Posted on October 15th, 2009 No comments
A pregnant teenager has died after contracting swine flu. The 17-year-old, who was from the Scottish Borders, has not yet been named.
When she contracted influenza A (H1N1), she was already pregnant, which makes women more likely to face difficulties related to the virus.
Following the death, Scotland’s Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon urged all pregnant women to get vaccinated to protect themselves and their babies.
She said: “The death of this young mother-to-be and her baby is deeply saddening and my thoughts are with her family and friends.
“Medical experts have been telling us that pregnant women are more vulnerable to developing complications after contracting the virus.
“For this reason, they will be among the priority groups for vaccination when the H1N1 vaccine becomes available later this month.”
Due to the sudden nature of this death, a report has been sent to the procurator fiscal, the official who investigates sudden fatalities.
The latest figures for Scotland reveal the number of community samples that tested positive for H1N1 has increased to 29.3% from 16.4% last week.
There have been fifteen deaths linked to the virus since the start of the outbreak in the country.
Posted on October 1st, 2009 No comments
The number of new swine flu cases jumped in a week, indicating the start of a second wave of infections as the northern hemisphere winter nears, health officials said Thursday.
About 14,000 people contracted the A(H1N1) virus in England in the previous week, up from 9,000 the week before, while cases in Scotland almost doubled to 13,800, according to the Health Protection Agency.
“It’s steadily mounting,” Chief Medical Officer Liam Donaldson.
“We’re not seeing the sort of explosive increase, doubling week on week that we’ve seen in some previous pandemics, but it is the start of the second peak, we are pretty confident of that,” he told the BBC.
The figures are nowhere near the peak of more than 100,000 new cases in a week in July. But Donaldson said: “There is still time for that to happen.”
Vaccinations are expected to start later this month throughout Britain.
“The good news about the vaccine is that we got the green light, the approval of the vaccine in Europe and we expect to be able to begin to administer it in the second half of October,” he told Sky News.
The number of deaths of people with swine flu stands at 85 in Britain, with 72 in England, 10 in Scotland, two in Northern Ireland and one in Wales.
The Republic of Ireland reported Thursday two more deaths, bringing the total number of swine flu-linked fatalities there to four.
British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline announced Wednesday that it would next week begin shipping its swine flu vaccine Pandemrix across Europe, following approval by regulators.