Now 107 Confirmed Cases of H1N1 Influenza in Panama
Friday, May 29 2009 @ 09:01 AM EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Yesterday Panama's Ministry of Health reported twenty new confirmed cases of H1N1 influenza in Panama, bringing the total up to 107 cases, thanks to the arrival of more laboratory testing materials from the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. Now the Gorgas Commemorative Institute is clearing out their backlog of samples that were pending to be tested. The great majority of the cases are clustered in the urban areas of Panama City and San Miguelito, and the majority of patients are minor children under 15 years of age. The World Health Organization now reports a total of 15,510 cases in 53 countries around the world with 99 deaths for a .63% mortality rate based on available data. The largest numbers of new cases reported in the past 24 hours were 1,163 from the United States, 369 from Mexico, and 197 from Canada. There were four new deaths reported in the past 24 hours, one in Canada, two in Mexico, and one in the United States. The World Health Organization is focusing their attention on Southern Hemisphere countries where it is currently the winter cold and flu season. Today Chile reports 79 new cases, bringing their total to 165. Australia reports 108 new cases for a total of 147, and Argentina reports 18 new cases for a total of 37. Meanwhile, back in Panama, it has now become clear that the focus of governmental health care authorities has shifted from trying to find and identify every case, and they are now using the limited testing supplies to identify cases of H1N1 infection in people who are seriously ill. Without a doubt the virus is now firmly entrenched in the Panamanian population and at this point there's little the authorities can do besides observe the impact of the virus, treat the sick, and continue to try to educate people on the best ways to avoid spreading or contracting the virus. There is an obvious difference between the "reported" or "confirmed" numbers of cases and the "actual" number of people in Panama who are infected. In reality, the number of people who are sick with this virus is much, much higher than what's being detected and reported.
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