By Rob Stein
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, October 16, 2009; 1:08 PM

The World Health Organization urged doctors Friday to treat suspected swine flu cases as quickly as possible with antiviral drugs, warning that the virus can cause potentially life-threatening viral pneumonia much more commonly than the typical flu, sometimes in relatively young, otherwise healthy people.

“It’s not like seasonal influenza,” said Nikki Shindo, a medical officer in the WHO’s Epidemic and Pandemic Alert and Response Department. “It can cause very severe disease in previously healthy young adults.”


Cote d’Ivoire
•  Cote d’Ivoire says avian flu kills crows (Link)

•  Closures of schools for H1N1 ‘doubles’ last week (Link)
•  Ducks on Imperial farm found infected with weak bird flu virus (Link)

New Zealand
•  5 Japanese students brought H1N1 back to Christchurch, New Zealand (Link)

•  Swine Flu: More herds infected (Link)

United Kingdom
•  Swine flu six times more likely to hospitalise diabetes patients (Link)
•  Scotland: Flu victims turning down medication (Link)
•  North Wales man dies after being struck with swine flu in Spain (Link)

United States
•  US: Swine Flu Shots Revive a Debate About Vaccines (Link)
•  US: WaPo Religion Blog: The Swine Flu Vaccine:Option or Moral Duty? (Link)
•  US: H1N1 vaccine fears fueled over airwaves (Link)
•  US: Swine Flu Vaccines Delayed, CDC Says (Link)
•  US: 11 more children died in the US officially last week from H1N1 (Link)
•  CA: Hospitals fear swine flu, bar visits by kids (Link)
•  CA: Flu prompts hospital restrictions (Ventura County) (Link)
•  CA: Flu Shots Available for Passengers at SFO (Link)
•  CA: Child’s death a flu mystery (Link)
•  MN: Pigs may have tested positive for swine flu (Link)
•  NY: Judge Halts Mandatory Flu Vaccines for NYS Health Care Workers (Link)
•  TX: 4 yr old’s death may be the 3rd in Fort Worth from H1N1 (Link)
•  VA: Newport News parents question school’s limited hand-washing policy (Link)
•  WI: Monroe County one year old died of H1N1 in Cashton (Link)

•  Studies: H1N1 Flu Causes Unusual Damage to Lungs (Link)
•  WHO: New flu can kill fast, researchers agree  (Link)