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Cablegate: H1n1 Update: Infection Rate Continues to Fall

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SUBJECT: H1N1 Update: Infection Rate Continues to Fall

REF A: Berlin 1576 and previous


1. (U) SUMMARY: From December 5-December 11, the number of
confirmed H1N1 infections in Germany rose by 6,800 to a total
of 203,713 cases. The number of H1N1 deaths in Germany
increased to 119. END SUMMARY


2. (U) The Influenza Working Group of the Robert Koch
Institute (RKI) reported on December 16 a total of 6,800 new
laboratory H1N1 cases in Germany from December 5 to December
11, increasing the total number of H1N1 cases to 203,713. The
rate of new infections continues to decline. Bavaria remains
the German state with the highest number of confirmed H1N1
cases, with a total of 41,068 - accounting for 20 percent of
all virus infections in Germany - followed by Nord Rhine-
Westphalia (37,278) and Baden-Wuerttemberg (30,756).

3. (U) As of December 16, RKI confirmed the deaths of a total
of 119 patients due to H1N1. In 83 percent of the deaths,
patients were younger than 60 years of age. In the majority
of cases, the patients had underlying health conditions and
were considered to be "risk patients."

4. (U) According to information from the Paul-Ehrlich-
Institute, 25 patients died between October 26 and December 3,
shortly after receiving the H1N1 vaccine Pandemrix. In 12 of
the cases, an autopsy showed that underlying health
conditions, not the vaccine, caused the death. In seven of the
cases, the patients had underlying health conditions. Cause
of death for the remaining 6 cases has not yet been announced.


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