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Cablegate: H1n1 Update: 13,180 Confirmed Cases

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SUBJECT: H1N1 UPDATE: 13,180 CONFIRMED CASES

REF: A) Berlin 1007, B) Berlin 1012 and previous.


1. (U) SUMMARY: The number of confirmed H1N1 infections in
Germany increased over yesterday by 350 new cases, bringing
the total as of August 20 to 13,180. Germany ranks first in
confirmed virus infections among European countries. END
SUMMARY

2. (U) At its August 20 press briefing, the National
Reference
Center for Influenza at the Robert Koch Institute (RKI)
confirmed a total of 350 new (laboratory and non-laboratory)
H1N1 cases in Germany, increasing the total number of H1N1
cases to 13,180. New cases were distributed among the federal
states as follows: Bavaria (118), Baden-Wuerttemberg (107),
Lower-Saxony (40), North Rhine-Westphalia (37), Saxony (16),
Hamburg (11), Hesse (8), Brandenburg (3), Rhineland-Palatinate
(3), Saxony-Anhalt (3), Bremen (2), Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (1)
and Thuringia (1)

4. (U) According to RKI, 273 of the total 350 new cases are
attributed to people returning from travel abroad. New cases
include non-laboratory H1N1 cases that exhibited symptoms
after being in contact with a laboratory confirmed infected
person.

5. (U) North Rhine-Westphalia remains the German state with
the highest number of confirmed virus cases with a total of
4,519, followed by Lower-Saxony (2,225) and Baden-
Wuerttemberg (1,628 cases). About 23 percent (3,023) of all
confirmed infections in Germany have resulted from domestic
transmission.

6. (U) For the first time since the H1N1 outbreak in April,
Germany has reported more H1N1 infections than any of its
European neighbors, passing even the UK. Nevertheless, we are
aware of no deaths in Germany due to the virus.

POLLARD

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