Kate Benson and Andrew Clennell

July 14, 2009

HEALTH experts fear the state’s swine flu death toll could soar with six young, healthy people in Sydney fighting for their lives on last-resort cardiac bypass machines because their lungs are too damaged or diseased for regular mechanical ventilation.

The surge in the number of people with swine flu needing life-saving treatment has forced NSW Health to consider closing elective surgery at some big hospitals to allow staff to redirect resources.


•  The Peak of Disease has Not Yet Arrived Experts warn that we must not neglect the care and to be high virus circulation in the remainder of July (translated) (Link)
•  People Return to the Malls, Despite the Risk (translated) (Link)

•  Swine flu warning as deaths increase (Link)

•  25-year-old mother dies from H1N1 virus (Link)
•  Health Critic says more information should be released about H1 N1 cases (Link)

•  China quarantines 8 Indonesians for suspected H1N1 (Link)

•  Bali, Indonesia: First Denpasar resident suspected of H1N1 (Link)
•  13 Indonesians infected with flu A/H1N1 in South Korea (Link)

•  Two high risk patients with H1N1 flu die (Link)

•  Premature son of Spain’s first swine flu victim dies (Link)

•  Progress in Vaccine as flu claims 18th victim (Link)
•  Thai deputy PM calls for school suspension amid rising flu cases (Link)
•  Three more swine flu deaths bring Thai toll to 21 (Link)

United Kingdom
•  Girl, seven, dies from swine flu (Link)
•  Swine flu link to GP’s death (Link)
•  Swine flu 5 times more virulent than seasonal flu (Link)

United States
•  HHS Purchases Additional H1N1 Vaccine Ingredients (Link)
•  Pregnant women at risk in Palm Beach County  (Link)
•  67 Air Force cadets stricken with swine flu (Link)

•  Swine flu : thoughts on social distancing  (Link)
•  In Case Of Emergency, Read Blog (Link)

General News
•  Swine flu vaccine production hits a snag: yield so far is ‘less than optimal’ (Link)
•  1918 flu survivors seem immune to swine flu  (Link)
•  Swine flu is worse than seasonal flu (Link)
•  New flu resembles feared 1918 virus, study finds (Link)
•  WHO: No licensed swine flu vaccine til end of year (Link)
•  Swine flu ‘hits airways harder’  (Link)
•  Healthcare workers should get swine flu vaccine first, WHO says (Link)
•  Pandemic Vaccine Shots Urged for Healthcare Workers (Link)