Archive for September, 2009

source: 1 new death confirmed, DOH site, no media reports.



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source: In the past week, a 25-year-old man and two women in their 50s died in Jacksonville with confirmed cases of the H1N1 flu.

The Duval County Health Department said there have now been 11 deaths in the county as a result of the flu. The state of Florida reports 102 laboratory-confirmed H1N1 deaths.



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Officials say a 12-year-old south Texas girl has died after the swine flu caused her brain to swell.

Corpus Christi-Nueces County Public Health District officials announced Tuesday that the sixth-grader had died Tuesday after being declared brain dead on Monday. District officials say the girl, whose identity is withheld, had no underlying medical issues.

Officials say she was hospitalized Saturday after staying home from school Friday. An initial brain scan Saturday was normal, but within hours her brain swelled and she placed on a ventilator, the Corpus Christi Caller-Times reported.

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source: A 7-year-old girl from Whitfield County died this morning from illness related to the swine flu, officials said.
Jennifer Moorer, a spokeswoman for the North Georgia Health District, said she couldn’t release the name of the child or additional information about her. It is the first swine flu death in Whitfield County, Moorer said. There have been no known swine flu, or H1N1, deaths in Murray County.
“She did not have any underlying medical condition that we know of,” Moorer said. “We do want the public to know that this is very rare, that most people who get H1N1 illness (recover) and are fine just like they do with any other type of flu.”



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source: Two more swine flu-related deaths have been reported in Alaska.

Both of them were Fairbanks women who died on Sept. 24. Both reportedly had pre-existing medical conditions, according to a statement from the state Department of Health and Social Services.

The department also announced Tuesday it will no longer issue a notice each time someone dies a flu-related death. An online database will be maintained and updated weekly on Wednesdays, the department said.



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A fatal case of human swine influenza at PMH
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The following is issued on behalf of the Hospital Authority:

The spokesperson of Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) made the following announcement regarding the death of a critical human swine influenza (HSI) patient today (September 30):

A 38-year-old male patient with a history of diabetes mellitus and renal failure was admitted to Intensive Care Unit via Accident & Emergency Department of PMH on September 29 because of flu symptoms. Positive result of HSI was confirmed on the same day. He was given Tamiflu, Relenza and antibiotics, with ventilation support. His condition continued to deteriorate and he was certified dead on September 29 at 10.23pm.

The case has been reported to Hospital Authority Head Office and Centre for Health Protection. We would like to express our condolences to the patient’s family.

Ends/Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Issued at HKT 19:46



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source: A 14-year-old Baltimore girl who was hospitalized last week with double pneumonia and swine flu died Tuesday afternoon, according to her aunt.

State health officials could not immediately confirm whether the death of Destinee Parker, an eighth-grader at Montebello Elementary/Middle School in Northeast Baltimore, was caused by the H1N1 virus.



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The Health Ministry on Tuesday confirmed the 15th influenza A death in the country and the 13th in just one month.

A 21-year-old woman, whose name has not been released, died Sunday at the Tu Du hospital in Ho Chi Minh City. She was 7.5 months pregnant.

She is the second pregnant woman to die of the virus. The first one was reported last Friday in the Central Highlands’ Dak Lak Province.

The Pasteur Institute in HCMC last Wednesday confirmed that the woman had tested positive for the H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu.

The woman was hospitalized in Can Gio District Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City last Tuesday with cough and fever and was diagnosed with pneumonia.



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A young mother who was in a swine-flu related coma after having an emergency C-section has passed away, her husband said.

Valerie Post, 24, was seven months pregnant with her second daughter in August when she was rushed to the hospital complaining of backaches and a fever.

Four days later, doctors confirmed she had the H1N1 swine flu virus and ordered an emergency c-section.

She had been in a coma since then.

According to her husband, Bryan Post, she died at 8 p.m. Monday night.



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source: A 16-year-old student from Richardson has died from swine flu, officials said.

The girl was a special ed student at Berkner High School.



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THE Canadian principal of an international school in Hong Kong has died after being infected with swine flu, health authorities in the southern Chinese territory said.

A large number of Hong Kong families emigrated to Canada or sent their children to schools there in the early 1990s because of uncertainty surrounding the city’s return to Chinese rule in 1997.

Alan Dick, 55, principal of Canadian International Lower School of Hong Kong, was admitted to hospital on Sunday with severe pneumonia and a fever, the Centre for Health Protection said in a statement.

His condition deteriorated rapidly and he passed away that afternoon, the statement said. Laboratory tests confirmed that he had the influenza A(H1N1) virus.

Mr Dick, who joined the school in 1994, had been on sick leave for a week before being hospitalised.

Dave McMaster, head of Canadian International Upper and Lower School, said in a letter on the school’s website that authorities had not yet established whether Mr Dick’s death was caused by swine flu or an underlying condition.

‘The circumstances of Alan’s death cannot be allowed to detract from our sense of loss for a well-loved member of our school community,’ he wrote.

‘Alan was held in the highest esteem by both current and former students and parents alike – as demonstrated by the hundreds of Facebook and Twitter entries that have already been posted and by the flowers and messages of condolences that have been received.’

The school, which is divided into lower and upper sections, reported an influenza outbreak earlier this month.

Six students were confirmed to have swine flu but they have all since recovered, the health authorities’ statement on Monday said.

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source: A 31-year-old Northland woman who is believed to have contracted the H1N1 flu died Monday from complications a month after giving birth.

Her child has no medical problems from exposure to the illness.

Angela Stuteville came down with flu symptoms just before the birth of her son Jaxson.

The infant was put in isolation as a precaution and Stuteville’s condition grew worse. She was put on a ventilator while doctors induced a coma.

She developed acute respiratory distress syndrome, which has a high mortality rate and is a condition that can be brought about by the H1N1 virus.

Stuteville never came out of the coma. Though she saw her son briefly, she never got to hold her newborn.



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Fort Worth ISD counselors will be at a district school today to support students and staff mourning the death of a student. The student died Sunday after being hospitalized. No cause of death has been announced. No additional specific information regarding the student or the school will be released in order to protect the privacy of the family.

Fort Worth ISD understands that in the current seasonal environment parents are concerned with potential infection. While Fort Worth ISD has no information regarding the cause of death, in an over abundance of caution, school custodial staff worked overnight to thoroughly clean the school — classrooms and lockers — with approved sanitizers. This step was taken strictly as a measure of assuring parents, staff, and students that the district is mindful of their safety in all situations.



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source: Two eastern Iowa men with other health problems have died from H1N1 flu, the Iowa Department of Public Health reported today.

They were the second and third Iowa deaths from the new virus.



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Administrators closed all 10 schools in the Whitley County school district Monday because a large number of students exhibited flu-like symptoms.

“I don’t know the specific reason that the students are missing, but I do know that we had a high rate of absenteeism, so we decided to take a break,” Superintendent Lonnie Anderson said.

Attendance was at about 85 percent on Friday, Anderson said. The attendance rate at this time of the year is usually about 94 percent.

About 4,900 are enrolled in Whitley schools.

Anderson has talked to health department officials, who told him that students seem to also have other viral infections and an “intestinal bug,” he said.

“We thought we’d give the kids a chance to heal up a bit and stay away from each other for a few days,” he said.

Anderson will meet with those officials again Monday morning to determine if the schools need to be closed for additional days.



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