Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - July 25th, 2014

Read more

REPORTERS

Halal tourism on the rise

Read more

ENCORE!

Tunisia's Carthage International Festival turns 50

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

WWI Centenary: the battle for Verdun

Read more

THE BUSINESS INTERVIEW

When big companies want to do good

Read more

FOCUS

Many Turks angry over Syrian refugee situation

Read more

ENCORE!

Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday : The Best of the Bard

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

The Tour de France, a PR machine

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Coverage of the third plane crash in one week - from France, Algeria and Burkina Faso

Read more

  • ‘No survivors’ from Algerian plane crash, says Hollande

    Read more

  • In pictures: Debris and devastation at Air Algérie Flight AH5017 crash scene

    Read more

  • Paris bans new Gaza protest scheduled for Saturday

    Read more

  • Lithuania’s Navardauskas wins 19th stage of Tour de France

    Read more

  • French families grieve for Algerian plane crash victims

    Read more

  • Protest against Gaza offensive turns deadly in West Bank

    Read more

  • LA Times wipes France off the map in air crash infographic

    Read more

  • Tour de France fans bring the ambience to the Pyrenees

    Read more

  • Halal tourism on the rise

    Read more

  • French lawyer files complaint against Israel at ICC

    Read more

  • Ukraine names acting PM after Yatseniuk's shock resignation

    Read more

  • BNP to pay $80 million for defrauding Dept of Agriculture

    Read more

  • Deadly strike on UN shelter in Gaza Strip

    Read more

  • Wreckage of Algeria plane found in Mali

    Read more

  • Pope meets Christian woman sentenced to death in Sudan

    Read more

France

Flu kills patient with no underlying condition in mainland France

Text by FRANCE 24 (with wires)

Latest update : 2009-09-14

A 26-year-old man has died after contracting Influenza A (H1N1), becoming the first person without an underlying health condition to die of the flu in France. The virus, commonly known as swine flu, has reached epidemic proportions in France.

The estimated number of flu cases -- including swine flu -- in France has reached epidemic proportions, according to preliminary data released Wednesday.
  
"Last week the number of visits to doctors for flu in mainland France was estimated at 52,300, which is to say 83 cases per 100,000 inhabitants," said the National Institute for Health and Medical Research (Inserm).
  
The threshold for declaring an epidemic is 80 cases per 100,000.
  
"We will have to see the same figures for a second week to confirm that the threshold has been passed and confirm the start of an epidemic in France," Dr Thierry Blanchon told AFP. 
  
Not all the cases have been confirmed as flu, and not all are the new A(H1N1) virus, a global pandemic which the World Health Organisation says has killed 2,837 people around the world since it emerged in April.
  
Inserm said it was hard to be sure to what extent the extra consultations -- there were 45,500 more visits to the doctor last week than in the same period last year -- were linked to swine flu panic rather than actual cases.
  
If confirmed, an official health warning could be issued next week.

 

On Monday a 26-year-old man without any underlying health condition died in a hospital in the southern city of Saint-Etienne, becoming the first person in mainland France to have died solely because of the flu.


Paris authorities for the first time shut down for seven days a primary school in the French capital after three suspected swine flu cases were reported in one class on Wednesday.
  
There have also been school and class closures in the Paris region and in the southern Aude and Lot regions and in Ariege, in the south-west.
  
In all, 19 people have died in France from the H1N1 virus but only three on the mainland. There have been seven confirmed deaths from swine flu in New Caledonia, six in Polynesia and three in the Indian Ocean island of Reunion.

Date created : 2009-09-14

COMMENT(S)