Recombinomics Commentary 17:45
January 27, 2010Doctors at Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center are on high alert tonight after a spike in the number of children with flu-like symptoms. Right now, they believe all cases to be the novel H1N1 swine flu virus.

“Over the past 3 weeks or so, we’ve had about 17 or 18 admissions to Le Bonheur with confirmed influenza. I should say that we believe all or almost all of these will prove to be the novel H1N1 influenza virus.”

Infectious disease doctors believe its the only virus circulating in significant amounts in the community right now.

“I think 7 of the 17 or 18 have been admitted to the ICU. So that’s a bit of a shift of what we saw before.”

The above comments describe an increase in sever H1N1 cases in children in Tennessee.  The Children’s Medical Center (see map) had seen high numbers of patients in the fall, which led to the use of tents to cover the overload.  The current spike is well below earlier levels, but the frequency of cases admitted to the ICU is higher.


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•  Recombinomics: D225G/N In Fatal H1N1 in Chernihiv Ukraine (Link)