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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

It seems there is quite a bit of hype in these news clips: a chronically ill young man got a severe case, and a healthy young woman got better. And those are the worst cases so far, here; really nothing extraordinary! Wishing the young man Refuah She

Young man with chronic illnesses gets serious H1N1 flu complications

Jul. 15, 2009
Judy Siegel-Itzkovich , THE JERUSALEM POST

A 22-year-old man who suffers from several chronic diseases and contracted the H1N1 flu was hospitalized Wednesday at Hadassah University Medical Center on Mount Scopus in Jerusalem with serious complications.

He was attached to a respirator in the intensive care unit.

It was the second case of swine flu complications in less than a week, but the first one, a young Swedish tourist, did not suffer from other illnesses and is improving.

Nearly 900 Israelis have come down with the new flu virus; all but these two cases were mild.

Milton comments:

I don't see where the hype is, unless it's the "really nothing extraordinary".

DS replies:

Actually, let me clarify it for you. It is not unusual for a person with severe chronic illnesses to get sicker from an infection. And the Swedish girl is getting better.

The hype is in getting the population all frightened about the flu, so we will be more receptive to this universal vaccination program.

So far, these cases are NOT a reason for universal vaccination. If a very sick young man ends up in the ICU, that only means that very sick young people should be extra protected against this virus.

And the girl is also, obviously, getting better. It was terrible, she had pneumonia, she got over it.

No need to vaccinate every 8 year old child for this.

Wait till they come up with this recommendation sooner or later.

All health personnel,

all school children,

all pregnant women

THAT IS A LOT OF HYPE for nothing.


C-Section Due to Swine Flu, Mother in Serious Condition

by Hana Levi Julian

( A Swedish tourist hospitalized with the swine flu at Assaf HaRofeh Medical Center near Rishon LeTzion gave birth late Wednesday night by Caesarian section.

The surgery was necessitated by the 25-year-old mother's condition, which remains serious. Her new baby is listed in good condition, but he, too, is being tested for the infection.

The young woman was admitted to the hospital Sunday with breathing problems resulting from the H1N1 virus.

A second Swedish tourist, in grave condition, is hospitalized in the intensive care unit of Sourasky Medical Center in Tel Aviv also with complications from the disease. The 21-year-old woman was admitted with symptoms of pneumonia, but was tested for the virus. Results returned positive after two days. Her mother was also diagnosed with the illness, albeit a milder form, and has been admitted to the same hospital.

According to the head of Sourasky's Infectious Diseases Unit, Professor Yehuda Carmel, it is rare for someone to become sick with pneumonia as a direct result of the H1N1 virus, rather than as the more common development of secondary infection.

These bring the number of serious H1N1 cases in Israel to a total of three. More than 845 people have fallen ill with the virus in the Jewish State since the first outbreaks were identified in Mexico and the U.S. in late April.

None of those infected with swine flu in Israel have lost their lives, and almost all have recovered within a few days.

However, the global pandemic has killed 429 people around the world so far, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), and every continent has been affected.

At least 94,512 people have become sick with the virus, including more than 10,000 in Mexico alone, where the pandemic began. Nearly 34,000 people in the nearby United States have also been infected, and 170 have died of it there.

According to Israel's Health Ministry, nearly all of the cases seen in the Jewish State have been extremely mild, with symptoms resembling the ordinary flu.

People who feel ill and suspect they may have come down with the H1N1 virus are urged to see a medical professional at their local HMO (Kupat Holim) clinic and then isolate themselves at home until the symptoms pass.


Fourth Serious Case of Swine Flu

Reported: 17:16 PM - Jul/19/09

( A 44-year-old swine-flu patient was admitted to the intensive-care unit at Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv on Sunday after his condition deteriorated. The patient belongs to a high-risk group because of problems in his immune system.

It's the fourth serious case reported by the Health Department. Nearl 1,100 cases have not been serious.

DS asks: what is it: an AIDS patient?



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‘There are Many Undiagnosed Cases of H1N1 in Israel’

Reported: 10:20 AM - Aug/03/09

( Deputy Health Minister Yaakov Litzman said Monday morning in the Knesset that many undiagnosed cases of H1N1 flu likely exist throughout Israel. On Sunday, the Health Ministry confirmed the second death in the country due to the H1N1 virus.

“Many cases of H1N1 flu have not yet been diagnosed,” Litzman said. “The Health Ministry is preparing itself to find them. We expect a wave of cases as the winter starts and we are preparing for that.”

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