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News Reports for April 4, 2012

by: NewsDiary

Sat Mar 31, 2012 at 23:46:34 PM EDT


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India
• Madhya Pradesh: Samples from four Bhopal kids sent for swine flu test (Link)
• Andhra Pradesh: H1N1 claims 2 lives (Link)
• Tamil Nadu: Airport to refit H1N1 detectors (Link)
• Maharashtra: Swine flu claims first victim in city, 2 more test positive (Link)
• Maharashtra: Suspected swine flu case found (Link)
• Tamil Nadu: Panic over H1N1 unfounded: CMC doctors (Link)
• Maharashtra becomes epicenter of new swine flu spurt (Link)

Republic of Ireland
• Four of Donegal flu dead had received vaccine (Link)
• HSE only told about fatal flu outbreak after five residents died (Link)

Taiwan
• Outbreaks of SARS and Flu Jolts Taiwan's Department of Health into Nationwide Implementation of Infection Control Measures, Observes Frost & Sullivan (Link)

United Kingdom
• Scotland: Twenty-one still ill at care home  (Link)

Research
• Free to Speak, Kawaoka Reveals Flu Details While Fouchier Stays Mum (Link)


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NewsDiary :: News Reports for April 4, 2012

News for April 3, 2012 is here.


Thanks to all of the newshounds!
Special thanks to the newshound volunteers who translate international stories - thanks for keeping us all informed!

Other useful links:
WHO A(H1N1) Site
WHO H5N1 human case totals, last updated April 2, 2012
Charts and Graphs on H5N1 from WHO
Google Flu Trends
CDC Weekly Influenza Summary
Map of seasonal influenza in the U.S.
CIDPC (Canada) Weekly FluWatch
UK RCGP Weekly Data on Communicable and Respiratory Diseases
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Free to Speak, Kawaoka Reveals Flu Details While Fouchier Stays Mum
LONDON - Influenza virologist Yoshihiro Kawaoka finally told a captive audience here the key details of the study that helped trigger an exhaustive review by a U.S. biosecurity panel as well as one of the most intense bioethical debates in years. Speaking at a 2-day meeting at the Royal Society, Kawaoka revealed the four mutations that made a reassortant flu virus more transmissible among ferrets through tiny droplets - a finding that had triggered worries that it could cause an influenza pandemic.

By contrast, Ron Fouchier of the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands-the main author of the other flu study reviewed by the U.S. National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB) - was forced to stick to a skeletal talk that contained few details about his own work, as he has been doing since he first presented the study at a meeting in Malta in September. The Dutch government is currently holding up the release of Fouchier's study because it believes it might violate export-control rules.

Fouchier doesn't believe the authorities have a case and says he would be "happy to go to court" over the issue, if it weren't for the fact that breaking his silence would also put co-authors and officials at Erasmus MC in legal jeopardy.

The presentations at the meeting, which attracted about 150 attendees, came in the wake of a new review by the NSABB. On Friday, the board voted to recommend full publication of both studies, and Nature has said it will publish Kawaoka's paper as soon as possible. Kawaoka says a lawyer for his employer, the University of Wisconsin, Madison, gave the green light for his presentation here after the NSABB recommendation, but stresses that even without it, he does not believe his talk would have violated any laws or regulations. Continued: http://news.sciencemag.org/sci...  

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. --Unknown

     


So does this mean Kawaoka's research will be published in full?
That's what it sounds like, and if so I shudder.

In my opinion, based on what I have read and learned over the last decade or so, there are many religious extremists out there in positions of power that might like to create an Apocalyptic endgame to fulfill their own prophecies, and these sorts are not limited to Muslims by a long shot.

There are even a handful of environmental extremist   groups that feel planet earth might be better off with the species homo sapiens sapiens removed or reduced to a relatively harmless state....say, hunter/gatherer.

Most of these groups have the educational and technological resources to be able to duplicate the Kawaoka's process, as well as to find a way to effectively unleash this virus on the world.

And if they feel they are acting for the greater good, and/or under some divine directive (which is what is meant by "extremist"), the possibility of their own demise or that of those they are close to as a result of the pandemic would not prevent them from acting to unleash it.

Again, my opinion FWIW.
 

Always have a plan B.


[ Parent ]
India: Samples from four Bhopal kids sent for swine flu test (Madhya Pradesh)
BHOPAL: Four samples from patients suffering with flu-like symptoms were sent to regional medicine and research laboratory (RMRL) Jabalpur for test. All the samples collected were from children who are suffering from pneumonia (Snip)  

Dr Shukla said, "It would have been a cause of alarm if more citizens were suspected for swine flu in the city." Out of the four samples, one was taken from Rainbow hospital at Jawahar Chowk. The suspected child is one and a half years old. The three other patients are (Snip) 9, 10 and 11 months old.

Health ministry defines a swine flu suspect case as a person with an acute respiratory illness who had close contact with a confirmed or suspect case of swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection. (Snip) The results (Snip) are likely to be known on Wednesday. http://timesofindia.indiatimes...  

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. --Unknown

     


India: H1N1 claims 2 lives (Andhra Pradesh)
HYDERABAD: Two women succumbed to swine flu over the last two days in the city. (Snip) a 50-year-old woman from Jeedimetla who was treated and discharged from Gandhi Hospital for fever on April 2 complained of breathlessness on Tuesday morning and died while being shifted to a nearby hospital.

The other woman, aged around 40 years (Snip) died while undergoing treatment at Gandhi Hospital on April 2. While she was kept on ventilator support, she died of respiratory failure (Snip). http://timesofindia.indiatimes...

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. --Unknown

     


Is it possible to test positive for H1N1 and have a co-infection with H5N1
I ask only because it seems the H1N1 is so fierce this year in India, which has also had it's share of H5N1 in the past. We have long discussed the possibility of either a co-infection with H5N1, or even a mutant virus that has acquired genes from both H5N1 and H1N1.

I am just wondering if one only tests for H1N1, could you get a positive for that virus and miss the fact that H5N1 is also in there??

Always have a plan B.


[ Parent ]
Hi Mary
The only way to know if a person is infected with 2 strains of flu is to test for both of them. The only way to know if a flu virus has changed by way of mutation, antigen drift or recombination is by doing a sequence. So far, there is no information coming from India on any of this is being done. I have been saying for quite a while now that the H1N1 strain circulating there seems very virulent. I have also wondered if they are sure every case is in fact H1N1.

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. --Unknown

     


[ Parent ]
well, we're definitely on the same page, Carol.
I wonder if tptb, being experts, aren't actually already doing this kind of testing,  as it would seem obvious and logical to do. If they aren't, then why? And if they are, then the only reason I could imagine them not mentioning that fact is that either they want to keep the results from the public as they would cause panic (ie, results are that there is either co infection with H5N1 or a mutant recombination of some sort) or - even if tests are negative for H5N1 - they don't want to raise the alarm that they are considering that possibility.

Of course I have a naturally suspicious mind when it comes to tptb....based on life's experiences.

Always have a plan B.


[ Parent ]
Outbreaks of SARS and Flu Jolts Taiwan's Department of Health into Nationwide Implementation of Infection Control Measures, Observes Frost & Sullivan
Governments Request Hospitals to Apportion 0.5 to 1.5 percent of Incomes from Hospitalization to Infection Control

After a fierce outbreak of flu and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in Taiwan, the country's Department of Health (DoH) went into overdrive and introduced a slew of infection control programs. Measures such as hospital accreditation and ratings based on patient safety and quality control encourages medical institutions to establish an effective control system for hospital-acquired infections (HAIs), also known as nosocomial infections. Continued: http://www.sys-con.com/node/22...

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. --Unknown

     


India: Airport to refit H1N1 detectors (Tamil Nadu)
Health authorities at Chennai airport are gearing up to install four swine flu thermal detectors for testing arriving passengers. (Snip) the screening would start once they received instructions from the government.

"We are waiting for orders from the Public Health department at Delhi to install the thermal detectors at the airport and start the screening," said Dr M. Gunasekaran, airport health officer. However, he noted that four detectors were not enough. "With 13 cases reported in the state so far, we need to cover both international and domestic passengers. So we need more scanners and more manpower," he added.

Mr Gunasekaran said that the airport health centre would be temporarily equipped with more doctors, nurses and support staff once the Union government notifies them to start the screening. "We will also procure new machines if the government allots funds," he added. Contiued: http://www.deccanchronicle.com...

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. --Unknown

     


Swine flu claims first victim in city, 2 more test positive (Maharashtra)
NASHIK: Having already made its appearance in Mumbai and Pune, the dreaded H1N1 virus claimed its first victim in Nashik this year. A 34-year-old man, Nandu Dattu Chavan of Anjaneri in Tribmbak tehsil, died on Sunday after he was admitted to the Civil Hospital here, while two more persons have been tested positive.

(Snip) Chavan was brought in at the last stage and died within minutes of being admitted to the hospital. Medical officers of the Civil Hospital said Chavan died before they could start treatment.

(Snip) The two patients that includes a 20-year-old nursing student, who have tested positive for H1N1 virus, have been admitted to the isolation ward in the Civil Hospital.

Another person was admitted on Tuesday afternoon but the hospital is yet to send a swab taken from him to Pune lab for testing. Hospital officials said as soon as a patient with swine flu symptoms is admitted they start the medication and if they are tested positive for H1N1 virus, then they increase the dosage. (Snip)  

Hospital authorities said they are alert for any symptoms of swine flu and are monitoring the virus closely. However, experts said testing holds little relevance as many people could be carriers of the virus but not suffer from the symptoms. http://timesofindia.indiatimes...

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. --Unknown

     


Correct link to the above:
http://timesofindia.indiatimes...

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. --Unknown

     


[ Parent ]
Ireland: Four of Donegal flu dead had received vaccine
Doctors still have some concerns about a number of people affected by a flu outbreak at a nursing home in Donegal (Snip) Three men and three women, all aged over 85 died from the flu between March 22 and April 2 at Nazareth House outside Buncrana.

The Health Service Executive has said that all appropriate treatment and control measures are in place for the 11 people still showing symptoms of the outbreak.

(Snip) four people from the six who died had received the flu vaccine.

(Snip) Director of the Health Protection Surveillance Centre, said the vaccine was not ideally matched to the strain of flu circulating this year. http://www.irishexaminer.com/b...

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. --Unknown

     


Ireland: HSE only told about fatal flu outbreak after five residents died
HEALTH authorities were left in the dark about a spate of deaths at a nursing home until after five residents had passed away and illness had swept through the facility. Influenza claimed the lives of six elderly people who died in a private nursing home, tests confirmed last night.

Eleven other residents at Nazareth House at Fahan, near Buncrana, Co Donegal, are also suffering with respiratory symptoms similar to the residents who died. Continued: http://www.independent.ie/nati...  

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. --Unknown

     


[ Parent ]
India: Suspected swine flu case found (Maharashtra)
NAGPUR: Swine flu being witnessed in cities like Mumbai, Chennai and even Bhopal, surrounding the city from all sides, has made its presence felt in Nagpur as well. A teenager hailing from Bhadravati in Chandrapur was admitted to Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) with the disease on Monday.

Though the youngster had tested positive in a report made by a private Mumbai laboratory, the doctors say they would wait for the blood report from Pune's National Institute of Virology to confirm the condition. Doctors from the hospital say that one positive case does not require the citizens to panic. (Snip)

The 18-year-old suspected patient is a BBA student living in Pune. He has also been to Mumbai a few days ago where he started having cough and cold accompanied by body ache. Continued: http://timesofindia.indiatimes...

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. --Unknown

     


India: Panic over H1N1 unfounded: CMC doctors (Tamil Nadu)
VELLORE: "H1N1 infection is treatable and curable. There is absolutely no need to panic," is the message from the Christian Medical College Hospital (CMCH) here. Infectious Diseases Specialist Dr O C Abraham and Medical Superintendent of the Hospital (Snip) assured that the hospital had enough stock of the anti-virus tablets and vaccines supplied by the Centre, for free treatment of patients infected with swine flu.

"We are trying to dispel fears about the onset of the H1N1 pandemic," the doctors said and added that only a small section of infected people who are either children, senior citizens, pregnant women or those suffering from lung, heart, kidney diseases, diabetics or ailing from surgeries, develop complications. According to them, influenza (of which H1N1 is a variety) affect people all through the year. Most people who are infected during specific seasons such as after monsoons, get well by themselves or with basic medication. Once infected, people develop immunity against this variety of influenza. But a different variety may attack anytime, they said. Continued: http://expressbuzz.com/states/...

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. --Unknown

     


Maharashtra becomes epicenter of new swine flu spurt
New Delhi: A 34 year-old man is believed to have died of swine flu and eleven cases detected in the Western Indian state of Maharashtra have sparked a panic wave amid fears that the dreaded viral influenza is showing a sudden spurt. ...

Maharasthra, which is home to India's commercial capital Mumbai, has had eleven deaths due to swine flu over the last 30 days. But doctors and health officials sought to allay fears. ...

"There is just a point mutation in the virus which is a normal course. This is expected out of influenza virus and hence, in most developed countries, the influenza vaccine is updated every year. At present, the herd immunity is down because more than 18 months have passed since people took the vaccine which could be reason for high positivity,'' said Dr Pradeep Awate, H1N1 surveillance officer, directorate of health services, Maharashtra said. ...

Doctors however said that the disease was not showing signs of a pandemic, "This is just a shift in virus, not a drift in virus form. The pandemic situation arises during the latter and hence we are not worried of resurgence.''

http://bikyamasr.com/65045/mah...

But from what I've seen there isn't high positivity. The prevalence has been extremely low: eg, the screening in Pune (http://www.newfluwiki2.com/showComment.do?commentId=167325) detected only 14 cases out of more than 25,000 screened. Where are the WHO?



"Where are the WHO"?
Where they usually are..... IMO, just sitting on their asses, being deaf, dumb and blind.

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. --Unknown

     


[ Parent ]
Scotland: Twenty-one still ill at care home
Twenty-one elderly people remain ill at a Broughty Ferry nursing home with a flu virus that has claimed the lives of seven residents.

NHS Tayside say that no-one else had been infected and there had been no more deaths since two people died at the start of this week. The remaining sick residents are under the watchful eye of doctors.

http://www.eveningtelegraph.co...


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Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. --Unknown

     


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