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Swine Flu news and updates thread

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posted on Aug, 12 2009 @ 05:51 AM
The National Institute for Communicable Diseases on Tuesday confirmed the country's third H1N1 influenza death.

"There have been three swine flu deaths in the country. I am not going to name patients but the third case was the man from Western Cape who died last week," said NICD's Dr Lucille Blumberg.

The country's first H1N1 victim reported was 22-year-old Stellenbosch University student Ruan Muller which was reported early last week.

The second swine flu death was a teenager from Bloemfontein.

More than 1 000 infections have been confirmed in the

posted on Aug, 12 2009 @ 05:59 AM
Vadodara: In spite of death of a girl on Tuesday from swine flu, two confirmed cases under treatment, and one suspected case of swine flu at SSG, the special ward of the hospital is working with just two ventilators. Ventilators are one of the critical instruments for treating patients suffering from the H1N1 virus.

posted on Aug, 12 2009 @ 05:51 PM
NEW DELHI — India is struggling to cope with the spread of swine flu, with at least 17 deaths confirmed from the virus and nearly 1,200 diagnosed cases. The outbreak has caused panic in much of the country, with schools, theaters and shopping malls closing in many places.

posted on Aug, 12 2009 @ 05:56 PM
(AP) The number of American troops in Iraq diagnosed with H1N1 (swine) flu has climbed to 67, making U.S. soldiers the largest group in the country to come down with the potentially deadly virus, Iraqi health officials said Wednesday.

The figures were released by the Iraqi health ministry as it detailed steps being taken to control the spread of the virus, which last week claimed its first fatality in the southern holy city of Najaf. A 21-year-old Iraqi woman, who had visited the city's Shiite shrines, later died of swine flu.

The health ministry has also confirmed that 23 Iraqis and six other foreigners have been diagnosed with the virus. Their nationalities were not disclosed.

posted on Aug, 12 2009 @ 06:01 PM
GUANGZHOU, Aug. 12 (Xinhua) -- A 17-year-old A/H1N1 flu patient in south China's Guangdong Province has been diagnosed as being in "critical condition" as he has been in coma for a week, the first such case on the Chinese mainland.

The patient, a high school student in the provincial capital of Guangzhou, developed a fever on Aug. 5, and passed out the next day at home. He was sent to the Guangzhou Municipal Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital, a spokesman with the Guangdong Provincial Health Department said Wednesday.

"He was in a deep coma when he was hospitalized. His heartbeat stopped and his blood pressure couldn't be measured," the spokesman said.

posted on Aug, 12 2009 @ 06:05 PM
JERUSALEM, Aug. 12 (Xinhua) -- About half of the over 2,100 A/H1N1 influenza patients in Israel are under the age of 30, local news service Ynet on Wednesday quoted the Health Ministry as saying.

Data from the ministry showed that 2,148 cases of A/H1N1 influenza had been found across the nation till Tuesday, and about50 percent of them are under 30, said the report, adding that only about 5 percent are aged 50 and above

posted on Aug, 12 2009 @ 06:16 PM
France's minister of education says the government has prepared lessons that could be broadcast on television and radio in case schools are shut down by outbreaks of swine flu.

The minister, Luc Chatel, announced Wednesday that the lessons were prepared by distance learning authorities. He said that no closures are currently scheduled, but flu-related changes will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

posted on Aug, 12 2009 @ 06:35 PM
Estimated rate of Israeli swine flu infection triples in past two weeks

posted on Aug, 12 2009 @ 08:07 PM
Additional Spread of Tamiflu Resistant Pandemic H1N1
Recombinomics Commentary 20:07
August 12, 2009

Charles Penn, a scientist with the Geneva-based agency, says the WHO has also been alerted informally to the discovery of a small number of other Tamiflu-resistant viruses but he won't say where they were found.

The above comments describe additional cases of Tamiflu resistance (H274Y) but provide no detail on the circumstances or locations. Who has acknowledged the resistance that was evident in the sequences released from Singapore and Hunan, China, as well as the examples previously described in Denmark, Canada, Hong Kong, and Japan (3 times). However, the number and location of additional cases and circumstances remains unclear.

Media reports have described H274Y in Thailand, but it remains unclear how many cases were found. In addition, there were reports of resistance along the Texas / Mexican border, but those reports were denied. However, the denial only addressed the cited locations. There was no statement that the rumored cases were false. The media report was quite detailed about the cases (at least two), which raised concerns that the resistance was widespread, because multiple cases were reported in the same general area.

To date there are no reports of resistance developing during treatment. Several cases were discovered in patients receive prophylactic Tamiflu, but the development of symptoms on the fifth day or prophylactic treatment suggested the H274Y discovered was already present as a minor component and the preventive treatment led to the discovery of the H274Y.

All reported cases have H274Y, which matches the change in seasonal H1N1 and each pandemic sequence represents a different genetic background, raising concerns that the H274Y is spreading via recombination in mild cases which are not tested and in cases were the virus is a mixture dominated by wild type. Consequently, new isolates are being discovered, although reports are clearly being delayed.

The Singapore sequence, deposited at GISAID last week was from the third patient confirmed in Singapore, an American (28F) who became ill in flight from Honolulu to Singapore. Her cases was mild and she was discharged on May 31, three days after confirmation. Similarly, the sequence from Hunan was also released last week, from a patient (63F) which was confirmed June 13. These long delays, and the WHO refusal to give detail on the additional cases, increase concerns that the H274Y is widespread and it presence is either not being detected, or not being reported.

Details on the number and locations of the other isolates, as well as the circumstance surrounding the detection, would be useful. The patient from Hong Kong was not linked to Tamiflu, and circumstances surrounding cases in Singapore, China, and Thailand suggest that the H274Y was discovered during routine surveillance and therefore collected in the absence of or prior to oseltamivir treatment, raising additional concerns of spread of evolutionarily fit pandemic H1N1 with H274Y.

posted on Aug, 12 2009 @ 08:13 PM
The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has confirmed that it will be investigating the role of vitamin D in protection against swine flu, has learned.

The agency started a study last year on the role of vitamin D in severe seasonal influenza, which it said it will now adapt to the H1N1 swine flu virus.

“Researchers in PHAC are working with colleagues at McMaster University and with partners at other universities and hospitals to determine whether there is a correlation between severe disease and low vitamin D levels and/or a person's genetic make up. This line of research in seasonal influenza will be adapted to H1N1,” wrote the agency in an e-mail to

PHAC said it is testing serum samples to examine this possibility in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Toronto.
Preventing ‘severe outcomes’

Part of the researchers’ goal is to understand if vitamin D levels are in any way responsible for the fact that most people with seasonal influenza develop a mild illness but a small minority go on to develop severe symptoms.

According to PHAC, results from its study will indicate the extent and nature of the role of vitamin D in sever seasonal influenza. The agency said it would most likely take at least three influenza seasons to be able to recruit a sufficient sample size of individuals with severe disease and controls before the results can be “meaningfully” analyzed.

“If we find that there is a correlation between severe disease and vitamin D levels we shall, with our partners in the future, conduct randomized controlled studies to determine the whether vitamin D can be used as a means to mitigate severe seasonal influenza,” it said.

“PHAC intends to adapt this strategy to H1N1 in order to prevent severe outcomes of infection.”

The agency stressed that the role of vitamin D in H1N1 is not well established. However, it added that early work in the 1940s, in experimental animal models, indicated that mice that receive diets low in vitamin D are more susceptible to experimental swine flu infection than those that receive adequate vitamin D (Young, 1946).

In addition, PHAC said that epidemiological evidence suggests a role for vitamin D in seasonal influenza in general.

“Influenza infection is correlated geographically and seasonally with levels of solar ultraviolet radiation (Cannell, 2006). Given that vitamin D is synthesisized in our skin on exposure to sunlight, low serum levels of 25(OH) vitamin D in winter months appear to correlate with the occurrence of seasonal influenza in the winter. However a direct causal relationship between low vitamin D levels and the risk of influenza remains to be proven.”

“How vitamin D might protect

posted on Aug, 12 2009 @ 08:28 PM
reply to post by wizardwars

You've basically hijacked this thread. If you're going to post so much, do it properly. Links and quotes are needed on ALL sources. This looks quite sloppy. Just unprofessional. Please show links, and DO use quotes. It's very easy. THE EX BUTTON.

Thanks for the info

posted on Aug, 13 2009 @ 03:14 AM
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I have to agree. Definitely appreciate all the posts wizard does make though. Just wish he would put material cut and paste from news articles in quotations. It only takes 1 extra second and makes it easier for everybody to read.

Keep up the good work though dude. Props.

posted on Aug, 13 2009 @ 05:42 AM
CANBERRA, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- Australia's chief medical officer Jim Bishop revealed on Thursday that the number of A/H1N1 flu-related deaths in Australia had reached 102.

He said up to four times the number of people had presented to hospital emergency departments with A/H1N1 flu than would be expected with seasonal flu.

"We've modeled it on around 10 percent and we're closer to the 27 percent mark in terms of the people who end up being hospitalized who will have to go to ICU (intensive care units)," Bishop told reporters.

posted on Aug, 13 2009 @ 05:44 AM
HANOI, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- The Vietnamese Ministry of Health confirmed that a 52-year-old woman in Ho Chi Minh City died of A/H1N1 influenza, becoming the country's second death of the flu, local newspaper the New Hanoi reported Thursday.

posted on Aug, 13 2009 @ 05:47 AM
THE head of a Limerick secondary school yesterday claimed the Government response to the foot and mouth outbreak some years ago was far more comprehensive in schools than the approach now being taken to deal with the swine flu pandemic

posted on Aug, 13 2009 @ 05:49 AM
MANAGUA, Aug. 12 (Xinhua) -- Nicaragua has confirmed its first A/H1N1 influenza death on Wednesday, the Health Ministry announced.

"Today we have had the first death related to the A/H1N1 virus. It was a 30-year-old female patient from Cruz del Rio Grande in the Caribbean region," Health Minister Guillermo Gonzalez said. He added that "despite her youth, she was not able to survive."

posted on Aug, 13 2009 @ 05:50 AM
RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug. 12 (Xinhua) -- Brazilian health authorities Wednesday reported 58 new cases of A/H1N1 flu in the country, bringing the death toll to 274.

posted on Aug, 13 2009 @ 05:55 AM
A 10-month-old baby girl and a 12-month-old baby boy were among six latest fatalities in Malaysia arising from the influenza A(H1N1) pandemic.

The total number of deaths is now 44.

posted on Aug, 13 2009 @ 06:01 AM
REFUGEE doctors, medical students and retirees may be drafted in to Scottish hospitals later this year to cope with the massive demands of a full-blown swine flu pandemic, health chiefs have said.
New guidance from the Scottish Government has warned that a quarter of hospital staff may be absent in the event of a major outbreak later this year, leading to cancelled operations and huge staff shortages.

posted on Aug, 13 2009 @ 06:11 AM
MUMBAI (AFP) - India's swine flu death toll on Thursday rose to 20, as thousands of schools, colleges and cinemas shut down in and around the country's financial capital Mumbai to combat the spread of infection.

The latest victim of the A(H1N1) virus was a 26-year-old woman in the southern city of Bangalore while an 11-month-old boy and a 75-year-old woman died in the western city of Pune, the Press Trust of India news agency said.

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