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UK precariously placed, London reports 1st swine flu death

London, July 5: A 19-year-old from South London, suffering from grim underlying health problems, tested positive for the lethal Influenza A (H1N1) after he passed away on Wednesday.

WHO showers accolades on Mexico, warns swine flu is unstoppable

Mexico, July 3: Day one of the two-day summit in Cancun, Mexico, where the meeting of global health officials is being held, saw World Health Organization Director Dr. Margaret Chan cautioning that the spread of the dreaded H1N1 virus cannot be halted, making travel restrictions to affected countries meaningless.

Swine flu yet to show its true colors

Mexico, July 3: Health specialists have cautioned that the worldwide swine flu pandemic that has sickened thousands of people and claimed a few hundred lives could get worse in the times to come.

'British kids in swine flu parties'

London, June 30-- Some British children - and their parents - may be throwing 'swine flu parties' thinking exposure to the virus will build up their immunity, though experts advise against it.

"I have heard of reports of people throwing swine flu parties," said Richard Jarvis, chairman of the British Medical Association's public health committee.

"I don't think it is a good idea. I would not want it myself. It is quite a mild virus, but people still get ill and there is a risk of mortality," he told the BBC Tuesday.

Three people, including a six-year-old child, Sameerah Ahmad, have died of swine flu so far in Britain.

H1N1 virus may have infected one million Americans

Atlanta, IL, June 26: The H1N1 or swine flu virus has infected at least one million Americans and is continuing to spread despite the end of the normal flu season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported.

Iraq confirms first cases of H1N1 virus

Baghdad, June 25: According to Iraq's Health Ministry, the country's first cases of the H1N1 virus are seven members of the women’s national basketball team who returned to the country last week after a visit to the United States.

Swine flu hits West Indies, Indian team keeps fingers crossed

Kingston, June 22-- The Indian cricket team kept its fingers crossed and geared up for the One-day series against the West Indies as the first ever Caribbean Games to be held in Trinidad and Tobago, slated for July, has been cancelled due to the outbreak of swine flu.

Trinidad and Tobago's Health Minister Jerry Narace and Sports Minister Gary Hunt said the Games were cancelled to prevent the spread of the influenza A (HINI) virus that has so far spread to more than 76 countries and infected more than 30,000 people.

India, however, will not play any of the four One-dayers in the Port of Spain, the capital of Trinidad and Tobago. They will play two matches each in the neighbouring islands of Jamaica and St. Lucia.

Swine flu continues to spread in Asia

Hong Kong, June 19 The number of confirmed influenza A/H1N1 cases continued to rise in most of Asian countries Friday.

New Zealand now reported 216 confirms cases. It was moving to a "manage it" phase as part of its response to the outbreak. The shift in phase reflected the increased spread of the virus, rather than a change in the severity of the illness, said Health Minister Tony Ryall.

"We're remaining in code yellow, we are not moving to code red, this is a reflection of the spread, not the severity, of the flu," he said.

Malaysia declared four more imported cases of A/H1N1 flu Thursday, bringing up the total number of the patients to 27, local media reported Friday.

Babies possibly exposed to H1N1 in N.C.

Greensboro, N.C. -- As many as 33 babies may have been exposed accidentally to the H1N1 virus, or swine flu, at a hospital in Greensboro, N.C., hospital officials say.

Officials at Women's Hospital said the infants could have been exposed to the potentially deadly virus by a respiratory therapist who recently had treated an individual with H1N1, the Greensboro News-Record said Thursday.

Dr. Tim Lane, Moses Cone Health System's director for infection prevention, said the infants in the hospitals neonatal intensive care unit are being monitored to determine if they show signs of the infection.

"We have obviously been concerned and have taken a broad proactive approach in starting those babies on preventive therapy," Lane told the newspaper.

FDA warns of phony H1N1 cure claims

Washington -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has reissued its warning against Web site marketing of products claiming to cure, prevent or treat the H1N1 flu virus.

The FDA last month warned consumers regarding products related to the 2009 H1N1 flu, also called swine flu. The products are promoted and marketed as to being able to diagnose, mitigate, prevent or cure the virus, but they are not approved, cleared or authorized by the FDA. The agency said it advised operators of offending Web sites to take immediate action to ensure they were not marketing such products.

Since then, the FDA said it has issued more than 50 warning letters to offending Web sites.

Examples of unapproved or unauthorized products targeted by the FDA included a