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News Reports for October 13, 2012

by: NewsDiary

Sun Oct 07, 2012 at 19:50:39 PM EDT

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• First lab-confirmed flu case in Niagara has been reported (Link)

• Tamil Nadu: Mystery fever claims 4th life in 4 days (Link)

• Woman tests negative for SARS-related bug

United States
• MN: Flu season starts in Olmsted County (Link)
• NE: First cases of flu confirmed in Douglas County (Link)

• H (Link)

NewsDiary :: News Reports for October 13, 2012

News for October 12, 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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Singapore: Woman tests negative for SARS-related bug
SINGAPORE: A woman suspected of being infected with a variant of the influenza bug that caused the SARS epidemic in 2002 does not have the infection.

While she was initially suspected to be infected with the novel coronavirus, the Singapore General Hospital (SGH) said laboratory tests have confirmed that she does not have the infection.

She was admitted to SGH after arriving in Singapore from Kuwait, with a two-hour transit in Qatar.

The hospital said her illness was linked to influenza A or H1N1 infection (Snip) It added that the patient has a history of chronic disease and as such, would be at a higher risk.


The Ministry of Health (MOH) said there have been no new confirmed cases associated with novel coronavirus infection reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) since 28 September, with the number of confirmed cases remaining at two.

In line with the WHO's recommendations, MOH said it does not advise any border screenings as the risk posed by the novel coronavirus to public health is low. The ministry is in close contact with the relevant authorities and will continue to monitor the situation closely to ensure that public health is safeguarded. Continued: http://www.channelnewsasia.com...

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


US: First cases of flu confirmed in Douglas County
State health officials are urging people get a flu shot after the first cases of influenza have been confirmed in Douglas County.

Nebraska chief medical officer Dr. Joann Schaefer says the flu has shown up a little early and a flu shot should be a priority.


The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services began flu surveillance on Sept. 30. It shows where the flu is and how fast it's spreading. http://columbustelegram.com/ne...

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


US: Flu season starts in Olmsted County (Minnesota)
The Minnesota Department of Health has reported the first cases of laboratory-confirmed influenza in the state, including a 25-year-old Olmsted County woman.

An announcement says her illness "was caused by the A (H3) strain" of influenza. It was "not swine-related."

Also, a 12-year-old Hennepin County child was sickened by a laboratory-confirmed B-strain of the flu virus. This year's vaccine covers the two cases identified so far. Continued: http://www.postbulletin.com/ne...

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


Canada: First lab-confirmed flu case in Niagara has been reported
Niagara has had its first laboratory-confirmed flu case (Snip).

A lab case means the virus has likely been lurking in the community for some time.  http://www.bulletnewsniagara.c...

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


Chennai, India Mystery Fever Deaths
Mystery fever claims 4th life in 4 days
TNN | Oct 14, 2012, 02.26AM IST

CHENNAI: A Class 12 student of Ayanavaram who was suffering from fever for three days and was being treated at a private hospital, was declared brought dead at the government general hospital on Saturday.

Earlier in the day, a 26-year-old resident of the Ice House police quarters in Triplicane died at the Government Royapettah Hospital (GRH) of fever of unknown origin. The Ayanavaram boy's death is the fourth such case in the city in the last one week.


Though symptoms such as body weakness, high temperature and inability to eat point towards dengue, the medical report said Samji died of "fever of unknown origin, acute respiratory distress syndrome, multi organ dysfunction syndrome followed by sepsis and cardio-respiratory arrest."

GRH resident medical officer A Elango said Samji suffered from a condition called pancytomia, which causes the number of red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets to drop from 10,000 to 200. "The cause of the fever remains a mystery, but it has led to this condition which caused multiple organ failure. When admitted he already had fever for 20 days and weakness in all limbs," he said.

Sudhakar, the Class 12 student who was being treated for fever last three days at a private hospital in Ayanavaram, complained of breathing problems on Saturday and was rushed to the GH where he was declared 'brought dead'.


The article describes at least two of the four as having respiratory symptoms.  See bolded text above.  

[ Parent ]
Thanks for posting these, Okieman
Although stories of viral fever are coming from India, these are more troubling than usual.

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