Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Pandemic flu spreading with Asian monsoon season - WHO

* Official death toll stands at 1,716 worldwide with 208,990 cases in 174 countries.

H1N1 pandemic flu is spreading in India, Thailand and Vietnam with the onset of Asia's monsoon season, the World Health Organisation said on Tuesday.

But transmission of the new virus appears to have peaked in parts of the southern hemisphere including Argentina, Chile, Australia and New Zealand, the United Nations agency said.

On Wednesday, some 208,990 cases of the virus commonly known as swine flu, including 1,716 deaths, have been officially reported worldwide, but the true number of infections is certainly much higher, it said.

"We are seeing the spread of the pandemic being reported in many of the tropic countries. And in Asia, particularly in India Thailand and Vietnam. Also we're getting into the monsoon season in those countries at this time," WHO spokeswoman Aphaluck Bhatiasevi told a news briefing in Geneva.

The regular influenza season has begun in the three countries, coinciding with the monsoon season, and both H1N1 and seasonal flu are being detected, she said.

"Thailand has reported widespread influenza-like illness and it is increasing. In Vietnam and India there is an increasing trend but it is not yet widespread," Bhatiasevi told Reuters.

A(H1N1): 6 more deaths, total fatalities at 44 in Malaysia

August 12,2009 :Influenza A(H1N1)-related deaths reported on Wednesday, bringing the total number of fatalities in the country to 44.

The latest deaths involved a 10-month-old girl, a one-year-old boy, an 18-year-old pregnant woman, a 24-year-old man and two other men in their 60s, Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said here on Wednesday.

Liow also warned suppliers and traders not to indiscriminately increase the prices of facemasks and hand sanitisers to exploit the demand, adding that stern action would be taken against such profiteers

Enam kematian lagi dicatatkan akibat jangkitan Influenza A (H1N1) semalam, menjadikan jumlah keseluruhan korban akibat virus itu di negara ini bertambah kepada 44 orang.

Jumlah terkumpul kes H1N1 di negara ini hingga kelmarin adalah sebanyak 2,253 kes.