Archive for August, 2009

source: A Swedish hospital has confirmed the Scandinavian country’s first swine flu-related death.

The Uppsala University Hospital says in a statement that a man who died Friday was infected with the swine flu virus. Monday’s statement says the victim was in his 30s.



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Coachella Valley: In the past two weeks, the Coachella Valley has had three swine flu-related deaths, county health officials said today. The valley’s deaths occurred between the middle and the end of August, said Barbara Cole, director of Riverside County Department of Public Health disease control.

Stanislaus County: A woman who had just given birth is one of two new Swine flu deaths being reported in Stanislaus County.



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source: The state Department of Health on Monday confirmed the state’s second death from H1N1 flu, also known as the swine flu.



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source: An 88-year-old woman hospitalized at Sourasky Medical Center in Tel Aviv died of H1N1 virus-related complication Monday.



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source: The deadly H1N1 Virus has claimed 102 lives in India, after three more people succumbed to this virus. Out the latest three deaths reported, two are men from Maharashtra and the third one is a woman from Uttarakhand. 128 more people have been tested positive for the virus from different states.



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source: Two Indonesian women from East Java have died of A/H1N1 flu, putting the total fatality of the A/H1N1 virus to eight in the country, the Health Ministry said here Monday.



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source: A public health expert on Monday confirmed 11 new Influenza Type A (H1N1) fatalities this week, raising the country’s official total death toll to 130.



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source: Singapore’s Health Ministry reported on Monday two more flu A/H1N1 related death cases, bringing the number of total flu A/H1N1 related fatalities to 15.



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source: Swine flu has claimed a 17th life in New Zealand following the death of a 30-year-old Auckland male.



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source: An increasing number of countries, including some in Asia, are now reporting Tamiflu resistant H1N1 virus. The worrying development, according to WHO, has seen 12 countries including China and Singapore. India has not reported the mutation in the virus so far.

The changes in the virus reported in samples are making these strains of swine flu resistant to oseltamivir or Tamiflu – the antiviral of choice globally. Such cases have also been found in Japan, US, Hong Kong, Denmark and Canada.

While India is monitoring these reports closely, it will begin exit screening of pilgrims bound for Saudi Arabia for Haj as the desert nation is refusing entry to anyone with even a common cold. Saudi authorities are insisting on certificates stating that Haj pilgrims are completely free of any influenza infection.



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source: The UAE said on Sunday that the swine flu epidemic has claimed its second victim in the country.
The Ministry of Health said the victim is a 30-year-old pregnant Pakistani female. The woman was oprated on and gave birth to a healthy child.



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source: The number of deaths in relation to the H1N1 pandemic has now risen 72 following the death yesterday of a 49-year-old man in Melaka, the first recorded since the wave of fatalities appeared to halt last Wednesday.



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source: Kuwait has decided to delay the reopening of kindergartens for two months for fear of the spread of swine flu after the Gulf emirate reported over 1,000 cases, the education minister said on Sunday.

The cabinet decided at an emergency meeting on Saturday night that the measure will also affect schools for students with special needs and nurseries, while other schools will reopen on schedule in the last week of September, Mudhi al-Homud told the official Kuna news agency.

The decision came after pressure from lawmakers who called on the government to delay reopening of all schools for two months after the rate of infection in the emirate picked up rapidly in the past few weeks.



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source: The fifth swine flu related death in Kuwait was confirmed on Sunday as a nine year old boy who had suffered chronic respiratory and chest ailments.



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source: The weekend death of a Tel Aviv resident brings the number of Israeli deaths from swine flu to 17.



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