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Cablegate: H1n1 Update: 17,937 Confirmed Cases

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: TBIO KFLU ECON PREL SOCI CASC GM
SUBJECT: H1N1 UPDATE: 17,937 CONFIRMED CASES

REF: A) Berlin 1115, B) Berlin 1111 and previous.

1. (U) SUMMARY: The number of confirmed H1N1 infections in
Germany rose by 147 cases to 17,937 on September 11. Munich
International School, which includes Mission children, has
reported two cases of H1N1. END SUMMARY

2. (U) At its September 11 press briefing, the National
Reference Center for Influenza at the Robert Koch Institute
(RKI) confirmed a total of 147 new (laboratory and non-
laboratory) H1N1 cases in Germany over yesterday, increasing
the total number of H1N1 cases to 17,937. New cases were
distributed among fourteen federal states as follows: North
Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) (39), Baden-Wuerttemberg (18), Lower-
Saxony (13), Hamburg (11), Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (10),
Schleswig-Holstein (10), Hesse (16), Brandenburg (7), Berlin
(6), Thuringia (5), Saxony-Anhalt (5), Rhineland-Palatinate
(3Bremen (2), and Saarland (2).

3. (U) According to RKI, 77 of the total 147 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.

4. (U) NRW remains the German state with the highest number
of confirmed virus cases with a total of 5,468, followed by
Baden-Wuerttemberg (2,750 cases) and Lower-Saxony (2,585).
The number of all confirmed infections in Germany that have
resulted from domestic transmission is 27 percent.


Munich International School reports two cases of H1N1
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5. (U) According to information from the school nurse at the
Munich International School (MIS), the confirmed H1N1
infections reported in REF B involve a 12 grader who returned
from a school trip in Spain. Another student from the same
class also developed flu-like symptoms. Both cases were
confirmed on September 9. Both students reportedly went to
their doctors after the excursion and did not attend school,
eliminating further contact with other students. They are
reportedly quarantined at home and will return to school once
doctors give their approval. There were no additional cases
of H1N1 reported at MIS yesterday or today. Public health
authorities advised against closing the school. The federal
state of Bavaria is the state with the fourth highest
incidence of the new flu, following NRW, Baden-Wuerttemberg
and Lower-Saxony.

MURPHY

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