Archive for August, 2009

source: non-english – Al met four months since he declared the epidemic of avian or human influenza A/H1N1 in the world, the Brazilian Health Ministry said yesterday that the deaths caused by new influenza now number 602 in the country, which exceeds United States and passes to lead the statistics of fatalities caused by the new flu.



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source: Japan today confirmed more swine flu deaths with two women succumbing to the deadly virus.

A cancer patient in Kagoshima Prefecture and a woman in Hyogo Prefecture with no apparent underlying illness died early today, becoming the sixth and seventh deaths in the country linked to the new H1N1 strain of influenza A.



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source: A Spokane man in his 50s has died of complications from H1N1 influenza, aka swine flu – the second such death in the county.



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source: With the country reporting five more swine flu deaths Friday, taking the toll from the H1N1 virus to 83, the government is considering selling the anti-influenza drug in the open market.



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source: Nebraska health officials on Thursday reported the state’s third H1N1 virus death, commonly known as the swine flu, and say there are outbreaks of the virus in four cities.



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source: In Spain the number of victims from Swine Flu A/H1N1 virus rose to 20 on Thursday.
Deaths from swine flue (A/H1N1) in Spain jump to 20

Two people, aged 33 and 32 died in the cities of Vigo and Tarragona, while the third death was announced in Seville.



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source: Saudi Arabia’s death toll of swine flu victims has risen to 19 after three nationals died of the virus, the health ministry said on Friday.



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source: Swine flu was four times more likely to send blacks and Hispanics to the hospital than whites, according to a study in Chicago that offers one of the first looks at how the virus has affected different racial groups.

The report echoes some unpublished information from Boston that found three out of four Bostonians hospitalized from swine flu were black or Hispanic.

The cause for the difference is probably not genetic, health officials said. More likely, it’s because blacks and Hispanics suffer disproportionately from asthma, diabetes and other health problems that make people more vulnerable to the flu.



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source: During this week, the CDPH Viral and Rickettsial Diseases Laboratory detected a specimen with the H275Y resistance mutation (associated with oseltamivir resistance); the result was confirmed by the CDC. This is the first time that this mutation has been detected by the VRDL and provides strong evidence for the importance of enhanced surveillance for antiviral resistance testing. The specimen was obtained from a hospitalized patient in Northern California.



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source: Colleges across the country are seeing spikes in the number of students with suspected cases of H1N1 flu as dorms fill up and classes begin for the fall semester.

While the increases were expected and colleges say they were ready for the coughing, sneezing and feverish students before move-in day, health experts say hundreds more could get sick as the virus winds its way through college campuses.

At Georgia Tech in Atlanta, classes are in full swing for the university’s 20,000 students, and so is the highly contagious H1N1 virus, commonly known as swine flu.

The university has had 150 suspected cases of the virus in the two weeks since students moved to campus.

At the University of Kansas, almost 200 students have reported having flulike symptoms in the last week or so, spokesman Todd Cohen said. University of Tennessee administrators are estimating about 100 suspected swine flu cases on campus, spokesman Jay Mayfield said.

The University of Alabama had more than 50 cases of flu reported on the first day of classes last week. At Texas Christian University, 10 students were diagnosed with swine flu on the first day of class Monday.

“We’re finding out for the first time in a long time how quickly a contagious disease can move,” said Don Mills, vice chancellor for student affairs at Texas Christian.



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source: A 50-year-old woman is the sixth swine- flu related death in Orange County, health officials announced today.



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source: Douglas County Health officials announced Thursday afternoon a swine flu death in the county is the state’s third from the illness.

Twenty-two-year-old Khrystyna Serednytsky died Wednesday night at an Omaha hospital. She had battled muscular dystrophy for most of her life. She had been sick for less than a week and was confined to her home before being hospitalized, said Dr. Adi Pour, director of the Douglas County Health Department.



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source: San Bernardino County Public Health Officer, Maxwell Ohikhuare, M.D., announced the County’s sixth and seventh deaths from the 2009 influenza A (H1N1) virus.



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source: Eyewitness News has confirmed that Hamilton County has its first recorded death from H1N1 flu or swine flu.

Erlanger officials say the child was brought into T.C. Thompson Chidren’s Hospital and treated in the pediatric intensive care unit. The child died. Erlanger officials say the child was not a resident of Chattanooga or Hamilton County, and was transferred to Children’s Hospital from another facility.



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source: South Korea reported its third death from influenza A on Thursday, raising concerns that the country is no longer insulated from the contagious disease that is spreading rapidly worldwide.



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