Archive for October, 2009

source: H1N1 claimed another two victims in Bulgaria in the space of 12 hours thus raising the death toll to four since the start of the year. One of them – a Vratsa school director named Petya Ivanova – passed away Friday at 14:00 and was buried yesterday. Ivanova – 43-years-old and very keen on sports – complained only of mild cold symptoms.



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source: A second person has died in Niagara of H1N1-related complications, Niagara’s public health department confirmed Saturday.



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Iowa: State health officials say two more Iowans have died of complications from swine flu. The Iowans, both adults, were from Marion and Mahaska counties. Their names, ages, genders and hometowns were not released.

California: A 24-year-old man has died from swine flu in Tulare County, marking the second death in the county from the virus. Tulare County’s public health department said the man died Friday. His name has not been released by the county Health and Human Services Agency.

Illinois: A 25-year-old Roseland woman died Friday in part from the H1H1 virus, authorities said. Carrie Brinson, 25, of 10233 S. King Dr., was pronounced dead at 1:25 a.m. Friday at Rush University Medical Center, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.



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The situation in Ukraine “has reached the epidemic threshold,” Ms. Tymoshenko said. The ban on public gatherings, she said, would apply to “all large-scale events, concerts, movie showings and any other gatherings of people for the next three weeks.”

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An Egyptian boy has become the first student victim of the A(H1N1) virus since start of schools this year, raising total swine flu fatalities in Egypt to five, Egyptian health ministry said Saturday.
The nine-year-old boy, a student in the Egyptian School of Languages in Hilwan Governorate, died today as a result of swine flu infection, the ministry said in a statement.
It said the boy was taken to a private clinic last Thursday and was injected with Voltaren, but his condition deteriorated immediately after the injection.
The boy, who was not named, was transferred to the hospital and he was in a coma, suffering from brain hemorrhage and he was vomiting blood, said the ministry.

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source: non-english – An 11 year old girl died yesterday afternoon in Naples at the Santobono Hosptial. The news was announced today by Campania Region Health. She was hospitalised for several days.

She was from Pompeii, hospitalised Wednesday night in a Scafati-area hospital, transferred to Santobono Childrens Hospital after her condition took a turn for the worse.

SHe died 40 minutes after being admitted to Santobono.



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source: A YOUNG mother from Fyzabad is the fifth person to die of complications from the Influenza A/H1N1 (swine flu) virus. The woman died yesterday morning at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the San Fernando General Hospital (SFGH). All five swine flu deaths in the country have been at the main hospital in South Trinidad.



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source: A 12-year-old Ontario girl with an underlying medical condition has died less than one week after contracting H1N1, also known as swine flu.



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source: Ukrainian President Viktor Yuschenko says that 48 people have died of flu in the ex-Soviet nation and tens of thousands have been infected.

He did not specify the type of flu and added that almost 5,000 were hospitalized and 154,200 people were sickened, according to the transcript of his speech on his Web site.

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source: Ukraine residents emptied pharmacies of masks and flu medicines on Saturday after the government ordered a three-week closure of schools and cinemas to combat swine flu.

In Lviv in the western region, some pharmacies ran out of flu medicines and masks on Saturday after worried customers made bulk purchases.



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Northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province reported its first death case of A/H1N1 influenza on Saturday.

It is believed to be the fifth death case of the disease in Chinese mainland.

The Ministry of Health had reported two new death cases in a statement on its website, bringing the total deaths to six. But information of the sixth case is not yet available.

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source: The death toll from a swine flu outbreak in Ukraine rose to 34 on Saturday, as the government announced new measures to control the spread of the virus. Two of the victims were infants, Health Minister Vasyl Kniazevych told Channel 5 television.

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source: non-english – Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko claims that Ukraine has no “pneumonic plague”, and it is just swine flu. Tymoshenko asks politicians to not incite panic among the population.

“.., it is influenza, flu mutation named California. There is no pneumonic plague, no other exotic things” said Tymoshenko.



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The 17th case of A(H1N1) death was reported by the Health Ministry on Saturday.

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source: There were two confirmed deaths from H1N1, or the swine flu, on Friday, and a newspaper has reported one additional fatality, bringing the German death toll up to six.

One of these, a 48-year-old woman from Bonn, was the first to have succumbed to the flu despite enjoying otherwise good health.



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source: The World Health Organization is sending a team of experts to Ukraine to look into reports of severe H1N1 disease there, a spokesperson for the global health agency said Friday.

Gregory Hartl said the team was being pulled together by the WHO’s Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network, which goes by the acronym GOARN.

The team will travel early next week to the eastern European country, which has closed schools and banned public meetings in response to a spike in cases of acute respiratory illness believed to be H1N1.



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source: Ontario is suspending the rollout of its H1N1 flu shots to the general public next week, amid a shortage of the vaccine.

Dr. Arlene King, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health, said the province will receive only 170,000 doses and 86,800 doses of the unadjuvented vaccine for pregnant women from the federal government next week — a fraction of the 722,000 doses received in prior weeks.

For this reason, she said only those at higher risk of developing complications from the virus will be vaccinated next week.

“We will not be immunizing people who do not fall under the priority groups,” Dr. King said at a news conference on Friday.



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