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Members of an Amazon tribe have tested positive for the new H1N1 swine flu, Peruvian health officials said, raising concerns the deadly virus could spread to more remote communities with limited defences against disease.
The seven cases, reported in the Matsigenka tribe, were confirmed by the health ministry's regional office in south-eastern Peru.
All seven people have recovered.
But because the tribe makes its home along the Urubamba River, near a reserve set aside for so-called un-contacted tribes, human rights groups fear the H1N1 virus could spread to the more isolated people.
Communities living in voluntary isolation have historically been vulnerable to diseases brought by outsiders, with indigenous populations in the Americas having suffered centuries of losses after Europeans arrived.
SEATTLE -- A Puyallup mother who spent weeks in a coma and didn't even know she gave birth to a baby girl has died.
Katie Flyte lost her battle with swine flu and died Monday at Harborview Medical Center, her family said. She was 27 years old.
"She's in a better place," said her husband, Kenny.
Six weeks ago, Katie, who was then six-months pregnant, developed a fever and deep cough.
She was sent home and three flu tests came back negative, but her condition deteriorated. She contracted pneumonia, then went into respiratory arrest.
Doctors said they needed to deliver Katie's baby to save both lives.
In a drug-induced coma, Katie underwent a Cesarean section and gave birth to a 2 pound, 14 ounce girl.
She was eventually diagnosed with swine flu and doctors transferred her to Harborview, where she remained in a coma until she died.
"We didn't even have a name fully picked out yet," her husband said of their new baby, who has since been named Abigail Marie.
52-year-old El Dorado County woman has died after being hospitalized with the H1N1 flu virus, while Granite Bay High School administrators confirmed Tuesday that four students have swine flu and another 11 students reported flu-like symptoms.
Pre-existing health conditions were a factor in the El Dorado County woman's death, county public health officials said in a news release. She was the first person in El Dorado County to die from the H1N1 virus.
A 48-year-old man and a 50-year old woman succumbed to swine flu in Pune on Wednesday afternoon, taking the toll in the deadly pandemic to 17.
Gautam Shelar, 48, a driver, was brought from KEM hospital on August 10 to Sasoon Hospital in a critical condition.
In Pune, Nita Meghani, 50, who was admitted to Sasoon Hospital in a critical condition four days ago, died on Wednesday afternoon.
With the latest flu deaths, the toll in Maharashtra due to the viral infection has risen to 13 deaths.
MANAGUA: An obese woman in her thirties who died Wednesday was the first swine flu victim in Nicaragua, which has registered more than 500 cases of A (H1N1), the health minister told local radio.
The woman died from undefined health complications after she was urgently admitted to hospital, Guillermo Gonzlez told public radio.
The deceased had first showed swine flu symptoms more than two weeks before after giving birth by cesarian section in a public hospital in the Central American nation, he added.
In neighboring Costa Rica, President Oscar Arias said Tuesday that he had contracted swine flu, becoming the world's first own leader to have fallen ill with the virus.
In a demonstration of confidence in the drugs, Health Minister Chen Zhu took the lead Wednesday afternoon by receiving his second inoculation of the vaccine. Chen received the first such shot in China on July 22.
RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug. 12 (Xinhua) -- Brazilian health authorities Wednesday reported 58 new cases of A/H1N1 flu in the country, bringing the death toll to 274.
So far, Sao Paulo has the highest death toll, with 111 victims, followed by Parana with 58 and Rio Grande do Sul with 55.
With the new figures, Brazil has the third highest death toll in the world, only behind the Unite States and Argentina.
BUENOS AIRES, Aug. 12 (Xinhua) -- The Argentine health authorities reported on Wednesday a total of 386 A/H1N1 influenza deaths in the country, based on the provincial health departments' reports.
The updated figure made the country become the second largest number of fatalities from the A/H1N1 virus in the world, just after the United States, which till Aug. 7 had reported 436 deaths.
JERUSALEM — Three people infected with swine flu have died over the past 24 hours, taking to eight the number of people who died in Israel of the A(H1N1) virus, the health ministry said on Thursday.
A 54-year-old woman suffering from cancer who was infected with the virus died in a Tel Aviv hospital on Thursday, the same day that the virus struck down a man who was being treated for kidney problems.
A woman in her 60s also died from swine flu on Wednesday in northern Israel.
Health ministry figures show that there are about 2,000 people in Israel infected by the (A)H1N1 virus. Officials fear a quarter of the 7.4 million Israelis could eventually be infected.
Pune/Mumbai/Bangalore/A nine-month-old infant and three women succumbed to swine flu in India, taking the country's toll to 21 Thursday amid hectic efforts to curb the spread of the contagious virus.
Also on Thursday, 90 positive cases were reported from across the country -- Pune reporting a maximum of 43 cases, Mumbai 18, Kolhapur two, Delhi 16, Bangalore nine, Mangalore one, and Gurgaon one - taking the total number of such patients to 1,284 while 694 of them are at various stages of recovery, the health ministry said.
The latest victims were nine-month-old Swabhiman Kamble, Archana Kolhe, 37, and Bharati Goyal, 26 - all in the worst-hit city of Pune in Maharashtra - and Rupa, a 26-year-old teacher in Bangalore -- the first swine flu case in Karnataka.
Infant Kamble died at the Sahyadri Munot Hospital in Pune late Wednesday, an official said Thursday.
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Maryland health officials say the state's sixth death associated with swine flu is an adult from the Washington suburbs with underlying medical conditions.
The state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene didn't release any other details about the person.
Maryland health officials say the department expects more flu-related deaths. They are urging people to take advantage of seasonal and swine flu vaccinations when they're available.
A seventh Alberta resident has died due to the H1N1 virus, the Public Health Agency of Canada reported Tuesday evening.
The agency confirmed the latest death in a regular update on their website of the number of Canadians killed by swine flu. No other information on the victim was available.
As of Tuesday, the virus has contributed to the deaths of 66 people across the country.
As of Aug. 1, 1,315 people from across the country were in hospital due to the virus.
Although H1N1 flu is expected reappear bigger and stronger after children return to classes, the first line of defense in South Florida schools will be a bit weaker.
Shrinking tax revenues have led Broward County to replace some school nurses with health technicians, while Palm Beach County is trimming school nurse workdays.
In Broward, about 58 of 211 schools will switch from registered and licensed practical nurses to health techs, who have less training but are certified to dispense first aid and medications, health and school officials said. An estimated 22 other schools will lose their nurses altogether and be covered only by on-call, circuit-riding RNs.
Testing is no longer being done for the virus because it is so widespread. Swine flu used to mean students had to stay home for seven days, but now kids can return to school if they have not had a fever for at least 24 hours without medication.
“We have been told that the germs can survive on surfaces for two to eight hours, so we will be going in, if we have confirmed cases in a classroom, and using micro-fiber cleaning along with a disinfectant,” said Harry Atwood with St. Lucie County schools.
At this point, if there is an outbreak, closing school will not be in the cards. Instead, new hand sanitizers will be installed in classrooms without sinks. They will also open sick rooms where students with symptoms will stay until they're picked up. Swine flu vaccines are currently in clinical trials and health officials hope they'll be ready by October. .
LAKE WORTH, Fla -- For the past month, Noah Frye and his dad, Jerry Frye, have been living on their own. The 10-year-old’s mother, Lori Frye, is in intensive care at Wellington Regional Medical Center.
"I feel sad because she's always been there for me and I usually see her every day," said Noah Frye.
She was admitted for a severe case of pneumonia. It turned out to be the H1N1 virus.
"It seems like a hard thing to fight and to get over once you have it,” explains husband, Jerry Frye. “It seems like she's been struggling, trying to get her lungs cleared and breathe."
What started out as a cold turned serious. The virus attacked her lungs. She then developed an allergy to medication. Now a machine is breathing for her.
“They took her out of the induced coma and brought her back to where she can communicate. She has moved her eyes and seen us and she's moved her lips," said Frye.
For Noah, seeing his mother in the hospital is starting to take a toll. He told WPBF News, "It's just hard to see her with all the hives and stuff on her face and the trache."
Jerry and Lori have been married for 14 years. They had just celebrated her 40th birthday. The presents and thank you notes are still sitting on the table where Lori left them because Noah and Jerry say they’re hoping she'll pull through.
"My worst fear is if anything ever happened to her. Having to raise my son because she did so much for us," said Frye.
Now, the Fryes are feeling the financial stress over how to pay for Lori's care. Friends and members from their church have been pitching in to help as much as they can..
RIO DE JANEIRO, August 13 (Xinhua) -- Brazil registered three more deaths from A/H1N1 flu Thursday, raising the death toll in the country to 277.
One death was reported in Rondonia, the first victim in this northern state. Two other deaths were confirmed in the states of Santa Catarina and Minas Gerais.
Brazil remains the country with the third largest number of A/H1N1deaths after the United States and Argentina.
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- The Malaysian Health Ministry on Thursday reported seven more deaths of A/H1N1 flu, increasing the total number of deaths in the country to 51.
Malaysian Health Minister Liow Tiong Lai said that the deaths aged between four month and 92 year-old and they were related to high risk factors, including hypertension, heart disease, congenital disease and low immunity.
Meanwhile, Liow said that 51 patients of A/H1N1 flu were still being treated in the isolation wards, while 29 patients were being treated in intensive care unit (ICU).
Among the ICU patients, Liow said that 16 patients have risk factors, including 12 patients with chronic disease, two patients of obesity, one pregnant patient and one post-delivery patient.
CANBERRA, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- Australia's chief medical officer Jim Bishop revealed on Thursday that the number of A/H1N1 flu-related deaths in Australia had reached 102.
He said up to four times the number of people had presented to hospital emergency departments with A/H1N1 flu than would be expected with seasonal flu.
"We've modeled it on around 10 percent and we're closer to the 27 percent mark in terms of the people who end up being hospitalized who will have to go to ICU (intensive care units)," Bishop told reporters.
"That means this disease is particularly concerning in relation to the way it gets into the lungs."
The good news was a lot of the patients in intensive care "were recovering well and more quickly than we had anticipated".
Currently 449 people are hospitalized across the country with A/H1N1 flu, with 109 of them in intensive care.
The A/H1N1 flu death toll in the United State has reached 477 with hospitalizations of 7,511, according to the latest statistics released by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta on Friday, Xinhua reported.
The CDC said that 41 more deaths have been reported in the past week, a big jump from the previous record of 436 released a week ago by the agency. Meanwhile, there have been 1,005 more patients of the new virus admitted to the hospitals in the past week, bringing the total number of the hospitalizations around the country to 7,511, or a 15-percent increase compared with the previous record of 6,506.
Despite the summer heat and humanity, the H1N1 flu has continued to spread in the country as a whole, with formidable increases of deaths in a number of states in recent weeks. California and Florida are two hardest-hit states in the past months, with death toll more than doubling.
The California Department of Public Health has reported 104 deaths and 1,057 hospitalizations since the new virus outbreak in late April, including 52 deaths in the past month, or doubling the previous record of 52 the state reported to the CDC on July 17.
The Florida Department of Health has confirmed 48 deaths and 536 hospitalizations so for, including 36 deaths in the past month, four times as many as 12 recorded on July 17 by the CDC.
The CDC officials and experts are urging people to be well- prepared for the pandemic declared by World Health Organization in June. They believe the H1N1 flu will shape up as a category 2 pandemic similar to the 1957 Asian flu outbreak in the fall and winter.
The federal and state officials are preparing for massive H1N1 flu immunizations, starting with school children when they return school later this month.