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News Reports for October 10, 2012

by: NewsDiary

Sun Oct 07, 2012 at 19:49:21 PM EDT

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• Madhya Pradesh: Four more test positive for H1N1 (Link)

• RSHS: Tia Not Bird Flu (translated) (Link)

United States
• TX: Flu Cases Arriving Sooner (Link)
• WA: Serious Flu-like Illness (Link)
• WY: Wyoming flu season gets early start (Link)

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NewsDiary :: News Reports for October 10, 2012

News for October 9, 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 August 10, 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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India: Four more test positive for H1N1 (Madhya Pradesh)
BHOPAL: After a lull during the previous week, four patients tested positive for swine flu in the state capital on Tuesday. Test reports of 10 samples of suspected H1N1 cases were pending with the ICMR laboratory in Jabalpur.

(Snip) the four new positive cases of swine flu are residents of Rajgarh, Raisen, Ashok Nagar and Sehore.

"The condition of the four is considered critical. It includes three girls," (Snip) Three girls are admitted in private paediatric hospital are quarantined. 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


Wyoming flu season gets early start

By: | Associated Press
Published: October 10, 2012
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) State health officials say they are already getting reports of flu cases in Wyoming.

Wyoming state health officer Dr. Wendy Braund says flu cases have been confirmed especially in Sheridan County.

Braund says the flu season in Wyoming typically peaks in February and March.

She is encouraging residents to get their annual flu vaccination.


In Wyoming, the cost of the vaccine itself is covered for many children through a state program called Wyoming Vaccinates Important People.


In memory of pogge: Peace, order and good government, eh?
[If we want it, we'll have to work at it.]

Flu Cases Arriving Sooner
October 10, 2012
For those putting off a flu shot, it might be time to move it up the to-do list.  The Metropolitan Health District on Tuesday confirmed the city's first two lab-confirmed influenza cases of the season - each at a different hospital, and each with a different strain of flu.  Flu's arrival comes a bit early this year, as normal flu seasons go. Typically, flu season in San Antonio starts with a case or two before Thanksgiving, peaking in January and stretching on as late as May. Last year, the first cases didn't arrive until December, but that season was unusually mild, as well as a bit tardy.

"It's unpredictable," said Anil Mangla, chief epidemiologist at Metro Health, who urged people to avail themselves of flu vaccine, which takes a week or two to provide full protection against three strains.

This year's vaccine protects against the A-type strain that's been around since the 2009 swine flu pandemic, as well as two new strains: one known as A/Victoria, the other a new B-type strain.
Of the two local cases, one was a patient at the University Health System infected with a strain similar to A/Victoria. The other was a patient at Methodist Hospital with a B-type flu strain.
The presence of those two new strains has some experts predicting a worse flu season than last year, said Dr. Flor Muñoz with the Influenza Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

"I am opposed to any form of tyranny over the mind of man."  Thomas Jefferson

RSHS: Tia Not Bird Flu
October 10, 2012
Jakarta, Indonesia:  The Hasan Sadikin Hospital (RSHS) Bandung has ensured (assured?) that the death of the patient Tia Lestari, 8, a resident of Bojongsoang, Bandung Regency, is not due to bird flu.  Bird Flu Handling Team at RSHS Dr Sri Sudhawati confirmed that the patient died due to pneumonia or severe lung disease.  

"The patient was not suffering from bird flu, he suffered from severe pneumonia.  Because before he had contact with poultry that died suddenly," he said when met at RSHS, yesterday.

The procedure is always performed when it is known that any patient experienced severe respiratory distress or pneumonia.  As reported previously, Tia allegedly died of bird flu.  While there were 15 chickens that died suddenly around the victim's house and his aunt, these were examined by the Department of Animal Husbandry and Fisheries (Disnakkan) Bandung regency.

Bandung Regency Chief Medical Officer (PHO) Achmad Kustijadi RSHS asserted that as a result of information, the cause of death of the victim is not bird flu, he said yesterday.  Even so officers and Disnakan Bandung District Health Office also performed related steps in anticipation of bird flu.  

"I am opposed to any form of tyranny over the mind of man."  Thomas Jefferson

Serious Flu-like Illness - Washington State
Flu-like illness grips elementary school; nearly 25% of students out sick
Alpac Elementary School

Maria Arcega-Dunn Q13 FOX News Reporter

4:32 p.m. PDT, October 10, 2012
PACIFIC, Wash. -

An outbreak of a flu-like illness at an elementary school in Pacific, Wash., has parents worried about their children's health - and worried the worst is yet to come.

One hundred and sixteen of the 479 students at Alpac Elementary School were out sick Wednesday with a mystery virus. Parents of students at Alpac Elementary said once the illness hits, it's pretty serious.

"It was almost like a strep throat thing," said mother Tiffany Conlan. "And it was hard for him to breathe. He was almost wheezing."

And the illness doesn't go away easily.

"They just kept getting sicker and sicker," mother Cassidy Jones said. "So finally I realized this is not a regular cold."

Assistant superintendent of the Auburn School District, Louanne Decker, said the mystery virus has moved quickly and the district is working with the King County Health Department to figure out how to proceed.

"What we're reporting right now is 24 percent of the students are absent today," Decker said. "At this point they are sending their own nurse into our schoolhouse to learn about what the symptoms are and learn a little bit more about what's going on."

Parents said symptoms include fever, headache, runny noses, coughing and difficulty breathing. A spokesperson at the King County Health Department said they weren't sure if the sickness was the influenza virus and are investigating the illness.

The district is asking parents to keep their kids at home at the first sign of illness. They are also encouraging children and parents to get flu shots as flu season begins.


Pacific, Washington is just east of Tacoma and south of Seattle.  Probably this is "just seasonal flu", but it might be wise to keep an eye on this region of the country.  Seattle is one of the first stops for flights from Asia.

Pacific, WA is 20 miles (by road) from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

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Earlier article
Checked Flu Trackers.  Shiloh has an earlier article concerning this:


There is a very good chance this is seasonal flu and nothing to be overly concerned about.  But, there is no information concerning testing, even the quick tests, in any of the articles.  A bit odd to me.

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Additional Info: Puyallup Fair
Puyallup Fair

The Puyallup Fair is the largest single attraction held annually in the state of Washington. The fair continually ranks in the top ten largest fairs in the United States.


The Fair went for 17 days, ending September 23, 2012.  According to Wikipedia 1,117,323 people attended this year.  Puyallup, Washington is nine miles down the road from Pacific, where this outbreak is occurring.  I found a number of articles which mentioned that the pigs at the fair were going to be off limits for fair visitors and they were going to wash down the area with a disinfectant solution, but it still makes one wonder whether the novel H3N2v might have been present at the fair and hitched a ride.  Again, odds are that this is seasonal flu.  Next year the fair will be called the Washington State Fair.  This was a big event, and the timing is about right for spread of flu.

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