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TAIPEI (AFP) — Taiwan on Thursday confirmed its second case of swine flu in a student returning from the United States but the health minister said there was unlikely to be a mass outbreak on the island before the end of June.
The 22-year-old woman who studies at a New York university tested positive for A(H1N1) influenza after running a fever upon her arrival after a transit in Hong Kong, Taiwan's Centres for Disease Control (CDC) said.
She was immediately isolated at a hospital near the airport and her symptoms had eased after she was put on anti-flu drugs, CDC spokesman Shih Wen-yi told reporters.
Health authorities were tracking down the other passengers who sat nearest her on the Cathay Pacific flight from Hong Kong for screening.
The island's first confirmed case was an Australian doctor who arrived by plane from Hong Kong earlier in the week.
New Delhi, May 21 (PTI) A 50-year-old man, who recently returned from swine flu-affected Hong Kong, was admitted to a hospital in Uttarakhand with suspected symptoms of the disease as authorities continued to screen passengers at all the international airports across the country.
Joshi, who complained of fever, cough and weakness, was admitted to Haldwani Base Hospital in Nainital district
He had returned to India on May 16 after visiting South Korea and Hong Kong. Three swine flu cases have been confirmed in Hong Kong so far.
Authorities have alerted all hospitals of the state.
Meanwhile, test reports of a man, who had been sent to the Infectious Diseases Hospital in Kolkata with symptoms of swine flu, are yet to arrive
Though some of the tests done in Kolkata proved negative for swine flu, the final reports of the swab and blood tests sent to New Delhi are yet to come, Director of Health Services Aniruddha Kar told PTI here today.
The man -- Shyamal Sarkar -- had landed at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport by an Emirates flight from Dubai yesterday with fever, upper respiratory tract infection and other symptoms similar to swine flu. PTI
Originally posted by gallifreyan medic
I think if the world financial state was not as it is now,they would
have been following the set plan.
Sadly money seems to be more inportant than life.
What a bass ackward world we live in.
Originally posted by nanbei
reply to post by Chevalerous
The already ongoing outbreaks of swine H1N1 in the southern hemisphere can lead H1N1 to acquire H274Y, leading to Tamiflu resistance, which could complicate treatment of the more severe cases, which may involve previously healthy young adults.
That's very likely to happen because the number of infected people is going to increase dramatically here in South America (they must be in triple digit in many countries right now, but governments are all covering up) and seasonal flu is already here, since winter is about to beggin.
In most South American cities, public hospitals already have no rooms and equipment to threat ill patients. When internations due to the new flu starts to increase, the situation might get quite ugly.
DUBAI, May 21 (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates has placed a air passenger who arrived from Canada in isolation because of concerns he may have H1N1 flu, the Health Ministry said on Thursday.
"A passenger who arrived in Abu Dhabi from Canada was put in isolation after he was suspected of having the swine flu," the ministry said, quoted by the state news agency WAM.
The passenger was undergoing medical checks, it said
The World Health Organisation chief said on Thursday she would not hesitate to raise the global pandemic alert to the top of the six-point scale if the new H1N1 flu is spreading globally.
No Gulf Arab country has reported any cases of the flu. The UAE is the Middle East's main air travel hub.
Originally posted by MimiG
reply to post by ecoparity
I am dying (not literally) to hear what you have! Any ETA for the information so I can get up and read it? Am in CA by the way!
I should have checked my email hours ago. I had this in a SPAM folder all day long and apparently it's been leaked to the media now so I may as well share it here:
CDC Internal Briefing (PDF File)
I have more items I can't post right now but this one has some interesting data. The fact CDC insiders are starting to leak things to the media at this level says a lot about what we can expect to see in the days to come.
Keep in mind, this is internal use only but is not the classified version. The difference in the statistics gets even larger between this version and the "classified" one.
Items of interest:
A pro baseball pitcher's wife was found "suddenly dead" who was young, healthy and "alive" only minutes before. (No cause of death released yet)
The CDC put in a HUGE order for a specific drug. More on what drug and why they might want it later.
[edit on 21-5-2009 by ecoparity]
[edit on 21-5-2009 by ecoparity]
Originally posted by phoenixs1
Originally posted by gallifreyan medic
So this is why the delay in raising to level 6.
Certainly showing the new rules to the game.
Must be global before raising.
GENEVA (Reuters) - The head of the World Health Organization said on Thursday she would not hesitate to raise the global pandemic alert to the top of the six-point scale if the new H1N1 flu is spreading globally. "When I see more signals coming from the virus itself or the spread of the disease, including severity, I would not shy away from making a very difficult decision. I would not compromise the world people's health," Margaret Chan said.
[edit on 21/5/09 by gallifreyan medic]
Yes, they certainly seem to be changing the game rules, which I would have thought were set the way they were for a reason, and after some intelligent thought. So, why are they now changing what constitutes a Level 6 Alert? Did they think we wouldn't notice that a few weeks ago they were repeatedly saying they had to see "sustained human to human transmission in 2 geographical areas i.e. an area outside of North America"?
Why the change in rules? How much work and thought did they put into setting the Alert System when they did and why change it now, when faced with our first pandemic since the system came in?
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Swine flu forced Christina Huitron to make a choice no mother should ever have to make.
On Wednesday she told doctors to take her 21-year-old son off life support, making Marcos Sanchez the nation's 10th fatality associated with the newly discovered virus that continues to spread across the globe.
"I knew he was suffering," Christina Huitron told KSL-TV. "I don't know how he was feeling, but I just knew I had to do it because he was passing away slowly anyways, and I didn't want him to suffer anymore."
Sanchez checked into a suburban hospital Saturday, vomiting blood and burning with fever, Huitron told The Salt Lake Tribune. By Tuesday he was suffering from multiple organ failure.
Makes you wonder how many more people are in the same position. The US is pretty good at keeping people alive on life support they could keep them there for years infact.
[edit on 21-5-2009 by JBA2848]
Chan appeared to stray from the WHO's textbook definition of a pandemic -- which would only require the virus to be spreading in two regions of the world -- saying that she is waiting for it to take hold in both the northern and southern hemispheres.
Based on the fact that most of the posters from the US in this thread have had or are having all the H1N1 influenza symptoms, I can conclude that at least half the US population have been infected with this new virus.
In this case, unfortunatelly, there'll be many more deaths.