Canadian hospitals face Swine Flu nightmare, 1,324 admitted

Latest Canadian Swine Flu map. Dark blue indicates severe flu.

Latest Canadian Swine Flu map. Dark blue indicates severe flu.

OTTAWA – Hospitalizations and deaths soared significantly in a one-week period between Nov. 1 and Nov. 7 with 1,324 people admitted to hospitals across Canada and a four-fold increase in fatalities compared to the previous week, the Public Health Agency of Canada, PHAC,  reports in its weekly bulletin.

Included in the national total for this reporting period are 198 children who were admitted. One child died during this period to take the national total of pediatric death since April to five for children under 16.

Also see: B.C. hospitals filled over capacity.

“In week 44, 198 laboratory-confirmed influenza-associated paediatric hospitalizations and 1 death were reported through the Immunization Monitoring Program Active (IMPACT) network,” said PHAC.

” The new death was a male aged between 5 and 9 years of age with underlying medical conditions,” said the latest report. “861 (child) hospitalizations had been reported since week 17 (April 26); 96.3% of these hospitalizations were due to Pandemic (H1N1) 2009.”

“Since the beginning of the pandemic, five deaths due to Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 had been reported through the IMPACT network among children under 16 years of age,” it said.

The World Health Organization said visits to sentinel doctors in North America for flu like illness has surpassed the levels seen in the past six flu seasons.

Since April, a total of 3,764 people had been admitted to hospitals in Canada with 606 patients taken to intensive care units. PHAC  reports that the vast majority of admission to hospitals were during the period Nov. 1 to Nov. 7.

Data expected to be reported for the current week is likely to contain far higher admissions and deaths as hospitals continue to report over-capacity patient load and emergency visits.

“The intensity of Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 in the population was high with 1,324 hospitalizations and 35 deaths reported this week,” Ottawa said but the total deats  since then have mounted to 161 with 24 dead in Ontario reported between Nov. 10 and Nov. 12.

“Nationally, there was a considerable increase in the influenza activity level reported this week with a proportion of positive influenza tests of more than 38%, the national ILI (influenza like illness) consultation rate of almost 100 per 1,000 patient visits, 25 regions reporting widespread activity and over 750 influenza outbreaks reported,” said PHAC. “This increased activity occurred in almost all provinces and territories.”

Children and youths had the highest doctor consultations across the country.

“People under 20 years of age had the highest consultations rates, with 153 and 226 per 1,000 patient visits among children under 5 years of age and among those 5 and 19 years of age, respectively,” said the report.

The World Health Organization issued a global status report:

North America: “Intense and persistent influenza transmission continued to be reported in North America. The proportion of sentinel physician visits due to influenza-like-illness (ILI) (8%) has exceeded levels seen over the past 6 influenza seasons; 42% of respiratory samples tested were positive for influenza and 100% of subtyped influenza A viruses were Pandemic (H1N1) 2009.”

Ukraine: “On 5 November, the Ukrainian Ministry of Health reported 633,877 cases of acute respiratory illness and 95 deaths related to acute respiratory illness, which represents a significant increase compared to the previous day (+32% for the number of cases and +10% for the number of deaths). Preliminary reports indicated that the rapidly evolving situation in the country was mainly related to Pandemic (H1N1) 2009.”

United Kingdom: “Pandemic influenza activity is variable across the UK. The weekly influenza/ILI consultation rates decreased, though remained above the winter baseline thresholds, in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. There were a total of 1,431 new patients hospitalized in England with suspected Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 in the week from 29 October to 4 November (increased from 1,200 in the previous week).”

Asia: “Central and Western Asia are experiencing an unusually early start to winter influenza season. In China, after an earlier wave of mixed influenza activity with seasonal H3N2, Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 activity predominated and was increasing. In Japan, sharp increases in Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 activity continue to be reported.”

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4 Comments for “Canadian hospitals face Swine Flu nightmare, 1,324 admitted”

  1. I am afraid it is the situation of not letting the virus jump into humans in the first place and everyone appears to miss this point completely. In the tropics and other areas of the world where the killer pandemic virus will no doubt emerge and where it is very cold through the night, farmers sleep with pigs and chickens etc, etc, etc. Therefore as the animals, especially pigs are incubators for most of the possible killer viruses, the farmers are breathing in night-after-night a concoction of air borne viruses and mixing in the human lungs and breathing/throat tract. When man becomes infected with human flu, the whole thing is mixing all together for 8 hours on average every night. This is one of the main reasons why avian and swine jump into man. Stop these simple things happening and the virus will have very little chance to spread into humans – you need very close contact for the initial killer virus to become infected into humans in this respect. After that the person infected can easily transmit via cough, sneezes etc, etc to other unsuspecting humans. It is therefore the initial stages that are so vital. The only element therefore needed in many ways, is that we give these millions and millions of farmers, cheap heaters to keep them and their families warm throughout the cold nights. Then they would not sleep with the pigs, chickens et al. Indeed you take the source away from the jump into humans (nightly incubation that goes on every night) and if people know anything about these viruses they will know that they need a mixing vessel where all three viruses exist together. Vaccination of the livestock is also one of the other preventative measures. Put these two together plus other simple methods and the virus can hardly jump or exist in humans as it has not the incubation period to do so – the innovation chain is broken. Indeed, the transmission is extremely low if at all – as the problem is eradicated at source and it never happens.

    But again because there are not billions in profits for this field work for pharmaceutical corporations, no one wishes to listen, not even politicians as the drug’s lobby group is so powerful that it strikes all other alternatives down – even if they are the true solution to the problem. It is estimated that all these preventative methods would cost around £50 billion to put in place and which is a very small price to prevent the hundreds of millions that will die once the real killer virus does raise its ugly head (as it will some day) and the financial costs and damage economically to the world are vast; far , far more than £50 billion as the whole system could well collapse.

    You will never quicken the lead-time quick enough for any antidote, even if we had an antidote that was safe within 1-month. The reason, the logistics in manufacturing and then distribution would take at least 6 months in the quantities needed (billions of doses) to get to the very first few. For if people did not know also, the 1918 Spanish flu that killed between 20 and 100 million did its worst in the first 6-months of the start of the outbreak. Indeed, from week 16 > Week 26. We have been lucky in the near past that the virus have not been easily transmitted to humans. But when the killer virus does appear that can easily jump into humans, the drugs strategy will be absolutely useless. People should therefore really use their common sense here for their family’s and loved one’s sake and see clearly that this drugs strategy has not a cat in hell’s chance of working when the thing is with us. Then it will definitely be too late for hundreds of millions of people who will inevitably die – it may even be over 1–billion deaths as some people estimate.

    I finish by quoting the old adage that ‘Prevention is better than cure’ and where this has always been the primary consideration of health professionals. This has to be the hallmark statement also to stop the eventual killer virus happening. Why treat the condition when you should never let it start.
    Unfortunately we have thrown this well established and primary medical understanding of human health out of the window.

    Dr David Hill
    World Innovation Foundation Charity
    Bern, Switzerland

    (A good test to take is to visit – FeelingFlu.com)

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