Two die following nursing home flu outbreak
Two people have died following outbreaks of flu at nursing homes in Swansea.
Public Health Wales is now investigating the outbreaks, which has seen eight patients testing positive for influenza A at one home, five of who have been hospitalised, and two died.
A further nine patients and three staff have been unwell with symptoms of flu.
At the second nursing home, 12 out of 46 patients have been ill with flu-like symptoms and nine people have tested positive for Influenza A.
One person from the home has been admitted to hospital.
Public Health Wales say it is not naming the nursing homes involved to protect the identify of patients.
Dr Jorg Hoffmann, consultant in communicable disease control for Public Health Wales, said: "Flu circulates in the UK between October and April and is not uncommon to see outbreaks in closed communities like nursing homes, where the disease can spread easily.
"People with flu will usually experience a fever, chills, headache, body aches and fatigue.
"Fit and healthy people will usually recover from flu without any complications and without needing medication. However, in elderly people flu can be more serious and therefore we have treated patients at this nursing home with Tamiflu as a precaution."
Seasonal flu vaccination is offered every year to people over 65, pregnant women and people with chronic conditions that make them vulnerable to complications, and it is strongly recommended that eligible people are vaccinated.http://www.thisissouthwales.co.uk/story ... story.html
14 nurses diagnosed with swine flu (Bangladesh)
At least 14 nurses of Kurigram Nursing Training Institute have been tested positive for swine flu.
"Fourteen nurses among the 37 whose blood and cough samples were brought to the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) in the capital for diagnosing have been tested H1N1 positive, Prof Mahmudur Rahman, the director of the institute, told The Daily Star on Wednesday.
"The affected are now safe as doctors started prompt treatment with anti-viral drugs," Mahmudur Rahman said.
Swine flu can strike Bangladesh from April to September, he said.
Meanwhile, Dr Aminul Islam, a doctor of Kurigram Sadar Upazila Health Complex, quoting the IEDCR report told our Kurigram correspondent that the swine flu virus that affected the nurses are not life threatening.
A six-member IEDCR team rushed to the Kurigram nursing institute on April 12 after the deputy civil surgeon of the district informed that 53 students of the dormitory were down with an unknown ailment.
They complained of fever, headache, throat ache, cough and occasional vomiting.
The first case of swine flu in Bangladesh was detected in 2009.
Patients with swine flu-like symptoms--fever above 104 degrees Fahrenheit, cough or other respiratory symptoms, runny nose, pneumonia--are presumed to carry the virus.
The H1N1 virus spreads mainly through coughing and sneezing. Touching something that contains the virus and then touching the mouth or nose is also risky.
Experts suggest avoiding crowded places or close contact with ill people.
They have urged people to keep at least an arm's distance from people with the symptoms.
H1N1 is a new contagious influenza virus first detected in the US in March, 2009.
The virus is new to pigs, humans and birds. It consists of genetic materials from influenza viruses of birds, humans and pigs. Humans have no protection against it.http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/l ... ?nid=37164
Swine flu is back
Dhaka, Apr 17 (bdnews24.com) – Swine flu strikes back in Bangladesh after two years as the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) has confirmed an outbreak in a northern district's nursing dormitory on Tuesday.
At least 14 have been tested H1N1 positive, director Prof Mahmudur Rahman told bdnews24.com.
A six-member IEDCR team rushed to the Kurigram nursing institute on April 12 after the deputy civil surgeon of the district informed the national institute that 42 students of the dormitory were down with an unknown ailment.
Prof Rahman said they were suffering from fever, cough and occasional vomiting. "All of them recovered as doctors started prompt treatment with anti-viral drugs."
The H1N1 influenza virus was first reported in April 2009 in Mexico before spreading across the globe. The World Health Organisation declared a global H1N1 flu pandemic on June 11.
Bangladesh's first case was detected on June 18, 2009, which created panic.
"We are not worried at this moment. But the thing is that the virus is back after two years," Prof Rahman said, adding it killed eight and caused sufferings to thousands during 2009 pandemic.
"Physicians should keep this in mind. They have to consider anti-viral drugs while treating flu in this season."
He urged people not to panic, rather be aware of the disease.
"Just maintain personal hygiene, cough into the crook of the elbow and avoid spitting just anywhere," he said. "A person with flu should be treated in isolation with protective measures."
"As it can pass one to another, it spread rapidly among the dormitory inmates," the director said, quoting his investigators that Kurigram nursing institute students live in a crammed room and share beds.
With four strains of flu virus – H5N1, H1N1, H3N2 and H9N2 – circulating in the air, global experts warn Bangladesh against resurgence of a new mutated form of a virus. http://www.bdnews24.com/details.php?id=222657&cid=13
More flu cases confirmed at Conn. veterans home
ROCKY HILL, Conn. (WTW) — Four more veterans at the state veterans' home have been hospitalized for treatment following an outbreak of influenza at the Rocky Hill complex.
State Veterans Affairs Commissioner Linda Schwartz told The Associated Press on Tuesday that a total of 22 veterans have been sent to area hospitals since Monday. One veteran has returned to the home, which includes a health care center and a residential facility.
Schwartz said public health officials have taken nasal swabs of residents reporting flu-like symptoms to determine if this is an identified flu strain. Schwartz said the outbreak is unusual because the veterans had received flu shots. Also, it is late in the flu season.
Schwartz said the veterans being hospitalized remain in stable condition and 11 staff are off work with flu-like symptoms.http://www.lohud.com/usatoday/article/3 ... 7CNews%7Cs
INFLUENZA (32): VACCINE EFFICACY
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Date: Tue 17 Apr 2012
From: Robert Benjamin [edited]
Re: ProMED-mail Influenza (31): USA (WA, NV, CO) surveillance 20120416.1103337
It appears to be a late season for influenza type A in Seattle/King County…....most hospital staff had been immunised.
As I have been saying for several years, the duration of (currently configured) Flu Vax immunity may be too short to carry through an extended flu season, especially if people get vaccinated early. While a stronger formulation for Seniors is available, thought should be given (admittedly, cost consideration is major) to a hypothetical 2-dose regimen.
Unfortunately, the report does not mention the time interval between immunization and onset of illness.http://www.promedmail.org/?p=2400:1000: ... 702832::::