First Swine Flu Suspected Case Reported In Israel
While the influenza is generally on decline in Israel, the country's health minister reported the first suspected case of swine flu in Israel. The patient just returned from Mexico and displayed swine flu symptoms. He is now hospitalized and the authorities are trying to determine if the person really has a swine flu, reports Ynetnews..
Influenza activity continues to decline. Most of the different indicators observed at the end of this season are similar to those observed during parallel period in the previous seasons. During the last weeks, influenza type B was dominant, while during most of the season, there was a combined activity of influenza subtypes A/H3, A/H1 and type B, with influenza A/H3 as the dominant strain. The A/Brisbane/59/2007(H1N1)-like viruses and A/Brisbane/10/2007(H3N2)- like viruses identified so far are compatible with the vaccine for the current season.
Morbidity due to influenza-like illness/ upper respiratory infection (Figures 1-2): The rates of visits to community clinics due to influenza-like illness are still decreasing slightly among all age groups. During the last two weeks, an increase was evident in the volume of visits to pediatric ER due to upper respiratory infections, however, during the last period, a decline trend was evident in the volume of visits to adult ER (data not shown).
Morbidity due to pneumonia (Figures 3-6): During the last six weeks, the rates of visits to community clinics due to pneumonia among all age groups have stabilized. During this period, the volume of visits to pediatric ER due to pneumonia has stabilized and the volume of visits to adult ER has declined.
Hospitalizations (Figures 7-8): No significant change in the average bed occupancy in pediatric and adult departments (approximately 90% and 110% respectively). During the last week, no significant change was observed in the rate of use of artificial ventilators .
Comparison with previous years: Most of the different indicators observed at the end of this season are similar compared to those observed during parallel period in the previous seasons.
Figures 9-10: During the last weeks, a decrease is evident in the number of deaths (all causes) in general hospitals. Influenza-like illness surveillance, Israel Weekly report, updated for week 14/2009 (ending 4-4-09)
Israel Center for Disease Control, Gertner Institute, Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer Tel: 03-7371500 Fax: 03-5349881