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News Reports for December 22, 2012

by: NewsDiary

Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 20:13:06 PM EST


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China
• Pigs in Southern China Infected With  Avian Flu (Link)

Indonesia
• Affected by Bird Flu Virus, ABG Resident Isolated in Kendal (Link)

Kuwait
• MOH rules out bird flu outbreak in Kuwait (Link)
• MOH trying its best to prevent spread of bird flu (Link)

Palenstine
• Swine flu kills teenage girl in West Bank (Link)

United States
• MS: State's flu rate 3 times higher than US average (Link)
• TX: Flu outbreak hits North Texas one month early at 'worst time' (Link)
• VA: CDC reports flu in Virginia widespread  (Link)
• WV: Health community bracing for worst of flu season (Link)


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NewsDiary :: News Reports for December 22, 2012

News for December 21, 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 December 17, 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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US: Health community bracing for worst of flu season (West Virginia)
PARKERSBURG - Medical officials are preparing for the peak of flu season. And some medical personnel are reporting patients who had been vaccinated from the flu are still contracting strains of the virus.

Dick Wittberg, executive director of the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department, expects the flu to peak on Christmas. "We are looking at absenteeism from the schools and it is certainly on the rise," he said.

Tammy Crookshanks, a family nurse practitioner at Mid-Ohio Valley Medical Group, said they are seeing a rise of influenza cases. "Probably 50 percent of the ones we are seeing have had the vaccine," she said.

Crookshanks said since Dec. 14 10 positive flu swabs for influenza type A and two positive for influenza type B. She thinks the cases are even higher given the swabs produce a certain amount of false negatives. "And sometimes we identify (influenza) based on clinical presentation," she said.

Health care officials there are also seeing a number of people infected with type A influenza who had received the flu vaccine this year.

Crookshanks said the vaccine is always a good idea, but it doesn't always cover the virus mutations.

The flu vaccine is designed to work for various strains of influenza. Center for Disease Control officials try to predict what mutations the flu virus will take during the upcoming season and create a virus to counteract it.

"The strains of flu change every year. The virus constantly mutates." Crookshanks said. "Sometimes it mutates in ways other than what they thought."

Wittberg said health department officials were not aware of the infections in those who had been vaccinated.

"The CDC is saying they had it right this year and I haven't heard anything to the contrary," he said. Continued: http://www.newsandsentinel.com...

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

     


Comment: Positive results in those who received the vaccine this year....
I hope sufficient testing is being done to find out if the cases are H3N2v, H1N1v or if there has been a change in the seasonal strain(s). The CDC needs to investigate this, IMO. A significant outbreak of the H3N2 variant flu strain broke out in a daycare center earlier this year in West Virginia. It was reported that none of the children had contact with pigs prior to the outbreak.

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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MOH rules out bird flu outbreak in Kuwait
KUWAIT: Seven cases have been diagnosed with bird flu in Kuwait recently, a local daily reported yesterday quoting a senior Ministry of Health official who reassured that there is no fear of an outbreak of the dreaded disease.

(Snip) Al-Sabah Hospital's Director Dr Abbas Ramadan indicated that three senior citizens diagnosed with the disease are in stable condition at the Infectious Diseases Hospital where they receive treatment, along with four children who already have been cured at the hospital, adding that one child has already been discharged.

In another development, Dr Ramadan confirmed reports about resignations among the medical staff in the Sabah Hospital, but reassured that hiring is in place to prevent shortage in staff ..... Continued: http://news.kuwaittimes.net/20...

(Note: This is a very confusing story, IMO, but I felt it was impoortant to post it. 7 human cases of bird flu?? But the MOH rules out it spreading? Staff resigning? I will see if I can find anymore info on this.)

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

     


Kuwait: MoH trying its best to prevent spread of bird flu
KUWAIT CITY, Sept 1: The Ministry of Health has allayed fears of the possible spread of a new strain of bird flu in Kuwait (Snip). Confirming the ministry closely monitors developments related to the virus in coordination with the World Health Organization (WHO), sources said the Kuwaiti missions abroad are following up events in countries where some cases have been discovered.

Sources disclosed the ministry is working with all the concerned authorities to prevent the spread of the virus in the country, adding the Public Authority for Agriculture Affairs and Fish Resources (PAAAFR) has been instructed to thoroughly check all the birds and livestock entering Kuwait to ensure they are not infected with the virus.

It has been reported that a new strain of the virus recently spread in Vietnam, while other countries like Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Japan and some parts of Korea are at risk.

Meanwhile, there are plans to reshuffle heads of pharmacies in some hospitals, in addition to appointing a new director for the Pharmaceutical Services Department, sources told Al-Anba daily, adding the previous director Dr Ahmad Al-Duaij retired recently. Continued: http://www.arabtimesonline.com...

(Note: This new H5N1 strain, which originated in China, was also recently found in Indonesia on the island of Java. It is reported to be even more dangerous than what we have seen in the past.)

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

     


US: Flu outbreak hits North Texas one month early at 'worst time'
FORT WORTH -- Dallas County reported it first flu death of the season Friday. The victim was a woman in her 60's.

Doctors say the flu season started early, and is hitting hard. The emergency room at Cook Children's Medical Center was packed with parents who brought in their sick kids for treatment and tests.

The flu outbreak could not have come at a worse time. It's the holidays, when there are large gatherings of families and friends, all in close quarters. Doctors at Cook Children's are urging people with mild cases to stay at home.

(Big Snip)

The Cook Childrens pediatricians say the flu outbreak started a month early this year. And there are several straings of flu virus that are circulating at the same time. The doctors are seeing kids with Flu A, Flu B, and RSV.

Dr. Donald Murphey said the hospital doesn't have the space to treat both serious and mild cases. Continued: http://www.khou.com/news/texas...
 

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

     


US: State's flu rate 3 times higher than US average (Mississippi)
When going in for holiday hugs, it may be wise to note flu has been twice as prevalent in Mississippi in recent weeks as this time last year and triple the current national average.

Despite this year's early and hard-hitting flu season, State Epidemiologist Dr. Thomas Dobbs said it's not too late to get a flu shot.

"Some people who get the flu shot could still get the flu, but we also know that it makes the flu symptoms less severe in those that do get (it)," Dobbs said.
Mississippi is among nine states with the highest flu activity in the country, and the prevalence is widespread across the state, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data show.

Nationwide last week, an average of 3.2 percent of nontrauma patient visits reported flu symptoms. That rate more than tripled to 10.4 percent in Mississippi, state Department of Health data show. And in the same week last year in Mississippi, only 4 percent of patients had flu symptoms.

And it could get worse if the trend continues. The number of patients with flu symptoms has continued to increase every week for the last month and a half.

"We're in part of the peek now, but it's hard to know," Dobbs said. "Certainly we're in a rapid upswing in flu activity now and have been for a couple of weeks." Continued: http://www.hattiesburgamerican...

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

     


Palenstine: Swine flu kills teenage girl in West Bank
RAMALLAH - The Palestinian Minister of Health Friday said that a teenage girl died of swine flu complications in the West Bank city of Jenin. (Snip) the 15-year-old girl died of H1N1 virus complications after the Palestinian medical staff in the martyr Khalil Suleiman hospital in the city failed to save her life.

He added that her death bring the number of the virus victims in Palestinian territories to four since the start of the season of winter. (Snip) a pregnant woman died Thursday and two other men died of the virus earlier this week. The Palestinian official said that a total of 40 cases are receiving medical treatment from the virus in various West Bank cities.

Hundreds of Palestinians were diagnosed with the swine since the first case was discovered in June 2009. Last year, 12 Palestinians died of the virus.

Al-Ramlawi expected that the disease will spread in Palestinian territories since it has become seasonal. He added that his ministry has the needed medications and the expertise to fight it. He urged the Palestinians to seek treatment if they suffer from the virus symptoms. Continued: http://www.saudigazette.com.sa...

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

     


Pigs in Southern China Infected With Avian Flu
Dec. 19, 2012 - Researchers report for the first time the seroprevalence of three strains of avian influenza viruses in pigs in southern China, but not the H5N1 avian influenza virus. Their research, published online ahead of print in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology, has implications for efforts to protect the public health from pandemics.

Influenza A virus is responsible both for pandemics that have killed millions worldwide, and for the much less severe annual outbreaks of influenza. Because pigs can be infected with both human and avian influenza viruses, they are thought to serve as "mixing vessels" for genetic reassortment that could lead to pandemics, and pigs have been infected experimentally by all avian H1-H13 subtypes.

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Affected by Bird Flu Virus, ABG Resident Isolated in Kendal
December 22, 2012
http://m.merdeka.com/peristiwa...
Central Java, Indonesia:  For the second time, a resident in Central Java is suspected of bird flu virus and isolated in hospital.  The second victim this time is an older new child (ABG), 15 years old.  The boy, with initials MAK, had to be treated in hospital isolation room at Doctor Soewondo Kendal Regency, Central Java.

Doctors Hospital Soewondo Kendal PR, Endang Setyorini confirmed to merdeka.com on Saturday (22/12) that the patient came to the hospital on Friday (21/12).  The patient complained of head dizziness, cough, runny nose and body high heat.

"His complaint was initially really like the common flu.  However, the fact that the complaint appears to say there were a lot of birds in the surrounding environment that died suddenly, the patient was immediately placed in isolation.  We are concerned if this is positive bird flu," he said.

According to Muarifin (15), who is a relative of MAK, the patient comes from Pare district of Kediri Regency, East Java.  Since Monday (17/12) he and MAK were at the home of relatives at Hamlet Dodokan RT 2 RW 5 Navan Rural District Patebon Kendal to attend a niece's wedding.

"But on Friday morning MAK suddenly complained of pain.  It is a fact we had never been in direct contact with poultry but often by chance we see a duck coop adjacent.  Before complaining hot, so amazing.   On Thursday we even had time to play PS (playstation) together. MAK was brought to the health center, but was subsequently referred to the hospital," said Muarifin.

Deputy Director of Field Services Kendal Soewondo Doctors Hospital Saeikhu said that in addition to the space, a special diet for the patient is also considered so his condition does not drop.

"Currently, blood and saliva samples of the patient are being conducted for laboratory tests in hospitals Dr. Kariadi Semarang.  Samples have been sent.  To determine if it is positive or not, we wait for the results," said Saekhu.

Shaeku added that MAK is the first patient in Soewondo Hospital in 2012 suspected of bird flu. But to anticipate the surge in bird flu suspect patients, they have set up some other isolation.
Previously, as reported to merdeka.com, Kendal DVO poultry in six states had tested positive for bird flu.  Additionally there were Patebon, the District Weleri, Rowosari, Cepiring, South Kaliwungu and Brangsong.

With suspect MAK, the Kendal resident is isolated due to the AI virus in Central Java had two patients undergoing treatment in the isolation room at the two hospitals. The first alleged AI suspect victim was MK, a Bergas citizen, Semarang regency who is a poultry farmer.  MK is undergoing treatment in the isolation room Semarang Elizabeth Hospital since Thursday (20/12) as a suspect patient who complains of AI-like virus.

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


Affected by Bird Flu Virus, ABG Resident Isolated in Kendal
December 22, 2012
http://m.merdeka.com/peristiwa...
Central Java, Indonesia:  For the second time, a resident in Central Java is suspected of bird flu virus and isolated in hospital.  The second victim this time is an older new child (ABG), 15 years old.  The boy, with initials MAK, had to be treated in hospital isolation room at Doctor Soewondo Kendal Regency, Central Java.

Doctors Hospital Soewondo Kendal PR, Endang Setyorini confirmed to merdeka.com on Saturday (22/12) that the patient came to the hospital on Friday (21/12).  The patient complained of head dizziness, cough, runny nose and body high heat.

"His complaint was initially really like the common flu.  However, the fact that the complaint appears to say there were a lot of birds in the surrounding environment that died suddenly, the patient was immediately placed in isolation.  We are concerned if this is positive bird flu," he said.

According to Muarifin (15), who is a relative of MAK, the patient comes from Pare district of Kediri Regency, East Java.  Since Monday (17/12) he and MAK were at the home of relatives at Hamlet Dodokan RT 2 RW 5 Navan Rural District Patebon Kendal to attend a niece's wedding.

"But on Friday morning MAK suddenly complained of pain.  It is a fact we had never been in direct contact with poultry but often by chance we see a duck coop adjacent.  Before complaining hot, so amazing.   On Thursday we even had time to play PS (playstation) together. MAK was brought to the health center, but was subsequently referred to the hospital," said Muarifin.

Deputy Director of Field Services Kendal Soewondo Doctors Hospital Saeikhu said that in addition to the space, a special diet for the patient is also considered so his condition does not drop.

"Currently, blood and saliva samples of the patient are being conducted for laboratory tests in hospitals Dr. Kariadi Semarang.  Samples have been sent.  To determine if it is positive or not, we wait for the results," said Saekhu.

Shaeku added that MAK is the first patient in Soewondo Hospital in 2012 suspected of bird flu. But to anticipate the surge in bird flu suspect patients, they have set up some other isolation.
Previously, as reported to merdeka.com, Kendal DVO poultry in six states had tested positive for bird flu.  Additionally there were Patebon, the District Weleri, Rowosari, Cepiring, South Kaliwungu and Brangsong.

With suspect MAK, the Kendal resident is isolated due to the AI virus in Central Java had two patients undergoing treatment in the isolation room at the two hospitals. The first alleged AI suspect victim was MK, a Bergas citizen, Semarang regency who is a poultry farmer.  MK is undergoing treatment in the isolation room Semarang Elizabeth Hospital since Thursday (20/12) as a suspect patient who complains of AI-like virus.

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


US: CDC reports flu in Virginia widespread
It was reported today that Virginia is now being color-coded in the high-level category for influenza by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC).

Based on a news report released by Katie Beck, with CBS6 News, the Richmond metro area has seen a big upswing in flu cases the past two and a half weeks. Emergency rooms and patient care clinics have been packed with sufferers.

Based on the latest information from the CDC, we are still in the early part of the flu season, yet it has already become widespread across 29 states, Virginia included.

Continued with more info and a video: http://www.examiner.com/articl...

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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