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The 1918 pandemic strain [which killed up to 100 million people --
GWF] has polymorphism from swine and human H1N1 in all eight gene
segments. Similar swapping of polymorphism in human co-infected with
season and swine H1N1 can lead to rapid evolution. Therefore, release
of both sets of sequences, as well as new sequences, which will likely
be detected in the near term in the United States and Mexico, would be
NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City health officials say that about 75 students at a Queens high school have fallen ill with flu-like symptoms and testing is under way to rule out the strain of swine flu that has killed dozens in Mexico.
The Health Department's Dr. Don Weiss said Friday that a team of agency doctors and investigators were dispatched to the private St. Francis Preparatory School the previous day after students reported fever, sore throat, cough, aches and pains. No one has been hospitalized.
The handful of sick students who remained at the school were tested for a variety of flu strains. If they're found to have a known human strain that would rule out swine flu.
WHO: Mexico swine flu has 'pandemic potential'
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GENEVA (AP) — The head of the World Health Organization says the swine flu outbreak in Mexico and the United States could develop into a pandemic.
WHO Director-General Margaret Chan says the outbreak involves "an animal strain of the H1N1 virus, and it has pandemic potential."
Chan says it is too early to say whether a pandemic will actually occur.
The global health body has advised countries around the world to look out for similar outbreaks following the discovery of related strains on both sides of the Mexico-U.S. border.
Research has shown surprising correlations between sunspot activity and human health and behavior:
Mutations in the influenza virus, and subsequent flu pandemics, correlate to sunspot peaks. During no less than 17 of the last solar cycles, sunspot peaks precede increased flu activity, including the 1918-19 "Spanish Flu" pandemic which followed a sunspot peak in 1917. During at least five of these periods, the Influenza-A virus underwent antigenic shifts that allowed the virus to bypass built-up immunity in the population. Researched conducted by Biometeorological Research Center in the Netherlands supports the proposition that solar activity causes lowered human immunity: Thirty years of research using 740,000 male subjects shows that blood sedimentation rates—and resulting albumin and gamma globulin rates—changes with the sunspot cycle
National and Regional Summary of Select Surveillance Components Region Data for current week Data cumulative for the season
Out-patient ILI* % positive for flu† Number of jurisdictions reporting regional or widespread activity‡ A (H1) A (H3) A Unsub-typed B Pediatric Deaths
Nation Normal 6.2 % 9 of 51 6223 750 10266 8686 55
New England Normal 5.9 % 0 of 6 445 67 1058 738 1
Mid-Atlantic Normal 13.6 % 2 of 3 754 100 988 929 11
East North Central Normal 24.9 % 0 of 5 987 62 296 884 8
West North Central Normal 11.5 % 2 of 7 924 41 868 762 0
South Atlantic Normal 11.2 % 1 of 9 1001 56 1963 1812 8
East South Central Normal 2.5 % 0 of 4 186 6 58 108 4
West South Central Normal 4.7 % 0 of 4 589 40 3727 2357 11
Mountain Normal 6.5 % 2 of 8 679 201 838 427 8
Pacific Normal 11.6 % 2 of 5 658 177 470 669 4
It may sound like the plot of a sci-fi thriller — but it’s what would happen if the 1918 Spanish Flu that decimated the world happened today.
Guadalupe County emergency management and their counterparts around the country are preparing for just such a scenario because in the history of humankind it happens once every 100 years or so — and the time is coming for the next one.....Kinsey and Hays are preparing for a May 2 dress rehearsal of a pandemic disaster at the Navarro ISD. Volunteers will set up and operate a “drive through” POD in which they will take a practice run at registering, screening and pretending to inoculate 100 volunteers so they can identify whatever problems might come up and prepare to meet them.