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Synopsis: During week 18 (May 3 - 9, 2009), influenza activity remained at approximately the
same level as last week in the United States, indicating that there are higher levels of influenza-like
illness than is normal for this time of year.
o One thousand four hundred fifty-four (11.9%) specimens tested by U.S. World Health
Organization (WHO) and National Respiratory and Enteric Virus Surveillance System
(NREVSS) collaborating laboratories and reported to CDC/Influenza Division were positive
o The proportion of deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza (P&I) was below the
o Three influenza-associated pediatric deaths were reported.
o The proportion of outpatient visits for influenza-like illness (ILI) was above the national
baseline. Three of the ten surveillance regions reported ILI above their region-specific
o Eight states reported geographically widespread influenza activity, 14 states reported
regional activity, the District of Columbia and 15 states reported local influenza activity; and
13 states reported sporadic influenza activity.
Update: Health officials: Man with swine flu dies at local hospital
11:50 AM CDT on Tuesday, May 19, 2009
(KMOV) -- News 4 has learned that a man who had swine flu has died in the St. Louis area.
According to CNN, St. Louis County health officials confirm that a 42-year-old man died Tuesday morning at a local hospital.
Health officials say that the man had been in the hospital for a few weeks and that he had recently visited Mexico.
While the man did have swine flu, the official cause of death from the St. Louis County medical examiner has not yet been determined.
No other details about this case are being released at this time.
Originally posted by JBA2848
2008-2009 Influenza Season Week 18 ending May 9, 2009
o Three influenza-associated pediatric deaths were reported. I only remeber the one child who came from Mexico dieing befor May 9 when the data for this report was gathered.
Same here, I had been keeping track of serious cases on another thread. Unless they were different flus than h1n1? Very strange that all the numbers seem to be *lower* with h1n1. If it's a crazy shooter on a rampage, the authorities/MSM always seem to make the numbers higher to sensationalize
[edit on 19-5-2009 by sonjah1]
[edit on 19-5-2009 by sonjah1]
More at Link...
Swine flu link probed in Ark. 28-year-old man's death
May 17, 2009 6:44 PM ET
Coroner Garland Camper tells The Associated Press that the man died Saturday morning at a Little Rock hospital after suffering from flulike symptoms for six weeks. Camper says samples taken from the man tested positive for several strains of flu, requiring his office to explore the possibility swine flu played a part in the death.
Family members say the boy was turning blue as they rushed him to the hospital.
The evolution of the H1N1 is being closely monitored by sequencing labs across the world, and most isolates to date are closely related. However, the presence of avian PB2 raises concerns that the frequency of cases will not decline in the summer in the northern hemisphere, because the avian PB2 is optimal at 41 C, which would lead to efficient transmission in the summer. Moreover, the seasonal flu has the mammalian version of PB2, which has optimal activity at 34 C. However, the swine H1N1 transmitting in the summer hemisphere may acquire E627K, leading to a virus efficiently transmitting in the winter aso.
Similarly, swine H1N1 in the southern hemisphere may acquire H274Y, leading to Tamflu resistance, which could complicate treatment of the more severe cases, which may involve previously healthy young adults. Another H1N1 death (44M) was just reported in St. Louis, MO.
The strong parallels between 1918 and 2009 continue to cause concern
Originally posted by EDteach
GENEVA, May 19 (Reuters) - Vaccine makers could produce 4.9 billion pandemic flu shots per year in the best-case scenario, the head of the World Health Organisation said on Tuesday, as rich and poor countries grappled over limited supplies.