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Scientists from Russia’s Ministry of Health are warning in a secret report to Prime Minister Putin that they have discovered a ‘critical link’ between the H1N1 influenza (Swine Flu) virus and genetically modified amylopectin potatoes that are consumed in massive quantities nearly exclusively by Westerners and sold in fast food restaurants as French Fries.
The advice came as Russian officials issued a public warning telling fans to boycott Britain, amid fears they could contract the infection.
Russia has been relatively unaffected by the virus and public health chiefs are fearful that foreign travel could import the disease from countries which have been harder hit.
Alexander Shprygin, the head of Russian supporters' association, insisted that hundreds of fans would make the trip for the match against Wales as he advocated the unorthodox method of protection.
"We urge our fans to drink a lot of Welsh whisky as a form of disinfection," he said.
"That should cure all symptoms of the disease."
He added: "Russian fans don't fear anything or anybody so this virus will not stand in our way of supporting our team."
When the judge signs the Preliminary Injunction, it will stop the federal government from forcing anyone in any state to take flu vaccine against their will. It will also prevent a state or local government from forcibly vaccinating anyone, and forbid any person who is not vaccinated from being denied any services or constitutional rights.
RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- Brazil's health authorities on Monday reported 25 more A/H1N1 flu-related deaths, bringing the death toll to 203.
Eight of the new deaths were registered in the state of Parana, while five were in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, five in Rio de Janeiro, three in Sao Paulo, three in Minas Gerais, and one in the Federal District.
So far, Sao Paulo state has the highest death toll: 69 victims. Most deaths were registered in the southern and southeastern regions of the country.
According to the Brazilian Health Ministry's latest report, released on August 5, there are 2,959 confirmed cases of A/H1N1 flu in the country. The ministry also reported that most patients only suffered mild symptoms.
Another Health Ministry report is expected to be released on Wednesday. The sharp increase in deaths in the past week suggests the number of confirmed cases will also rise considerably.
BANGKOK, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) -- Thailand's Public Health Ministry on Tuesday afternoon announced 16 more deaths related to A/H1N1 influenza, bringing the country's death toll to 97.
Two-thirds of the victims had congenital diseases, Deputy permanent secretary for health Doctor Paijit Warathit said.
It is believed that over the next three to four weeks, the death toll will be on a downward trend.
Thailand reported its first two confirmed infection cases on May 12. According to the World Health Organization, Thailand ranks the 33rd worst affected country in the world.
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) -- Malaysia reported six more deaths due to A/H1N1 flu on Tuesday, bringing the total number of fatalities in the country to 38.
The Malaysian Health Ministry's Director-General Ismail Merican also said that in the last 24 hours, Malaysia has detected 270 new cases of the flu, bringing the total cases in the country to 2,253.
Among the new detected cases, Ismail said 48 patients were treated in the isolation wards, while eleven patients were treated in intensive care unit, he said in Putrajaya Hospital, some 25 km south of here.
Ismail said that generally, most patients have high recovery, urging people who have flu symptoms such as cough and fever to stay at home and wear mask.
Ismail also said that the public should seek medical treatment immediately if they have unusual flu symptoms, including difficulty in breathing and chest pain.
Meanwhile, Ismail said that the Malaysian Health Ministry would publish useful and updated information of the disease twice a day for the public, through the ministry's website.
Trials start Tuesday for the H1N1 flu vaccine at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Recruitments from the Vanderbilt are some of the first in the nation to test the vaccine.
Vanderbilt is one of the 10 medical facilities testing the H1N1 flu vaccine.
State health departments will decide which providers will administer the pandemic H1N1 influenza vaccine this fall, and a single company will be the distributor for all the doses, it was announced today.
McKesson Corp., based in San Francisco, announced it will be the central distributor of H1N1 vaccines under a contract with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). McKesson currently distributes vaccines under the CDC's Vaccines for Children (VFC) program.
"McKesson's role will be to distribute the vaccine to sites designated by state health departments across the country," the company said in a press release. "Each state will designate the providers who will receive and administer the vaccine."
That's different from how seasonal flu vaccines are handled, noted Jim Blumenstock, chief program officer for public health practice at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials in Washington, DC.
"This is a government-controlled program, so it'll be the state agencies working with local partners and the CDC that will make the determination as to where the public will be able to get vaccine," Blumenstock said. "This is not like your seasonal flu [vaccination] program where healthcare providers decide whether or not they want to do it and then submit private orders."
Meanwhile, the CDC released a statement today saying that using a single vaccine distributor will be more efficient than having vaccine manufacturers ship doses directly to customers. The agency also repeated previous government predictions that vaccine shipments are likely to begin about mid-October, though a late September start for shipments remains a possibility.
It said each person will probably need two doses.
"One of the key benefits of using a centralized, third-party distributor to support H1N1 vaccine distribution is that it allows distribution of doses to a much larger number of provider sites than would be feasible with direct manufacturer distribution," the CDC said in a question-and-answer document about H1N1 vaccination planning.
The McKesson statement said, "The H1N1 vaccine distribution effort will include the centralized distribution of the H1N1 flu vaccine to as many as 90,000 sites across the country, making it the largest public health initiative in the CDC's history."
The company said it distributes 80 million doses of vaccine to more than 40,000 providers each year under the VFC program, which serves uninsured and Medicaid-eligible children and children of Native Americans and Alaska natives.
The CDC said the same distribution process used in the VFC program will be harnessed for the H1N1 effort, but it will be "substantially enhanced" to increase capacity. Vaccine providers are likely to include a mix of public health and private sector sites.
Blumenstock said state health departments would probably consider requests from large employers who want vaccine for their workers, but he noted that the general population of healthy adults is not among the groups targeted for the first doses that become available.
The CDC recently announced that the initial target groups for immunization are pregnant women, close contacts of babies under 6 months old, healthcare and emergency medical workers, young people from ages 6 months through 24 years, and nonelderly adults with chronic health conditions.
State health departments are currently planning how to designate providers, Blumenstock said. "The CDC has drafted a provider agreement that will lay out terms and conditions for participation, so everyone going into this will know what's expected of a provider" and what support the states will provide, he said.
The federal government will pay for the vaccine and related supplies, including needles, syringes, and sharps containers, the CDC noted.
Funds for administering the vaccines will have to come from elsewhere, and today the CDC said a trade association of health insurance companies stated that its members will cover the administration costs for private-sector providers.
The group America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) told the CDC, "Public health planners can make the assumption that health plans will provide reimbursement for the administration of a novel (A) H1N1 vaccine to their members by private sector providers in both traditional settings . . . and in nontraditional settings, where contracts with insurers have been established."
The CDC also said today that vaccination planners should consider two scenarios for vaccine availability. The first possibility is that about 120 million doses will be released starting in mid-October and continuing over 4 weeks, followed by 80 million doses per month after that. The second scenario envisions about 20 million doses being released starting in late September, followed by 20 million doses a week thereafter.
On other points, the CDC said:
*Though it is uncertain until clinical trial results are in, planners should assume that each person will need two doses of vaccine.
*Practical considerations will make it difficult to ensure that any given person's first and second doses of vaccine will be the same product (five manufacturers are supplying vaccine).
*The CDC's goal is to have enough preservative-free (ie, thimerosal-free) vaccine available for young children and pregnant women, in single-dose vials or nasal sprayers.
*It is expected that seasonal flu vaccine and the pandemic vaccine may be administered together.
*There will be no federal requirement for vaccinators to require people to provide proof of priority-group status, such as a doctor's note documenting pregnancy or risk status.
*The CDC is not currently recommending pneumococcal vaccine to anyone not already covered by such a recommendation. Pneumococcal vaccination has been suggested as a way to reduce the risk of secondary bacterial pneumonia in H1N1 flu patients.
The B.C. Centre for Disease Control today confirmed a fourth death from pandemic H1N1 2009 influenza. The death occurred in Vancouver Coastal Health.
In the same update, BCCDC confirmed 42 new H1N1 cases, 19 of them in Fraser Health. The total number of confirmed cases in B.C. is now 676.
This, however, will be the last week that the province reports individual confirmed cases. The Ministry of Health Services announced yesterday:
SAN JOSE, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) -- Costa Rican President Oscar Ariaswas infected with influenza A/H1N1, President of Legislative Assembly Francisco Antonio Pacheco confirmed on Tuesday.
San Jose, Aug 12: Costa Rican President Oscar Arias was suffering from the A-H1N1 virus, or swine flu, the government announced.
Arias, 68, had a cold in the morning and a subsequent examination revealed that he had been infected with the swine flu virus, Parliament chief Francisco Antonio Pacheco told reporters Tuesday.
He said the president was in "fairly good shape", but all his engagements had been cancelled. Arias, a Nobel Peace Prize winner and mediator in the Honduran crisis, was to remain in isolation for seven days.
Costa Rica has so far reported 28 swine flu-related deaths. .
Vadodara: In spite of death of a girl on Tuesday from swine flu, two confirmed cases under treatment, and one suspected case of swine flu at SSG, the special ward of the hospital is working with just two ventilators. Ventilators are one of the critical instruments for treating patients suffering from the H1N1 virus.
The swine flu pandemicThe hospital, the largest in central Gujarat, is an important treatment centre for the patients suffering from swine flu.
The hospital already short of ventilators even during normal days, so managing more during emergency is like digging the well when thirsty
But medical superintendent Dr Atul Saxena said, "We will manage more if needed."
Alberta Health and Wellness has confirmed that another Albertan has died from the H1N1 flu virus.
That now brings the total number of deaths associated with the virus in our province to seven.
John Tuckwell, a spokesman with Alberta Health and Wellness, tells 660News, the province has reported the latest lab-confirmed death to the federal government.
Tuckwell was not able to provide any details on who the victim is or where they are from.
The total number of Canadians that have died from the H1N1 flu virus now stands at 66.
HANOI -- A doctor says a Vietnamese woman has died of swine flu-related complications. It is in the country's second swine flu death.
Dr. Phan Van Nghiem says the 52-year-old woman died Monday night at the Pham Ngoc Thach Hospital.
The doctor said Wednesday that tests confirmed she was infected with H1N1.
Vietnam has reported a total of 1,211 swine flu cases, but more than 800 of the victims have fully recovered. (AP)
Maine has recorded it's first H1N1 Influenza related death.
The Maine Center for Disease Control in the Department of Health and Human Services reported on Tuesday that a York County man in his 50's died from underlying conditions that were complicated by the H1N1 flu.
According to Dr. Dora Anne Mills, director of the CDC, the man died last week and had been hospitalized for nearly three weeks before his death.
His name and the date of his death are not being released to protect the privacy of the family.
Since first being recognized in April H1N1 has spread to 168 countries and has resulted in more than 6,000 hospitalizations and 436 deaths in the United States alone.
The National Institute for Communicable Diseases on Tuesday confirmed the country's third H1N1 influenza, popularly known as swine flu, death.
"There has (sic) been three swine flu deaths in the country. I am not going to name patients but the third case was the man from Western Cape who died last week," said NICD's Dr Lucille Blumberg.
The country's first H1N1 victim was 22-year-old Stellenbosch University student Ruan Muller which was reported early last week.
The second swine flu death was of a 15-year-old teenager from Bloemfontein which was only confirmed on Saturday. More than 1000 infections have been confirmed in the country.
12 Aug 2009
PUNE: A 50-year-old woman died of swine flu here Wednesday afternoon, the ninth victim of the contagious virus in this Maharashtra city and the 16th in India.
Nita Meghani, who was admitted to the Sassoon Hospital in a critical condition four days ago, died this afternoon, the Maharashtra Swine Flu Control Room said.
Twelve people, including two in Mumbai and one in Nashik, have died of H1N1 virus in Maharashtra.
12/08/2009 - 08:49:21
Argentine health authorities reported 15 new deaths from the H1N1 virus, bringing to 378 deaths from this disease.
This figure maintains the trans-country, second in the world behind the United States by number of deaths, 436 reported that the August 7.
Meanwhile, Minister of Science and Technology of Argentina, Lino Baran, said that advances in alternative "in the country to produce the vaccine against human influenza.
In the last six weeks killed 163 people in the country due to Acute Respiratory Infections (ARI), according to data provided by the Ministry of Public Health.
This means, making an average, who died about 4 persons per day.
Toral of the figure, some 35 of them were from Capital, the 60 other central departments and some 12 Itapúa. The rest is divided among the other regions of the country.
The age group most affected was more than 60 years, with 34 deaths. Followed by 21 to 25 with 14, and 26 to 30 with 13 and 31 to 35 to 12.
Of these deaths that were confirmed presence of H1N1 was 27 A, which was from last Friday August 7.
According to the latest figures provided by the health portfolio, those affected by the pandemic are 261, and awaiting confirmation or rejection 3629. 44 have already been discarded.
SYMPTOMS. Over 80% of patients with confirmed H1N1 had fever and cough. Over 50% had sore throat, and a somewhat lower proportion presented myalgia and nasal obstruction.
Over 40% of patients required rest, and just under that number had difficulty breathing.
A dies in the IPS
On Monday morning died in the Social Security Institute (IPS) an adult male of 61 years who had symptoms of influenza.
In intensive care for adults spend 16 people, while in pediatric kid is one with respiratory infection. Two left high.
Other 42 patients are distributed among various departments of the Central Hospital, as Burns (13), High Risk (3), Medical Clinic (6), Adult Emergency Services (10) and Pediatric Emergency Services (10).
Moreover, in the boarding Buongermini continue in 5 patients and a Nanawa.
36.8% of 6887 consultations were held on Monday at the IPS, were for respiratory disorders.
Seven new swine flu-related deaths were confirmed by state health officials today, including a Central Florida teenager.
The deaths were reported in Broward, Miami-Dade, Hillsborough, Pinellas and Walton counties. In Seminole county, an 18-year-old woman dies of complications from H1N1 or swine flu.
So far, there have been 48 laboratory confirmed swine flu deaths in Florida, according to the state Department of Health.