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(ChinaPost.com.tw) – Thailand worried about a swine flu outbreak on a naval base Thursday after seven cadets tested positive and 200 more fell ill, while three more American students visiting Cambodia were diagnosed with the disease.
Press reports said Papua New Guinea’s health minister was quarantined with flu symptoms and was awaiting results of tests after visiting Australia.
In Thailand, Navy Commander Admiral Kamthorn Pumhiran said the seven cadets who tested positive for the virus were at Sattahib Naval Base, about 80 miles (130 kilometers) south of Bangkok.
He said the other cadets with symptoms were isolated in separate quarters at the base. They are all in stable condition and being tested for the virus. Thailand reported 69 new cases Thursday, bringing the national total to 1,054.
Cambodian Health Minister Mam Bun Heng told reporters that three students who arrived from the U.S. state of Texas on June 19 had tested positive for the virus. They ranged in age from 16 to 20 and raised Cambodia’s total cases to four.
On Wednesday, authorities announced the country’s first swine flu case in a 16-year-old girl — part of the student group — who developed flu symptoms a day after arriving. She sought medical care Monday.
At least one million people in the United States are infected with the novel H1N1 flu virus, far more than the official case count, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said yesterday. The startling statistic is based on epidemiologic modeling, CDC’s Lyn Finelli told the Advisory Committee For Immunization Practices, a group that advises the U.S. government on vaccine use. ACIP has met for the past 3 days in Atlanta to discuss, among other things, ways to contain the pandemic.
The pandemic flu vaccine isn’t ready yet, nor are recommendations on who should get it. But states and cities should already start planning for a massive vaccination campaign this fall. Anne Schuchat, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, told journalists during a press conference following the ACIP meeting. She said they should think about how to get the vaccine to those at the highest risk for severe illness: “We want states and communities and health care providers to be thinking about how they would be able to vaccinate younger people, pregnant women, people who have underlying health conditions like diabetes and asthma.”
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