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Monday, August 30, 2010

New Zealand : Pandemic Influenza H1N1 2009 (swine flu) - Update 204

The latest H1N1 update from New Zealand's Ministry of Health, update 204 :

" Influenza H1N1 activity is continuing across the country, with variable rates of infection according to geographic region. Recent information suggests that some regions may be starting to see a decline in influenza activity, especially in the North Island where most activity has been occurring. However, it is too early to tell whether this is the start of a downward trend.

The number of calls to Healthline is still higher than normal, though the number of calls requiring assessment of influenza-like illness seems to be decreasing.

As at midday today, there have been 609 hospitalisations of laboratory-confirmed cases of pandemic influenza H1N1, including 14 people currently in intensive care. So far this year, a total of 99 people with confirmed H1N1 have been admitted to intensive care. These figures do not include influenza-like illness among people admitted to hospital without a positive H1N1 laboratory test result.

Since last Thursday's update, there has been an additional death linked to swine flu, bringing the total this year to 16. Twelve of these deaths have so far been confirmed as being due to swine flu. Further information on the latest death is available on Auckland DHB’s website."

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