The H1N1 Flu Actual Pandemic of Aught-Nine: Day 11–Another Death

Oh, dear. The death toll has doubled, and in a way just as sad as the toddler dying. This time the flu killed a pregnant woman (they saved the baby, apparently) who had been suffering from health problems already. It seems like the perfect story for the media to exploit, but I have restrained from looking up the details. I don’t think pregnant is medically complicated enough to set you up for death from this flu. I’m very curious about the circumstances of the birth, like if it was a very last minute emergency or if she was induced/c-sectioned and then got sicker or something. I expect some lurid account to appear in headline form in Yahoo mail any day now. I mean, she was American and everything, and now there’s a motherless child in the mix. That’s going to be a hard thing to grow up with; at least the guilt of a “death by childbirth” will be absent. At least they saved the baby.

Here’s the latest…

The CDC Update on US Cases of H1N1 Flu:
May 6, 2009, 11:00 AM EDT
Alabama: 4 person
Arizona: 48 people (+31)
California: 67 people (+18)
Colorado: 17 people (+11)
Connecticut: 4 people (+2)
Delaware: 33 people (+11)
Florida: 5 people
Georgia: 3 people (new!)
Hawaii: 3 people (new! and noteworthy… who brought it there?)
Idaho: 1 person (new!)
Illinois: 122 people (+40… The measles outbreak there a few years ago spread rapidly through a church. I wonder if the same is happening with this disease.)
Indiana: 15 people (+12)
Iowa: 1 person
Kansas: 2 people
Kentucky: 2 people (+1)
Louisiana: 7 people
Maine: 1 person
Maryland: 4 people
Massachusetts: 45 people (+39)
Michigan: 8 people (+6)
Minnesota: 1 person
Missouri: 2 people (+1)
Nebraska: 4 people (+3)
Nevada: 5 people (+4)
New Hampshire: 2 people (+2)
New Jersey: 7 people (+1)
New Mexico: 3 people (+2)
New York: 90 people
North Carolina: 7 people (+6)
Ohio: 5 people (+2)
Oklahoma: 1 person (new!)
Oregon: 15 people
Pennsylvania: 1 person
Rhode Island: 2 people (+1)
South Carolina: 16
Tennessee: 2 people
Texas: 61 people (+20), 2 deaths
Utah: 1 person
Virginia: 3 people
Washington: 9 people (new!)
Wisconsin: 6 people (+3)

WHO Update 17 (they haven’t reported the second U.S. death yet):

As of 06:00 GMT, 6 May 2009, 22 countries have officially reported 1516 cases of influenza A (H1N1) infection.

Mexico has reported 822 laboratory confirmed human cases of infection, including 29 deaths. The United States has reported 403 laboratory confirmed human cases, including one death.

The following countries have reported laboratory confirmed cases with no deaths – Austria (1), Canada (165), China, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (1), Colombia (1), Costa Rica (1), Denmark (1), El Salvador (2), France (4), Germany (9), Guatemala (1), Ireland (1), Israel (4), Italy (5), Netherlands (1), New Zealand (6), Portugal (1), Republic of Korea (2), Spain (57), Switzerland (1) and the United Kingdom (27).

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