Lao PDR, Macao (China) and Papua New Guinea report first cases of Pandemic H1N1 2009
At a meeting 15 June, health experts from international organizations including WHO decided to change the official name of the virus from influenza A(H1N1) to Pandemic H1N1 2009. The new name will be used henceforth in communications with the general public.
The Western Pacific Region has reported a total 4151 laboratory-confirmed cases of Pandemic H1N1 2009:
- 2199 in Australia
- 5-51 in China
- 690 in Japan
- 1 in Lao PDR
- 23 in Malaysia
- 153 in New Zealand
- 1 in Papua New Guinea
- 344 in the Philippines
- 84 in the Republic of Korea
- 1 in Samoa
- 77 in Singapore
- 27 in Viet Nam.
Australia reported 81 new infections to take its tally to 2199. All states and territories in Australia have reported cases, and 52% of the total is aged between one-year and 17-years of age while 42% are between 18-years and 64-years-of-age. The Australian government announced on 17 June that it had raised its pandemic alert level to a newly created phase called "Protect", which would guide that country's ongoing response to the virus. The new phase places emphasis on treatment and care for patients suffering from severe symptoms.
The first case detected in Macao (China) was a 27-year-old Filipino national who entered Macao (China) on 17 June. Papua New Guinea's first case was a 23-year-old woman with a history of recent travel to Melbourne, Australia. The first case in the Lao PDR had a history of recent travel to an affected area.
Information was not available on all Singapore's 28 newly-declared cases, but those for which information was available all had a recent history of travel to affected areas. The Philippines announced 33 new infections, 24 males and nine females, all but two of them Filipino nationals. New Zealand reported 26 new cases, while 24 were announced in Japan, and 11 in the Republic of Korea.
Global Pandemic H1N1 2009 case count
In the reporting period to 19 June 2009, Macao (China), Lao PDR and Papua New Guinea reported new laboratory-confirmed human cases of Pandemic H1N1 2009. As of the same date, 89 countries had officially reported 40 074 cases of Pandemic H1N1 2009 infection, with 167 deaths:
The following countries have reported laboratory-confirmed cases of Pandemic H1N1 2009, including deaths:
- Argentina: 733 cases, one death
- Canada: 4049 cases, seven deaths
- Chile: 2335 cases, two deaths
- Colombia: 53 cases, one death.
- Costa Rica: 149 cases, one death
- Dominican Republic: 93 cases, one death
- Guatemala: 128 cases, one death
- Mexico: 6241 cases, 108 deaths
- The United Kingdom: 1461 cases, one death
- The United States of America: 17 855 cases, 44 deaths