Erin Allday, Chronicle Staff Writer

Friday, December 4, 2009

The swine flu is receding in the Bay Area and nationwide, and the worst of the pandemic may be over, but public health experts say it’s too early for people to let their guard down.

The number of hospitalizations and deaths from the swine flu probably peaked at the end of October or early November, say infectious disease experts, but the virus is still pervasive in many regions of the United States, and many more people are sick with the flu than is typical for this time of year.

“Although the flu might be slightly decreasing both in the state and nationally, it’s still very much present in our communities,” said Gil Chavez, deputy director of the center for infectious diseases with the California Department of Public Health, in a media briefing Thursday. “We cannot turn our backs and be complacent. We need to be vigilant.”


•  Albania reports first A H1N1 flu death (Link)

•  Algeria lists eighth swine flu death (Link)

•  New wave of swine flu expected early 2010 (Link)

•  H1N1 pandemic ending with a whimper, not a bang  (Link)
•  Health officials douse flu ‘peak’ (Link)

•  A/H1N1 flu has spread fast through the People’s Liberation Army (Link)

•  2 visiting Brazilian officials down with H1N1 (Link)

•  H1N1 deaths total 606 deaths, after 6 new deaths yesterday (Link)
•  176 cases of swine flu reported in Delhi Thursday (Link)

•  Swine flu death brings number of fatalities to 18  (Link)

•  New swine flu fighter discovered (Link)

•  Swine flu claims one more life in Macedonia (Link)

•  Two new deaths, 69 new cases (Link)

•  One patient died, had mutant Tamiflu-resistant strain (Link)
•  First mutant swine flu death reported in Netherlands (Link)

•  Qatar: post-EID ‘massive rush’ to pediatric hospitals (Link)

•  Spain reports mutant swine flu death (Link)

Sri Lanka
•  New mom died and baby sick with H1N1 too  (Link)

•  Sweden’s swine flu response wins EU praise (Link)

•  H1N1 deaths reach 241 (translated) (Link)

United Kingdom
•  Swine flu in the UK Being 22 Thousand Cases (translated) (Link)
•  Scottish Government Publishes Latest H1N1 Figures (Link)
•  Wales swine flu deaths rise to 25 (Link)

United States
•  US: College students encouraged to get H1N1 vaccine (Link)
•  CDC Issues H1N1 Phishing Alert (Link)
•  CA: Nearly 800 hospitalized with H1N1 flu (Link)
•  FL: New death in Pasco County  (Link)
•  IA: Iowa confirms 3 new deaths, total now 33 (Link)
•  OK: H1N1 releases hold on Oklahoma (Link)
•  OR: Benton County reports first H1N1 death (Link)
•  PA: New Death on PA DOH Website for 12.04.09
•  MA: Seven More H1N1 Deaths Reported In Bay State (Link)

•  WHO: new recommendations for immune-depressed (Link)
•  Study Links Real-Time Data To Flu Vaccine Strategies (Link)
•  Glaxo’s Swine Flu Shot May Give Kids Fever (Link
•  WHO Defends Flu Response Amid Exaggeration Claims (Link)
•  WHO: Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 – update 77  (Link)
•  MRSA in pigs in majority of European Union states (Link)
•  Transplant Infectious Disease Experts Provide Pandemic Guidance (Link)
•  Clinical Features Of The First Phase Of The Swine Flu Pandemic  (Link)
•  Previous seasonal flu infections may provide some level of H1N1 immunity (Link)
•  Second dose of adjuvanted vaccine may give high fever (Link)

•  Recombinomics: Transmission of Fit Tamiflu Resistant H1N1 in Maryland (Link)