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Two people from the west of Ireland with underlying health conditions have died from human swine flu, bringing the number of deaths to 22 since the outbreak.

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A child has died after catching swine flu, health officials have said.

The youngster, whose details have not yet been released, also had another health condition and was being treated in the Glasgow and Clyde Health Board area.

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Ohio: Two middle-aged Lucas County men with other health problems have died from influenza complications, including a 52-year-old cancer patient who had H1N1, according to the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department.

Missouri: Missouri has been “incredibly lucky” that only 11 of an estimated 10,000 U.S. deaths from swine flu are attributed to residents of the state, a health official said.

Idaho: The swine flu appears to be in retreat in some areas of Idaho, but the death toll is still rising.

Maine: All four victims, who were from Androscoggin, Kennebec, Knox and Oxford Counties, had serious underlying conditions, says Maine Center for Disease Control Director Dr. Dora Anne Mills.

New Mexico: Four men with chronic health problems are the latest New Mexicans whose deaths have been linked to the H1N1 flu, the state Department of Health reported Wednesday.



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Lillian Chason – the UNC student who’s been battling severe swine flu complications in the hospital – has died.

UNC Hospitals officials told ABC11 Eyewitness News she passed away Wednesday.

Her father, Eric Chason, informed the public through a posting on Facebook around 10 p.m.

I’m sorry to have to tell everyone that Lillian died this afternoon at 5:20 PM. Her sat’s kept dropping during the day and Dr Charles said that the ECMO machine could no longer keep her supported. As you all know, she put up an incredible fight and if there was anyway she could have overcome this disease, she would… have. We want to say thanks again to the wonderful people at the UNC hospital who have been and remain incredibly supportive. And thank you all for all your prayers and kind thoughts- it was an incredible comfort during this long difficult journey.

Lillian was an amazing young woman and we will miss her terribly.



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Calgary, AB: A 16-year-old Calgary boy who had been in a coma after getting a serious infection from Swine Flu has died, his devastated grandmother confirmed Tuesday night.

British Columbia: B.C. has recorded two additional deaths from H1N1 flu in the past week.



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37 dead from swine flu in Serbia: A total of 485 cases of swine flu (A/H1N1) have been confirmed in Serbia, the Batut Institute of Public Health announced on Wednesday.

School to be suspended due to swine flu: BELGRADE — Minister of Education Žarko Obradović says classes in Serbian schools will be suspended on Friday, December 18.

The decision came in a bid to stop the spread of swine flu, it was announced.



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The swine flu contagion continues to create havoc in India with a record 18 deaths reported Wednesday, taking the total toll due to the Influenza A (H1N1) virus to 747, health authorities said here.

Also, 272 new cases were reported in the country. with this, the total number of people affected with the contagious flu is 22,496.

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Ohio: A Henry County teenager died last week from complications of H1N1 influenza, the Henry County Health Department said yesterday.

Washington: An Everett man in his 20s has died from the swine flu, at least the eighth person in Snohomish County to die from complications of the virus.



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The Chinese mainland has reported 116 deaths from the A/H1N1 influenza in the week from December 7 to 13, the Ministry of Health announced Wednesday.

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Bucharest. Romania registers 27 fatalities in patients infected with the A/H1N1 flu virus, as two more people died in the past 24 hours, the Health Ministry said Wednesday, Mediafax reports.

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Dallas: Dallas County reported another death related to the H1N1 flu Monday. A 55-year-old woman with underlying medical conditions became the county’s 22nd confirmed H1N1-related death this year.

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Turkish Health Ministry reported 19 more deaths from swine flu over a week in the country, making the death toll 415.



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Two more Taiwanese people have died from swine flu, bringing the death toll from the virus to 35 since the outbreak began earlier this year, health authorities said Monday.

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Source: Eurosurveillance, Volume 14, Issue 49

“Prolonged shedding if influenza A(H1N1)v virus: 2 case reports from
France 2009″
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By: H Fleury1, S Burrel1, C Balick Weber2, R Hadrien3, P Blanco4, C
Cazanave5, M Dupon5. (1) Virology laboratory, University Hospital
Pellegrin, Bordeaux, France (2) Intensive care unit, University
Hospital Pellegrin, Bordeaux, France (3) Intensive care unit,
University Hospital of Haut-Leveque, Bordeaux, France (4) Immunology
laboratory, University Hospital Pellegrin, Bordeaux, France (5)
Department of infectious and tropical diseases, University Hospital
Pellegrin, Bordeaux, France

We observed a prolonged shedding of virus 14 and 28 days after
symptom onset in 2 patients with pandemic (H1N1) 2009 influenza who
did not have immuno-depression and were treated with neuraminidase
inhibitor. This prolonged shedding was not associated with the
emergence of resistance mutation H275Y in the viral neuraminidase
gene. From 1 May 2009 until the beginning of October 2009, the
virology laboratory in Bordeaux received more than 1200
nasopharyngeal samples from the southwest of France for diagnosis of
influenza A(H1N1)v virus infection by real time RT-PCR, 186 of which
were found positive. For 5 pandemic H1N1 influenza cases, we had the
opportunity to monitor the duration of viral shedding and present
here 2 cases of prolonged shedding.

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Texas: A girl younger than 5 was the 10th person in Tarrant County to die of a flu-related illness. The Tarrant County medical examiner’s office confirmed that she had H1N1 influenza.

New Mexico: 1 new death. (AP)



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