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PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 12:39 pm 
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Indigenous populations from Australia, Canada, and New Zealand have
been found to have a 3 to 8 times higher rate of hospitalization and
death associated with infection with the 2009 pandemic influenza A
(H1N1) virus (1). In October 2009, 2 U.S. states (Arizona and New
Mexico) observed a disproportionate number of deaths related to H1N1
among American Indian/Alaska Natives (AI/ANs) . http://www.promedmail.org/pls/otn/f?p=2 ... 1000,80473

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 6:30 pm 
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Aboriginal leaders in Manitoba are horrified that some of the reserves hardest hit by swine flu in the spring have received dozens of body bags from Health Canada. The body bags — which were sent to the remote northern reserves of Wasagamack and God’s River First Nation — came in a shipment of hand sanitizers and face masks. ‘Don’t send us body bags. Help us organize; send us medicine.’—Grand Chief David Harper

Grand Chief David Harper, who represents northern First Nations, says body bags send the wrong message and no one can understand why Ottawa would do such a thing.

“It really makes me wonder if health officials know something we don’t,” he said. “I have a right to speak for my people. I make a plea to the people of Canada to work with us to ensure the lowest fatalities from this monster virus. Don’t send us body bags. Help us organize; send us medicine.”


http://www.dvorak.org/blog/2009/09/17/o ... ervations/


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 7:24 pm 
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The same thing happened in 1918; the Eskimo population comes to mind.
And body bags are like guns: it is better to have one and not need one, than to need one and not have one.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 7:59 pm 
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This increased vulnerability regarding deaths associated
with pandemic influenza remains of the same magnitude as that described
almost one century ago: the mortality rate ratio described during the
influenza (H1N1) 2009 pandemic is 4-fold higher among the AIAN population,
and this is equivalent to the disparity observed during the influenza
pandemic of 1918-1919 (3).
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 8:02 pm 
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References
1. CDC. Deaths Related to 2009 Pandemic Influenza A (H1N1) Among American
Indian/ Alaska Natives -- 12 States, 2009. MMWR 2009; 58(48): 1341-4;
available at < http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5848a1.htm >.
2. La Ruche G, Tarantola A, Barboza P, et al. The 2009 pandemic H1N1
influenza and indigenous populations of the Americas and the Pacific. Euro
Surveill 2009; 14(42). pii: 19366; available at
< http://www.eurosurveillance.org/ViewArt ... leId=19366 >.
3. Influenza among the American Indians. Public Health Weekly Reports for
October 17, 1919. Public Health Rep 1919 October 17; 34(42): 2298-300;
available at < http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/article ... 7/?page=10 >.
4. Vaillant L, La Ruche G, Tarantola A: et al. Epidemiology of fatal cases
associated with pandemic H1N1 influenza 2009. Euro Surveill 2009; 14. pii:
19309; available at
< http://www.eurosurveillance.org/ViewArt ... leId=19309 >.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2009 2:55 pm 
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"What Can American Indians and Alaska Natives and other Minority Groups do to protect themselves From Severe flu Complications?
Vaccination is the best way to prevent the flu and its complications. People at high risk for influenza complications and death to should vaccinated against 2009 H1N1 influenza as well as seasonal influenza. American Indians and Alaska Natives should also receive prompt treatment with antiviral medication if they do develop influenza-like illnesses. "
http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/in_the_news/ ... ndians.htm

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 16, 2009 12:45 am 
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This is a older report. Native Americans make up 10 percent of New Mexico's population but 20
percent of the state's swine flu deaths. http://www.promedmail.org/pls/otn/f?p=2 ... 1004,80326

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