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    Dominican Republic confirms first A/H1N1 flu death (Xinhua, edited)
    Dominican Republic confirms first A/H1N1 flu death

    www.chinaview.cn 2009-06-06 06:41:31
    HAVANA, June 5 (Xinhua)


    Dominican Republic confirmed on Friday the first death of the A/H1N1 flu in the country, becoming the fourth country in Latin America to report a flu death.


    According to reports reaching here from Santo Domingo, Dominican Public Health Ministry also reported 11 new cases of the H1N1 flu, bringing the total in the country to 44.

    The ministry said that in the case the patient who died was a 17-year-old woman with 27 weeks of pregnancy and she had complications with diabetes and tuberculosis, which produced her death.

    According to the authorities to the moment only three patients have been hospitalized.

    Meanwhile, authorities also said that the lab tests continue with 638 samples of possible cases at the specialized lab they opened on Wednesday.
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    <cite cite="http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-06/06/content_11496430.htm">Dominican Republic confirms first A/H1N1 flu death_English_Xinhua</cite>

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    Re: Dominican Republic confirms first A/H1N1 flu death (Xinhua, edited)

    <TABLE class=PAGEBG border=0 cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width="100%"><TBODY><TR><TD class=STORYTITLE>Pregnant teenager first Caribbean swine flu death; TT case confirmed</TD><TD class=STORYTEXT> </TD></TR><TR><TD class=STORYTEXT width=5> </TD><TD class=STORYTEXT> </TD><TD class=STORYTEXT> </TD></TR><TR><TD class=STORYTEXT width=5> </TD><TD class=STORYTEXT><TABLE class=PAGEBG border=0 cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width=196 align=left><TBODY><TR><TD class=PICTUREBORDER colSpan=5 align=middle></TD><TD width=5> </TD></TR><TR><TD class=PHOTOCAPTIONEX colSpan=5 align=left>The death makes that island the sixth country to register deaths from the virus. The other 125 were in Mexico where it was first identified, the United States, Canada, Chile and Colombia.(File photo)</TD><TD> </TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, June 6, 2009 - A 17-year-old in the Dominican Republic who was six months pregnant has died after contracting the H1N1 virus. It's the first death reported from the virus in the Caribbean.
    The teenager, who also had tuberculosis, died at a hospital in the capital, Santo Domingo.
    The death makes that island the sixth country to register deaths from the virus. The other 125 were in Mexico where it was first identified, the United States, Canada, Chile and Colombia.
    The confirmed cases of the virus in the Dominican Republic have reached 44, health officials there also revealed yesterday.
    And as they were reporting that news, it was also confirmed in Trinidad and Tobago that the woman who tested negative, then positive, for the virus does have the illness.
    Health Minister Jerry Narace told a press conference yesterday evening that after running several tests on the woman, who recently returned home from a trip through Europe, confirmation of the latest results has come from the Caribbean Epidemiology Centre (CAREC).
    He said the woman, whose identity has not been revealed, is "doing well" and remains in isolation in her home, but is being monitored by doctors from his ministry.
    "The Ministry also developed a list of persons with whom this patient has been in contact and has been following up with all of them. So far, there are no indications of illness or symptoms in any of them," he said.
    Chief Medical Officer Dr Anton Cumberbatch told the press conference that when the woman came through Piarco International Airport on her return, she showed no signs or symptoms of the H1N1 virus and when she first became ill, she went to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, but the screening test gave a negative result.
    "We have screening test and confirmatory test...and the protocol that we have in place is that even though the screening test comes back negative, we do not accept that first negative as negative, so we double check," he explained.
    Further testing showed she was positive and the additional testing confirmed she had the flu.
    Minister Narace said measures have been implemented to review and strengthen all current procedures, which include receiving additional supplies of Tamiflu and an additional 450 kits of Personal Protective Equipment. He said the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) has also set aside US$70,000 to assist the country.

    http://www.caribbean360.com/News/Car...000007688.html
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      Re: Dominican Republic confirms first A/H1N1 flu death (Xinhua, edited)

      Source: http://www.barrigaverde.net/?q=node/1914

      Google translation:

      Saturday June 06, 2009 | Last Update 05:11 PM
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      Director refutes report on hospital patient death by influenza A
      By: National Editor | 5:01 PM

      SANTO DOMINGO, June 6 .- The director of the hospital, where the Ministry of Public Health (SESPAS) Dominican ranked the first death from influenza A (H1N1, refuted and clarified the information that the person died of pulmonary tuberculosis.

      In its bulletin number five, the agency determined the death last June 4, but actually occurred on 2, said Dr. Juan Cid, director of the hospital Maternidad Nuestra Seņora de la Altagracia.

      The victim of influenza was a teenager of 17 years, with a pregnancy of 27 weeks, suffering from pulmonary tuberculosis and severe heart defects, points where the match reports and SESPAS doctor.

      The income of the couple, whose name is kept anonymous, registered on May 31 due to respiratory distress, cyanosis and heart disease, the physician said to a local newspaper.


      Health authorities have not indicated on the denial, but may do so this Saturday when casting the part of the expansion in the Dominican ailment, of which there are 44 cases, mostly with mild symptoms, according to the SESPAS.
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