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Swine Flu spreads across U.S. like wildfire, 19 kids die in one week


Swine Flu is spreading like wildfire with the map changing substantially in just one week.

Swine Flu is spreading like wildfire with the map changing substantially in just one week. Click to enlarge.

By Salim Jiwa

ATLANTA – Swine Flu continues to take its toll on children and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, CDC, is reporting that 19 more children died in a one-week  period.

See our latest report here.

Of the total 19 pediatric deaths  reported to the CDC from across the U.S. 16 tested positive for Swine Flu while three were suffering from unsubtyped Influenza A.  But the CDC said the three unsubtyped deaths were also most likely from Swine Flu H1N1 novel virus.

CDC said the 19 child deaths were reported between Sept. 27 and Oct. 3 as influenza and pneumonia rates escalated across the U.S.

The 19 child deaths from Swine Flu in one week is considered very high based on the fact that the total prior to the latest figure being added was 57 since April. The total child deaths now stand at  76.

“The proportion of death attributed to pneumonia and influenza based on the 122 Cities Report has increased and now exceeds what is normally expected at this time of year,” said the CDC in its latest weekly report released Friday.

“In addition, 19 flu-related pediatric deaths were reported this week; 16 of these deaths were confirmed 2009 H1N1 and 3 were unsubtyped influenza A and likely to be 2009 H1N1,” it said.

“A total of 76 laboratory confirmed 2009 H1N1 pediatric deaths have been reported to CDC since April,” it said.

Doctor visits went up across the U.S. for influenza like illness (ILI) and are “higher than levels expected for this time of the year.”

“Total influenza hospitalization rates for laboratory-confirmed influenza are higher than expected for this time of year for adults and children,” it said.

“And for children 5-17 and adults 18-49 years of age, hospitalization rates from April – October 2009 exceed average flu season rates (for October through April),” the report said.

Experts have not answered the question of whether new policies that advocate keeping schools open despite Swine Flu infections have resulted in the higher rates of deaths among children.

Statistics already show that infants have a far higher rate of hospitalizations from Swine Flu. The rate of 3.3 per 10,000 is far higher for infants aged 0 to 23 months than any other age group by a factor of 2 per 10,000.

“Thirty-seven states are reporting widespread influenza activity at this time. They are: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington, and Wyoming.”

“Any reports of widespread influenza activity in September and October are very unusual,” said the CDC.

“Almost all of the influenza viruses identified so far are 2009 H1N1 influenza A viruses,” the CDC said.

“These viruses remain similar to the virus chosen for the 2009 H1N1 vaccine, and remain susceptible to the antiviral drugs oseltamivir and zanamivir with rare exception,” it said.

From August 30 to Oct. 3, influenza and pneumonia syndrome has resulted in 12,384 hospitalizations and 1544 deaths.

Confirmed influenza cases (most H1N1) requiring hospitalizations were 3,874 with 240 deaths.

The CDC is no longer separating its figures for Swine Flu and since it states that almost all cases of influenza are related to H1N1, it would be fair to conclude that Swine Flu is responsible for most of the illness.

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5 Comments for “Swine Flu spreads across U.S. like wildfire, 19 kids die in one week”

  1. I agree I think our government needs to take control of this virus and shut everything down for two weeks until this virus is gone so no one else dies from this. I worry every minute of the day about my kids getting this deadly virus.

  2. The only reason that schools are being kept open is for the economy. If parents are forced to stay home with their kids to potentially save the lives of fellow students or their own children for that matter, the American and world economy will plummet once again. Less people working = less people spending money. Never mind the billions of dollars that are flying out the pocket of tax payers by keeping the schools open and having kids on medical assistance in the hospital with H1N1. Perhaps if we quarantine the sick and the healthy for two weeks the virus would run it’s course and disappear??? Well, in the big picture I guess the almighty dollar is still worth more than the lives of children to the majority of our society. For shame!

  3. ok so they may have dropped the ball with katrina but hey, lets not give credit where credit is due, we are kicking ass in the middle east, ohh wait no we’re not…

    wow

  4. I tested positive for swine flu in July. I recovered in a couple of weeks. I am hearing that hospitals and doctors offices in WV are not at the present time testing for swine flu. I have been fold by friends and co-workers that they went to the doctor or hospital and were told they probably had swine flu, but there were so many that they were not testing everyone with symptoms. Statistics cannot be accurate if health care agencies in West Virginia are not testing most cases.

    • The authorities in all regions of the world have dropped the ball on Swine Flu. They have not been able to cope despite a six-month time frame they had in which to act. Overall, U.S. has done far better than Canada where I think the minister of health, the provincial minister of health and the health care leaders should step down. The problem is that the media is lame and the public is not showing their outrage. The U.S. have vaccines already, Canada will get it next month.
      There needs to be rethinking on school closures because young people have the highest rate of hospitalization. Statistics have to be gathered so we have an exact idea what happened.

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