Skip to comments.VA: Swine Flu case confirmed on [Va.] Tech campus
Posted on 07/03/2009 8:05:16 PM PDT by rabscuttle385
A participant of a summer camp on Tech's campus has been confirmed by Schiffert Health Center to have a case of H1N1 influenza, according to an e-mail to on-campus students from Housing and Dining Services.
The H1N1 influenza virus, also known as swine flu, recently hit pandemic status in early June, indicating widespread global activity, as defined by the World Health Organization. According to the Center for Disease Control website, the pandemic status only reflects the spread of the virus to over 70 countries and not its severity. Housing's e-mail, sent by Associate Director for Occupancy Management Kenneth Belcher, clarified that the CDC has downgraded H1N1 to a "normal flu classification."
Virginia Tech's Housing Department is enacting its exposure control plan, said Belcher. "All housekeeping personnel are properly trained in procedures for sanitizing to reduce transmission of contagious viruses," he said in the e-mail.
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Unready for the next wave
Canada must prepare for another swine flu outbreak this fall
From Saturday’s Globe and Mail Last updated on Saturday, Jul. 04, 2009 12:17AM EDT
Is Canada ready for a second wave of H1N1 (swine flu) that may hit in the fall? Britain says it may have 100,000 new cases a day by late August, based on the current doubling each week of the number of people falling ill. If Canada is hit proportionately, that would be roughly 50,000 cases a day.
The Public Health Agency of Canada is now ordering hundreds of ventilators in case the provinces do not have enough. Based on current expectations for the influenza’s spread, there may not be enough ventilators.
Andrew Simor, the head of microbiology and infectious diseases at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, puts it this way: If we assume even a moderate type of pandemic, in the number of people and severity of disease, it will definitely overwhelm our health-care system. It is not just a matter of a shortage of ventilators but of doctors, nurses and respiratory technologists trained to care for the patients and to use and maintain the equipment. I suspect that is the situation we will likely encounter beginning this fall, Dr. Simor says.
Who, then, would qualify for the desperately needed ventilators? Canadian acute-care facilities may be in the position of the people in the proverbial lifeboat with not enough drinking water to go around. If there is a large-scale health emergency, says an Ontario health-ministry spokesman, it comes down to the fact that you’re dealing with only so much resources. It is a disturbing prospect, and should wake Canadians from any complacency they may feel.
The first wave of H1N1 has been, mostly, mild; and the mildness has bred complacency. Some of it has been nurtured by public health officials, who refer to underlying health conditions among those who have become the sickest. What are those underlying conditions? Pregnancy, diabetes, asthma and obesity are among them. So is smoking. There may be nearly as many households with an underlying condition in them as not.
The outbreak is likely to worsen. Most flus hit hardest at the old, sick and weak; H1N1 strikes people between 20 and 50. Most flus disappear in summer; Canada has five times the flu rate this summer because of H1N1. Of the 29 Canadians who died, several had no other health problems. Canada has a high rate of the disease compared with other countries, but that may be a sign it keeps a closer eye out for it.
What lies ahead? If Britain’s plan is an indication, efforts at containment would end. Schools would stay open, no matter how many cases of sick children had been reported, unless staff members fell ill in large numbers. The focus would be on medical treatment, from an overwhelmed system.
Britain already has a national information campaign on swine flu; nothing in Canada thus far compares. Public authorities here need, as a first step, to communicate the importance of knowing the flu’s symptoms, of applying common sense don’t go to work and infect colleagues. But more than that, the authorities need to make whatever investments are necessary to ensure that the system is not overwhelmed, and that lifesaving care is available to all.
Forty people a day could die from swine flu by next month
Published Date: 04 July 2009
By SHÂN ROSS
ABOUT 40 people will die of swine flu in Britain every day by the end of next month if the current fatality rate stays the same.
The stark assessment came as a 19-year-old man was confirmed yesterday as the first person in London to die after contracting swine flu, taking the UK death toll to four.
The teenager, who had underlying health problem, tested positive for the virus following his death on Wednesday. London, a “swine flu hot spot”, is the second-worst affected area in the UK. West Midlands is the worst hit, with Scotland third.
The youth’s death came as UK Health Secretary Andy Burnham warned Britain could have more than 100,000 new cases a day by the end of next month.
There are 7,447 confirmed cases of swine flu in the UK. Four patients have died, all of whom had underlying health problems. If the death toll stays at that level (roughly one in 2,500), the disease could kill about 40 people a day by September.
The Scottish Government has said 10,000 people a day north of the Border were expected to contract the virus by next month.
A Scottish Government spokesman said: “It is too early at this stage to know how the pandemic will progress over the coming months; therefore any estimates as to the number of infections or deaths can only be conjectural.
“For example, it is entirely possible that during the summer transmission rates may fall and we will not continue to see the significant rises in cases each week that has been the case in the hot spots in the UK so far.”
Figures released yesterday show Scotland has 64 new cases of influenza A (H1N1), taking the total of confirmed cases to 1,325. Of the 64 newly confirmed cases, 53 were in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde health board area, five in Tayside, two in Lanarkshire, two in Ayrshire and Argyll, and one each in Grampian and Highland; 61 were not travel-related.
The Scottish Government, in line with Westminster, is abandoning its daily log of exact numbers who have contracted the disease, and from next week will issue a weekly update giving the percentage infected per 100,000 of the population.
The Westminster government has signed contracts with GSK and Baxter for the supply of 130 million doses of swine flu vaccine enough for the entire population. The first delivery is expected next month, and 60 million doses should be delivered by the end of the year. T
Health workers and at-risk groups, such as those with heart disease, diabetes or asthma, and children under five, are likely to get the vaccine first.
Eight pupils from Sevenoaks School in Kent, all between 16 and 18, have been treated for swine flu in hospital in Romania
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