Canada's confirmed A/H1N1 flu cases rise to 496
The total of confirmed A/H1N1 flu cases in Canada rose to 496 Friday, with 47 new cases added during the day, according to the latest figures from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).
The province of Ontario confirmed 32 new cases Thursday, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 187, the most among all provinces.
All cases but one in the province have been mild, provincial health officials said.
British Columbia added four new cases, bringing the total to 100, the second most in the country while Saskatchewan reported two new cases and Quebec reported nine.
Up to now, 10 provinces or territories have reported infections.
Other provinces that have more cases are Alberta (67) and Nova Scotia (66).
As of May 15, 2009, half the cases are 24 years of age or younger with the median age at 21 years. The youngest is one year old and the oldest at 86 years old.
To date, 13 cases have been hospitalized and one death has been reported, the PHAC said in an analysis.
U.S. state of Texas reports third A/H1N1 death, total death nationwide reaches five
The U.S. state of Texas reported its third A/H1N1 flu death on Friday, after the deadly virus killed a Texas woman and a Mexico toddler who was visiting relatives in the state.
The latest fatality in Texas brought the country's number of H1N1 deaths to five.
The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) said a 33-year-old man in Texas died last week had H1N1 flu, based on official lab test results received Friday.
The man, from Nueces County, had underlying health conditions and people with certain underlying health conditions are "at greater risk of serious consequences from any kind of flu," the DSHS said in a news release.
Nueces County Health District's William Burgin Jr. said the man, a single parent of three children, died May 5 or May 6 after falling sick a few days earlier. One of the man's children also contracted the H1N1 flu but was treated and is recovering, he said.
A 33-year-old pregnant Texas woman living in Cameron County, along the U.S.-Mexico border, died from the H1N1 flu on May 5, making her the first H1N1 death of a U.S. citizen.
Before her, a Mexican toddler who had been visiting relatives in Texas died in a Houston hospital from the disease on April 27, becoming the first U.S. H1N1 flu death.
The third death was in the northwestern state of Washington, where a young man in his thirties who had a chronic heart condition died of the H1N1 flu. The death toll reached four when someone in Arizona succumbed to the virus.
Four new A/H1N1 flu cases confirmed in Britain
Four patients in England were confirmed on Friday by the Department of Health with A/H1N1 flu, bringing the total number of the infected to 82.
All four cases are children in the London region, and are all linked to previously confirmed cases, said a statement from the Department of Health.
"The localized cases of swine flu found in the UK have so far been mild, and our strategy of containing the spread with anti-virals appears to have been effective in reducing symptoms and preventing further spread of infection," said a spokesman, adding Britain believes it's right to prepare for the possibility of a global pandemic.
On Friday, Alan Johnson, Secretary of State for Health, announced agreements between the British government and vaccine manufacturers to secure supplies of up to 90 million doses of pre-pandemic H1N1 vaccine before a pandemic begins.
"The UK's arrangements are continuing to ensure that we are well-placed to deal with this new infection," said the statement.
A/H1N1 flu cases in Cuba rise to three
The number of infected patients with the A/H1N1 flu has risen to three, after Cuban Public Health Ministry (MINSAP) confirmed two new cases in a statement issued on Friday.
The statement said the new patients are Mexican youngsters who study medicine in Cuba and who have returned from the break they had in Mexico at the end of April.
"The evolution of these three cases has been favorable. All of them have received anti viral treatment, and there have not been adverse reactions," the MINSAP said.
The MINSAP also said that a group of 15 Mexican students are under medical observance, 11 of them were sent back home and four of them are hospitalized but their evolution is "favorable."
Cuba has said that it has the sufficient anti-viral medicines to face the diseases, and that it keeps the sanitary measures and epidemic vigilance to reduce the risk.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said in a report that it has confirmed the H1N1 flu cases in 34 countries.
In Mexico the death toll for the H1N1 flu reached 66, according to information given on Friday by Mexican Health Ministry.
Ecuador confirms first case of A/H1N1 flu
Ecuadorian health authorities reported on Friday the first case of A/H1N1 flu in the country.
The patient is a boy of 12 years old who lives in Guayaquil city, Ecuadorian Health Vice Minister Ricardo Canizarez said, adding that a lab confirmed the causes and the sample was sent to the United States to be analyzed again.
The boy arrived in Ecuador on Sunday from Miami, the United States, where he traveled to have a surgery.
The patients had passed the health controls set in the airport of Jose Joaquin Olmedo from Guayaquil, but he went to Infectology Hospital "Jose Daniel Rodriguez" in Guayaquil on Monday because he had the symptoms.
Due to that reason, the authorities decided to keep an epidemic control in his school, and it also quarantined 700 students from the school and suspended the activities for eight days. The students are also forbidden to attend public events.
The condition of the patient who is quarantined in his house was stable, authorities said. On Tuesday one of his teachers detected the symptoms of the boy and sent him back to his house and informed the authorities about the cases, as it was ordered by the authorities.
The Health Ministry contacted the patients and took his samples to make lab tests at the Investigations Institute "Leopoldo Izquieta Perez" in Guayaquil, and after 48 hours the case was confirmed as the H1N1 flu.
The first confirmation must be submitted for a second confirmation in the Center of Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, the United States, and the results will be ready in one week.
A/H1N1 flu death toll, infected cases rise in Mexico
Mexican health authorities said on Friday that the death toll for the A/H1N1 flu has risen to 66 and the infected people to 2,895 in Mexico.
Mexican Health Minister Jose Angel Cordova said that the report till Thursday night was on lower trend in case of infections, deaths and hospitalizations.
The information given during the week shows that the lethality index continues dropping with a 2.3 percent confirmed cases.
Those patients who contracted the deadly flu virus and died is under 20 years old, most of them housewives, and most of the cases were in Mexico City and State of Mexico.
Cordova said that from the 66 deaths, 61 were patients who developed symptoms before April 23, five more after that date, when the epidemic alert was given.
The State of Coahuila continues being the only one in Mexico without reports of the virus.
Cordoba told journalist that one week after some 20 million students returned to school activities, the measures taken by teachers and parents gave good results. Cordova said that the coming week will be important, when all the activities will be normalized, so he requested the people, teachers and parents to continue observing and to take preventive measures to avoid infections.
Cordova said that the measures requested to the Electoral Federal Institute for political parties to avoid massive concentrations during their electoral campaigns was valid till Friday, so since Saturday the candidates in campaign will be able to hold massive concentrations.
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