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Originally posted by johnb
Woman tests negative for H1N1 but dies within 2 weeks of H1N1, so if this is true then how accurate are the tests and how many more people have tested negative who have it?
South America H1N1 pandemic
BUENOS AIRES (AFP) – The swine flu deaths of two people in Argentina and a mutation of the H1N1 virus detected in Brazil have added to fears that South America is entering a harsh winter beset by the flu pandemic.
"The number of infected cases is outstripping figures put out regularly by the World Health Organization."
Those fears heightened a little Tuesday, when a Brazil's Adolfo Lutz Bacteriological Institute said its researchers had identified and isolated a new strain of the A(H1N1) virus in a Sao Paulo patient.
It was not yet known whether that variant, called A/Sao Paulo/1454/H1N1, was more aggressive than the more common type.
The institute said in a statement the mutation comprised of alterations in the Hemagglutinin protein which allows the virus to infect new hosts.
Health officials in Birmingham say the spread of swine flu in the city can no longer be contained.
Fifty-five new cases have been confirmed in the West Midlands region taking the total to 567 - more than half of the total cases in England.
More than 220 new cases of swine flu across the UK were confirmed by health officials as a family faced the double loss of a mother and her premature baby.
Jacqui Fleming, 38, of Glasgow, became the country's first swine flu victim to die on Sunday, two weeks after giving birth.
Her baby, named Jack, died in hospital in Paisley, Renfrewshire, on Monday night.
An NHS Greater Glasgow spokesman said the baby did not die from swine flu. Health officials said a further 142 cases of swine flu were confirmed through laboratory testing. Of those, one patient was in Northern Ireland and the remaining 141 in England.
The Health Protection Agency said the cases included 124 in the West Midlands, where 512 people have now been affected with the virus. In addition, there were 351 new clinically diagnosed cases in Scotland and 10 further confirmed by lab test, producing an overall UK total of 1,472.
The latest victims bring the total number in Scotland who have caught the H1N1 virus to 508. Ms Fleming's death is the first death to be reported outside the Americas where at least 145 people have died from swine flu.
Professor Hugh Pennington, a bacteriologist at Aberdeen University, said the first swine flu death was not unexpected. He said: "It does not point to the virus getting nastier. All the evidence to date suggests the virus is not changing at all."
An independent boys' school in north London announced three cases of swine flu among its Year Seven pupils, but said it would stay open.
Philip Lough, headmaster of The Hall School, Hampstead, said: "We are following closely the advice of the Health Protection Agency (HPA) and their recommendation is for the school to remain open at present."
The school remains in touch with the HPA for further information and advice and continues to monitor the situation, he said. The school has around 450 pupils, aged four to 13 years old.
Israeli president swine flu scare
Mr Peres thought the likelihood of H1N1 infecting him was low
Israeli President Shimon Peres has been tested for swine flu, after receiving a group of young Jews from abroad who were later found to be infected.
Mr Peres shook hands and hugged 120 youngsters from a 5,000-strong party visiting the country as guests of the Birthright Israel organisation.
The alarm was raised when 20 of them, along with 18 soldiers accompanying the group, tested positive for the virus.
Mr Peres and staff at his official home were cleared of H1N1 virus infection.
President Peres said he did not regret meeting the young people last week:
"It is not their fault they got sick and I believe everybody will be okay."
Birthright Israel provides expenses-paid 10-day trips to Israel for Jewish adults aged 18-26 who have not visited the country before.
There have been 117 confirmed cases of the swine flu virus in Israel, according to the World Health Organization.
Last week the WHO declared the virus a global pandemic that has spread to 74 countries. There have been some 30,000 cases diagnosed globally and more than 140 deaths.
As of June 17, 2009, a total of 4,906 laboratory-confirmed cases of H1N1 flu virus have been reported in all provinces and territories in Canada (see Table 1 below). To date, 284 hospitalizations and twelve deaths have been reported among laboratory-confirmed cases.
Authorities released the name today of the first person to die from swine flu-related complications in the San Diego area.
Adela Chevalier, 20, succumbed to the illness in an emergency room at Palomar Medical Center in Escondido on Monday afternoon, a day after she began feeling sick, according to the county Medical Examiner's Office.
Chevalier, who lived in a San Marcos apartment with her brother, apparently had been healthy prior to contracting the virus and had not traveled recently, officials said. She worked at a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant in San Marcos.
Her death was the seventh swine flu-related fatality in California, according to the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency.
County Public Health Officer Wilma Wooten called the young woman's lethal illness "a tragic reminder that the H1N1 virus is still very much active in our community."
"Residents of San Diego County still need to be vigilant about H1N1 and take the necessary precautions of covering their mouth when they cough, sneeze or blow their nose, and wash their hands frequently," Wooten said.
"We are still monitoring this virus and working with local, state and national health officials, but it will be several months before a vaccine is developed for H1N1."
There have been 275 confirmed cases of the disease in the San Diego region. Twenty-five of them have necessitated hospitalization.
People who had been in close contact with Chevalier recently have received post-exposure treatment, authorities said.
"I've never been sick like that. It is as if one-wheeled me past it. I bouillonnant fever. I thought, My God, is it going to stop? "
laudine Pinel has received in recent days a diagnosis of influenza A (H1N1).
"To the earth," the young woman of 29 years, just Lachenaie, is physically fit and healthy. Yet it has not been spared by the flu which is so glossed, which killed seven Quebecers and that forced the hospitalization of 160 others.
Thursday of last week, Ms. Pinel began to feel the devastating effects of influenza. Aches appeared, then a fever. A very high fever with peaks of 101.8 ° F. Then the cough and congestion.
"I was completely exhausted, I felt extreme fatigue," she describes.
Then diarrhea melee ensued, followed by heart ailments. The appetite was more appointments, which was of no help in the recovery of energy.