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H1N1 flu victim collapsed on way to hospital [Latest H1N1 updates downthread]
GuelphMercury.com ^ | June 24, 2009 | Raveena Aulakh

Posted on 06/24/2009 8:04:24 AM PDT by metmom

Within minutes, six-year-old Rubjit Thindal went from happily chatting in the back seat of the car to collapsing and dying in her father's arms.

"If we had known it was so serious, we would have called 911,'' Kuldip Thindal, Rubjit's distraught mother, said in Punjabi yesterday. "She just had a stomach ache -- she wasn't even crying.''

Rubjit was pronounced dead at hospital barely 24 hours after showing signs of a fever. Later, doctors told her parents she had the H1N1 influenza virus. She is believed to be the youngest person in Canada with the virus to have died.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.guelphmercury.com ...


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To: metmom

Thanks for posting !


51 posted on 06/25/2009 7:49:46 AM PDT by FromLori (FromLori)
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To: metmom

Royal Highland: ‘Swine flu’ outbreak could place serious strain on farmers (Scotland)
http://www.farmersguardian.com/story.asp?sectioncode=31&storycode=27177

A WINTER ‘swine flu’ (H1N1) pandemic could have major implications on food supply, the environment and animal welfare, according to new work from the Resilience Advisory Board Scotland’s (RABS) food group.

The Scottish Government’s advisory body has begun to draw up plans for how the food and farming industries would respond to a pandemic, warning at its peak up to 2.5 million Brits a week could be taken ill.

It raises concerns that such an outbreak would leave farmers struggling to fulfil labour requirements while consumers could run short on food.

NFUS chief executive James Withers, who sits on the RABS food group, said the predictions were ‘dire’ and if large numbers of people were taken ill it would have serious implications for businesses across all sectors.

He said: “We are talking about things that may never come to pass, but we have to be prepared as an industry because the impact of a widescale pandemic would be huge.

“The implications for food production and for farming are massive and we have the summer months to prepare for something.

“RABS is looking at food production and how we would deal with shortages of food and labour in the industry.”

He said while the worst case scenarios may not come to pass, it was vital to begin planning for a resurgence of the H1N1 virus this winter.

Within the contingency plans will be preparations for relaxing certain legislation to allow the prioritisation of fuel and the movement of livestock.

There are also concerns around fallen stock if a pandemic causes disruption to disposal and collection routed.

Similarly, the potential loss of labour would also cause problems for slurry spreading and farm inspections raising concerns over farmers’ abilities to comply with NVZ or cross-compliance rules.

Mr Withers said: “We need the farming industry to get its thinking cap on. It might not emerge this winter but it just as well could do and we have to be prepared for every eventuality.”


52 posted on 06/25/2009 7:54:16 AM PDT by DvdMom
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To: metmom

Pathetic response to flu threat
4:00AM Wednesday Jun 24, 2009
By Brian Rudman
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10580293&pnum=0

So it’s official. The authorities have given up the fight. We’re to lie back and think of England as the dastardly swine ravages us all.

Even though upwards of 200 of us are likely to die - in the first wave anyway - all officialdom is offering is an 0800 free phone, and some Tamiflu anti-viral drugs left over from the bird flu scare a few years back.

As I heard a not-so-muffled cough rattle around the bus yesterday morning, I didn’t feel very much part of the 21st century. I want drugs and vaccines in return for all the taxes I pay, but all I get is advice to blow my nose in a tissue then store it securely in a plastic bag.

Chance would be a fine thing. In my workplace they recently removed our personal rubbish bags as a Green gesture - and to cut back on the cleaning staff. The creepy old nursery rhyme passed down from the years of the Black Death suddenly seem very modern: “Atishoo atishoo, and we all fall down.”

Staying in the dark ages, my local Ponsonby News is advising me to beat swine flu by shopping with Dr Ajit at Planet Ayurveda in Mt Eden. He’s touting a magic cure-all called Chywanprash, two teaspoons a day of which “gives good immunity against all viruses, hay fever, colds, coughs, fever and sinus headaches”.

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And if that doesn’t seem a bargain, he’s also promising wondrous healing properties after major surgery and chemotherapy as well. Nominate that man for one of National’s new knighthoods. Give him a Nobel prize. Shame I’ve already stocked up on garlic and red wine and shrunken heads.

These so-called pandemics do highlight what strange beasts we humans are. Ninety years ago, when a swine flu virus last jumped the species barrier into the human biosphere, at least 50 million people died worldwide - more than had died in the four years of World War I.

In New Zealand the second killer wave of the 1918 influenza epidemic killed almost 8600 people in less than two months, compared with the 18,000 New Zealand soldiers who died during the war.

So what did the humans do? Unite against this common enemy? No way. They rushed off and re-armed and set about killing each other in great numbers all over again.

Five years ago, after the Sars and bird flu scares, there was much talk about creating more vaccine factories worldwide so that when another wave of potentially killer-flu appeared, humanity had a fighting chance of standing up to it. Of course nothing happened. Here in New Zealand, we’re one of handful of rich countries that have advance purchase orders for vaccines for the latest pandemic strain. But we’re dependent on overseas-based commercial drug companies with no idea when supplies will start arriving, and how much we will get.

By the time the drug manufacturers’ home countries are supplied, the epidemic in New Zealand could be over and 200 dead.

This wave of the flu is seemingly mild, but who knows what it could transmogrify into and whether, when that happens, the vaccine we get will be successful against the by then, more deadly, mutated strain.

This year, $2.82 billion of tax dollars will be spent on our armed forces. Nearly $50 million of that will go on the running costs of the controversial LAVs, the 105 light armoured vehicles which cost $667 million to buy a few years back. Yet how many New Zealand lives has that money saved?

If good governance is about protecting the people from overseas threats, then maybe it’s time for a rethink of priorities. Why $2.82 billion on soldiers and sailors without an enemy in sight - or over the horizon, yet bugger all spent on protecting us from an invader, which even in its present benign form, the Ministry of Health says will kill up to 200 people.

At the very least, why are we not establishing a national vaccine manufacturing plant so we’re no longer dependent on the whims of the multinational drug lords?

Given our supremacy in fields of animal health, I’m presuming we have talented scientists capable of staffing such a facility - either on a full-time basis, or in times of crisis. If needs be, it could be a public/private partnership, if that made the present Government more ideologically comfortable with the concept.

We could connect with public health research facilities elsewhere in the world, taking the lead, but always with the interests of New Zealanders top of the list.

It might cost a bit, but compared with the $667 million spent on something named after the smallest room in the house, it would be money better spent, defence wise.

To sit around waiting for the disease to strike as we’re now being advised to do, is medieval.

The weapons to fight it are there, if our governors only got off their backsides and acted. But instead, all they have to offer are tissues and trips to Planet Ayurveda.
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If you’re not living on the edge you’re taking up too much space.


53 posted on 06/25/2009 8:15:10 AM PDT by DvdMom
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To: metmom
When I go, I’d like to go that quickly.

I want to go peacefully in my sleep, like my grandpa did, not screaming in terror like the passengers in his car...

54 posted on 06/25/2009 9:04:23 AM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 157 of our national holiday from reality.)
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To: Jedidah
Cytokine storm? Getting scary.

From an earlier thread:

ARD, Cytokine Storm, Swine flu

UPDATE: To clarify things, what researchers are trying to determine is an over the counter (OTC) formula that would prevent Acute Respiratory Distress (ARD). Sometimes called the “Cytokine Storm”, it is an overreaction of the body’s immune system that severely damages the lungs, resulting in oxygen deprivation to the internal organs.

However, a four-drug combination that inhibits some of the major inflammatory mediators, is now being suggested as a way to stave off ARD. All four of these drugs must be included.

1) 15,000 IU of Vitamin D (though prescription anti-hypertension drugs called ACE-2 inhibitors are preferred.)

2) Histamine-1 blocker. Benedryl or the equivalent.

3) Histamine-2 blocker. Tagamet or the equivalent (normally used to block acid reflux.)

4) Ibuprofen. Advil or the equivalent, a prostaglandin blocker.

In addition, it is also recommended to maintain just the MDAR of Vitamin A. Being short of Vitamin A is associated with having an excess of a very powerful inflammatory mediator called TNF-1. But it is easy to take too much Vitamin A, which is toxic.

Care should be taken with other “health foods” that can artificially enhance the immune system, something to be avoided when there is the prospect of ARD.

55 posted on 06/25/2009 9:07:53 AM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 157 of our national holiday from reality.)
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To: DvdMom
If you’re not living on the edge you’re taking up too much space.

Excellent tagline material...

56 posted on 06/25/2009 9:12:57 AM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 157 of our national holiday from reality.)
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To: null and void

Thanks, null. I had seen that and plan to be ready.


57 posted on 06/25/2009 9:21:40 AM PDT by Jedidah ("Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." George Santayana)
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To: FromLori; DvdMom; nw_arizona_granny; appleseed; neverdem

DVDMom is doing most of the work at this point.

However, I could start a swine flu ping list and post threads I find. I think DVDMom adding all these links in one thread like this is a great idea.

Kind of like one stop shopping. That way no one has to go looking for a bazillion threads.

Maybe we should just keep adding to this one instead.


58 posted on 06/25/2009 1:24:47 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: metmom

Yes DVD moms work is ecellent whatever she would like to do is wonderful as far as I am concerned.


59 posted on 06/25/2009 1:43:50 PM PDT by FromLori (FromLori)
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To: metmom

The emergency supplemental appropriations bill sends:

$8 billion to address a potential pandemic flu, which he said could result in mandatory vaccinations “for no discernable reason other than to enrich the pharmaceutical companies.”


60 posted on 06/25/2009 11:14:38 PM PDT by BellStar (May the Fourth be with you!)
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To: metmom

UCSF Medical Center Chief Medical Officer Issues Campuswide H1N1 Flu Update (California)
http://today.ucsf.edu/stories/ucsf-medical-center-chief-medical-officer-issues-campuswide-h1n1-flu-update/

UCSF Medical Center Chief Medical Officer Josh Adler, MD, issued an email message to the campus community on Friday, reporting that UCSF Medical Center is expanding its infection control measures after 10 patients were admitted to the hospital with probable H1N1 influenza.

Novel H1N1 (referred to as “swine flu” early on) is a new influenza virus that was first detected in people in the United States in April 2009. Today, more than 70 countries are reporting cases of human infection with novel H1N1 flu, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Here is Adler’s entire message:

Dear Colleagues,

This week, UCSF Medical Center expanded its infection control measures after 10 patients were admitted to the hospital with probable H1N1 influenza, including two patients who are critically ill. In addition, several clinic patients and 13 employees are known to have developed flu-like illness. In total, 44 patients have tested positive for influenza A at UCSF since June 1. The hospital patients are being specifically tested for Novel H1N1 Influenza A, also called swine flu. Although the results of those tests probably won’t be available for several weeks, data from the state public health lab suggests that the majority of specimens being tested are H1N1.

To prevent further spread, patient care staff – including doctors, nurses, students and volunteers who work on units housing patients with probable H1N1 – are being screened for possible exposure and offered the antiviral medication Tamiflu. All employees who feel ill should stay home to protect their co-workers and our patients.

The hospital has notified all employees who may have been exposed to H1N1 and has set up a daily clinic for flu screening, and to answer employee questions. Sick call volume remains at a normal level.

All visitors to UCSF Medical Center who have fever, cough, runny nose or other flu-like symptoms are asked to stay home until they are symptom-free.

It is important to emphasize that based on current information, infection with the H1N1 strain is no more severe than the standard annual flu. The primary justification to administer preventative antiviral medication to employees is to prevent the spread of the virus to patients, who may be at risk for serious illness or complications.

Public health authorities recommend taking the following precautions to reduce your risk of getting sick or spreading infection if you are ill:

* Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
* Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
* Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you cough or sneeze.
* Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
* If you get sick, stay home and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.

Health care professionals are in the best position to determine if you need influenza testing. If you develop flu-like symptoms (high fever, cough, runny nose, body aches, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea), contact your primary care doctor. Students on campus should contact Student Health Services. But try to avoid unwarranted visits to health care providers.


61 posted on 06/26/2009 10:10:36 AM PDT by DvdMom
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To: DJ MacWoW
I read on FR that this is 4 types of virus mixed together. That’s not normal

It's normal for influenza A viruses.

62 posted on 06/26/2009 10:14:27 AM PDT by Jim Noble (Pas d'ennmis a droit)
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To: Jim Noble

This one isn’t normal according to the link in 21.


63 posted on 06/26/2009 11:52:05 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: metmom

That’s sad and scary. It’s taking out more young people than old ones.

I don’t think the authorities want us to know how bad it is.


64 posted on 06/26/2009 11:55:01 AM PDT by Palladin (Obama to Iranian despots: "No hot dogs for you!")
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To: DJ MacWoW

It surely doesn’t seem natural.

Who let this genie out of the bottle, and why?


65 posted on 06/26/2009 11:57:33 AM PDT by Palladin (Obama to Iranian despots: "No hot dogs for you!")
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To: DvdMom

Thanks for all the updates, and please add me to your ping list.


66 posted on 06/26/2009 12:03:36 PM PDT by Palladin (Obama to Iranian despots: "No hot dogs for you!")
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To: Palladin

Who wants to control and uses scare tactics?


67 posted on 06/26/2009 12:17:24 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: DJ MacWoW

Hmmm...let me think a second.

Oh, yeah, our Supreme Leader, the Big Zero.


68 posted on 06/26/2009 12:21:57 PM PDT by Palladin (Obama to Iranian despots: "No hot dogs for you!")
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To: Palladin

Yup. And President Obeyme’s boss. There are several choices as to his boss. Besides the Devil, I mean. ;-)


69 posted on 06/26/2009 12:27:24 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: Palladin; Smokin' Joe

Freeper Smokin’ Joe does the freeper avian / H1N1 flu ping list . I told Smokin’ Joe to add you to the ping list :)

Thanks , DvdMom


70 posted on 06/26/2009 2:35:09 PM PDT by DvdMom
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To: DvdMom
Who would think that a normally healthy woman would die so swiftly from influenza in June? Could you ever have imagined such a thing?

Well, if you knew anything about influenza, you could.

71 posted on 06/26/2009 2:50:48 PM PDT by Jim Noble (Pas d'ennmis a droit)
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To: Jim Noble

The quote below was in the original article . I know the same thing happened during the previous pandemics :((

( Who would think that a normally healthy woman would die so swiftly from influenza in June?
Could you ever have imagined such a thing? No wonder her family and friends are in shock.
So why did it happen? )


72 posted on 06/26/2009 4:16:39 PM PDT by DvdMom
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To: DvdMom; Palladin; Smokin' Joe; DJ MacWoW; BellStar; FromLori; nw_arizona_granny; appleseed; ...

CDC eyes 600 million doses of swine flu shots

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/31571476/ns/health-swine_flu/

ATLANTA - A potential fall swine flu immunization campaign may involve an unprecedented 600 million doses of vaccine, though officials said Friday they haven’t figured out how to administer so many doses or accurately track side effects if a seasonal vaccine is given simultaneously.

The swine flu campaign could far eclipse the roughly 115 million doses of seasonal flu vaccine distributed each year, officials said at a national vaccine advisory committee meeting.


73 posted on 06/26/2009 8:15:08 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: metmom

thanks, bfl


74 posted on 06/26/2009 9:10:36 PM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: metmom

What am I missing? The US population is approximately 306,772,987 (according to census clock). So why 600 million doses?


75 posted on 06/27/2009 5:11:48 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: metmom

More swine flu deaths ‘a certainty’

By Jennifer Macey for AM
Posted 4 hours 4 minutes ago
Updated 3 hours 35 minutes ago
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/06/27/2610255.htm?section=justin

An infectious disease expert says the swine flu vaccine will be available too late to help many of the people who are going to contract the virus.

Four people have died so far and in New South Wales, two children are in intensive care because of the virus.

One of the children has no pre-existing medical conditions.

Professor of Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology at the University of New South Wales, Raina Macintyre, told AM it is certain more people will die from swine flu in Australia.

“We expect that it will peak towards the end of July or early August,” she said.

“That’s when we’ll really be at the height of the epidemic, and we would expect something of the same range or higher, but in the same ball park of a bad flu season.

“It could be anywhere from 10 to 30 per cent of the Australian population over the whole winter. Every year from seasonal flu there are about 2,500 deaths from flu and pneumonia.”

She says swine flu deaths are expected to be higher because people have not built up immunity to the virus.

“Any influenza, even seasonal influenza, has a higher rate of complications and death in people with pre-existing conditions because they’re just more vulnerable to infections like influenza,” she said.

“So, it’s not unexpected really that the first deaths that we’re seeing are in people who are immuno-compromised or have chronic diseases.”

Professor Macintyre says the vaccine for the flu expected to be available by the end of July will not be soon enough.

“No, it’s not ideal. Normally with seasonal flu we vaccinate people in February or March, and the flu season starts in June and beyond,” she said.

“So, really, in the ideal world you would vaccinate several months before the outbreak starts.

“In this case, we’ll be vaccinating at the peak of the outbreak, so half of the people who are going to be get infected will already be infected and won’t be able to benefit from the vaccine.


76 posted on 06/27/2009 8:23:54 AM PDT by DvdMom
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To: DvdMom

The official tally of confirmed cases of swine flu has risen by 54 to 507 (New Zealand)
http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/stories/2009/06/27/1245b6b1fb7a

The Health Ministry figures are an under-estimate as it only refers to those who have been confirmed by laboratory.

Wellington has had most confirmed cases, according to the tally, followed by Auckland and Canterbury.


77 posted on 06/27/2009 8:26:41 AM PDT by DvdMom
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To: DvdMom

Gateway Airport prepared for any swine flu assault (Arizona)
http://www.azcentral.com/community/gilbert/articles/2009/06/26/20090626mr-pandemic0627.html

The Valley’s Mesa-based reliever airport is gearing up to operate with a surprisingly lean staff should the Swine Flu pandemic decimate the airfield’s workforce.

Keeping Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport flightworthy with a skeleton crew was added earlier this month to mandatory emergency preparedness training that airport managers say is vital to sustain services when they’re most needed at the former Air Force Base.

The virus causing the flu can pass undetected through most airport security checkpoints unless they have heat senors that sense body temperatures. And unlike manmade and natural disasters, the disease is invisible until it strikes, said airport spokesman, Brian Sexton.

“Today, a sick child in Africa can directly impact our health here in Arizona,” he said. “It’s not a matter of if, but when. Everyone, not just airports, has a responsibility to be prepared.”

Gateway administrators and employees say they accept the emergency readiness regimen as a “social and legal” obligation to preserve one of the Valley’s front lines for transportation of manpower and supplies essential to the survival of thousands of residents.

At the state’s biggest airport, Phoenix Sky Harbor International, a “continuity of operations plan is consistently exercised and reviewed in the event of incidents like this,” said airport spokeswoman, Alisa Smith.

Operating Gateway with a couple dozen employees, almost a quarter of its entire workforce, may sound like an invitation to chaos, said Williams.

But with the H1N1 swine-flu virus outbreak now classified as a global pandemic and expectations that the disease will make many more Arizonans ill and unable to work this fall, preparing to operate the airport with a decimated staff is essential, she said.

“Luck is not a strategic plan,” Williams said. “We have to quit the denial that this can’t happen to us.”

Gateway’s emergency preparedness strategy starts with the well-being of all employees and their families, Williams said.

‘If employees are prepared at home and they know the well-being of their families can be sustained then they can better serve the airport’s needs,” Sexton said.

The home-front plan includes an extensive, detailed list of family emergency data information, medical history, family emergency supply and readiness checklists that employees are asked to complete and keep in their homes.

“Like a firefighter entering a burning building, they’re trained to protect self before entering,” Sexton said. “We are being trained to protect ourselves and family during a crisis, then we head to the airport to serve others.”

And it’s just the first phase of a comprehensive drill that goes well beyond what most businesses do to prepare employees for emergencies, Sexton said.

Phase two, which is in the preliminary planning stage, will concentrate on the growing mission of the Disaster Employee Support Team to serve as the employee liaison and advocate during a disaster or other emergency, Williams said.

The team would serve as the primary source for status updates and human resources information to allow operational managers and critical personnel to focus on response recovery, she said. The team would coordinate its updates with the airport’s public information officer.

Phase three will focus on the extended family and pooling available resources to family members while employees are engaged in airport response and recovery efforts.

Though the disaster plan is meticulous and its training requirements time-consuming, the airport has a head start on emergency response in that scores of its employees are already skilled in two or more technical disciplines, airport officials said.

“Cross training of staff is a critical component of emergency preparedness,” said Airport Executive Director, Lynn Kusy. “Our airfield maintenance technicians have been formally trained in airport operations, most of our department leaders have experience in more than one element of airport management, and we make it a practice to hire deeply skilled aviation employees.”


78 posted on 06/27/2009 8:32:07 AM PDT by DvdMom
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To: DvdMom

Chile reports four new deaths due to A/H1N1 flu
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-06/27/content_11609900.htm

The Chilean authorities confirmed on Friday four new deaths due to A/H1N1 flu, raising the death toll in the country to 12.

The authorities said that two patients were from Nuble province, one from Valdivia and one from Osorio.

The victims from Nuble, southern Chile, were a 48-year-old female patient and a 47-year-old male, said the authorities.

The female patient was treated with anti-viral drug Oseltamivir from June 15, but she was taken to the hospital due to complications on June 19.

The male patient did not seek medical consultation on time. When he went to the health center, he was hospitalized and received treatment.

Nuble’s health official Ivan Paul Espinoza said that most of the cases showed light symptoms.

The other death was a male patient of 41 years old from Valdivia, 800 km south to Santiago, the capital of Chile.

The seven-year-old girl in Osorio is the first one who did not have symptoms and the first child who died in the country.
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79 posted on 06/27/2009 8:34:06 AM PDT by DvdMom
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To: metmom

Funds sought for ill teenager

Ballet memorabilia put up for auction
By: Lindsey Wiebe

14/05/2009 1:00 AM
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/funds-sought-for-ill-teenager-44969927.html

A ballet-loving Winnipeg teen fighting for her life in hospital is getting a helping hand — a tutu once worn and signed by ballet great Evelyn Hart will be auctioned to raise funds for her care.

Jessica Bondar fell ill April 13, and went to hospital with what she and her aunt, Sheryl Matheson, thought was a bad case of the flu. Within 12 hours the 18-year-old was on life support after suffering heart failure, a rare complication from the influenza A virus, said Matheson.


80 posted on 06/27/2009 9:15:38 AM PDT by DvdMom
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To: DvdMom

14 at Duke camps contract the flu
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/durham/story/1584022.html

DURHAM — Fourteen campers and counselors at Duke University have been diagnosed with the flu, and the cases are likely related to the H1N1 virus, campus officials say.

In addition, more than a dozen other people also may have it, but their cases are not yet confirmed


81 posted on 06/27/2009 9:38:46 AM PDT by DvdMom
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To: DvdMom

Swine flu has summer camps scrambling
http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/education/stories/062309dnmetcampflu.3c3500c.html

Scrapes and bruises aren’t all that kids are getting at summer camp this year.
Swine flu is spreading through dozens of camps across the country, forcing some to shut down, delay openings or treat campers with antiviral drugs. It’s something they haven’t had to deal with previously, as seasonal flu has usually subsided by this time of year.


82 posted on 06/27/2009 9:42:02 AM PDT by DvdMom
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To: metmom

http://publichealth.blog.state.ma.us/2009/06/weekly-report-on-novel-h1n1-influenza-swine-flu-as-of-june-18-2009.html#comments

“I brought my son to the pediatrician today for high fever & a back ache. I thought for sure it would be a UTI or something like that. Instead we were told that he has signs & symptoms consistent with the H1N1 influenza.
We were also told that Massachusetts is no longer doing quick tests on patients with suspected cases of H1N1 and are instead only testing those who are experiencing difficulties with the flu.
I don’t understand this procedure, I don’t understand not treating or even testing a 6 yr old boy with a history of recurrent pneumonia.
I am beyond concerned with the lack of care and concern over this outbreak.
It’s very upsetting that we are not being informed of just how many cases there really are out there and even more upsetting that my son is potentially facing a life threatening disease that the state & our pediatricians aren’t treating or even disclosing to the other parents.
Posted by: Rebecca Reed | June 20, 2009 at 08:41 PM”

..” Posted by: a | June 19, 2009 at 01:15 PM
I am troubled by the removal of county specific reporting of confirmed H1N1 cases on this website. I can understand changing to a once a week reporting schedule but you have also removed the county location/component. This effectively eliminates my ability to make informed and preventative health related decisions for my family. As a Massachusetts taxpayer I would like to know where I can obtain this information now that it no longer available on the state site. Please post an alternate website, agency, etc. where the public may view this important information”...

..”Posted by: Joyce Lambert | June 19, 2009 at 12:29 PM
This information is very misleading. Of course the number of confirmed cases is on the decline - because last week you made the decision to test only individuals in high risk categories. It’s still out there; but doctors are following your guidance and telling people not to come into the office or the ER and just to stay home. I agree with that, but how can you make a statement that the numbers are declining? You actually have no way of knowing that since you have stopped testing to confirm cases.”


83 posted on 06/27/2009 9:51:07 AM PDT by DvdMom
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To: DvdMom

Soaring Death Rate in Buenos Aires Raises Pandemic Concerns
Recombinomics Commentary 18:03
June 27, 2009

“We’re seeing the placement of young patients, between 15 and 50 years with pneumonia, some rapidly evolving towards a gravity which for many is unusual, in which the lung is’ fire ‘in a matter of hours,” said Dr. Jorge San Juan, head of the Department of Intensive Care Hospital Muñiz.

This has led to patients with these characteristics begin to be treated in an increasingly aggressive. THE NATION As reported yesterday, doctors from the Ministry of Health received the directive to take, from now on, all cases of influenza and potential influenza A (H1N1), with the recommendation to perform chest radiographs for patients with symptoms of fever and fatigue and internal quickly to all suffering from pneumonia.

“The bodies were viscera, meninges and brain swollen, a little common factor in death from influenza. Additionally, the lungs were in bad shape, with some spots we could not identify. The studies sent pathology, “said the coroner who asked not to publicize his name until the health authorities take note of it found.

The above translation describes patients in and around Buenos Aires (see updated map). In the past few days 26 confirmed fatalities have been reported as well as 15 additional probable fatalities. H1N1 infections of swine on a nearby farm (see map) has also been described in an OIE report.

The targeted population, as well as the description of the rapid deterioration sounds remarkable like reports on the 1918 pandemic.

Sequence data on these patients and swine would be useful. It is the beginning of flu season in Argentina, and the potential for the evolution of a more virulent Pandemic H1N1 looms large.

http://www.recombinomics.com/News/06270901/H1N1_Buenos_Aires.html


84 posted on 06/27/2009 11:41:24 AM PDT by DvdMom
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To: Smokin' Joe

Soaring Death Rate in Buenos Aires Raises Pandemic Concerns
Recombinomics Commentary 18:03
June 27, 2009

ping ....


85 posted on 06/27/2009 11:42:22 AM PDT by DvdMom
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To: FromLori

Ping


86 posted on 06/27/2009 11:43:06 AM PDT by DvdMom
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To: Palladin

ping


87 posted on 06/27/2009 11:44:24 AM PDT by DvdMom
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To: DvdMom

This is not good.

I hate that it is hitting young people and breaking down their immune systems in such a short time.

I hope our country is ready for this.


88 posted on 06/27/2009 4:01:38 PM PDT by Palladin (Obama to Iranian despots: "No hot dogs for you!")
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To: DJ MacWoW

Good question.

Sounds like overkill.

Did I say that?


89 posted on 06/27/2009 4:12:09 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: Palladin

Buffalo girl dies from Swine Flu


http://www.wivb.com/dpp/news/Buffalo...e_Flu_20090627

Buffalo girl dies from Swine Flu
Second child in Buffalo to die from Swine Flu

Updated: Saturday, 27 Jun 2009, 6:03 PM EDT
Published : Saturday, 27 Jun 2009, 6:03 PM EDT

* Rob Macko
* Posted by: Emily Lenihan

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - A young Buffalo girl, just shy of her 10th birthday, has lost her life to the Swine Flu.

News 4 received news of her death late Saturday afternoon.

This is the second child to die from the virus in a week.

9-year-old Maya Harden died just after 9:30 Saturday morning at Women and Children’s Hospital.

She’d been on life support for 11 days, and had contracted pneumonia and MRSA. She would have been ten on July 18th.

Harden was a fourth grader at the Charles Drew Science Magnet School 59 Museum Campus.

Akea Hollingsworth says her only child loved music and theater. Beyonce was her favorite singer.

Harden’s death comes exactly one week after 15-year-old Matthew Davis, an eighth grader at Buffalo’s Harvey Austin School 97, died from swine flu complications.

“She’s up there in heaven with Matthew. I don’t think their deaths are in vain. I think now we will start doing more from the hospitals to the schools. We won’t let it get this far because some of this could have been avoided. Both of them were healthy children,” said the Maya’s mother Akea Hollingsworth.

Hollingsworth is urging parents to go with their intuition.

She says they should demand answers and take immediate action if they believe their kids are at risk.

Copyright WIVB.com


90 posted on 06/27/2009 5:22:20 PM PDT by DvdMom
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To: metmom; FromLori; Smokin' Joe

another little one lost in New York....

Buffalo girl dies from Swine Flu
Second child in Buffalo to die from Swine Flu
Updated: Saturday, 27 Jun 2009, 6:03 PM EDT
Published : Saturday, 27 Jun 2009, 6:03 PM EDT

Rob Macko
Posted by: Emily Lenihan

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - A young Buffalo girl, just shy of her 10th birthday, has lost her life to the Swine Flu.

News 4 received news of her death late Saturday afternoon.

This is the second child to die from the virus in a week.

9-year-old Maya Harden died just after 9:30 Saturday morning at Women and Children’s Hospital.

She’d been on life support for 11 days, and had contracted pneumonia and MRSA. She would have been ten on July 18th.

Harden was a fourth grader at the Charles Drew Science Magnet School 59 Museum Campus.

Akea Hollingsworth says her only child loved music and theater. Beyonce was her favorite singer.

Harden’s death comes exactly one week after 15-year-old Matthew Davis, an eighth grader at Buffalo’s Harvey Austin School 97, died from swine flu complications.

“She’s up there in heaven with Matthew. I don’t think their deaths are in vain. I think now we will start doing more from the hospitals to the schools. We won’t let it get this far because some of this could have been avoided. Both of them were healthy children,” said the Maya’s mother Akea Hollingsworth.

Hollingsworth is urging parents to go with their intuition.

She says they should demand answers and take immediate action if they believe their kids are at risk

http://www.wivb.com/dpp/news/Buffalo_girl_dies_from_Swine_Flu_20090627


91 posted on 06/27/2009 5:28:31 PM PDT by DvdMom
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To: DvdMom

Link 90 has an error but link 91 was working :)


92 posted on 06/27/2009 5:29:49 PM PDT by DvdMom
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To: The Mayor; neverdem

ping to post 91

Isn’t the Women and Children’s hospital what used to be just Children’s Hospital?


93 posted on 06/27/2009 7:08:44 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: Palladin

Robert A. Derzon, First Director of Medicare and Medicaid, Dies at 78
http://www.ocala.com/article/20090627/ZNYT04/906273004/1171/WEATHER?Title=Robert-A-Derzon-First-Director-of-Medicare-and-Medicaid-Dies-at-78

Robert A. Derzon, the first director of the federal agency that manages Medicare and Medicaid, died June 17 in Orangeville, Ontario, where he was visiting a friend. He was 78 and lived in Mill Valley, Calif.

The cause was swine flu, Mr. Derzon’s son Mike said.

Mr. Derzon, who had previously been deputy commissioner of New York City’s Department of Hospitals, was chosen by President Jimmy Carter in 1977 to head what was then called the Health Care Financing Administration.


94 posted on 06/28/2009 8:44:22 AM PDT by DvdMom
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To: metmom

Argentina will enter into emergency
28/Jun/09

The health authorities confirmed yesterday that Argentina would soon declare a health emergency in that country due to the advance of influenza A, which so far caused 26 deaths and 587 thousand people infected.

Stated that the number of infections is higher than the official and the hospitals are on the verge of collapse, are also studied 967 other samples of persons suspected of having contracted the H1N1 influenza.

Meanwhile, in Bolivia 17 new confirmed cases of influenza A, bringing the number of affected rises to 76. In Brazil there were 69 other cases, bringing to 591 the total.

Also confirmed six new cases of influenza A in Colombia, making a total of 79, including two deaths. In Uruguay, a woman of 22 years with three months of pregnancy, became the first serious case of that country.

http://www.ojo.com.pe/nota.php?nota_id=50242


95 posted on 06/28/2009 8:45:10 AM PDT by DvdMom
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To: FromLori

Buenos Aires with suspect

http://flutracker.rhizalabs.com/flu/gmap0906272254.html?lat=-34.80027235055681&lon=-58.6669921875&zoom=8


96 posted on 06/28/2009 8:45:56 AM PDT by DvdMom
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To: Palladin

The grave risk of concealing the health crisis
28/Jun/09

There are strong rumors that the number of illnesses and deaths from influenza A is much higher than officially admitted.

The statistic was never the strong point of Argentina, but in recent times, intervention by INDEC, lost almost all credibility.

The problem is that there are strong suspicions in the health system that this’ mode ‘to conceal the bad news would have been implemented in recent weeks with the case of Influenza A.

In different public hospitals doctors and nurses admit that the number of cases of Influenza A daily serving not coincide with the figures reported officially.

In the private sector recognized a similar picture, but shift responsibility to the Government.

The topic is of high gravity and puts a magnifying glass, too, about the daunting task that comes cumplieno Malbrán the Institute, whose specialists are responsible for identifying cases of influenza A.

But it also opens a question about some ‘instructions’ that would have been falling since Intendencias towards governors and hospital authorities to stop the spread of cases until after the elections.

Even before this uncertain outlook, the Argentina and admitted 27 died from influenza A H1N1 and is the fourth country with more cases in the world.

http://www.asteriscos.tv/noticia-21383.html


97 posted on 06/28/2009 8:47:03 AM PDT by DvdMom
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To: metmom

More on the little girl reported yesterday...

http://www.buffalonews.com/cityregion/buffaloerie/story/717103.html

06/28/09 07:05 AM

Second Buffalo student dies of swine flu

By Ja’Nay Carswell
NEWS STAFF REPORTER

A 9-year-old Buffalo girl died of swine flu Saturday — the second Buffalo School District student to die of the disease in a week.

Maya Harden, who had been in critical condition in Women & Children’s Hospital for almost two weeks, died Saturday, her mother said.

“They tried everything to get her lungs circulating,” Maya’s mother, Akea Hollingsworth, said later in the day.

The girl’s death comes one week after 15-year-old Matthew Davis, an eighth-grader at Buffalo’s Harvey Austin School 97 on Sycamore Street, died from swine flu complications.

Maya, a fourth-grader at the Charles R. Drew Science Magnet School 59, first went to the emergency room June 12, because of flulike symptoms, her mother said.

Doctors thought it was pneumonia, and she was sent home to recuperate.

At first, Maya seemed to be getting better, but then took a turn for the worse, her mother said. Hollingsworth took her back to the hospital June 14.

Maya was again sent home early the next morning, but became lethargic, Hollingsworth said. On June 16, Hollingsworth took her daughter to the hospital for the third time in less than a week.

Over the past 11 days, Maya had been in critical but stable

condition. She died Saturday morning.

In Matthew’s case, by the time Matthew entered the hospital, he was seriously ill with the flu, as well as co-infected with a type of bacteria known as methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA.

MRSA has been a problem in hospitals and nursing homes for decades, but has also spread to otherwise healthy people in the community, living normally on the skin and in the nose and throat. Research suggests that the overuse of antibiotics has contributed to the problem.

This bacteria can cause infections of the skin, nose, throat and ear. But in a small number of cases, especially in patients with weakened immune systems, it can lead to life-threatening pneumonia and blood infections.

It was unclear Saturday whether Maya suffered similar complications.

Hollingsworth talked about her daughter.

“She was a beautiful little girl,” the mother said. “She was boisterous, full of personality. She was healthy with no severe health issues. She had a sense of humor, very caring. She would give the shirt off her back to someone that needed it.”

Maya was a huge Beyonce fan. Just before Hollingsworth spoke with The Buffalo News by phone Saturday, she listened to Beyonce’s song “Halo,” which will be played at Maya’s wake.

“Everything happens for a reason,” Hollingsworth said. “God doesn’t put more on you than you can bear.”

James A. Williams, district superintendent, issued a statement.

“It is with a heavy heart and deep sadness that . . . we mourn the loss of another student. Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time while they struggle with this terrible loss.”

Williams also pointed to the seriousness of the disease.

“. . . We ask parents again to remain vigilant in stopping the spread of H1N1. Please have your child wash and sanitize their hands as often as possible. The best way to remain disease free is to maintain proper hygiene and wash your hands on a regular basis.”

Philip Rumore, president of the Buffalo Teachers Federation, also expressed condolences.

He said the teachers union has made some recommendations to the district, including making schools a site for flu shots and having hand sanitizers on the school buses, as well as the classrooms.

The district also needs to make a greater effort to let parents know that if their child has a high fever they should go to the doctor and not to school, Rumore said.

“We have to all work together to ensure that no other parent or child has to go through this,” Rumore said.

And as Hollingsworth grieved for her daughter Saturday, she also thought about Matthew Davis.

“Her and Matthew’s death hopefully are not in vain,” she said. “They are now angels looking down from heaven.”


98 posted on 06/28/2009 8:50:35 AM PDT by DvdMom
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To: FromLori

Updated June 28, 2009 | 12:32 a.m.

Former Bradford pitching star dies after 10-day illness

KENOSHA NEWS STAFF

Sam Schissel, who carried the Bradford baseball team to the WIAA Division-1 State championship in 2008, died at his Somers home Saturday morning after a 10-day illness.

He would have been 19 today.

Somers Rescue personnel responded to the home where he lived with his mother after she called about 9:36 a.m. and said he wasn’t breathing. Emergency personnel tried but couldn’t revive him. He was taken to Kenosha Hospital.

Kenosha Sheriff’s officials said reports were that Schissel had been suffering from flu- or pneumonia-like symptoms. The teen’s father, Jim Schissel, said his son had had a fever, had seen a doctor and had taken antibiotics. Jim Schissel said he didn’t know whether an autopsy was scheduled.

He also is survived by his mother, Nicolet Derose; a sister Talia Derose and a brother Michael Derose.

“This is just horrible,” Bradford baseball coach Matt LaBuda said. “I thought Sam was a super kid, a great team player. Anybody that played with him, got along with him. Sam had an infectious smile and personality. He was a guy that everybody wanted to be around.”

http://www.kenoshanews.com/news/former_bradford_pitching_star_dies_after_10day_illness_5488411.html


99 posted on 06/28/2009 8:53:04 AM PDT by DvdMom
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To: Smokin' Joe

Flu pandemic: Can JA cope with the economic impact?

Major flu pandemics have occurred three times over the last century beginning with the Spanish Flu in 1918, followed by the Asian Flu in 1957 and the Hong Kong Flu in 1968. There have been several other pandemics but of smaller proportions such as SARS, avian flu and HIV/AIDS which is currently presenting a tremendous challenge to many countries across the world.

It is generally accepted that major pandemics have a 10-40 year lifecycle. With the last one occurring in 1968 many are of the belief that the next pandemic is inevitable. Although it is difficult to predict the actual timing and severity of the next pandemic what is even more difficult is to forecast the economic impact it would have across economies.

The World Bank (2008) has indicated that a severe flu pandemic could push the world economy into a recession resulting in a contraction of global gross domestic product by approximately US$3 trillion while the death toll is expected to reach 71 million. The report further indicated that some 60 per cent of this decline would come about because of behaviour modification by individuals trying to avoid infection. The anticipated behavioural change is expected to have an adverse influence on economic activities in areas such as tourism, transportation, retail and distributive trade and would, also, lead to lower productivity and higher absenteeism at the work place.

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The study argued that an infected worker will require 10 working days to recuperate. An influenza pandemic normally strikes in several waves. The 1918 pandemic occurred in three waves while the 1857 and 1968 pandemics had two waves, each. Typically, according to a KPMG study, the most intense of these waves last for approximately two weeks usually occurring during the fourth and 11th week from the start of the pandemic. Further when estimating the economic effect in many cases some times it is useful to separate the demand from the supply impact of the pandemic.

http://www.jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20090628/focus/focus6.html


100 posted on 06/28/2009 8:55:16 AM PDT by DvdMom
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