H1N1 influenza death toll has risen to 19, and that the number of infected patients was 666.
According to the ministry, among the 19 deaths, four were in the province of Pichincha. Guayas, Azuay, Chimborazo and Loja each reported three deaths, while Tungurahua, Cotopaxi and Imbabura had one casualty each.
Guayas has the highest infection toll so far, with 232 cases, followed by Pichincha with 144 and Azuay with 52.
The ministry was considering declaring an institutional emergency in view of the spread of the A/H1N1 virus in the country.
The death of a Sedgwick County resident who died from a chronic medical condition is the first H1N1-related death in Kansas, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment said on Thursday.
The death occurred in a middle-aged individual who died from a chronic condition, but who was also infected with the H1N1 virus, KDHE spokeswoman Maggie Thompson said in a news release. The illness was confirmed as the H1N1 flu at the state public health laboratory on July 30.
TAMPA - Health officials says say a fourth person has died from swine flu in Hillsborough County.
They say the death was a 50-year-old man with underlying medical conditions.
His death brings the total of laboratory-confirmed H1N1 deaths to 41 in Florida.
Of the three other deaths in Hillsborough County, one was a 28-year-old woman whose death was reported earlier this week. The others were men in their 40s. All three had underlying medical conditions.
Riyadh. A Saudi disabled girl has died from swine flu, pushing the kingdom's flu death toll up to seven, the healthy ministry said on Thursday, AFP informs.
The 12-year-old girl, who died on Wednesday two days after being admitted to hospital in al-Hasa, in Eastern Province, was suffering from an underdeveloped central nervous system, the ministry said in a statement carried by the official SPA news agency.
On Tuesday, the ministry announced the death of a Sri Lankan man and a Saudi teenager from swine flu.
The ministry said on Friday that total A(H1N1) flu infections in the kingdom were nearing 600.
August 6, 2009
A Riley County child has been infected with a strain of swine influenza not commonly seen in humans, but has fully recovered following a mild illness.
No other cases have been identified, but an investigation is underway.
The influenza strain that infected the child was identified as an H3N2 virus that commonly circulates in pigs in North America. It is different from the pandemic H1N1 virus, also of swine origin, that was first detected in the United States in mid-April.
"It is critical for people to understand that this H3N2 virus is not related to the pandemic H1N1 virus," said Jason Eberhart-Phillips, Kansas State Health Officer and Director of Health at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). "This is not a mutation or a recombination of the pandemic strain, and it does not appear at this time to be a threat to human health."
The child was likely exposed to the virus during the Riley County Fair in late July, where the child had direct contact with pigs. The child later developed influenza-like symptoms and sought medical care. The child has fully recovered and no other family members have reported illness.
KDHE is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Riley County Health Department and the Kansas Animal Health Department to investigate this case.
KDHE and the local health department are working to determine if the Riley County Fair swine exhibitors, or their pigs, have been ill.
Swine flu viruses do not normally infect humans, but human infections occur from time to time. Typically CDC has received reports of approximately one human infection with a swine influenza virus each year.
That number has risen slightly in the past few years. The increased number of reported cases this year is likely the result of increased influenza testing related to the H1N1 pandemic.
So far this year, 14 cases of human infections with swine influenza viruses have been reported in the United States. That number does not include the number of H1N1 cases, as the H1N1 virus has not been detected in swine in the U.S.
"Most instances of human infection with animal influenza viruses, like the swine H3N2 virus, do not result in human-to-human transmission," Dr. Eberhart-Phillips said. "However, each case needs to be fully investigated to be sure that the viruses are not spreading among humans."
Most commonly, cases of human infection with swine influenza occur in people with direct exposure to pigs, he added.
Brooklyn officials, heath experts and religious leaders took part in a H1N1 flu pandemic exercise Thursday.
The goal was to provide more information about the virus to the religious community, because it can be the first place many people turn to when they have questions.
More than 150 people ran through various scenarios, examining how they would respond to a H1N1 outbreak.
"Many of the indicators are pointing in the direction of a second wave this fall. So with that freight train possible barreling down on the community we thought it would be a great idea to get this information out there," said Chuck Frank of the MCNY Community Action Project.
Out of the 31 EU and EFTA countries, 31 countries have reported a total of 30 310 confirmed cases of influenza A(H1N1)v infection, including 42 deaths. In the past 24 hours, 1 421 new cases were reported from the EU and EFTA countries. The first five cases in Liechtenstein were recorded.
Outside of the EU and EFTA countries, a total of 1 730 new cases have been reported within the last 24 hours. 107 fatal cases were reported from Australia (3), Jamaica (1), Argentina (94), Bolivia (1), Paraguay (3), Peru (2) and Malaysia (3).
In total, 171 856 cases including 1 509 fatal cases have been reported from non-EU and EFTA countries.
Globally, the total number of confirmed and reported influenza A(H1N1)v cases to date is 202 151, including 1 550 deaths.
HOUSTON, Aug. 7 (Xinhua) -- The A/H1N1 flu death toll in the United State has reached 436 with hospitalizations of 6,506, according to the latest statistics released by the federal Centersfro Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta on Friday.
The CDC said that 83 more deaths have been reported in the past week, a 24-percent formidable jump from the previous record of 353released a week ago by the agency.
Meanwhile, there have been 992 more patients of the new virus admitted to the hospitals in the past week, bring the total number of the hospitalizations around the country to 6,506, or an 18-percent increase compared with the previous record of 5,514.
Since the outbreak of the A/H1N1 flu in late April, The CDC has reported on its website the latest development of the new virus every weekend -- including numbers of deaths and conformed and probable cases of the new flu virus.
But beginning from July 24, the CDC has changed the reporting requirements for the A/H1N1 influenza by local health jurisdictions. The new reporting requirements will track mainly hospitalized and fatal cases, the CDC said, adding that non-hospitalized case reporting is no longer needed at this stage of the pandemic.
Instead of reporting confirmed and probable cases of the A/H1N1flu virus, the CDC has transitioned to using its traditional flu surveillance systems to track the progress of both the A/H1N1 flu pandemic and seasonal influenza.
JACKSON, Miss. - Mississippi health officials on Friday confirmed the state's first death related to complications from the swine flu.
The state Department of Health said a Jackson County child with multiple underlying medical conditions has died from the H1N1 influenza.
Dr. Fathi Abu Mghalli, the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) Minister of Health, said in a statement sent to reporters the victim was a resident of the Ramallah area.
Abu Mghali said the patient had recently returned from Saudi Arabia through Jordan with a severe lung infection and had been admitted in critical condition to Ramallah hospital.
He had received treatment in Jordan, which was resumed in Ramallah on his return.
All symptoms indicated infection with the A/H1N1 virus, he said, which was later confirmed.
He called on Palestinians in the West Bank who plan to travel to Saudi Arabia for the Omra, or religious prayers in Mecca during the holy month of Ramadan, to postpone their journey.
More than 80 Palestinians have contracted the A/H1N1 virus, Abu Mghalli said, adding that most were treated and released from hospital.(dpa)
San Bernardino County reported its second death from the swine flu virus Thursday, and 48 inmates at the West Valley Detention Center have been quarantined.
The 44-year-old man died July 23, said Dr. Maxwell Ohikhuare, the county public health officer.
He would not identify the man, where he was from or whether he had been hospitalized.
Carson City Health and Human Services along with Carson Tahoe Regional
Medical Center announced Friday the first swine flu-related death in Carson City.
The patient, a 51-year-old woman with underlying medical conditions, died Friday morning. The patient was visiting the Carson City area. The Health Department is not able to release additional details due to patient privacy concerns.