Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Experts caution for third wave of H1N1 virus in Texas

Experts say the H1N1 flu outbreak is serious, and the state is getting serious about who get the virus. Medical doctors don't want to see people in a hospital unless they're seriously ill.

The Texas State Health Department is asking those who feel they may have the virus to please contact their doctor or a health clinic before seeking medical attention.

Experts say the majority of cases do not require hospital treatment, and that this type of virus usually comes in waves, which means there could be a third outbreak after the first of the year.

China Updates : The Chinese mainland had reported 18,285 confirmed cases of A/H1N1 influenza by Monday, about 73.3 percent of which had recovered, according to a notice on the website of the Ministry of Health (MOH). No deaths have been reported.

India Updates
: Five swine flu deaths including the first in Chandigarh were reported Monday taking the total death toll due to the Influenza A (H1N1) virus in India to 303, health authorities said here.

Till date, 41,439 persons have been tested for swine flu and 23.8 percent of them have been found positive.

The World Health Organisation, which declared a swine flu pandemic in June, said the total number of laboratory confirmed cases worldwide is now over 318,925, but this estimate is significantly lower than the actual number of cases that have occurred, as many countries have stopped testing and reporting individual cases, particularly the milder ones. Nearly 4,000 people have died of H1NI across the globe.

"Ministry of Health, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, recommends that elderly, pregnant women, people with chronic diseases and children should postpone the Hajj and Umrah pilgrimages this year for their own safety," the advisory from Saudi Arabia said.

The country has written to several swine flu-affected countries, including India.

"The Saudi government has advised that pilgrims planning to attend the Hajj must be vaccinated against seasonal flu at least two weeks before travelling to the holy places," the advisory said.

Malaysia Updates : Pada hari ini, seramai 324 pesakit baru dengan gejala influenza-like illness (ILI) telah dimasukkan ke hospital untuk rawatan dan 132 kes telah didiscaj. Jumlah semasa kes ILI yang dirawat di seluruhan negara sehingga hari ini adalah sebanyak 896 iaitu di 81 buah hospital (termasuk 6 hospital swasta) . Daripada jumlah kes ILI yang sedang dirawat, hanya 137 pesakit atau 15.3% merupakan kes influenza A (H1N1) disahkan melalui ujian makmal.