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CHINA CANCELS LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS, TRIES TO QUARANTINE 25 MILLION PEOPLE: WUHAN CORONAVIRUS SPREADS TO U.S., OTHER NATIONS

By Miriam Raftery

January 23, 2020 (San Diego) – A new coronavirus first identified in December in Wuhan, China, a city of 11 million people, is rapidly spreading across the globe, including the first U.S. case diagnosed in a traveler in Washington state this week.

China has shut down travel including planes, trains, buses and ferries among several major cities including Beijing and Wuhan, attempting to quarantine 25 million people, the Washington Post reports.

Guan Yi, a virologist who helped identify the sever acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak in 2003, says the epidemic of this newly discovered virus could be 10 times bigger than the SARS outbreak. Comparing it to past outbreaks of other viruses, Guan said that “this time, I’m petrified,” the Washington Post reports.

To date, the new coronavirus has been confirmed in China, the U.S., Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Vietnam, Macao, Saudi Arabia and South Korea.  Officially, Chinese officials report 835 people infected and at least 26 deaths, though experts indicate the number of cases is likely far higher.

In the U.S., all flights from Wuhan are being routed through five airports in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Chicago and Atlanta, where all passengers are being screened for the disease.

The timing could hardly be worse; the Lunar New Year holiday, a week-long celebration when millions of Chinese travel to their hometowns in what the Washington Post reports is the biggest human migration on the planet, begins this Saturday, January 25.


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NO NEW FLU CASES AMONG ASYLUM-SEEKING MIGRANTS IN SAN DIEGO

By Miriam Raftery
 
June 16, 2019 (San Diego) – The flu outbreak in San Diego among migrants seeking asylum appears to be waning.  No new flu cases were diagnosed among the 35 new migrants screened at the county shelter on Sunday, June 16th, says Michelle Mowad, communications specialist with the county.

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COUNTY SCREENS 14,000 MIGRANTS; FLU CASES RISE TO 149, BUT RATE OF OUTBREAK SLOWS

By Miriam Raftery
 
June 4, 2019 (San Diego) – As the federal government continues shipping migrants seeking asylum from Texas to San Diego, San Diego County Public Health reports that 14,000 have undergone health screenings here since May 19. Of those, 149, or about 1 of every 100 migrants locally, have been diagnosed with influenza (flu); 27 are currently quarantined in hotels, including 11 families.

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FLU CASES AT MIGRANT CENTER INCREASE

 
 
By Miriam Raftery
 
May 26, 2019 (San Diego) – A total of 32 cases of influenza (flu) have been diagnosed among migrants at a San Diego shelter since May 19, when the federal government began air-lifting asylum seekers here from Texas. This includes 14 new cases since May 23, when the County initially announced the outbreak.

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COUNTY RESPONDS TO FLU OUTBREAK AT MIGRANT CENTER

 

 

San Diego County Public Health officials are responding to an influenza outbreak among asylum seekers recently flown to San Diego from Texas by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement.


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FOUR NEW FLU DEATHS REPORTED, CASES DOWN IN SAN DIEGO

 

 

By José A. Álvarez, County of San Diego Communications Office

Photo:  the flu season is upon us; it’s not too late to vaccinate 

April 12, 2019 (San Diego) - An additional four flu deaths were reported in the region last week; this at the same time the number of influenza cases went down significantly, the County Health and Human Services Agency announced today.


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FLU ACTIVITY IN SAN DIEGO IS STILL ELEVATED, WIDESPREAD

 

Like the rest of the nation, influenza activity in the San Diego region remains elevated and widespread, the County Health and Human Services Agency announced today.

Reports of lab-confirmed influenza dropped last week to 564 cases from the season high of 692 cases the week before. A new flu death was reported last week, bringing this season’s total to 55. At the same time last season, 325 people had died from complications from the flu.


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H1N1 IS PRIMARY FLU VIRUS CIRCULATING IN SAN DIEGO, NATION

 

Pandemic H1N1 is the primary influenza virus circulating this season in San Diego and across most of the nation, the County Health and Human Services Agency announced today.

Of 1,730 lab-confirmed influenza cases reported so far this season in San Diego, nearly 94 percent are influenza A. Influenza A has several subtypes, including Pandemic H1N1 and H3N2. During a typical year, the primary influenza virus is H3N2 or “seasonal” flu. This season, there are 10 cases of Pandemic H1N1 for every case of H3N2.


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FLU STILL GOING STRONG IN SAN DIEGO

 

Even though we’re approaching the end of March, influenza activity in the region is still elevated and people should continue getting vaccinated, the County Health and Human Services Agency announced today.


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CHIEF’S CORNER: FIGHT THE FLU—LIKE FIREFIGHTERS DO

 

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By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

February 1, 2018 (San Diego) -- The flu season is unusually severe this year, and California is one of the hardest-hit states, with more deaths reported weekly, some experts believe new infections may be peaking, flu activity will likely remain into April. 


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FLU KILLS HUNDREDS HERE, INCLUDING 10-YEAR-OLD BOY

 

East County News Service

January 31, 2018 (San Diego) -- The flu is taking a deadly toll locally. Last week, 32 people died of the flu in San Diego County, including a 10-year-old boy. 

So far this season, 206 flu deaths have been reported, according to County Health and Human Services Agency announced today.


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SAN DIEGO FLU DEATHS DOUBLE, CASES DOWN

 

Another 46 local flu deaths were reported last week, bringing this season’s total to 91, the County Health and Human Services Agency announced today.

The new deaths were announced during a presentation by County health officials to the Board of Supervisors, who had asked during last week’s meeting if a flu emergency needed to be declared.


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INFANT DIES FROM FLU AS LOCAL DEATHS, CASES SPIKE

 

 

A 12-month-old baby is one of 34 new flu deaths recently reported in San Diego, bringing this season’s total to 45, the County Health and Human Services Agency announced today.

The infant died Dec. 31, 2017. The ages of the deceased this flu season range from 1 to 100 years. All the people who died, for whom there is information available, had underlying medical conditions.


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FLU DEATHS RISE; HEALTH OFFICIAL WARNS OF WORST SEASON IN A DECADE

 

Source: County of San Diego

December 28, 2017 (San Diego) -- The flu is here and it’s hitting San Diegans hard. So far, 11 people have died locally of the flu this season and more than 3,000 cases have been reported. The rate of new cases is also climbing fast.


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FLU DEATHS RISE

 

East County News Service

November 26, 2017 (San Diego) -- Flu cases in San Diego County are at triple the level over last year, and four people have died so far this season, County Health and Human Services Agency has announced.


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FLU SPREADING ACROSS SAN DIEGO COUNTY

 

By José A. Álvarez, County of San Diego Communications Office

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December 28, 2016 (San Diego) -- For the past two months, the number of local lab-confirmed flu cases has been steadily increasing week to week, the County Health and Human Services Agency reported today.


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SPREAD THE JOY, NOT THE FLU

 

Source: County of San Diego Communications Office

December 12, 2016 (San Diego) -- If you’re planning on attending your work holiday party or other gatherings with family and friends, the County urges that you make sure you don’t bring an uninvited guest: the flu.


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SAN DIEGAN, 62, IS SIXTH TO DIE OF FLU THIS SEASON

 

East County News Service

February 3, 2016 (San Diego) -- A 62-year-old man is the first person under the age of 65 to die from influenza in the San Diego region this season, the County Health and Human Services Agency reported today.


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HEALTHY FOR THE HOLIDAYS: GET YOUR FLU SHOT, COUNTY SAYS

 

 

East County News Service

December 2, 2014 (San Diego) -- The County is reminding residents that the best way to protect yourself and your family from influenza is to get your flu shot.


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FROM THE FIRE CHIEF'S CORNER: IS THAT A HAZARDOUS MATERIALS INCIDENT OR THE FLU?

 

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

March 17, 2014 (San Diego)--During a hazardous materials incident, firefighters and first responders isolate the area and deny entry to keep it contained.  The same goes if you have the flu.  Both are toxic and pose an unreasonable risk to our Health, Safety and Environment!  Isolate yourself and stay away from others because it spreads through contamination.


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COUNTY HEALTH OFFICIALS URGE PUBLIC TO GET FLU SHOTS FOLLOWING SEVEN FLU DEATHS LOCALLY

 

January 15, 2014 (San Diego) -- Six more influenza-related deaths were reported in the San Diego area last week, the County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) has announced. 

To date, seven flu-related deaths have been reported locally this season and all tested positive for Pandemic H1N1. The people who died ranged in age from 35 to 80 years old and all had underlying medical conditions. Only one is known to have received a flu shot this season. Last season, 65 flu-related deaths were reported in the county.


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CHIEF'S CORNER: NO FLU FOR YOU!

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

January 5, 2013 (San Diego's East County) -- The flu season is here and like a wildfire, it seems to be spreading rapidly.  Symptoms may include: A 100 oF or higher fever or feeling feverish (not everyone with the flu has a fever), a cough and/or sore throat,  runny or stuffy nose. headaches and/or body aches, chills. fatigue. nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea (most common in children).


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5 MORE FLU DEATHS REPORTED, EMERGENCY ROOM VISITS DROP

County News Service

March 6, 2013  (San Diego)--Five more influenza deaths were reported last week, the County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) announced today. That brings the total this season to 48, the second highest on record.

HHSA also reported a decline in the percentage of emergency department patients with influenza-like-illness, as well as in the number of lab-confirmed flu cases.


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ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

January 16, 2013 (San Diego’s East County)--ECM World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflect all voices and views, we include links to a wide variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views. Top world and U.S. headlines include:

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FLU VACCINE AVAILABLE AT SEVERAL LOCATIONS

 

 

October 6, 2011 (San Diego and East County) -- Sharp Healthcare announces a series of flu clinics in San Diego and East County.  A $2 donation is suggested.  Scroll down for details on locations. No appointments are necessary. These  flu vaccination clinics are for seniors aged 60 and over, adults with chronic illness and family caregivers of older adults. Call 619-740-4214 for details.

 
 
 
 

 

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