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09BERLIN720
2009-06-17 05:36:00
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Embassy Berlin
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GERMANY H1N1 FLU UPDATE: 195 CONFIRMED CASES

Tags:  TBIO KFLU ECON PREL SOCI CASC EAGR MX GM RO 
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UNCLAS BERLIN 000720 

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: TBIO KFLU ECON PREL SOCI CASC EAGR MX GM RO
SUBJECT: GERMANY H1N1 FLU UPDATE: 195 CONFIRMED CASES

REF: A) Berlin 714, B) Berlin 710 and previous.


UNCLAS BERLIN 000720

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 RO
SUBJECT: GERMANY H1N1 FLU UPDATE: 195 CONFIRMED CASES

REF: A) Berlin 714, B) Berlin 710 and previous.



1. (SBU) SUMMARY: The number of H1N1 cases in Germany rose to
195 on June 16, as twenty-three more people were confirmed to
be infected with the virus. Most of the spike in H1N1 cases
occurred in North Rhine-Westphalia. END SUMMARY.


2. (SBU) On June 16, the National Reference Center for
Influenza at the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) announced in its
press briefing twenty-three new laboratory-confirmed cases of
H1N1 in Germany. This increases the total number of confirmed
cases in Germany to 195. The new cases were distributed among
the federal states as follows: North Rhine-Westphalia (19),
Hesse (1),Bavaria (1),Berlin (1),and Saxony (1). 107 of the
total 195 confirmed infections occurred in Germany.


Cases in North Rhine-Westphalia on the rise
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3. (SBU) According to RKI, most of the recent cases in
Germany involve children and young adults at the Japanese
school in Duesseldorf and a school in Cologne (Ref A, B) who
tested positive for H1N1 last week. The two schools will
remain temporarily closed in order to minimize the risk of
further transmission to other children. State Health Minister
Karl-Josef Laumann said last week that the state was well-
prepared to deal with the pandemic, assuring that the "best
possible health protection of the population continues to be
guaranteed." He announced the establishment of a council of
experts to advise the state government on the measures to be
taken. The eight-member panel includes professors of the
medical schools at the Universities of Bonn, Duesseldorf and
Muenster as well as the directors of the health departments of
Duesseldorf and Cologne.


Second Case of H1N1 in Berlin
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4. (SBU) On June 16 RKI confirmed one additional case of H1N1
in Berlin, raising the total number of confirmed infections in
the city to two. According to the Berlin Senate for Health,
Environment and Consumer, a 30-year old male tested positive
for the virus. He recently returned from a trip to Romania and
may have contracted the virus there. Media reports indicate
that a third person in Berlin, the partner of the original 23-
year old woman who was confirmed to be infected (see ref A),
has likely been infected with the virus, as he shows flu-like
symptoms. So far, RKI has not confirmed this case, but the
man has been put under quarantine at home pending results of
testing.


KOENIG