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Swine Flu ‘Spreading Rapidly’ Across China, Daily Reports

Last Updated: November 1, 2009 20:08 EST
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Nov. 2 (Bloomberg) -- Swine flu is “spreading rapidly” across China, where nearly 80 percent of the country’s total flu infections are the A/H1N1 virus, the China Daily reported, citing the health ministry.

More than 46,000 confirmed swine flu cases had been reported on the Chinese mainland as of Oct. 31, of which 75 percent had recovered, the paper said.

Still, the spread remained “under control,” the paper said.

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Mon Nov 02, 2009 12:01 pm
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China: H1N1 Becoming Dominant Flu Virus

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A translation today of a Chinese language article appearing on Xinhuanet, where the Health Minister of China, Chez Zhu, calls the epidemic situation there `grim’.

While no mutation of the virus has been detected, he warns that increased levels of `severe disease and deaths’ are inevitable.

It was only 2-weeks ago in the WHO Pandemic update # 70 that we were advised:

Of note, nearly half of the influenza viruses detected in China are seasonal influenza A (H3N2) viruses, which appeared prior to and is co-circulating with pandemic H1N1 2009 virus.

Today’s report indicates that:

Influenza A H1N1 positive samples accounted for the proportion of all influenza-positive specimens has reached more than 70%.

Which would suggest that the pandemic H1N1 virus is rapidly crowding out other seasonal contenders. Whether that will continue to be the case later in the year, or in subsequent flu seasons, is unknown.

A hat tip to Florida1 on Flutrackers for finding, translating, and posting this article.

Minister of Health Chen Zhu: Influenza A H1N1 flu cases has increased in severe and death is inevitable

Xinhua Beijing October 31 (Xinhua Zhou Ting-yu)

"At present, although not Influenza A H1N1 influenza virus mutates, the majority of patients with mild disease, but the increasing cases of severe and death is an inevitable trend." Minister of Health Chen Zhu has do a good job in the overall prevention of influenza A H1N1 influenza vaccine immunization work, said the mobilization of the General Assembly.

Informed the Ministry of Health, as of October 30, China's mainland had reported 44,981 cases of Influenza A H1N1 influenza confirmed cases, 33,184 cases had been cured.Total 82 cases of cases of severe disease has been cured in 29 cases, 6 died.

Chen Zhu said that in the October, the nation's ever-increasing cases of severe disease, the epidemic situation is quite grim.

According to the National Influenza Surveillance Network, monitoring data, Influenza A H1N1 positive samples accounted for the proportion of all influenza-positive specimens has reached more than 70%.

This suggests that influenza A H1N1 influenza virus in China has been widely taken root and become the dominant virus, influenza virus.

World Health Organization believes that the current global real number of cases and deaths are higher than the reported number of influenza A H1N1 influenza virus transmission power significantly higher than other seasonal influenza, the epidemic continued to show a rapid upward trend.

"Vaccination with the Influenza A H1N1 influenza vaccine is to do specific prevention and control work, and the most effective means of." Chen Zhu stressed that the influenza A H1N1 influenza vaccines do work, for the maintenance of our public service system functioning, reducing specific population outbreaks from occurring, reduce morbidity and mortality, reduce the hazard of an influenza pandemic in order to effectively prevent and control the second wave of the epidemic of great significance.

Local health departments with the joint prevention and control mechanisms for close cooperation between relevant, clear responsibilities, implementing the responsibility to ensure that H1N1 influenza vaccine immunization work successfully completed. ... virus.html

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A/H1N1 flu spreads in severe trend
2009-11-12 09:34 BJT

The A/H1N1 flu is in an active spreading mode as temperatures cool. 36 deaths from the new strain have been confirmed in China as of Wednesday. As Yuan Xiaoyuan finds out, experts warn of more dangerous developments from the virus, and are urging for early vaccinations against the flu.

As temperatures drop to new lows, the battle against A/H1N1 influenza faces mounting challenge. The new virus is spreading at high speeds across the world's most populous nation. With fresh pig infection cases appearing in Hong Kong and Taiwan, experts say the possibility that A/H1N1 will mutate is growing.

Dr. Zhong Nanshan, head of Chinese Medical Association, said, "If infections occur between human and other animals, it will become more dangerous."

So far, no signs of flu mutation have emerged, according the Ministry of Heath's spokesman. But experts say that A/H1N1 has emerged one of the most common flu viruses in China. Many regions have entered into a highly-infectious portion of the flu season, with reports mounting day by day. Severe cases have expanded, particularly in a most implausible group teenagers.

Dr. Zhong Nanshan said, "It's still unknown why many teenagers who are young and healthy show severe symptoms after being infected. The virus harms their lungs, and causes severe breathing difficulty, which is different from common pneumonia. It's very difficult to cure such cases."

Measures against the aggressive flu include vaccinations and a healthy lifestyle.
Experts urge people to get inoculated early and see a doctor immediately upon being infected. Plentiful sleep, a clean indoor environment, and healthy eating will also help improve one's immunity from the disease.

Meanwhile, the use of Traditional Chinese Medicine is being encouraged as a treatment. An ongoing annual TCM meeting in Guangzhou released a report showing Traditional Chinese Medicine's curative effect on A/H1N1, based on hundreds of clinical and experimental test results. It says that combining Chinese and Western medicine will achieve a better effect.

The Ministry of Health also denies the claims of a self-styled "anti-microbe" mask, produced by a Tianjin factory, saying the facial covering is no different than other masks. Experts from the Center for Disease Control say a qualified medical mask is sufficient to prevent infection, as the virus is transmitted mainly through respiratory spray.

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