Monday, August 17, 2009

A(H1N1) death toll reached 62

As of yesterday 3 more deaths have been reported from the Influenza A (H1N1) virus, bringing the overall death toll to 62.

Latest victim were a 6 year-old child with Down Syndrome and a hole in the heart who died on Thursday of "pneumonia with underlying Down Syndrome and pulmonary hypertension. Another was a 3year-old also succumbed to H1N1 complications after being admitted to the hospital on Aug 1 for fever and cough and suffering breathing difficulties for five days.

There were delays in administrating anti-viral treatment to the victims although being admitted to hospital. The Health Ministry is currently checking on why there was a delay. This is a very serious matter where such delay has caused death due to late treatment. This shouldn't be happening since the death toll is getting serious. Early detection and treatment is the vital key to fight this deadly virus.

Another alarming statistic parents need to take heed is the raising numbers of children succumbed to A(H1N1). Precaution methods (refer to US CDC recommendations) and monitoring constantly need to be done on our children. So parents be on high alert if children starts to be give early flu like symptoms and monitor their breathing sign.

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