Archive for November, 2009

Health officials say a child with confirmed H1N1 influenza has died in New York’s Nassau County.

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source: The Ministry of Health reported eight swine flu related deaths during the Eid El-Adha break, which began Thursday, raising the death toll in Egypt to 21.

Even though the ratio of death to infection is less than 1 percent, the increasing rate is worrying.



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South Korean health authorities said Monday that they have discovered a H1N1 Influenza-A flu strain resistant to the anti-viral drug Tamiflu in a patient infected with the strain, the first such reported case in South Korea.

According to the Ministry for Health, Welfare and Family Affairs, the Tamiflu-resistant H1N1 virus was found in a five-year-old boy last month.

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source: An 11 year-old girl with severe background ailments, who also was diagnosed with swine flu, died in the Rambam hospital in Haifa.



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A patient infected with swine flu died in the Slovenj Gradec hospital on Sunday evening as the fifth victim of the virus in Slovenia and the first who had no chronic condition, the hospital said on Monday.

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Vietnam confirmed two more deaths ofA/H1N1 influenza, bringing the country’s total number of flu deaths to 44, said a report on the website of the Ministry of Health on Monday.

The 43rd case is a 20-year-old girl from the southern Khanh Hoa Province. She was six months pregnant, said the ministry.

The patient showed flu-like symptoms on Nov. 12 and was admitted to a local hospital. She was then transferred to the provincial general hospital on Nov. 19 with diagnosis of pneumonia.

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A pregnant woman died on Sunday from A/H1N1 virus in the northern city of Tangiers, Health Ministry said in a statement.

Hospital tests showed that the 24-year-old victim carried the A/H1N1 virus, the same source added.

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A 42-year-old man infected with the H1N1 virus died in the Slovenj Gradec hospital on Saturday. The patient, who is the third swine flu victim in Slovenia, reportedly died as a result of serious bacterial pneumonia and sepsis.

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source: non-english – According to Social Affairs, was 50-year-old husband’s death due to pneumonia. Ministry of Social Affairs press-contact Richard Rosenfeld confirmed that the H1N1 virus found men autopsies.



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A man in northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk died due to the A/H1N1 flu virus, a medical source in the city said on Sunday.

“A man in his thirties died of A/H1N1 flu at the main hospital of al-Hawija town, some 70 km southwest of Kirkuk,” Dr. Siddeeq Omar Rasoul, head assistant of Kirkuk Health Office told Xinhua on Sunday.

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source: Two more people who had contracted swine flu have died, officials said yesterday, taking to 16 the total number of H1N1 sufferers who have died in Greece. Only two of these people did not have underlying health problems. The latest victims were a 42-year-old man who had already been suffering from cirrhosis of the liver and a 26-year-old man who was diagnosed as obese. Officials have warned that anyone weighing 140 kilos or more is particularly at risk from the virus. On Thursday, the 1135 helpline had received almost 20,000 inquiries in less than 24 hours.



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source: Two patients who were infected by a swine flu mutation that was also recently detected in Norway have died in France, health officials say.

“This mutation could increase the ability of the virus to affect the respiratory tracts and, in particular, the lung tissue,” a statement from the French government’s Health Surveillance Institute (InVS) said on Friday.

“For one of these patients, this mutation was accompanied by another mutation known to confer resistance to oseltamivir,” it added, referring to the main drug being used to treat swine flu, under the brand name Tamiflu.



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Egyptian health ministry reported on Saturday the 20th fatality case due to H1N1 virus, better known as swine flu, with the victim being a 30-year-old man in the Egyptian capital.

The fatality case is the fourth today and the sixth since last night.

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Another person has died due to complications caused by the A/H1N1 flu virus, director of the Clinic for Infectious Diseases Zvonko Milenkovic said on Saturday.

Dr. Milenkovic informed that a 34-year old person was admitted to the clinic with a deteriorating health condition. – Due to complications caused by progressive bronchopneumonia, the person died within less than 60 hours, said the doctor.

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Closing schools could reduce the spread of swine flu by 21 per cent, a new study suggests.

Researchers from a variety of European countries — among them Belgium, England and Wales, Germany and Poland — analyzed previous studies on how close contacts affect the transmission of the flu.

They developed a mathematical model using data about the spread of the flu on holidays and weekends to determine how closing schools would reduce infection. They found that children, who are often in close contact with other kids and don’t always wash their hands, are generally exposed to fewer people while at home.

That meant they were less likely to catch and spread flu viruses.

“If we can assume that school closure in a pandemic situation resembles school closure during holiday periods, then our results show that such a strategy would have significant impact on disease transmission of about 21 per cent,” they write.

The researchers believe that closing schools can have a “substantial impact on the spread of a newly emerging infectious disease that is transmitted via close (non-sexual) contacts.”

The research was published Friday in the journal BMC Infectious Diseases.

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