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H1N1 flu has killed at least 2,837 people but is not causing more severe illness than previously and the virus has not mutated, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.
The WHO is carefully monitoring the virus to detect any mutation which might signal that it has become more deadly.
"There is no sense that the virus has mutated or changed in any sense," WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl told a news briefing. "We are continuing to see increased number of deaths because we are seeing many, many more cases."
About a quarter of a million cases have been laboratory-confirmed worldwide, but this is far fewer than the true number according to the United Nations agency which has stopped requiring countries to report individual cases.
A WHO weekly statement on the latest strain, commonly known as swine flu, is expected later on Friday. The agency's previous update
Originally posted by westcoast
According to this, it has not just mutated but combined with a very deadly virus. If this is true, it could very well be a 'super bug'. The Avian flu has a very high mortality rate but is hard to spread, the swine flu low mortality but spreads like wildfire.
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I work in a hospital and can attest to the fact that MOST facilities are poorly prepared and our infrastructure would crumble very quickly.
A sample taken from a 28 year-old man who arrived at the port of Safaga from Saudi Arabia after performing Umrah [pilgrimage] has tested positive for [both] bird and swine flu [that is, presumably avian influenza (H5N1) virus and pandemic (H1N1) 2009 virus infections]. He was immediately detained and held in isolation in a hospital in Hurghada. Mohammad Rifai, director-general of preventative medicine, stated that this case is the 3rd in 2 days. [The other 2 are a 35-year-old Italian tourist also retained at the hospital in Hurghada and] another pilgrim, 30 years old, who has been detained in Safaga Central Hospital. Rifai pointed out that a sample from a 38-year-old citizen has tested negative. Another 2 cases have been detained in Mansoura fever hospital on suspicion of similar illness. 5 cases, including 4 children, suspected of having contracted "bird flu" infection [presumably avian influenza (H5N1) virus infection] have been detained in Mansoura Chest hospital.