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PANAMA CITY — Bay District School officials learned Friday an elementary school teacher has contracted a case of swine flu. Superintendent Bill Husfelt, however, wants to assure parents their children will be safe when school starts next week.
“We don’t want people to start panicking,” Husfelt said. “There is no way a student can catch (swine flu) on Monday because of this teacher.”
The teacher, who is not being identified, caught the virus from a family member visiting from out of town, school officials said. The virus can survive only in the open for a couple of hours, so there is little to no risk of infection at the school site.
The superintendent does not want to identify the school site to help protect the teacher’s privacy.
“If the kids were at the school right now, it would be one thing,” Husfelt said. “Right now it is not a school issue.”.
SINGAPORE, Aug 22 — Resistance to Tamiflu has been detected in a patient in Singapore who was down with the pandemic Influenza A (H1N1) bug. Similar cases have also emerged in Hong Kong, China, Japan, Canada, the United States and Denmark.
When the novel strain first appeared in April, the antiviral worked well against it. The World Health Organisation (WHO) feels that these instances of it not working are isolated cases of resistance that have developed because Tamiflu had been used at lower, prophylactic doses in people who might have been exposed to the bug.
Because these so-called contacts were, in fact, already infected, the lower doses turned out to be suboptimal, which allowed resistance to emerge. There is no proof that resistance is circulating in the community at large, the WHO asserts.
Yet there is at least one documented case of a 16-year-old girl who fell ill while travelling from San Francisco to Hong Kong on June 11. Though she declined Tamiflu, an isolate from her was found to carry the H274Y mutation, which signals Tamiflu-resistance..
SAN RAFAEL, Calif.—Health officials say a fourth person has died from swine flu in Marin County.
County health officers say the 71-year-old man who died Thursday had pre-existing medical conditions that made him vulnerable to the H1N1 virus.
Officials would not say what those conditions were, which hospital the man died at or in what city he lived.
Marin County's other swine flu victims include a 55-year-old man from San Rafael, a 33-year-old pregnant woman and a 78-year-old man.
Anju Goel, the county's deputy public health officer, say there have been 35 confirmed and 70 probable cases of swine flu in Marin.
Today, a woman of 20 years in Grenada died today from complications arising from influenza A/H1N1, as she suffered from morbid obesity informed the Ministry of Health of Andalusia.
Spain 3 women die this weekend in Andalusia from swine flu A/H1N1
This is the third death from influenza A in the last 24 hours in Andalusia, and the fifteenth fatality in Spain. The woman, who had a history of previous diseases, and suffering from morbid obesity, was admitted last Wednesday, August 19, at the Hospital San Cecilio (Granada), with various symptoms such as high fever, cough, shortness of breath and vomiting.
The woman, a native of the province of Granada, died this morning. This death is in addition to the two recorded yesterday in Andalusia due to complications from influenza A. Specifically, a woman of 39 died at the Hospital of Valme of Seville, where days before she underwent a caesarean section. In this case, women suffered from other risk factors such as hepatitis and also " major obesity."
In addition, another woman of 50 years died yesterday in Hospital, Punta de Europa de Algeciras (Cadiz) from complications from influenza A. she also had "prior history of other diseases."
A young woman hospitalized for pneumonia died on Sunday from swine-flu related complications, becoming the 13th person to die in Israel of the pandemic.
The 27-year-old woman was diagnosed as having contracted swine flu after she was hospitalized with acute pneumonia at Assaf Harofeh Hospital, near Tel Aviv.
The woman's body was taken in for autopsy at the Abu Kabir Institute of Forensic Medicine at the request of the Health Ministry, in order to determine the cause of death. Prior to the autopsy, she was not counted as an official swine-flu related fatality.
On Friday, a 4-year-old girl from Umm al-Ganam, a Bedouin village at the foot of Mount Tabor, died after catching swine flu, making her the 12th reported death in Israel.
She suffered from a rare genetic bone disease that can also compromise the immune system
NEW DELHI, Aug. 23 (Xinhua) -- A 48-year-old man died of A H1N1 flu Sunday in succumbed to A/H1N1 at the SSG hospital in Gujarat, western India, raising the number of fatalities from the flu in India to 64, said health officials.
Hasmukh Hingu was admitted to hospital three days ago because he was suffering from respiratory distress syndrome, said health officials.
After being tested positive for A H1N1 flu Saturday, he died Sunday morning after his illness developed very quickly, said the officials.
ATHENS, Aug. 23 (Xinhua) -- A 23-year-old heart patient infected with A/H1N1 flu virus died on Sunday.
It is the first death case related to A/H1N1 flu in Greece.
Greek Health Ministry said in a statement that the male patient had serious heart problems and had been in the Onassio hospital since Aug. 7.
The ministry said the incident is not recorded as A/H1N1 death case based on the international scientific data, since the patient was only infected in his last two days, which was not the death cause.
So far, more than 1400 A/H1N1 flu cases have been reported in Greece, most of which are visitors from abroad.
SAN JOSE, Aug. 21 (Xinhua) -- Costa Rica has reported 1,018 A/H1N1 influenza cases, including 31 death cases, the Costa Rican Health Ministry reported on Friday.
Health authorities reported 36 new cases this week, mounting the number of confirmed cases to 1,018, while the death cases remained the same.
People under 30 are still the most affected. However, ratio of the young patients has lowered and now they make up 57 percent of the total.
The capital San Jose has the most flu cases, and more than 75 percent of the patients are from the central zone of the country.
Obesity might be a major cause of the flu deaths in Costa Rica, since 42.9 percent of the cases suffered from it.
Brazil now has 557 swine flu deaths, making it the country with the highest number of fatalities in the world from the disease, according to figures announced by the health ministry on Wednesday.
The toll puts it ahead of the latest count from the United States, which as of August 20 had 522 swine flu deaths, according to the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.
The city government ordered that all those killed by the influenza virus A (H1N1) are veiled and cremated drawer closed "immediately" to "preserve the health of the population and prevent the spread of the disease, it was learned today.
In an order published in the Official Gazette of the City, the Department of Cemeteries provided further that the funeral services companies must remove the bodies of the dead "from the place of death" and drop "green bags", then introduce them into the coffins.
Resolution 93, which has four items, provided that "all the dead whose cause of death arising from or is due to the virus that causes influenza A" join bound to the crematorium, where they will be immediately "incinerated.
In addition, he ordered the house wake and funeral that the bodies are "veiled drawer closed" because the disease is in "a steady increase," according to the Ministry of Health of Buenos Aires, and "the high transmissibility of the virus .
COIMBATORE: A businessman from Mettupalayam, who returned from a trip to Malaysia with symptoms of H1N1 infection, refused to be quarantined and
walked out of the Coimbatore Medical College Hospital on Thursday morning.
The 35-year-old-businessman, who arrived from Malaysia three days ago, suffered from severe respiratory infection and was treated at a private hospital in Coimbatore. However, the doctors at the private hospital suspected he showed the symptoms of H1N1 virus and alerted the Coimbatore Medical College Hospital.
The businessman went to the government hospital, but when the Resident Medical Officer decided to quarantine' him, he stubbornly refused and left. The anxious medical officer informed the public health department which rushed a medical team to his house in Mettupalayam to check his health condition.
However, he told the medical team that he was suffering from cough even before his departure to Malaysia and Singapore and hence, there was no need to quarantine him in the hospital. "As he had not visited swine flu-affected countries, we gave him broad spectrum antibiotics and decided to keep him under quarantine in his own house," district health official Dr V Vijayalakshmi said.
There are several possible offences that can be committed under the Ordinance, most are related to the obstruction of the exercise of the authorities' powers or an escape from isolation or quarantine. The different offences carry a range of penalties. The maximum fine is HK$10,000 and imprisonment for six months.
Where someone knows that they have an infectious disease or are likely to have been exposed to the risk of the disease, they commit an offence if they expose other's to the risk of infection. This includes being present in a public place. The penalty is a maximum fine of HK$5,000 and up to six month's imprisonment. Someone who has care of such a person must reasonably endeavour to stop them exposing other people to the risk of infection.