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画像 ニューヨーク市公立中学校の副校長ミッチェル・ウィーナーは、日曜朝に、豚インフルエンザによりクイーンズの病院ICUで死亡した。
 副校長の死亡の数時間前に更に5つのクイーンズの学校が閉鎖された。金曜日に米国での感染者数は「10万人以上」の可能性があり、ほとんどは症状が軽いが、173人が入院し5人が死亡したとCDCの発表があった。日本での豚インフルエンザ感染は週末に急増し、1,000以上の学校や幼稚園が閉鎖となった。
 保健当局は普通の季節性インフルエンザでも数千人が合併症で死亡するので、驚くことではないと言う。ウィーナー氏は痛風で服薬中であった。
 ニューヨーク市保健局長トーマスR.フリーデン博士は、市内の多くで発症が増加しているが、季節性インフルエンザより危険だとは言えず、毎年インフルエンザで約1,000人のニューヨーカーが死亡していることを忘れてはならないと言う。フラッシング病院メディカル・センターによれば、ウィーナー氏は実験的な治療薬リバビリンを開始したが病状に圧倒されたという。
 家族は金曜日に、警戒をトーンダウンさせたニューヨーク市当局を激しく非難した。同じ学校で働く妻ボニーはすぐに学校閉鎖をしなかったことを非難し、何かが上手く動いていないと言う。先週遅くにクイーンズの5学校とブルックリンの1学校を閉鎖し、木曜日以来で11校となった。豚インフルエンザとは確認されないがインフルエンザ様の疾患が異常に多発したため、学校閉鎖を決めたと市当局は言う。
 ウィーナー氏は1978年9月に中学校238に就任し、2007年7月に副校長となった。
 ウィーナー氏の死亡直前に市当局は、肺気腫・糖尿病・喘息などの基礎疾患を持っている人は予防的に抗ウイルス剤を服用するかどうかを医師に相談するように薦めた。ウイルスの蔓延を阻止できる見込みはなく、持病を持つ人が重大な病状にならないように学校閉鎖と警告をしたと言う。
 フリーデン博士は、金曜日にオバマ大統領からCDC所長に指名され、6月に就任するが、ワクチン開発のためのマンハッタン計画を設置するよう連邦政府に勧めた。
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季節性インフルエンザの拡大は新型インフルエンザが関連/米国医療事情 新型インフルエンザ
http://kurie.at.webry.info/200905/article_28.html
ニューヨークの3つの学校がインフルエンザで学校閉鎖/米国 豚インフルエンザ
http://kurie.at.webry.info/200905/article_27.html
誤った安全感覚に警告/豚インフルエンザ WHO ワクチン
http://kurie.at.webry.info/200905/article_29.html
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New York Reports Its First Swine Flu Death
Ruby Washington/The New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/18/nyregion/18swine.html
By ANEMONA HARTOCOLLIS
Published: May 17, 2009

画像Joseph Gates, right, principal of Intermediate School 238 in Queens. Mitchell Wiener, the assistant principal, died on Sunday.

An assistant principal at a New York City public school died of complications from swine flu in an intensive care unit of a Queens hospital on Sunday night, the first death in New York State of the flu strain that has swept across much of the world since it was first identified in April.

Mitchell Wiener, the assistant principal of Intermediate School 238 in Hollis, Queens, died Sunday.

Hours before the death of the assistant principal, Mitchell Wiener, city officials announced that five more Queens schools had closed.

On Friday, Dr. Daniel Jernigan, head of flu epidemiology for the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said there had been 173 hospitalizations and 5 deaths reported to the agency. But he emphasized that most cases in the United States ― possibly “upwards of 100,000” ― were mild.

In Japan, the number of swine flu cases soared over the weekend, and authorities closed more than 1,000 schools and kindergartens .

Mr. Wiener’s death, which came five days after he entered the hospital and three days after his school, Intermediate School 238 in Hollis, Queens, was shut down by health officials, raised the level of concern among the public, especially parents, but health officials played down the significance of the death to public policy.

Health officials said Sunday that the death was not surprising, since even in a normal flu season, thousands of victims die of complications from the disease.

Mr. Wiener had a history of medical problems that may have put him at greater risk, the officials said. His family said that he had suffered from gout but that it was under control with medication.

The city’s health commissioner, Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, called the death “terribly tragic,” and said, “Our heart goes out to the family and to the community.”

“We are now seeing a rising tide of flu in many parts of New York City,” Dr. Frieden said. But he added: “Nothing we’ve seen so far suggests that it’s more dangerous to someone who gets it than the flu that comes every year. We should not forget that the flu that comes every year kills about 1,000 New Yorkers.”

Mr. Wiener, 55, had been “overwhelmed” by the illness, despite beginning a course of treatment with an experimental drug, Ribavirin, after he failed to respond to other antiviral drugs, according to Ole Pedersen, a spokesman for Flushing Hospital Medical Center, where Mr. Wiener had been a patient since Wednesday.

After an early period of high alert when the virus was first detected in New York City, officials had more recently toned down their concern, leading Mr. Wiener’s family to lash out on Friday.

His wife, Bonnie, a reading teacher, blamed the city for failing to act sooner to close the school where she and her husband both worked. “I know we have a duty to educate the children of New York,” Ms. Wiener, who is not sick, said on Friday. But, she added, “something just doesn’t fit right.”

Late last week, the city closed five schools in Queens and one in Brooklyn, after five cases of swine flu were confirmed, including that of Mr. Wiener.

The city said on Sunday that it was closing the five additional schools because of the large number of children coming down with flulike symptoms like fever and coughing. That brought the number of schools closed in New York City to 11 since Thursday and to at least 15 since the virus was identified in April.

Jessica Scaperotti, a spokeswoman for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, said that there were no more confirmed cases of swine flu but that the department had decided to close the schools because of “unusually high and increasing levels of influenzalike illness.”

A total of 105 students were documented with flulike illness at Middle School 158 in Bayside, Our Lady of Lourdes in Queens Village and a building in Flushing that houses three schools with a total of 1,320 students, including Intermediate School 25. All of the schools will be closed beginning Monday for at least five days, the department said.

“We are evaluating the situation and looking at all schools in New York City and making decisions on a case-by-case basis,” Ms. Scaperotti said.

In a statement, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg asked New Yorkers to keep Mr. Wiener’s family “in their thoughts and prayers.” The mayor added, “He was a well-liked and devoted educator, and his death is a loss for our schools and our city.”

Ernest A. Logan, president of the principals’ union, called Mr. Wiener “the truest kind of educational leader, unsung, yet absolutely dedicated to his students, his teachers and fellow administrators.”

Chancellor Joel I. Klein and Randi Weingarten, president of the teachers’ union, were among the many officials who offered condolences. Ms. Weingarten said the death was a reminder of the need to monitor schools for flu outbreaks.

Mr. Wiener was hired as a teacher at Intermediate School 238 in September 1978, after working as a substitute teacher in the city six months. He became assistant principal of the school in July 2007.


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