posted on Jan, 6 2011 @ 08:09 PM
Are humans next?
NHS laid low by flu as 18,000 staff call in sick in worst outbreak for a decade
More than 18,000 National Health Service staff were off sick with flu yesterday as hospitals and GPs’ surgeries battle one of the worst outbreaks of
the virus in more than a decade.
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RSOE Emergency and Disaster Information Service
Mystery deepened over the death of 2 children at Ragimuddenahalli of Mandya district on Monday [3 Jan 2011] with doctors not confirming the cause of
deaths. The children died after vomiting blood on Sunday. Meanwhile, the 3 children admitted to Cheluvamba Hospital here on Sunday [2 Jan 2011] with
similar symptoms are said to be out of danger. Ruling out viral infection or encephalitis as suspected earlier, Dr Krishnamurthy, hospital
superintendent, attributed the deaths to delay in blood clotting. "Their blood clotting time was 90-120 seconds against the normal 15-20 seconds,"
he said. He said blood clotting is normally delayed in cases of people consuming rat poison or in haemorrhages. "The 3 children who are being treated
now are below 3 years. They could have eaten bondas mixed with rat poison. But this is a distant possibility as the 5 children might not have chanced
upon the same bondas," Krishnamurthy felt. According to the parents, they all had dinner at their respective homes. "This makes the things more
complicated for us to arrive at a conclusion and identify the reason," he said. He has directed the doctors to send blood samples to the forensic
laboratory in Bangalore where experts can trace the chemical that slows down blood clotting. "Only after receiving the report from Bangalore we can
arrive at a conclusion," he added. Meanwhile, health officials from Mandya Dr Arvindappa said he visited Cheluvamba Hospital and felt that children
might have died of acute gastritis.