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Will tracking of 2009 H1N1 hospitalizations and deaths after August 30 be the same as it was in the spring and summer?
No, tracking of 2009 H1N1 hospitalizations and deaths will not be the same after August 30, 2009. In an effort to add additional structure to the national 2009 H1N1 reporting, new case definitions for influenza-associated hospitalizations and deaths were implemented on August 30, 2009. The new definitions allow states to report to CDC hospitalizations and deaths (either confirmed OR probable) resulting from all types of influenza, not just those from 2009 H1N1 flu. This is a broader set of data than states were previously reporting as it now includes 1) laboratory-confirmed influenza for all types of influenza, and 2) pneumonia and influenza cases identified from hospital records, most of which will not be laboratory confirmed.
Aug. 21 (Bloomberg) -- Two Chilean poultry farms are under quarantine after swine flu was detected in turkeys, the first case of the virus found in birds, the nation’s health ministry and U.S. health officials said.
The flu was identified after workers noticed a drop in egg production, said Jay Butler, director of the H1N1 task force for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. The genetic makeup of H1N1 enables the virus to be carried in birds, he said. While the infections aren’t surprising, he said scientists are concerned the virus may combine with the H5N1 bird flu virus, which kills half the humans that get it.
Pneumonia and Influenza Hospitalization and Death Tracking:
This new system was implemented on August 30, 2009, and replaces the weekly report of laboratory confirmed 2009 H1N1-related hospitalizations and deaths that began in April 2009. Jurisdictions can now report to CDC either laboratory confirmed or pneumonia and influenza syndromic-based counts of hospitalizations and deaths resulting from all types or subtypes of influenza, not just those from 2009 H1N1 influenza virus. To allow jurisdictions to implement the new case definition, counts were reset to zero on August 30, 2009. From August 30 – October 17, 2009, 8,204 laboratory-confirmed influenza associated hospitalizations, 411 laboratory-confirmed influenza associated deaths, 21,823 pneumonia and influenza syndrome-based hospitalizations, and 2,416 pneumonia and influenza syndrome-based deaths, were reported to CDC. CDC will continue to use its traditional surveillance systems to track the progress of the 2009-10 influenza season.
Laboratory-confirmed influenza-associated hospitalizations are monitored using a population-based surveillance network that includes the 10 Emerging Infections Program (EIP) sites (CA, CO, CT, GA, MD, MN, NM, NY, OR and TN) and 6 new sites (IA, ID, MI, ND, OK and SD).
During week 41, 6.9% of all deaths reported through the 122-Cities Mortality Reporting System were due to P&I. This percentage was above the epidemic threshold of 6.6% for week 41. Including week 41, P&I mortality has been above threshold for three consecutive weeks.
Originally posted by Bad Dog
Our daughter, goes by the name Cookie Doodle here has a flu. We don't know if it's 'that' flu. They wont' test. She has asthma and so my wife is keeping a close eye on her. Her fever has been bouncing between 103 - normal for 4 days.
Originally posted by John_Q_Llama
This whole idea of declaring an emergency and encouraging masses of people to flock to the local vaccination location seems awfully dangerous. The safest way to avoid an illness is not to be exposed to it. Obviously not everyone can do that due to their occupations or environment (school, living situation, etc.), but to have hundreds or thousands of people gathering is just going to increase the chances of the virus spreading. The CDC should be telling people to stay home, avoid contact with those who may be sick, and to give special attention to their diets in order to bolster immune systems. I haven't been sick in years, and if I am forced to go get vaccinated only to wind up being infected, I'll place complete blame on the government, CDC, and pharmaceutical industry.