Monday, August 3, 2009

A(H1N1) August 2009 Updates

A(H1N1)Updates: 6th Death In Malaysia

MIRI: A 24-year-old native woman suffering from Influenza A(H1N1) died at 4am on Monday, a mere two weeks after giving birth to her first child at the intensive care unit of the Miri Hospital.The Sarawak woman brings the total number of deaths in Malaysia to seven, the previous being an 11-year-old boy who died in Johor Baru on Sunday.

KUALA LUMPUR: An 11-year-old boy became the nation’s sixth influenza A(H1N1) fatality when he died at Sultanah Aminah Hospital in Johor yesterday.

The boy had been admitted on Wednesday with a day-old fever but did not suffer from cough or any breathing difficulties.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Ismail Merican said said 39 new cases of H1N1 had been reported, all involving Malaysians.

This brings to 1,429 the total number of H1N1 cases so far, of which 574 (40 per cent) were imported cases and the rest from local transmission.

Dr Ismail said as of yesterday, 183,826 cases had been reported globally with 1,301 deaths in 167 countries, the latest being Channel Island and Moldova.

He said there was a worldwide increase of 940 cases and 95 deaths yesterday compared with the previous day.

Dr Ismail said with immediate effect, early treatment using anti-viral medicines would be administered to high-risk people with H1N1 symptoms.

“Those who are pregnant, obese or suffer from asthma, chronic lung diseases, diabetes and low immunity and are detected within 48 hours of the onset of the disease will receive immediate treatment without having to be tested first for H1N1.

Thailand's swine flu death toll hits 65

2 August 2009 – Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva expresses his concern on the rumor that Thailand has the highest number of the new influenza A (H1N1) infections.

Thailand last Wednesday reported 65 flu deaths and 8,877 infections while health authorities estimated more than half a million (500,000)had contracted type-A (H1N1).

Authorities say the new flu has now spread across the entire country. Bangkok is the country's largest source of infection, especially tourist areas and concert venues, as well as hospitals, where people exhibiting symptoms crowd together to receive medication.

Thailand's cabinet on Tuesday earmarked an additional 13.2 million dollars to combat swine flu as the number of infections climbed to an estimated 500,000.

6th Influenza A (H1N1-2009)-related death In Singapore

2 August 2009. Singapore have their 6th Influenza A (H1N1-2009)-related death today. She is a 29-year-old .Indian female with no other known underlying medical conditions other than being overweight.