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 ブルックリンの学校に通っていた11歳の女の子が豚インフルエンザウイルスに感染した後に死亡したと、木曜日に級友や学校関係者が明らかにした。
 ニューヨーク市の公立学校学生の最初の死者であり、市当局が木曜に発表した今週死亡した3人の新たな死者の1人である。バーローパークの中学校223と同じ建物にある Urban Assembly School for Criminal Justice の6年生である。気分が悪く咳き込んでいたので早退したと級友が言う。市教育局によれば最近数日の出席状況は異常なかった。約1週間前に咳き込みと腹痛を訴えていた。肥満があったらしい。
 他の2人の死者は、1人は2才以下でこの年齢では2人目の死者となり、もう1人は30代だと、市当局は言う。少なくとも市内で15人の死者が出たことになり、インフルエンザの広がりへの対応に問題点はないか市当局の対応に疑問が出されている。市議会の公聴会でも、情報提供が遅く、学校閉鎖の決定に問題があると指摘された。市当局は、事実上、死んだ人々のすべてが、よりインフルエンザに影響され易い条件を持っていたと言う。しかし、その条件について特定せず、ハイリスク因子として心疾患・肥満・65才以上の3つの内少なくとも1つ以上持っていたという。なぜここまで情報を隠すのかという質問には、新しい保健局長Dr. Thomas A. Farleyは、個人情報保護の問題をあげ、市当局をかばった。先月はER受診者の増加懸念があったが、その後は減少しているという。
 次のインフルエンザの季節に向け準備が必要であり、連邦の財政支出援助が重要と局長は言う。
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http://kurie.at.webry.info/200906/article_15.html
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http://kurie.at.webry.info/200906/article_7.html
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http://kurie.at.webry.info/200906/article_2.html
ニューヨーク市公立中学の副校長が豚インフルエンザで死亡/米国 新型インフルエンザ
http://kurie.at.webry.info/200905/article_33.html

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New Victims of Swine Flu Include 11-Year-Old
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/12/nyregion/12student.html

By JAVIER C. HERNANDEZ
Published: June 11, 2009

An 11-year-old girl who attended a Brooklyn school has died after becoming infected with the swine flu virus, classmates and school officials said on Thursday.

The death, which occurred this week, was the first of a public school student in New York City and one of three new flu deaths that city health officials announced on Thursday.

The girl, whose name was not released, was in the sixth grade at the Urban Assembly School for Criminal Justice, which shares a building with Intermediate School 223 in Borough Park. Students were seen carrying letters home announcing the death and advising parents to keep their children in class. An evening play at the school was canceled.

“I’m scared,” said Brenda Barranco, 12, who was leaving school early because she felt sick and was coughing. But attendance has been relatively normal at both the Urban Assembly School and I.S. 223 in recent days, according to the Department of Education.

Two 13-year-old girls who knew the student who died said that she enjoyed giving hugs and was “very joyful and playful.”

They said that when they last saw her about a week ago she was coughing and complaining of stomach pain. She was overweight, the girls said ― a factor that can make people vulnerable to the virus, health experts have said.

The other two new deaths were of a child younger than 2, the second death of a child that young, and a person older than 30, the health department said.

City health officials continued to face questions over their handling of the spread of swine flu, which has killed at least 15 people in the city.

At a City Council hearing on the issue on Thursday, council members said that the city had been slow to provide information about the illness and that its decisions to close schools seemed arbitrary.

Councilman Peter F. Vallone Jr. of Queens said the public should be told if those who die after contracting the virus have pre-existing illnesses. Health officials have said that virtually all of those who have died had a condition that made them more susceptible to the flu.

But the officials have not specified those conditions, and the list of high-risk factors is so long ― including heart disease, obesity and being older than 65 ― that as many as one in three New Yorkers may have at least one.

“Why is the information about the people who have succumbed to this flu being kept secret?” Mr. Vallone asked.

The new health commissioner, Dr. Thomas A. Farley, defended the city’s reluctance to divulge details about people who have come down with the virus.

“We have to separate what’s important for people to know and plan versus privacy,” Dr. Farley said. “Specific medical information about individual patients will not change how an individual or an organization responds.”

Council members also expressed concern about the increase in visits to emergency rooms last month. Health officials said the number of visits appeared to be declining, but the department would continue to monitor the data.

Dr. Farley said increased federal funding would be crucial as the city prepared for the next flu season and the possibility that a more severe strain of the virus would develop. Flu seasons typically begin in the fall and peak in the winter.

As of Thursday, city officials estimated that swine flu had spread rapidly, affecting more than half a million people.

But since the beginning of the outbreak, only 567 New Yorkers have been hospitalized with swine flu.

City officials suggested that the low rate of hospitalization indicated how mild the strain of virus had been.

Ann Farmer, Anemona Hartocollis and Karen Zraick contributed reporting.

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