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Swine Flu news and updates thread

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posted on Aug, 9 2009 @ 05:11 PM
Indicative of the rising numbers, Pune reported 42 fresh H1N1 cases on Sunday - two of whom have been put on ventilator - while the condition of an infected four-year-old Chennai boy turned critical.

posted on Aug, 9 2009 @ 05:19 PM
PARENTS’ fears were growing last night over plans to use Britain’s 8.5million schoolchildren as guinea pigs for swine flu vaccinations.

posted on Aug, 9 2009 @ 05:22 PM
Medical ethics in the era of H1N1: A need for a national conversation
In the UK the H1N1 pandemic is bringing to the forefront the public's concerns for healthcare rationing. In a recent article for the BBC news, Daniel Sokol, a medical ethicist, discusses the issue with frightening lucidity. He cites several probable scenarios and asks how they should be handled. For example, when 5 critically ill patients are "competing" for a single ICU bed, how should the allocation decision be made? Should it be on the basis of viability? Age? Value to society (that is, should a healthcare worker take precedence over another patient?) While he argues for transparency in such choices, he acknowledges the uncertainties inherent in our understanding of disease. Thus, a patient who is 99% likely to die may still surprise us 1% of the time and survive.

posted on Aug, 9 2009 @ 05:32 PM
NEW DELHI: Health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad has asked the Maharashtra government to make it mandatory for all big private hospitals to create a
separate isolation ward for swine flu patients. Fearing that the deadly H1N1 influenza virus may have started to form clusters in Pune and parts of Mumbai, that could lead to largescale community transmission some time in the future.

posted on Aug, 9 2009 @ 05:47 PM
WASHINGTON -- When President Obama visited Mexico in April, the now-global swine flu epidemic -- unbeknownst to the White House -- had just begun there and an Obama aide returned home sick.

What could have become a diplomatic downer, however, ultimately turned into a bright spot.

Obama was never in danger, the aide and his family recovered, and the two nations cooperated extensively on the flu outbreak through the spring and beyond. The United States earned huge points with its southern neighbor for not joining the countries banning flights, halting trade and taking other actions that Mexico considered unfairly punitive.

Now, as Obama returns to Mexico, the swine flu that spread from there across the world is increasingly back in the news -- and at the top of the agenda of at a lightning-quick, three-way summit Sunday and Monday.

posted on Aug, 9 2009 @ 06:09 PM
A child belonging to the Riley County in Kansas has been found infected with an uncommon strain of the swine influenza. This strain does not usually infect humans.

The child has recovered from the virus and there have been no other cases identified from this strain. An investigation is on the way to determine other possible cases.

The virus strain was identified as H3N2 that is common between the pigs in North America. This virus is different from the H1N1 pandemic virus.

posted on Aug, 9 2009 @ 07:41 PM
Obama's Mexico Agenda: Trucks, Tariffs and Swine Flu

posted on Aug, 9 2009 @ 07:49 PM
33% Indians likely to get H1N1: Azad

posted on Aug, 9 2009 @ 07:55 PM
Aug. 9: TCS, Infosys, Wipro, IBM, Microsoft, and Mahindra Satyam among other IT majors said all is fine — as of now. However, many firms across the country have started taking precautionary measures and are asking employees with cold and high temperature to stay at home for a few days, with the numbers of swine flu (H1N1) affected people on the

posted on Aug, 9 2009 @ 08:03 PM
Tamiflu is not, of course, a cure for swine flu. The drug inhibits the spread of the virus through the body and makes it less likely that the patient will transmit it to others. While we wait for a vaccine to be developed, it is one of our few defences against its spread.

Medical researchers have long warned of the danger that the mass prescription of antivirals could result in the swine flu virus becoming resistant to the drugs. If a large number of people without symptoms take them now we could be weakening our collective ability to deal with a future wave of the swine flu virus.

The risk of new more resistant strains developing is real. Health authorities in Denmark, Japan, Hong Kong and Canada have already reported cases of patients whose swine flu carried a mutation making it impervious to the influence of Tamilfu. It remains to be determined whether these were simply isolated cases, or part of a wider trend. But we do know that excessive use of Tamiflu (and the other main antiviral drug, Relenza) by populations will increase the likelihood of new resistant strains of the virus developing.

posted on Aug, 10 2009 @ 10:02 AM
PUNE / CHENNAI / NEW DELHI: The H1N1 contagion continued its spread through India Monday as two more people died, taking the toll to six, and concern acquired a panicky edge in many parts with several schools closed and a 200 sq km area around pandemic "epicentre" Pune shutting down completely.

Baburao Mane, a 35-year-old ayurvedic doctor in Pune, and four-year-old Sanjay Balakrishnan in Chennai died of the Influenza A (H1N1) virus early Monday. Six m in critical condition.

They became the fifth and sixth victims, respectively, of the viral disease that has so far infected 864 people in India. Of these, 523 have been discharged from hospital and 341 are under treatment, Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad told reporters after a three-hour meeting with Cabinet Secretary K.M. Chandrasekhar and senior bureaucrats of his ministry.

H1N1 cases in Maharashtra, meanwhile, continued to spiral with Pune reporting 18 new cases and Mumbai 33, taking the state's total to 327, said an official in the Swine Flu Control Room.

The government has finalised guidelines for private laboratories that will be allowed to screen for swine flu.

It was also decided at the meeting of the central health ministry to continue with airport and sea-port screenings and install thermal scanners at international airports in the hope of containing the viral infection that has killed three people in Pune, one in Mumbai, one in Ahmedabad and one in Chennai.

While Mane, who worked in Pune's slum areas, had been admitted to Pune's Sassoon Hospital five days ago and had been on the ventilator for three days, Balakrishnan had been admitted to a private Chennai hospital last week with fever and diarrhoea and tested positive for the flu on Saturday.ore patients in Pune

[edit on 10-8-2009 by wizardwars]

posted on Aug, 10 2009 @ 10:06 AM
Yogyakarta – A 29-year-old female, with initial AMM, is being treated at Dr Sradjito hospital, Yogyakarta. She is reported to have developed breathing failure. Patient has been in critical condition since the first time she was admitted to the hospital on August 6. Patient has no relative in accompany.

Head of Public Relation Dr Sardjito hospital, Trisno Heru Nugroho mentioned that patient was currently being treated in Bangsal Kartika, a bird flu and swine flu treatment unit. She is assisted with ventilator for breathing.

Sardjito hospital received the patient from PKU Muhammadiyah hospital, at the state of coma with breathing failure, said Trisno. Information from previous hospital staff was saying that patient had contact with birds during a wedding rehearsal in Gunung Kidul.

So far, no family or relative is accompanying the patient so that the hospital is having difficulty to identify patient’s background and medical record. Patient is recorded as a resident of two addresses: Klitren lll/364 GK, Yogyakarta; and Jl Raya 108 Lirboyo, Mojoroto, Kediri, East Java.

In the same place, another bird flu suspect patient, RR (12) and two flu patients are also under treatment. They are in a good condition.

posted on Aug, 10 2009 @ 10:10 AM
"As the first influenza pandemic in 41 years has spread during the Southern Hemisphere's winter over the past few months, the United States and other northern countries have been racing to prepare for a second wave of swine flu virus," The Washington Post wrote.

At the same time, international health authorities have become increasingly alarmed about the new virus's arrival in the poorest, least-prepared parts of the world, it added.

The newspaper said that "a new round could hit the Northern Hemisphere within weeks and lead to major disruptions in schools, workplaces and hospitals, according to US and international health officials."

"The virus is still around and ready to explode," said William Schaffner, an influenza expert at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine who advises federal health officials. "We're potentially looking at a very big mess."

It went on mentioning the Southern Hemisphere, specially Argentina, a country which was hit particularly hard, school breaks were extended and the economy suffered as people avoided restaurants, clubs and other public places.

The virus could cause nothing more than a typical flu season for the Northern Hemisphere this winter. But many experts suspect the second wave could be more severe than an average flu season, which hospitalizes an estimated 200,000 Americans and contributes to 36,000 deaths. Because the virus is new, most people are not immune to it.

"This epidemic will transmit faster than usual, because the population is more susceptible," said Marc Lipsitch, a professor of epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health who has been helping the CDC project the severity of the upcoming wave. "It's fair to say there will be tens of millions of illnesses and hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations, and tens of thousands of deaths. That's not atypical. It just depends on how many tens of thousands.

posted on Aug, 10 2009 @ 10:16 AM
Children should not be given Tamiflu, Oxford researchers
Children should not be given the antiviral drug Tamiflu for swine flu because its harms outweigh any benefits and the Government should review its policy on dealing with the pandemic, researchers have said.

posted on Aug, 10 2009 @ 10:22 AM
Quietly, hospitals have formed H1N1 committees and state and local health officials have reviewed their pandemic plans to prepare for the possible return of swine flu this fall.

Thousands of special face-tight masks have been ordered.

Wisconsin is buying thousands more doses of anti-viral medications to bring its stockpile in line with federal guidelines (currently the state has enough for 23% of its population, just short of the recommended 25%).

And public health leaders have begun discussing ways to carry out mass vaccinations.

"This is going to be way beyond what we've done in the past. It's huge," said Bill Bazan, vice president of the Wisconsin Hospital Association. Bazan said this fall's mass vaccination is likely to be the largest in recent memory.

On Thursday his association is scheduled to hold a flu planning meeting at the Aurora Family Services building for about 30 public health officials and representatives from hospitals in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

On the table are such questions as how hospitals will coordinate flu surveillance and reporting, and how they will handle surges in the number of emergency room patients.

posted on Aug, 10 2009 @ 10:29 AM
The Israel Pediatrics Society has called on the government to approve more job slots for pediatric residents so that in the fall, there will be enough specialists to take care of children infected with the H1N1 (swine flu) virus. The society chairman, Prof. Mati Berkowitz, said that the "handwriting is already on the wall" and that the severe shortage of hospital pediatricians would be even worse in the fall and winter, when more children and youths are expected to suffer from complications of the new flu strain. Berkowitz said whole pediatric departments could "collapse" in the next few

[edit on 10-8-2009 by wizardwars]

posted on Aug, 10 2009 @ 10:31 AM
A woman in Dublin has become the first person in Ireland to have died as a result of contracting swine flu.

posted on Aug, 10 2009 @ 10:45 AM
The H1N1 virus claimed its 7th Indian victim on Monday evening. Sanjay Tilekar, 35-year-old pharmacist from Pune, who had been fighting for his life in the ICU for the last two days, succumbed to his illness as his respiratory complications deteriorated.

Tilekar was suffering from bronchial pneumonia and was admitted to Sassoon Hospital in Pune. Although his condition was reportedly showing signs of improvement, but it spiralled out of control this evening leading to failed lungs and other respiratory complications.

Tilekar's death spells a cause of grave concern for Pune's health authorities, as the city is fast becoming the epicentre of the fatal virus in India

posted on Aug, 10 2009 @ 03:11 PM
HEALTHBEAT: Planning hot lines to help avert flu-swamped ERs, by urging low-risk to stay home.

posted on Aug, 10 2009 @ 04:18 PM
I heard the first bit on the radio today about the vaccine. A doctor was on a local radio morning show, and they were asking him if it was a good thing to take it. He said that things like washing your hands, eating healthy and so on, would not keep you from getting this flu. And that he highly recommends that everyone gets all 3 flu shots.

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