by DemfromCT

Sun Oct 18, 2009 at 08:00:03 AM PDT

It’s hard to ignore the concern in the wording of the latest weekly CDC flu update.

The influenza-like illness that we track with our ILInet sentinel provider system is showing higher levels of illness than we saw last week.  Again, these are unprecedented levels of illness.  The national average is about 6.1% of doctors visits, for purposes of influenza-like illness that’s very high at any time particularly in October.  We also track mortality around the country.  Through something called the pneumonia and influenza mortality survey with 122 cities.  And for the first week this fall, we’re seeing that the amount of influenza and pneumonia mortality is above the epidemic threshold.  All of these things may suggest it’s a very busy and difficult flu season and we are seeing very high levels of activity around the country.  We are also having updates on the pediatric deaths.  Unfortunately those are going up as well.  There are now a total of 86 children under 18 who died from this H1N1 influenza virus, the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus.  We had 11 more influenza pediatric deaths reported in week 40, which is the week that ends October 10.  Ten of those are confirmed to be due to the new strain, the 2009 H1N1 strain and the 11th is probably due to that but the typing hasn’t been completed.  About half of the deaths that we’ve seen in children since September 1st have been occurring in teens between the ages of 12 and 17.  These are very sobering statistics, unfortunately, they are likely to increase…

We hope that the continuing deaths in children will be as few as possible but this is a very brisk number, usually in a whole season that lasts from going to September all the way to may, you would only have about 40 or 50 deaths so in just one month’s time we’ve had that many.

full article

http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2009/10/16/794202/-Flu-Data-Shows-Concerned-Health-Officials,-Skeptical-Public

 

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Canada
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Finland
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France
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India
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Japan
•  Limited vaccinations begin Monday (Link)

Kuwait
•  Businesses suffer from slow Haj/Umrah season due to H1N1 (Link)

United Kingdom
•  New ‘overload’ fears as swine flu jab is added to routine childhood vaccines (Link)

United States
•  FL: Florida plan advises hospitals to bar some patients in event of severe flu pandemic  (Link)
•  MA: Pediatric flu clinic overwhelmed (Boston) (Link)
•  MO: death 2 weeks ago ruled H1N1 ‘finally’  (Link)
•  MT: Seattle Children’s Hospital receives critically ill infant from Montana (Link)
•  MT: Missoula Infant Dies After Probable Swine Flu Diagnosis (Link)
•  OR: Swine flu hits (Portland) Lincoln High hard (Link)
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•  TX: Bexan County (San Antonio) says one death by H1N1 also had MRSA (Link)

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Commentary
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