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  • Swine flu: Mexico's patient zero is baby girl

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/sw...baby-girl.html


    Swine flu: Mexico's patient zero is baby girl
    Mexico's first known swine flu case was a six-month-old baby girl in a northern part of the country who had no known contact with pig farms, the head of a laboratory studying the virus has said.


    Published: 2:00AM BST 24 Jul 2009

    "It's a six-month-old baby girl from San Luis Potosi who is alive" and first showed symptoms of the new strain of the influenza A(H1N1) virus on February 24, said Celia Alpuche of the Institute of Epidemiological Diagnosis and Reference (INDRE) in Mexico City.

    Worldwide media honed in on two possible "patient zeros," including a five-year-old boy who lived near a pig farm in eastern Mexico and a woman from Oaxaca, in the southeast, after the government first raised the A(H1N1) alert exactly three months ago.

    Both had contracted the virus, which has now killed more than 700 people worldwide, in April.

    But studies carried out on a backlog of samples show that a first handful of recorded cases appeared in March in central and northern Mexico, before any showed up further south, said Alpuche.

    "We have other positive samples in March from Baja California, San Luis Potosi and Mexico City," Ms Alpuche said, referring to results discovered around one month ago.

    "It's complicated to say where it originated but the earlier samples are not from rural areas, that's to say areas with farms (or) pigs," she added.

    Mexico's swine flu death toll now stands at 138, with almost 14,800 recorded cases, and the country has recently seen an upsurge of cases in the impoverished southeast.

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    Re: Swine flu: Mexico's patient zero is baby girl

    A/Mexico/0/2009-02-24(H1N1)

    Baby didn't play with pigs. Mother, father were sick at that time ?
    Alpuche has sequences ?

    check the imports of pigs from Eurasia from Jan.,Feb.
    are there antibodies ? How long do pigs live ?
    Progress is slow, it took 3 months that they found it
    I'm interested in expert panflu damage estimates
    my current links: http://bit.ly/hFI7H ILI-charts: http://bit.ly/CcRgT

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      Re: Swine flu: Mexico's patient zero is baby girl

      referring to results discovered around one month ago.
      From the pandemic workshop last month (when will they release the results?):
      Jacqueline Katz, Ph.D.: Work is ongoing and we hope to get serum in the next few weeks. There is one large serosurvey underway in Mexico, but trying to discriminate between novel H1N1 and seasonal influenza is very complicated.
      The salvage of human life ought to be placed above barter and exchange ~ Louis Harris, 1918

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        Re: Swine flu: Mexico's patient zero is baby girl

        Originally posted by gsgs View Post
        A/Mexico/0/2009-02-24(H1N1)

        Baby didn't play with pigs. Mother, father were sick at that time ?
        Alpuche has sequences ?

        check the imports of pigs from Eurasia from Jan.,Feb.
        are there antibodies ? How long do pigs live ?
        Progress is slow, it took 3 months that they found it
        This person was infected by another person, as were other early cases from urban settings (as well as unreported cases - MOST pandemic H1N1 cases, including the first cases in the US are MILD and do NOT involve medical exams, reports, or testing.
        Last edited by sharon sanders; July 24, 2009, 05:37 AM. Reason: typo

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        • #5
          Swine flu 'patient zero' found in Mexico

          From Times Online July 24, 2009

          Swine flu 'patient zero' found in Mexico
          Times Online

          The world's first known swine flu victim was a six-month-old baby girl in northern Mexico who had no known contact with pig farms, the head of a laboratory studying the virus said on Thursday.

          "It's a six-month-old baby girl from San Luis Potosi who is alive" said Celia Alpuche of the Institute of Epidemiological Diagnosis and Reference (INDRE) in Mexico City.

          The little girl first showed symptoms of the new strain of the influenza A(H1N1) virus on February 24, she said.

          International attention has focused on two possible 'patient zeros', including a five-year-old boy who lived near a pig farm in eastern Mexico and a woman from Oaxaca, in the southeast, after the government first raised the A(H1N1) alert three months ago.

          Both had contracted the virus, which has now killed more than 700 people worldwide, in April.

          But studies carried out on a backlog of samples show that a first handful of recorded cases appeared in March in central and northern Mexico, before any showed up further south, said Ms Alpuche.

          "We have other positive samples in March from Baja California (northwest), San Luis Potosi and Mexico City (centre)," Ms Alpuche said, referring to results discovered around one month ago.

          "It's complicated to say where it originated but the earlier samples are not from rural areas, that's to say areas with farms (or) pigs," she added.

          Mexico's swine flu death toll now stands at 138, with almost 14,800 recorded cases, and the country has recently seen an upsurge of cases in the impoverished southeast.

          http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/new...cle6725830.ece

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            Re: Swine flu: Mexico's patient zero is baby girl

            (last post merged into this thread)

            .
            "The next major advancement in the health of American people will be determined by what the individual is willing to do for himself"-- John Knowles, Former President of the Rockefeller Foundation

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              Re: Swine flu: Mexico's patient zero is baby girl

              > One from Tlaxcala (3 March) and two from Mexico City (8 and 10 March).
              > "We are absolutely done with retesting of all the valid samples we received at InDRE
              > 1 January until now,? Alpuche noted.

              http://blogs.sciencemag.org/sciencei...other-new.html


              (none from Baja California ?)
              I'm interested in expert panflu damage estimates
              my current links: http://bit.ly/hFI7H ILI-charts: http://bit.ly/CcRgT

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