Friday, 01 August 2014  3 Shawwaal 1435
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بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful


ImageIt is with the grace of Allah (SWT) that despite the declaration of the H1N1 (Swine flu fever) pandemic by the World Health Organisation last week, there has been no reports of any sufferers in our community around Europe or globally. We pray to the Allah (SWT) through the intercession of Our Lady Fatima (AS) to keep us safe whilst this illness escalates globally.


There were now close to 30,000 cases world wide in upto 74 countries by last weekend. There is also thought to be more unreported cases from third world countries where there may be cases going undetected.

More importantly, the UK confirmed cases now reach 1226 with at least 229 cases in the West Midlands. 1 patient has died from the infection albeit with other co-morbid conditions but the details are sketchy at present.



I hope this update comes to all our brothers and sisters in good health around the world. We are yet to hear of any cases in the Shia community. You may be aware that there has been an escalation of cases in Japan with 159 cases and this has pushed them to a pandemic level 6 according to the WHO criteria. There is also a similar escalation in the number of cases witin the United States such that they have stopped using laboratory testing to confirm cases due to the number of patients affected.


ImageI hope this update is reaching all our brothers and sisters in good health Isha'Allah. There are no reported cases within our community in Europe so far which have been brought to our attention. If there are any cases which we may be unaware of so far, then please let us know as soon as possible and follow the advice given earlier.

The spread is on going and upto 30 countries have officially reported 4694 cases of Influenza A (H1N1) infection. There have so far been 48 deaths: 44 in Mexico, 2 in the United States, 1 in Canada and 1 in Costa Rica. (WHO Influenza A (H1N1) - update 25) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have reported a total of 2618 confirmed cases in 44 states. The CDC report three deaths in the US so far (WHO figures to be updated in light of this).


ImageHIB has been keeping a close eye on the situation so far and alhamdulliah, the spread of this virus has been steady but hasn't escalated to a pandemeic so far. The alert level still remains at level five. There are now more than 1085 cases worldwide with upto 22 countries effected with confirmed cases of the H1N1 influenza virus. In the UK, there are 28 confirmed cases with more than 300 suspected cases of the disease. The latest cases have been in the 2 schools, namely Alleyn's school in Dulwich, london and the Dolphin school. No doubt momineen are abreast of this news via the popular media.



Jewish and Muslim families will be able to prevent pathologists from cutting open the bodies of their loved ones for inquest post mortems, the Government announced yesterday

Coroners will consider faith issues when deciding how to determine the cause of a death and, where possible, will use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanning rather than an invasive autopsy.

Muslim and Jewish communities object to invasive post mortems because they conflict with religious beliefs about the sanctity of the body. The announcement by the Ministry of Justice is part of the biggest overhaul of the death certification and coroners system for more than one hundred years.


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