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09BERLIN686
2009-06-09 14:14:00
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Embassy Berlin
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GERMANY H1N1 FLU UPDATE: A 19-CASE SPIKE, 68 TOTAL

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STATE FOR EUR/CE PETER SCHROEDER
STATE FOR OES/IHB
STATE FOR AID/GH/HIDN
USDA PASS TO APHIS
HHS PASS TO CDC
HHS FOR OGHA

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: TBIO KFLU ECON PREL SOCI CASC EAGR MX GM
SUBJECT: GERMANY H1N1 FLU UPDATE: A 19-CASE SPIKE, 68 TOTAL

REF: A) Berlin 672, B) 663, C) 657, D) Berlin 641, E) Berlin 626,
F) Berlin 545, G) Berlin 537, H) Berlin 526, I) Berlin 518, J)
Berlin 512, K) Berlin 495, L) Berlin 488

UNCLAS BERLIN 000686

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

STATE FOR EUR/CE PETER SCHROEDER
STATE FOR OES/IHB
STATE FOR AID/GH/HIDN
USDA PASS TO APHIS
HHS PASS TO CDC
HHS FOR OGHA

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: TBIO KFLU ECON PREL SOCI CASC EAGR MX GM
SUBJECT: GERMANY H1N1 FLU UPDATE: A 19-CASE SPIKE, 68 TOTAL

REF: A) Berlin 672, B) 663, C) 657, D) Berlin 641, E) Berlin 626,
F) Berlin 545, G) Berlin 537, H) Berlin 526, I) Berlin 518, J)
Berlin 512, K) Berlin 495, L) Berlin 488


1. (SBU) SUMMARY: The number of H1N1 cases in Germany rose to 68 on
June 8 as nineteen more people were confirmed to be infected with
the new virus. Two US soldiers at a military facility in Landstuhl
(Rhineland-Palatinate) are infected with the virus and several other
US military cases are suspected. END SUMMARY.


2. (SBU) On June 8, the National Reference Center for Influenza at
the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) announced in its press briefing
nineteen new laboratory-confirmed cases of H1N1 in Germany. This
increases the total number of confirmed cases to sixty-eight (Refs
A-E). According to the institute, fourteen of the infections
occurred in the US, with others from Canada, Argentina, and Panama.
Two infections were cases of human-to-human transmission inside
Germany. The new cases were distributed among the federal states as
follows: Baden-Wuerttemberg (5),Bavaria (4),North Rhine-Westphalia
(4),Hamburg (3),Hesse (1),and Lower Saxony (2).



3. (SBU) Bavarian health officials confirmed four new cases of
H1N1. A family member of a 45-year old man from Munich who recently
was confirmed to have the flu, was tested positive for the virus. A
16-year old girl from the area of Wuerzburg returned from a trip to
Argentina with flu-like symptoms and was confirmed to the have the
virus. According to the media, she passed the virus on to a 16-year
old girl friend. A 44-year old woman from Munich also tested
positive for the new flu. She returned from a trip to the US with
flu-like symptoms and was later confirmed to have the flu. Health
officials report that the course of the virus in all four cases was
mild, with all patients on the way to recovery. There is currently
no information available regarding the confirmed infections in the
other federal German states.


US Soldiers in Germany Infected with New Flu
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4. (SBU) Media reports indicate that two cases of swine flu have
been confirmed in soldiers at the medical center in Landstuhl
(Rhineland-Palatinate). Two Navy and two Air Force personnel who
have shown flu-like symptoms are reportedly "probable" cases of
infection. One Navy sailor was recently in Italy and the others
remained in-country. All were reportedly sharing a common area at
the Landstuhl hospital. Contacts of the infected patients are
reportedly being treated with Tamiflu as a preventive measure. The
patients have been isolated at a different building complex on the
military facility. (Comment: According to a EUCOM Liaison Officer,
EUCOM has complied fully with the mandatory reporting requirements
established in a 30 April 2009 ordinance from the health
authorities. End Comment.)

Tally of sources
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5. (SBU) In 44 of the 68 (total, to date) cases, the infection
occurred in the US, nine cases occurred in Mexico, and one each in
England, Canada, Argentina, and Panama. Eleven of the infections
were transmitted among seven families of Germans who returned from
travel, at a hospital, and the airport.


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