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New swine flu wave possible in Norway. Health authorities say they are on the alert for another wave of swine flu (H1N1) after new cases have begun emerging. A baby and a man in his 60s ended up in intensive care after contracting the virus in the past two weeks, according to VG. The man from Buskerud was hospitalized on December 30 and belongs to one of the risk categories, which include individuals with diabetes, heart or lung conditions, excessive obesity, neurological diseases, the elderly, as well as pregnant women. 

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New swine flu wave possible in Norway

Published on Monday, 3rd January, 2011 at 10:39 under the news category, by Ramona Tancau.
Last Updated on 26th January 2011 at 21:33.

Health authorities say they are on the alert for another wave of swine flu (H1N1) after new cases have begun emerging.

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Two admitted

A baby and a man in his 60s ended up in intensive care after contracting the virus in the past two weeks, according to VG.

The man from Buskerud was hospitalized on December 30 and belongs to one of the risk categories, which include individuals with diabetes, heart or lung conditions, excessive obesity, neurological diseases, the elderly, as well as pregnant women. 

The baby, who was admitted on Christmas Eve, is now stable, according to Karin Rønning, Senior Medical Officer at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH/Folkehelseinstituttet).

“The child did not belong to any risk group. The condition of the baby was fine when I last spoke with the hospital, and it was due to taken off the respirator,” Mrs. Rønning told VG.

Neither of the two patients has been vaccinated against the H1N1 virus.

Under control

25 cases of swine flu have been recorded in Norway since September, according to Department Director Bjørn Iversen, but most have not been diagnosed.

“We believe these are just the tip of the iceberg,” he says.

Norway is just one European country where the swine flu virus has been detected this season, but Mrs Rønning believes the outlook is better than for the UK, which has been hit the worst. 190 people were admitted to hospitals before Christmas, and there are 14 registered fatalities.

“We believe that our society is in a better position than England because so many Norwegians were vaccinated last year. We do not think we will see catastrophic proportions here,” Mrs. Rønning said.

She estimates approximately 40 percent of Norwegians have been vaccinated against swine flu. There are also some who contracted the virus in the past that have developed an immunity against it after experiencing milder forms.

“Many are well-protected against becoming infected this year as 2.2 million took the pandemic vaccine in 2010, and many others were ill. We hope widespread immunity amongst the population means we avoid a considerable wave of swine flu this winter,” Preben Aavitsland, Assistant Division Director at the NIPH says in a press release.

Furthermore, the NIPH says the newly-issued seasonal flu vaccine also prevents people becoming infected with H1N1, encouraging certain people to have it.

“We recommend people in risk groups take the seasonal flu vaccine this year anyway. The vaccine covers the circulating virus types, including the swine influenza virus and influenza B,” says. Mr. Aavitsland.

A seven-year-old died from H1N1 in Sweden on New Year’s Eve.



Published on Monday, 3rd January, 2011 at 10:39 under the news category, by Ramona Tancau.
Last updated on 26th January 2011 at 21:33.

This post has the following tags: swineflu, h1n1, vaccine, norwegianinstituteofpublichealth, prebenaavistland, bjoerniversen, karinroenning.





  
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