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    Woman who died in hospital of Meissen is the first new case of death from influenza in Colombia

    This is one of Bogota 24 years, a few days ago that came to this hospital, suffering from respiratory failure. The news was confirmed by the Minister of Social Protection, Diego Palacio.

    Palacio, in a press conference, said that this situation requires that governments and national and district health workers to strengthen the surveillance. "

    "The virus is circulating in an autonomous way. We need the commitment of citizens who have the flu table using mask," the senior official.

    For its part, Health Secretary of Bogota, Hector Zambrano, said the person entered the hospital with fever Meissen "and made clear that his family is safe."

    However, "are being pertienentes contacts with people who were associated with the deceased, he said.

    Off protocol

    According Zambrano of the market women "who had left the context of the protocol" for handling the new flu. "

    "What we had were cases of people who came from Mexico and United States. But now the virus is confirmed in a native," he explained.

    In turn, Juan Gonzalo Lopez, director of National Institute of Health explained that the case is handled as unusually severe acute respiratory infection. At the Institute, we do pathological study of medicine and have died as a result of pneumonia, but his After virus infection has. That is what is known epidemiological link, "said

    Second death

    This is the second fatal case in South America after the case reported in Chile.

    The woman, who died within hours of admission to hospital, had signs of pneumonia.

    After carrying out the lifting of the body (procedure where the patient is unable to be formally admitted to hospital), staff of the OTP samples from the patient to rule out infection AH1N1.

    On Friday night, in a conversation with TIME, the director of the institution, Carlos Lizcano said he could be a bacterial pneumonia, because the records of the initial blood cultures showed the presence of bacteria.

    However, since that day was awaiting the results of the analysis performed on samples of the girl, died last Thursday morning.

    To our knowledge, the women did not travel to areas affected by the epidemic, so the infection could have occurred by contact with people close to Bogota.

    According to official sources, the relatives of deceased patients would also be affected by the virus.

    New cases

    Today they met three new confirmed cases of flu in the country, bringing to 28 the total number. Until yesterday the Minister of Social Protection, Diego Palacio, spoke of 25 cases.

    Two new cases were reported in Barranquilla, and the third in Medell?n.

    According to the National Institute of Health, 22 of those 28 cases involved people who traveled abroad.

    On May 3 was confirmed in the first patient with Zipaquira AH1N1 flu in the country. So far there has been talk of 164 suspected cases, of which it has been possible to confirm 28.

    International registrations about 25 thousand cases in 73 countries, to which the deputy director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Keiji Fukuda, said that the world is "very close" to a true influenza pandemic.

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    Re: Colombia: 1st death from AH1N1 reported


    Colombia reported the first death from influenza

    * By: Agency | 2009-06-09

    Source: Reuters
    Colombian authorities announced the death of a woman of 24 years, a victim of influenza AH1N1; is the first fatality from the virus in the country and third in South America

    BOGOTA, Colombia, in June. 9, 2009 .- A woman died last weekend in Bogota as a result of influenza A and became the first fatality of the disease in Colombia and the third in South America, health authorities reported.

    The Minister of Social Protection, Diego Palacio, stated that the patient, aged 24, was detained at the Hospital of Meissen, in the south of the Colombian capital, where he died this weekend due to a severe pneumonia virus.

    "It is a patient of 24 years, 35 are confirmed cases we have in Colombia, 34 of them have managed to succeed without any problem," the official said while recalling that this death is in addition to the 139 deaths confirmed by the Organization World Health Organization (WHO) to date.

    Palacio was "worried" because the woman contracted the virus by "an indigenous movement," ie, that she has no contact with people who have gone abroad.

    "This confirms that the virus is present in national territory which is beginning to move without having to be imported," he added.

    He still lacks some pathological analysis of women to fully confirm that it was influenza virus A.

    For his part, Health Secretary of Bogota, Hector Zambrano said he was the first death from the disease in Colombia and that confirmation was in large part because her husband and son were confirmed cases.

    "His family was already at risk, is being monitored and managed, we also find out all the contacts that this person had died," he added.

    Since May 3, when it was confirmed that a local person was central Zipaquira influenza A, the Colombian health authorities have reported 35 cases.

    In Colombia, there is an intensive educational campaign to warn people in case of symptoms and prevent the virus spreading AH1N1


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      Re: Colombia: 1st death from AH1N1 reported


      Colombian health officials report 1st swine flu death, of 24-year-old woman

      By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ? 42 minutes ago

      BOGOTA, Colombia ? Health authorities say a 24-year-old woman is the first person to die from swine flu in Colombia.

      Bogota Health Secretary Hector Zambrano says the woman was infected in Colombia and that officials "have found no evidence that this person had been in contact with anyone who had travelled abroad."

      Zambrano said Tuesday that the unidentified woman died last week in a hospital south of the capital. He says her husband and small son also were infected but that they are out of danger and under evaluation.

      A total of 28 people in Colombia have been infected with swine flu.


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        Re: Colombia: 1st death from AH1N1 reported

        Colombia confirms first A/H1N1 flu death 2009-06-10

        BOGOTA, June 9 (Xinhua) -- Colombia confirmed on Tuesday that a 24-year-old woman who infected A/H1N1 influenza virus died last weekend at a hospital south of the capital city, the first death from the flu in the country.

        Minister of Social Protection Diego Palacio said the woman died of severe pneumonia derived from the A/H1N1 influenza virus, which was also the third dead case in South America.

        Secretary of Health in Bogota Hector Zambrano said the woman had been admitted to the hospital of Meissen with fever symptom and signs of chronic pneumonia. Her husband and son were also confirmed being infected A/H1N1 influenza virus.

        "Her family members are in high risk and all of them are monitored at present. We are also looking for people who made contact with the woman," said Zambrano.

        Palacio said "The woman didn't contact with people back from foreign countries, which means the virus has presented in Colombia and the A/H1N1 influenza began circulating indigenously in this nation."

        Meanwhile, the number of confirmed cases of the

        A/H1N1 influenza virus in Colombia rose to 35
        on Tuesday, Palacio said, adding that 34 of whom are recovering satisfyingly without complication of the disease.

        Most of the A/H1N1 flu patients in Colombia had traveled to foreign countries, especially to Mexico, the United States, Panama and Honduras. They came back with symptoms of influenza, said Palacio.

        Colombia is the first South American country that reporting A/H1N1 flu case on May 3 in the city of Zipaquira.

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          Woman who died was infected in Colombia

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          10/06/2009 - 16:20
          Colombia reinforces surveillance after 1st death from influenza
          Bogot?, 10 jun (EFE) .- The Minister of Social Protection of Colombia, Diego Palacio, today announced the increase of surveillance in the country, which recently recorded its first death from swine flu.

          "We need to strengthen epidemiological surveillance and recommend health professionals to report any suspected case, whether the patient had been abroad or not," said Palacio.

          The Minister made mention of the wife of 24 years, last Thursday, died in Bogota as a result of a severe pneumonia caused by new influenza viruses.

          This death was reported yesterday by the authorities in the area of health and confirmed today by Palacio.

          In statements to the press, the Minister explained that the woman who died was infected in Colombia, which means that the virus of the disease already circulating in national territory.

          Palacio also said that so many countries confirm that internal movement, the World Health Organization (WHO) declaring the disease as a pandemic.

          This categorization, said, "requires much more careful" and that any patient is advised that, or not having had contact with patients outside the country, runs the risk of contracting the virus.



          10/06/2009 - 16h20
          Col?mbia refor?a vigil?ncia ap?s 1? morte por gripe
          Bogot?, 10 jun (EFE).- O ministro de Prote??o Social da Col?mbia, Diego Palacio, anunciou hoje o aumento da vigil?ncia epidemiol?gica no pa?s, que recentemente registrou sua primeira morte por gripe su?na.

          "? preciso fortalecer a vigil?ncia epidemiol?gica e recomendar os profissionais de sa?de a reportar qualquer caso suspeito, independentemente de o paciente ter estado ou n?o no exterior", alertou Palacio.

          O ministro fez men??o ? mulher de 24 anos que, na quinta-feira passada, morreu em Bogot? em decorr?ncia de uma pneumonia severa provocada pelo v?rus da nova gripe.

          Este ?bito foi comunicado ontem pelas autoridades da ?rea de sa?de e confirmado hoje por Palacio.

          Em declara??es ? imprensa, o ministro explicou que a mulher que morreu foi infectada na Col?mbia, o que significa que o v?rus da doen?a j? circula em territ?rio nacional.

          Palacio disse ainda que, assim que v?rios pa?ses confirmarem essa circula??o interna, a Organiza??o Mundial da Sa?de (OMS) decretar? a doen?a como pand?mica.

          Esta categoriza??o, destacou, "exige muito mais cuidado" e que qualquer paciente seja avisado que, tendo tido ou n?o contato com doentes fora do pa?s, corre o risco de contrair o v?rus.



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            Re: Colombia: 1st death from AH1N1 reported


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            Protocol to detect flaws in victim care AH1N1
            Protocol to detect flaws in victim care AH1N1Juan Gonzalo Lopez, director of the National Institute of Health
            Last updated: 2009-06-10 19:34:46
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            Bogot?, Colombia (RCN) - RCN News learned that the health authorities have evidence that the EPS which was affiliated to the woman who died a victim of the virus would have incurred AH1N1 neglect and inadequate management of symptoms. According to preliminary findings of the Ministry of Social Protection, the Cruz Blanca EPS would have failed in complying with the protocol issued by the World Health Organization to suspected cases. Exclusive RCN.

            Sources at the Ministry of Social Welfare said that the Cruz Blanca EPS it would have incurred in the management failures and care of victims of the deadly virus AH1N1.

            According to WHO hospitals must comply with certain protocols when it comes to caring for a patient with influenza, these will vary if the symptoms are mild, moderate, or severe but, according to Noticias RCN was able to establish one of these protocols in the EPS disregarded their obligations with the patient.

            According to the report, a woman aged 24 sought medical attention in EPS on three occasions: The first was on June 1 at the central emergency White Cross in Bogota, the symptoms presented were cough, headache and fever. That day the doctor ordered and pain management at home.

            The second consultation was the following day, June 2, with the same symptoms but more severe. He also was ordered analgesics, use of mask and management at home.

            The last visit was June 4, then the husband of the young victim was taken to hospital Meissen at 10 and 45 in the morning, where she was diagnosed with acute pneumonia. The patient was treated with oxygen for 22 hours but died of respiratory failure as a result of an infectious shock.

            "From a viral pneumonia (...) in five samples that were processed, two were positive for the new influenza virus AH1N1," said the director of the National Institute of Health, Juan Gonzalo Lopez.

            The National Institute of Health expects the results to prove or exclude the presence of virus in the eldest child and the mother-in-law Francy Milena Arias.


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              Re: Colombia: 1st death from AH1N1 reported


              Google translation:

              Negligent care complaint brother first victim of new flu virus

              Juan Carlos Arias, brother of the victim, said that the virus was only after death.

              Arias said in an interview with The W, which the doctors handled the established protocols for managing the symptoms of this disease and never suspected the presence of the virus.

              According to her story, she reached the hospital Meissen with mild symptoms and died three hours later.

              He said he suspected clinical management because it would deliver a death certificate before practice exams rigor to the body of the patient.

              "She was fine two days before. And the death of a severe illness will not be one in the head," Arias said in The W.

              Case of contagion in Colombia

              Yesterday, the Minister of Social Protection, Diego Palacio, stated that the first death in the country shows that many patients may have the virus do not necessarily have contact with people who have been abroad ".

              The case was confirmed last night by Palacio, who explained that the death of the woman, identified as Francy Arias, 24, took place on June 4 at the Hospital Meissen, in the south of the city.

              Ciudad Bolivar resident, presented the first symptoms of the flu May 31, with coughing and vomiting. On June 1 came to an EPS, the evaluator, the disabled and prescribed medications for treatment. However, his symptoms became more pronounced on June 3, with high fever and general decay.

              That led her to the emergency department on June 4, when she was diagnosed with a picture of pneumonia severe. He joined at 11 am, with symptoms of breathlessness and died at 8 pm. "They handled a case of unusually severe acute respiratory infection," said Gonzalo Lopez, director of the National Health Institute (INS).

              The woman lived with her husband and two children. Given the gravity of his condition, as they made the first diagnosis, the Ministry of Health proceeded to check the status of the family and was able to confirm the infection from her husband and son who are now out of danger. They are under permanent monitoring, the same people who had contact with her, including medical personnel.

              Health Secretary of Bogota, Hector Zambrano, who was explained as a case of death by epidemiological nexus, "although they had not yet left the results of Medicine.

              "He died from pneumonia, but it remains virus infection in two family members. This is what is known epidemiological link," the director of the INS.

              On Friday night, in a conversation with TIME, the director of the Hospital Meissen, Carlos Lizcano said he could be a bacterial pneumonia, because the records of the initial blood cultures showed the presence of bacteria.

              National authorities and District Health formally declared the case as the first official death because of the new influenza (AH1N1), but are awaiting the final outcome of Medicine.

              The INS said it immediately reported the death of the lady, the case was referred to the Institute of Medicine which quickly identified him as a suspect and sent samples of lung, trachea and bronchi to the INS.

              The circumstances of this death put on alert throughout the national health system which announced an immediate strengthening of biosecurity measures.

              The Health Secretary called for restraint and said that "the majority of outpatient cases can be handled and thus find more positive if the community welcomed the recommendations, the disease ceases without endangering the lives of those involved..."