Pandemic Update – August 3, 2009

There have been at least 1,497 deaths due to the new H1N1 virus. There have been at least 383 deaths in the US. 88 of these are in California. However, New York City appears to have ceased reporting its deaths. So, the actual number of deaths in New York State is unclear. The US has also stopped reporting the number of cases within the country and ceased reporting the number of deaths from each state.

There are now over 300 deaths in Argentina. The number of deaths appears to be increasing rapidly in Brazil and Chile. However, there are some indications that school closures are having a positive effect on the number of new cases in at least some South American countries.

In Australia, shortages of ICU beds has become acute. In some hospitals, there are no more available beds. One patient had to be flown 7 hours away by helicopter because there were no available beds in Cairns and Townsville. The first ever Relenza-resistant influenza virus has been identified in a new H1N1 sample in Australia.

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