Skip to comments.H1N1 flu victim collapsed on way to hospital [Latest H1N1 updates downthread]
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 ...
This is similar to the Pennsylvania case: young, healthy man, no underlying conditions; dead in a week.
Young people and those who live with them must take this flu VERY seriously, and not think they will throw it off because they are young and strong.
The suddenness of death is the most startling part of it.
My heart goes out to all those who have lost a loved one to this pandemic.
Does it seem to be striking more males than females?
Belarus Reports Almost 1/4 Million Flu Cases
Recombinomics Commentary 23:32
November 10, 2009
The press service of the Gomel regional executive committee BelaPAN reported that in the Gomel region died of pneumonia eight people. Pneumonia was diagnosed in 827 people, including a 643 adults and 184 children.
According to the press service of Belarus continues to rise in the incidence of influenza and acute respiratory infections (ARI). From 2 to 9 November in 18 cities of the republic controls 223,349 registered cases of influenza and ARI. Among the control of cities, the highest incidence rates of influenza and ARI recorded in Rechitsa, Gomel, Mozyr, Molodechno, Mogilev, Vitebsk, Borisov, Minsk, Soligorsk.
In the region from 2 to 9 November diagnosed with influenza and acute respiratory infections (ARI), put 48,752 people, of which the proportion of children was 49% (24051), adults - 51% (24701). Share hospitalized was 2.7% (1,299 people). Among the hospitalized children predominate (60%).
At all administrative territories of the Gomel region introduced a set of preventive measures. In connection with a high incidence in Gomel region on November 9 in 169 schools and three vocational training institutions suspended the learning process.
The above translation describes a significant influenza outbreak in Belarus, which has many similarities with Ukraine. Eight pneumonia deaths have been reported in Gomel, which is adjacent to the Kiev Oblast in Ukraine (see map). In the latest report from Ukraine, the largest increases in cases were in Kiev and Kiev Oblast. In addition, 10 suspect H1N1 deaths in Minsk have been reported suggesting that the deaths may also be linked to H1N1 and hemorrhagic pneumonia. 90 such fatalities were described in Ukraine, and the total disintegration of both lungs is similar to cases described in the United States and Mexico, as well as cases in 1918.
The cases in Belarus are widespread and the numbers cited for Gomel would be above the epidemic threshold. Most areas in Ukraine are also above the epidemic threshold, while the remaining areas are near the threshold.
These high rates are driven by H1N1 because levels of other seasonal flu’s throughout Europe and North America are negligible. Well over 99% of sub-typed flu is swine H1N1.
The deaths in Belarus and Ukraine raise concerns that there have been small genetic changes in the virus position 225. These changes (D225G, D225N, and D225E) have been reported in multiple swine H1N1 isolates, including recent isolates from fatal cases in Sau Paulo, Brazil.
The expanding number of cases and fatalities increases concerns created by the delay in the release of H1N1 sequences from Ukraine
I’m not sure ?
That would be important to know .
Zithromax Also known as azithromycin works best for the h1n1/swine flu according to this study
More Effective Treatment For Pneumonia Following Influenza Found, Study Shows
ScienceDaily (Jan. 10, 2009) Scientists at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital have demonstrated a more effective treatment for bacterial pneumonia following influenza. They found that the antibiotics clindamycin and azithromycin, which kill bacteria by inhibiting their protein synthesis, are more effective than a standard first-line treatment with the “beta-lactam” antibiotic ampicillin, which causes the bacteria to lyse, or burst.
The group, led by Jonathan McCullers, M.D., associate member of the St. Jude Infectious Diseases department, expect the new findings, currently demonstrated in mice, to be incorporated into standard clinical practice guidelines during the next few years.
McCullers and his colleagues published their findings in the advanced, online issue of the Journal of Infectious Diseases. The researchers based the new treatment on growing evidence that beta-lactams are relatively ineffective against secondary pneumonia because the drugs exacerbate inflammation caused by influenza.
“With severe secondary pneumonia, it has seemed that physicians do almost everything they can, and it doesn’t work,” McCullers said. “People still die despite treatment with antibiotics that can kill the bacteria. Our research is showing that the intense inflammatory response that is already there from the virus is amplified by the bacterial infection. And, treatment with beta-lactams releases bacterial components into the bloodstream that the immune system recognizes, triggering an inflammatory burst that can be deadly.
“Traditional first-line therapy has been based on the belief that the bacteria are bad, so we have to get rid of them as quickly as possible,” McCullers said. “But what we are finding is that maybe it is the inflammation we need to worry about first, and the bacteria second. Protein synthesis inhibitors shut down the bacterial protein-making factory, and they can avoid the inflammatory burst by killing them over days instead of quickly lysing them.”
In their experiments, the St. Jude researchers infected mice with a mild form of influenza that restricted itself to the lungs. After a week, the scientists infected the mice with pneumonia bacteria. This sequence mimics how humans with influenza would contract secondary pneumonia.
The researchers treated groups of the doubly infected mice with ampicillin, clindamycin, combined clindamycin and ampicillin, or azithromycin. They found that 56 percent of the mice survived with ampicillin treatment, 82 percent survived with clindamycin, 80 percent with clindamycin and ampicillin, and 92 percent with azithromycin. Significantly, while clindamycin and azithromycin both inhibit protein synthesis, azithromycin also has anti-inflammatory properties.
Ampicillin aggravated inflammation compared to clindamycin, the researchers confirmed in test tube studies. The investigators also found evidence of increased inflammation in lung cells of ampicillin-treated animals.
According to McCullers, lung tissue studies of ampicillin-treated animals also revealed the antibiotic’s deleterious effects.
“We saw in those animals that, even though we were clearing their lungs of bacteria, the lungs looked just like those of animals in which the bacteria were continuing to multiply,” McCullers said. “The damage process was continuing.”
McCullers said he would like the new findings to influence treatment guidelines immediately for pneumonia secondary to influenza.
“The current guidelines still adhere to the theory that beta-lactams are the only drugs of choice, because it is necessary to kill the bacteria as fast as possible,” he said. “However, our findings represent the first data showing that inflammation is important, and that alternative therapies such as protein synthesis inhibitors should be considered and incorporated into revised guidelines.”
More broadly, McCullers said, the new findings support a growing body of evidence that treating severe pneumonia in general should take into account the inflammatory response and not just the rapid demise of bacteria.
Other authors of this paper include Åsa Karlström and Kelli Boyd (St. Jude); and B. Keith English (Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center). This research was supported in part by the U.S. Public Health Service and ALSAC.
Adapted from materials provided by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, via EurekAlert!, a service of AAAS.
a new death in Essex County New Jersey (Gloucester County death was previously reported)....
N.J. reports two more swine flu deaths
, November 10, 2009
Last updated: Tuesday November 10, 2009, 8:55 PM
BY LINDY WASHBURN
Two New Jersey men died of H1N1 flu during the past week, bringing the number of deaths from the virus to 22 since the disease was first identified in April, the state health department reported.
The two, a 37-year-old Essex County man and a 51-year-old Gloucester County man, each had multiple underlying health conditions, said Donna Leusner, a health department spokeswoman.
Swine flu is considered widespread in the state, with all counties reporting emergency department visits well above the baseline for this time of year.
Ten percent of visits to hospital emergency rooms were due to influenza-like illnesses in the week ending last Saturday, up from 9 percent the week before, and more than double the 4 percent average for previous years at this time. About 5 percent of the weeks emergency visits lead to hospital admissions.
The states surveillance report is submitted each week to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The number of deaths listed may not represent the complete number, because adult influenza deaths are not required to be reported to the state.
Schools reported a higher rate of absenteeism in the week ending Friday, compared to the previous week, with 7.3 percent of students absent.
The latest federal reports show that 797,700 doses of vaccine have been shipped to New Jersey, as of last Wednesday.
a new death in Dallas County, Texas (the 18 year old was previously reported)...
H1N1 Deaths in Dallas County Total 19
BJ Austin, KERA News (2009-11-10)
DALLAS, TX (KERA) -
Two more H1N1 deaths have been reported in Dallas County. KERA’s BJ Austin says more vaccine is reportedly on the way
Dallas County officials say the H1N1 flu deaths were young men, 18 and 24 years old, with no underlying medical conditions. That brings to 19 the number of H1n1 flu deaths in Dallas County.
Public health officials are urging people especially those in high risk groups to get the H1N1 vaccine.
The Dallas County Health Department ran out of the vaccine Friday after a three-day shot clinic for those in the high risk groups. Director Zach Thompson says many doctor’s offices DO have the vaccine.
Thompson: There’s at least 200 thousand doses reported that primary physicians have received, and we’re expecting at least 19 thousand doses here in the near future.
But Thompson says pharmacies have still not received their shipments. And he says next time, there needs to be much better planning and distribution.
Email BJ Austin
Yes , I do think it seems like it is striking more males lately.
S-2 Flu wrote:
DAILY FATALITY SUMMARY (Reports posted on November 9,2009)
New York 1
North Carolina 2
South Dakota 1
Nova Scotia 1
NOTES: The US total is 1738 includeing 229 pediatric cases.Three have been added to the Michigan total that should have been tallyed on the 4th.
China announced that there were 30 deaths as of monday,a sharp increase over what had previously been reported.
Afghanistan`s total is the increase since October 28.Latvia`s fatality is that country`s first and is another case of someone who had recently visited Russia.Ukraine reports 687 physicians and over 1500 other health care workers have fallen ill.
Swine flu vaccine stolen from Olympia care center
OLYMPIA, Wash. Thurston County is investigating the theft of 20 doses of swine flu vaccine.
The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office says the vaccine was stolen from Providence Sound Home Care and Hospice at 3432 block of South Bay Road NE in Olympia sometime between Nov. 4 and Nov. 6.
There was no sign of a break-in, so it’s believed that someone who works at the center stole it.
The vaccine has an approximate street value of $2,000.
MORE ferrets in Oregon get swine flu from owners
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November 10, 2009, 12:48PM, by Lynne Terry, The Oregonian
More ferrets in Oregon get swine flu from owners
More ferrets in Oregon have developed swine flu from their owners, fueling worries that the virus could jump from the pets to people.
We are advising vets to take care because of the possibility of animal to human transmission, said Emilio DeBess, the state public health veterinarian.
So far, the virus has only gone one way from owners to their ferrets.
In early October, the first case of human to ferret transmission of the H1N1 virus was documented by DeBess in the Portland area. Then at the end of last month, nine ferrets owned by a family in Roseburg came down with flulike symptoms, he said.
That was a week after two kids in the Roseburg family a teenager and a child younger than 10 got sick with the swine flu.
Like the kids, the ferrets developed high fevers, red eyes, runny noses and they were coughing and sneezing.
If the ferrets could talk, theyd say Oh my God, my body aches, DeBess said.
Tests on three of the ferrets confirmed that they had the H1N1 virus. DeBess suspects that the others had the virus as well.
Ferrets, which mimic human flu symptoms, are used in labs researching the flu. DeBess said ferrets are especially susceptible to catching pneumonia.
A pet ferret in Nebraska that caught the H1N1 virus from its family died, and a cat in Iowa has come down with the virus, said Michael San Filippo, spokesman for the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Pigs in Indiana have also contracted the virus along with swine in Canada and other countries. Two health inspectors were infected with the H1N1 virus when they visited the sick swine herd in Canada, San Filippo said.
These are the only two cases that we know of of animals passing the virus to people, San Filippo said. All the other cases involve are people passing it to animals.
Still, DeBess has warned veterinarians in the state to protect themselves from sneezing and coughing ferrets and other pets. Owners need to take precautions as well, he said.
The virus passes from humans to ferrets or cats the same way it is transmitted among humans. Coughing and sneezing can spread the virus which can remain infectious for about a week outside the body. That means that owners and vets need to thoroughly wash their hands when handling sick pets or when they are sick.
The ferrets and their owners in both the Portland area and Roseburg are fine, DeBess said.
The flu season is far from over. So far, 942 people have been hospitalized with the H1N1 virus in Oregon and 30 people statewide have died. The state has sent up a Web page here with the latest information about influenza in Oregon.
Swine Flu Vaccine Stolen
LOS ANGELES (KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO)
Police in Milwaukee have arrested one man and they’re looking for two others who are suspected of stealing a truck that was carrying 900 doses of the vaccine. The truck was found less than an hour later with all of the missing vaccine.
But Milwaukee health officials say even if the medicine wasn’t tampered with, it’s still considered “compromised” and can’t be used because it was out of the city’s possession.
WHO says H1N1 virus could mutate, warns vigilance in watching for symptoms
WHO says H1N1 virus could mutate, warns vigilance in watching for symptoms
Geneva, Switzerland — Concerned by the potential of the H1N1 pandemic virus to become more virulent as the pool of viral genes circulates among a number of hosts, the World Health Organization (WHO) is calling for close monitoring and proper management of animals that exhibit symptoms of respiratory infections.
The WHO is on guard for viral changes, especially after detecting a novel H3N2 influenza virus affecting mink on a farm in Denmark. No humans have been infected with that H3N2 virus, but a WHO spokesperson says the incident demonstrates “the constantly evolving ecology of influenza viruses, the potential for surprising changes, and the need for constant vigilance.”
The WHO also is asking that samples from infected animals and humans be taken for full genome sequencing of the virus to look for mutations that could affect virulence, host range, or antiviral resistance.
Aside from swine, the only animals reported to be infected with H1N1 so far are turkeys in Chile and Canada, and a cat and two ferrets in the United States.
4 More From Clark County Die From H1N1
6-Year-Old Boy H1N1 Victim
POSTED: 3:30 pm PST November 10, 2009
UPDATED: 6:39 pm PST November 10, 2009
LAS VEGAS — Four more people in Clark County have died from the H1N1 influenza virus, including two boys.
The Southern Nevada Health District is reporting four additional deaths for the week ending Nov. 7.
Those who died were a 6-year-old boy and a 17-year-old boy, both with underlying medical conditions, and a 54-year-old woman with underlying medical conditions, the Southern Nevada Health District said.
Watch FOX5 News at 10 and 11 to see the memorial for the family and friends of the 6-year-old-boy.
A 54-year-old man also died, but the health district said it was not known whether he had any underlying medical conditions.
The health district said there are patients currently hospitalized with the H1N1 flu virus.
As of Friday, the health district said it received 78,000 doses of the H1N1 vaccine, and as of Saturday, it administered more than 41,000 doses.
Very important info.
Remember to ask for Zithromax if you think you need it.
Some pretty intense stuff just showed up on PFI. I’ll post a few.
Tug of war over H1N1
By: Alifiya Khan Date: 2009-11-11 Place: Pune
While Sassoon Hospital docs claim virus has undergone deadly mutation, NIV scientists rubbish the claim
The debate over mutation of the H1N1 virus has now intensified. Sassoon Hospital doctors claim their tests and an international report prove that there is a probable mutation. The National Institute of Virology, however, continues to stand against this theory.
The Sasson Hospital doctors said they observed that since september swine flu patients were dying of a more serious infection. They claimed that the symptoms were getting deadlier and even admitting patients to the ICU did not help. The tests conducted on the bodies of patients who succumbed to swine flu corroborated their observations.
Based on these observations, the doctors assumed that the H1N1 virus had mutated and on October 28, the doctors discussed the study on a videoconference with world experts, which was attended by NIV officials.
They said their study received a boost from the report of Center for Disease Control, Atlanta in the US, which states that the H1N1 virus could show resistance to Tamiflu, if a certain sequence of amino acids changes.
“According to NIV there was no genonomic change in the virus, and it was probably an amino acid sequence that had undergone a minor change, which triggered the symptoms,” said Dr Arun Jamkar, dean, Sassoon Hospital.
Stating that the NIV’s stand was contrary to the CDC report, a Sassoon Hospital doctor said on condition of anonymity, “The NIV must clarify this.”
Recalculating the Tally in Swine Flu Deaths
By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.
Published: November 10, 2009
About 4,000 Americans rather than about 1,200 have died of swine flu since the disease emerged in April, according to new figures being calculated by epidemiologists for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The larger number of deaths does not mean the virus is more dangerous. Rather, it is a new estimate made by combining deaths from laboratory-confirmed cases of the flu and deaths that appear to be brought on by flu, even though the patient may have ultimately died of bacterial pneumonia, other infections or organ failure.
The new estimate of deaths actually a range both larger and smaller than 4,000 will not be released until sometime next week because the centers consultants are still looking over the figures, said Glen Nowak, a C.D.C. spokesman.
The new estimate will be a more accurate comparison to the 36,000 deaths from seasonal flu each year, he said. That estimate is also based on confirmed cases as well as hospital reports of people who appear to have died after a bout of flu. Over 90 percent of seasonal flu victims are over 65, and many are bedridden or in nursing homes or have serious medical problems like cancer or heart disease that the flu worsens.
The new estimate does sound much more reasonable, said Ira M. Longini Jr., a flu epidemiologist at the University of Washington. It doesnt surprise me that its higher.
Michael T. Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, said the new estimate was more accurate but doesnt change the decisions youd make from a public health perspective.
If it was 40,000 deaths rather than 4,000, that would be different, Dr. Osterholm said.
A much higher death rate would mean more drastic measures to keep people apart and could mean, for example, adding immune-boosting adjuvants to the vaccine so more people could get it.
Both Dr. Osterholm and Dr. Longini said the new figure does not suggest that the epidemic will eventually kill as many as 90,000 Americans, as was envisioned in one forecast widely publicized in August in a report issued by the Presidents Council of Advisers on Science and Technology. That report posited a range of 30,000 to 90,000 deaths.
Dr. Longini said he thought deaths were likely to be in the 30,000-to-40,000 range, and Dr. Osterholm said they would have a long way to go to even get there.
The vaccine, Dr. Longini said, should also cut the death rate. About 10 million new doses are shipped each week.
“No, it’s not any worse. And we don’t think it’s gonna get worse. But here goes...”
San Bernardino County declares ‘precautionary’ flu emergency (California)
November 10, 2009 By IMRAN GHORI
San Bernardino County declared a local state of emergency Tuesday due to the swine flu virus, a measure that local officials described as precautionary.
The declaration, signed by Supervisor Josie Gonzales, allows for more state and federal resources to deal with the illness, said James Lindley, county public health director. The state and federal government already have declared states of emergency.
The Board of Supervisors is expected to ratify the declaration at next week’s meeting. Gonzales is the board vice-chairwoman. Board Chairman Gary Ovitt was on vacation Tuesday.
Lindley said the declaration should not be viewed with alarm or a sign that cases of the H1N1 virus are going up.
“This is precautionary in nature in case we need to ramp up immediately if we see a dramatic increase,” Lindley said.
San Bernardino County has reported 17 deaths from the virus this year, while Riverside County has reported 18 deaths.
Lindley described the declaration as a mostly administrative move that would allow the county to get reimbursed for some activities from state and federal officials and better coordinate local emergency personnel.
He said he hopes it also will increase the county’s supply of the H1N1 vaccine. Distribution from the state has been “erratic,” he said.
The county received 20,000 doses, which it distributed to local hospitals and clinics over the past two weeks. Of those, 7,500 were administered at county clinics.
Note: Dr. Oz has publicly admitted his own children WILL NOT be taking the H1N1 Vaccination!
(NaturalNews) Dr. Mehmet Oz is a huge promoter of vaccines. He's been on television reinforcing fear about H1N1 swine flu and telling everyone to get vaccinated. But what he didn't tell his viewing audience is that he holds 150,000 option shares in a vaccine company that could earn him millions of dollars in profits as the stock price rises. It is in Dr. Oz's own financial interest, in other words, to hype up vaccines and get more people taking them so that his own financial investments rise in value.
Evidence describing these facts was delivered to NaturalNews by a private investigator named Joseph Culligan (http://webofdeception.com/oprah.html#oz). That evidence includes an SEC document detailing how Dr. Oz. bought options on stocks for SIGA Technologies in 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2009. SIGA Technologies (stock symbol SIGA) is a vaccine technology company with many advanced developments whose success depends on the widespread adoption of vaccines. According to SEC documents, Dr. Mehmet Oz. currently holds 150,000 option shares on SIGA Technologies, purchased for as little as $1.35 back in 2005.
At the time of this writing, SIGA Technologies is trading at $7.10, making those options bought in 2005 worth $5.75 in profits today. If all the 150,000 options purchased by Dr. Oz. were exercised today, they would be worth roughly $180,000 in profits (they were bought at different prices, not all at $1.35). This is all revealed in what the SEC website calls an "insider transaction" document (link below).
These options won't expire until the years 2015 - 2019, and the higher the stock price of SIGA gets before then, the more profit can be realized when these options are cashed out. You can see the 2019 expiration date in this "insider transaction" form: http://sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/...
If the stock price of SIGA Technologies could be pumped up even more -- say, from someone hyping up vaccines in front of a national audience -- these options could mathematically be worth millions of dollars. Just to clarify, by the way, SIGA Technologies doesn't currently manufacture a vaccine for H1N1 swine flu. It focuses on future vaccine technologies that could be applied to many different vaccines down the road.
Dr. Oz. isn't merely a holder of SIGA stock options, by the way: He's on the Board of Directors! As SIGA's own website explains, Dr. Oz has served on the board since 2001 and continues his role there today. This brings up the obvious question:
Is it right for someone talking about whether vaccines are safe on television to also be carrying stock options and serving on the board of directors of a vaccine company at the same time?
Just to make things a little more interesting, SIGA Technologies recently received a $3 million grant in taxpayer dollars from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The purpose of the grant money? To fund the study of a chemical adjunct named ST-246 to be used in future vaccines. So taxpayer money is now being used to fund a vaccine technology company whose stock price increases will financially benefit the very celebrity doctor who is hyping up vaccines to a national audience.
Something sounds fishy here...
Conflict of interest?
To my knowledge, Dr. Oz. has never disclosed to his viewing audience the fact that he owns 150,000 option shares of SIGA Technologies. And yet, with an audience of millions, Dr. Oz has continued to beat the drum of the vaccine industry, urging people to get vaccinated while implying that vaccines protect people from swine flu (even though there is absolutely no scientific evidence to back up that claim).
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