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News Reports for December 15, 2012

by: NewsDiary

Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 14:30:57 PM EST


Reminder: Please do not post whole articles, just snippets and links, and do not post articles from the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Thanks!

Canada
• Alberta: Last chance for Calgarians to get flu shot (Link)

Cuba
• Almost half million Cubans vaccinated against flu (Link)

Indonesia
• West Java: 4 year old dies of suspect H5N1 (Link)
• Reports of 192 Cases of Bird Flu (translated) (Link)

United States
• CIDRAP: US sees more flu activity, finds another H3N2v case  (Link)
• MN: Flu Cases Spike Across Minnesota, CDC Encourages Vaccination (Link)
• NC: Another NC hospital limits visitors because of flu (Link)

General
• Tools to Fight Infectious Diseases Rely on Public Health Programs (Link)


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NewsDiary :: News Reports for December 15, 2012

News for December 14, 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
Flu Wiki

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CIDRAP: US sees more flu activity, finds another H3N2v case
Dec 14, 2012 (CIDRAP News) - Influenza activity continued its early-season upward trend in the United States last week, while the flu season showed some signs of getting under way in Europe. In addition, US investigators found another case of swine-origin H3N2 flu, this one in a Minnesotan who has recovered.

The share of US respiratory specimens that tested positive for flu reached 28.3% last week (2,172 of 7,663), up from 20.7% a week earlier, (Snip). The proportions varied from 7.9% in California and Arizona to 47.3% in the Midwest.

The CDC said the proportion of all medical visits attributed to influenza-like illness (ILI) was 2.8%, exceeding both the national baseline (2.2%) and last week's 1.9%.

Seven of 10 regions reported ILI activity higher than the regional baseline, (Snip). Eight states had high activity, compared with four last week, and two had moderate activity. Another 9 states and New York City reported low activity, and 31 states listed activity as minimal.

The geographic extent of flu as reported by state epidemiologists was widespread in 18 states, up from 8 a week earlier, the CDC said. Seventeen states reported activity as regional, 11 states and the nation's capital as local, and Guam and four states as sporadic.

The agency said one pediatric flu death, linked to a type B virus, was reported last week, versus three deaths the week before. The season's total has reached six. Meanwhile, the share of US deaths attributed to pneumonia and flu last week was 6.4%, which is below the epidemic threshold of 6.9% for the week and just below the previous week's 6.5%.

Of flu viruses that were typed last week, 76.2% were influenza A and 23.8% were influenza B. H3N2 continued to predominate among type A viruses: of 805 isolates that were subtyped, 791 were H3N2 and 14 were 2009 H1N1.

So far this season, nearly all of the H3N2 viruses and all the 2009 H1N1 isolates were good matches for the strains in this year's vaccine. For type B, 66.3% of tested isolates have matched the Yamagata lineage in the vaccine, while 33.7% have belonged to the Victoria lineage.

Variant H3N2 case
The swine-origin H3N2 case (variant H3N2, or H3N2v) was detected through routine surveillance and involved a person who was exposed to pigs at a live animal market, (Snip). The market was one of two such businesses in the St. Paul area. Lynfield said the patient, who got sick in November, was treated as an outpatient and has fully recovered. She declined to give other details about the patient or the illness. Monitoring of the person's contacts has picked up no additional cases.

The CDC said the case is the second H3N2v illness detected in this flu season, which began Sep 30. But a total of 312 variant flu cases have been reported in 11 states since July, including 308 H3N2v, 3 H1N2v, and 1 H1N1v, the agency said. The vast majority of those have been in people, mostly children, who were exposed to pigs at county and state fairs. Lynfield noted that Minnesota had two confirmed variant flu cases and one probable case that were linked to live animal markets this past summer, plus one such case in an earlier year. (Snip)

A University of Minnesota researcher who is involved in a study on swine flu at Minnesota's live animal markets said some pigs at the market in question tested positive for flu around the time of the H3N2v case. (Snip) "We did have samples that were positive. We've been finding them as part of the overall study," (Snip). She said H3N2 and H1N1 swine flu strains have been found. Torremorell said the findings were not unexpected, since flu is common in pigs. Some of the infected pigs have shown no signs of illness, while others have had clinical illness, she noted. Given how common swine flu is, the risk of transmission to people is low, she said.

(Snip)

Flu starting to pick up in Europe
In Europe, overall flu activity remained low last week, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) reported today. But for the first time this season, 15 of the 24 reporting countries cited sporadic geographic spread, and eight of them saw "increasing trends." Another eight countries reported no activity.

About 13% (13.3%) of sentinel respiratory specimens tested positive for flu, which marks the second consecutive week with a notable increase in the percentage of positives, (Snip) 53% of the flu isolates in sentinel specimens have been type A and 47% have been type B. Among the type A viruses, 53% have been H3 and 47% have been H1, the ECDC said.

Continued with links: http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidr...
 

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

     


Tools to Fight Infectious Diseases Rely on Public Health Programs
WASHINGTON - Epidemics have sickened and killed millions of people throughout history. (Snip)

A simple bite from a mosquito can end someone's life or change it forever. A sneeze, a handshake or even sharing of a desk can do the same thing. That's how H1N1 - or swine flu - spread around the world a few years ago. (Snip)

At a Washington symposium, leading U.S. health experts met to discuss the challenge of confronting persistent and newly-emerging infectious diseases. Dr. Anthony Fauci, with the National Institutes of Health, said most of these diseases result from the fact that as human populations grow, people come into closer contact with animals.

"When you have encroachment upon the environment, and you put humans in greater contact with animals that they would not have been in contact with, often that is one of, not the only, but one of the major contributors to the issue of emerging infectious diseases," said Fauci.

New threats, better tools

New infectious diseases also emerge when bacteria or viruses mutate and no longer respond to drugs that once killed them. (Snip) Other factors include climate change or the expanded habitat of an infectious agent.  Dengue is now found in half the countries of the world. It's caused by a bite from a mosquito infected with the virus.

While these threats are great, we now have better tools to fight these diseases, said Dr. Thomas Frieden, head of the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

"We've got new technology, we've got better communication, we've got better lab work, more people who are trained," he said.

Vaccines prove crucial

This means less time elapses between the discovery of a new disease, identifying its genetic makeup and developing drugs or a vaccine to protect against it.

"Immunization is really one of the great discoveries of the past century. Today's vaccines prevent about three million deaths every single year. And the vaccines that are being rolled out can prevent millions more," said Frieden.

Controlling these diseases depends on the continued vigilance of public health systems throughout the world. A recent study found that weaknesses in public health infrastructure are the major driving factors in infectious disease outbreaks. (Snip) http://www.voanews.com/content...

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

     


Cuba: Almost half million Cubans vaccinated against flu
HAVANA, Dec. 14 (Xinhua) -- About 475,000 people have been vaccinated against the seasonal flu in Cuba thanks to the National Immunization Campaign (Snip).

The single-dose injectable vaccine protects the people from the viruses causing influenza A and B, which have affected the island's population in 2012.

The vaccine is applied to about 150,000 elderly people over age 85 as well as other population groups deemed vulnerable, including pregnant women, health care workers, and people suffering from pneumonia and various chronic diseases (Snip).

Starting in 1999, Cuba has held the flu vaccination campaign every year (Snip). http://news.xinhuanet.com/engl...

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

     


US: Flu Cases Spike Across Minnesota, CDC Encourages Vaccination
Flu season is coming early in parts of the United States, including Minnesota, and some of the cases have involved severe illnesses.

(Snip)

Overall in Minnesota, activity is categorized as "high," while it was categorized as "low" at this time in 2011, according to Flu Trends.

And not only is the flu season starting earlier than usual, some of the illnesses in the upper Midwest are severe. "We're seeing what we typically see in late December or early January," (Snip).

(Snip)

According to this week's CDC Flu activity report, influenza levels are on the increase not just in Minnesota but across the country.

Five states - Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee - are reporting flu rates not normally seen until January, according to the Centers for Disease Control. (Snip).

Holiday travel and more time spent indoors due to soggy weather will contribute to the spread of the flu virus, so now is the time to get vaccinated. Continued: http://burnsville.patch.com/ar...

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

     


Comment:
I hope they are also testing to see if the the H3N2v strain could be spreading since a case has just been found in Minnesota. See the first article posted above.

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

     


[ Parent ]
4 year old dies of suspect H5N1
DECEMBER 14, 2012 | 3:56 PM

Ministry of Health, Directorate General of Disease Control and Environmental Health announced a new case of H5N1 has been confirmed by the Center for Basic Biomedical and Health Technologies, Balitbangkes.

Case on behalf of the IT (male, 4 years old) residents of Kampung Nagreg, Gorowong Village, District Parung Panjang, Bogor regency, West Java. Dated 30 November 2012 symptoms of fever, December 1, 2012 the case went to Pustu. Dated December 4, 2012 because there was no change in the case of seeing a private doctor, dated December 5, 2012 morning the case went to the health center and in the afternoon the case was referred to the Private RSIA for hospitalization. Dated December 6, 2012 the case was referred to the Tangerang District Hospital because of fever, cough, and shortness. The situation gets worse case and the case eventually died at 23:40 pm.

Epidemiological investigations have been conducted into the hospital, and the case surrounding the Integrated Team MoH and local health service, possible risk factors that come in direct contact with poultry carcasses (entog) in the neighborhood.

With the increase of these cases, the cumulative number of bird flu in Indonesia since 2005 until this news broadcast is 192 cases with 160 deaths.

Director General of Disease Control and Environmental Health, Prof. dr. Tjandra Yoga Aditama as the focal point of the International Health Regulations (IHR) has been informed about the case to the WHO.

This information is released by Center for Public Communication, Secretariat General of the Ministry of Health.

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Reports of 192 Cases of Bird Flu
http://sehatnegeriku.com/lapor...
December 14, 2012
West Java, Indonesia:  The Ministry of Health, Directorate General of Disease Control and Environmental Health has announced that a new case of H5N1 has been confirmed by the Center for Basic Biomedical and Health Technologies, Balitbangkes.  The case is on behalf of IT (male, 4 years old), a resident of Kampung Nagreg, Gorowong Village, District Parung Panjang, Bogor Regency, West Java.  On 30 November 2012 he had symptoms of fever, on December 1, 2012 the boy went to Pustu.   On December 4, 2012 there was no change in the case after seeing a private doctor.  On December 5, 2012 in the morning the boy went to the health center and in the afternoon the boy was referred to the Private RSIA for hospitalization.   On December 6, 2012 he was referred to the Tangerang District Hospital because of fever, coughing, and shortness of breath.  The situation worsened case, and the boy eventually died at 23:40 pm.

Epidemiological investigations have been conducted into the hospital, and the case surrounding the Integrated Team MoH and local health service.  Possible risk factors were that he came in direct contact with poultry carcasses (entog) in the neighborhood.
(snip)
Director General of Disease Control and Environmental Health, Prof. dr. Tjandra Yoga Aditama as the focal point of the International Health Regulations (IHR) has informed WHO about the case.


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


Headline refers to cumulative total (192nd)
This is the 192nd confirmed human H5N1 case in Indonesia.

[ Parent ]
Canada: Last chance for Calgarians to get flu shot (Alberta)
Today is your last chance to roll up your sleeve and get a flu shot at the province's public clinics. The temporary public flu clinics are closing at 5 p.m. MT Saturday for the season.

After today, Calgarians will have to go to a doctor, a pharmacist or other local clinic to get a flu shot.

Alberta Health Services Medical Officer of Health Dr. Judy MacDoanld says the flu has hit Calgary.

"We always expect to see cases - we always expect to see outbreaks," MacDonald said. "If people have been waiting to get influenza vaccine, they shouldn't be waiting any longer because influenza is here." Continued: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/...

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

     


US: Another NC hospital limits visitors because of flu
FAYETTEVILLE - Another North Carolina hospital is restricting visitors because of a high number of flu cases.

(Snip) Cape Fear Valley Medical Center announced the measures Friday. Children younger than 12 are not allowed to visit, and emergency room patients are allowed only one visitor.

Cape Fear's emergency department diagnosed 323 flu cases from Sunday through Thursday.

On Thursday, Southeastern Regional Medical Center in Lumberton and FirstHealth's Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst announced similar restrictions. Continued: http://www.jdnews.com/in-other...

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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