A Czech health expert has warned that the country may be on the brink of a swine flu epidemic. Václav Chmelík, who helped draw-up a pandemic crisis plan for the Health Ministry said he expected a rapid increase in swine-flu cases in the coming weeks, predicting that the epidemic could reach a head within two months. To date health authorities have registered 351 cases, close to 40 of them in the last week alone. Sixteen cases were reported at a high school in the south Bohemian town of České Budějovice, after a group of students and teachers became infected on a school trip to Bavaria. The disease claimed its first victim in the Czech Republic earlier this month when a 31 year old woman from Karlovy Vary died of multiple organ failure shortly after being diagnosed with swine flu.
Six more students studying at a high school in the south Bohemian town of České Budějovice have been confirmed with swine fever. This means that 14 students and two adults from the school have come down with swine flu. The school students are believed to have become infected on a school trip to Bavaria. The infected students have been quarantined at home. Swine flu claimed its first victim this month when a woman from Karlovy Vary died following infection.
Ten people have contracted swine flu at a secondary school in České Budějovice, a spokesperson for the regional hygiene authority said on Tuesday. The 10 include two employees and eight pupils at the school; they were found to have the disease after a school trip to Bavaria. The freshly detected cases are not serious and all of those infected are recovering at home. Last week the Czech Republic saw its first swine flu death, when a woman with heart problems died in Karlovy Vary after catching the H1N1 virus.
The National Reference Laboratory has confirmed that a 31-year-old woman who died in hospital in Karlovy Vary, west Bohemia, on Thursday was suffering from swine flu. The woman also had a serious heart condition. Hers is the first swine flu death in the Czech Republic. Another man, 30 years of age, remains in serious condition. It is not clear where either patient contracted the disease; neither had travelled abroad recently.
Five months after the first case of swine flu was detected in the Czech Republic the illness has claimed its first victim – a woman, aged 31, succumbed to it in hospital in Karlovy Vary, west Bohemia on Thursday. The patient’s condition was already serious when she was admitted to hospital and the H1N1 virus is said to have caused fatal complications. Another patient with swine flu, a man aged around 30, is now reported to be in a critical condition in the same ward.
The Czech Republic has seen what appears to be its first death caused by
swine flu. A woman with a heart problem died on Thursday after evidently
contracting the disease; her condition was already serious and the
swine flu caused fatal complications, said a spokesperson for the hospital
in Karlovy Vary where the death occurred. A Ministry of Health
said further tests were needed before the diagnosis could be confirmed.
Another patient, a man aged around 30, is reported to be in a serious condition with apparent swine flu at the same hospital. He too was already suffering from serious health problems before evidently contracting the H1N1 virus. To date around 300 cases of the disease have been recorded in the Czech Republic.
The Czech Health Ministry has issued a statement urging Czechs to get their seasonal flu jab this year despite a scare over whether it might not do more harm than good. The ministry said that its recommendations remained unchanged in the face of a Canadian study which suggests that a seasonal flu jab could actually increase the risk of contracting swine flu. Leading experts in the field have questioned the reliability of the study which was based on the fact that a high number of people who contracted swine flu had been vaccinated against seasonal flu.
Concerns regarding a possible swine flu epidemic in the Czech Republic have taken a new turn. Fears that there would not be enough vaccines for people at risk have been replaced by concerns about the possible side effects of the new flu jab. In addition to that, a Canadian study released last week suggests that across the board vaccination against the seasonal flu could only make matters worse.
The State Health Institute has recorded eight cases of the H1N1 swine flu virus since September 4, bringing the number of infections in the country to 277. Most of the cases have occurred in Prague, the eastern region around Ostrava and in the central highlands region. None of those infected have been in serious condition, with most waiting out the illness in home isolation without antiviral treatment.