ニューヨークで2人目の死者/豚インフルエンザ

 ニューヨーク市の保健当局は、豚インフルエンザにより50代の女性が2人目の犠牲者となったと日曜日(05/24)に発表した。重症化するような基礎疾患を持っていたという。5月17日に亡くなったミッチェル・ウィーナー(クイーンズ中学校の副校長)が確定されて以来のことであるが、死亡した病院や死亡の詳細は明らかにすることは辞退された。米国での11人目の死者となる。ブルームバーグ市長は、自らの父親も50代で亡くなり、大変辛かったと述べた。
 市当局は、金土日で感染者数は57-68-94と増加し入院患者も増加しているというが、現在何人が入院していて、何人が重体なのかを発表していない。聖ルカ・ルーズベルト病院センターには重体の患者がいるという。
 WHOによれば金曜日までに、43ヶ国、12,022人が確認され、86人が死亡したという。半分以上が米国で確定され、75人の死亡がメキシコからである。
 クイーンズの聖フランシス私立高等学校から始まり、数十の学校を閉鎖に追いやった。ウィーナー氏が副校長だった中学校238も含め、20校が火曜日に再開される予定になっている。しかし、17の公立学校とプログラムが木曜日まで閉鎖される予定だ。
 ブルックリンのgreater Flatbush地域の少なくとも4つのYeshiva学院が閉鎖された、欠席率が異常に高く週末の調査で豚インフルエンザが確認された。
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2nd Death in New York City Linked to Swine Flu
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/25/nyregion/25swine.html
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By ANEMONA HARTOCOLLIS
Published: May 24, 2009

A second New York City resident, a woman from Queens in her 50s, has died from swine flu, the city’s health department said on Sunday.

The woman had an underlying health condition that made her more at risk from the disease, said Jessica Scaperotti, a health department spokeswoman.

Mitchell Wiener, an assistant principal at a Queens middle school, who died on May 17, became the first person in New York State to die of the flu strain that has swept across much of the world since it was first identified in April.

Ms. Scaperotti declined to reveal any further details of the latest death, including the hospital where the woman had been treated. But she said that the woman died sometime over the past two days and that testing had confirmed that the woman had the H1N1 virus. She would be the 11th confirmed death caused by swine flu in the United States.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, in a statement released Sunday night, said: “My father also died in his 50s because of an underlying health condition. I remember how hard that was on my mother, my sister and me, and my thoughts and prayers are with this woman’s family.”

The number of people hospitalized with swine flu since the beginning of the outbreak in New York City at the end of April had risen to 94 on Sunday from 68 Saturday and 57 on Friday, health department officials said, suggesting that the rate of infection and hospitalization might be increasing.

Ms. Scaperotti could not say how many of those patients were now hospitalized or how many were in critical condition. On Friday, St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center said it had a patient in critical condition with swine flu at its location in Morningside Heights. Doctors there were optimistic that the patient’s condition was improving.

“As we see more cases in the community we are going to see more severe illness and possibly death,” Ms. Scaperotti said. “If you’re sick right now with flu, you probably have H1N1.”

By Friday, 12,022 cases of swine flu, including 86 deaths, had been reported to the World Health Organization from 43 countries. More than half of the cases were from the United States; of the deaths, 75 were reported by Mexico.

On Sunday, health officials in New York continued to stress that anyone with underlying health conditions ― like diabetes, asthma, emphysema or a compromised immune system ― who is exposed to flu should seek medical attention.

“It’s obviously a very stressful time for people in Queens,” said Eric N. Gioia, a Queens councilman. “I don’t know anyone who doesn’t know someone who has gotten the flu.”

“We all want a lot more information,” he added. “We feel there’s a huge disconnect with what’s going on out there with what we’re hearing from City Hall.”

The flu’s New York City history began in Queens at St. Francis Preparatory School, where hundreds of students became ill and 69 cases were confirmed, and it has caused dozens of city schools to close. Twenty of the schools ― all but four in Queens ― are to reopen on Tuesday, including Intermediate School 238 in Queens, where Mr. Wiener, 55, was the assistant principal.

Seventeen public schools and programs will still be closed, although they are all slated to reopen by Thursday.

In addition, at least four yeshivas in the greater Flatbush area of Brooklyn have voluntarily closed due to swine flu, according to Assemblyman Dov Hikind, who represents the district.

The schools were Magen David Yeshiva, Yeshiva Tiferes Yisroel, Masores Bais Yaakov and Yeshiva Shaarei Torah.

Each school had an unusually high absentee rate, and upon investigation this weekend, school officials discovered probable or confirmed swine flu cases.

David W. Chen and Jennifer 8. Lee contributed reporting.


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