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First Clues in H1N1 Outbreak Came in March
Published: May 07, 2009
TORONTO, May 7 -- Patient 1 in the current H1N1 (swine) flu outbreak was a 10-year-old asthmatic boy in San Diego County, Calif., who developed fever, cough, and vomiting on March 30.
Two days later, he was treated for his symptoms in an urgent care clinic and physicians took a nasopharyngeal swab, according to Fatimah Dawood, M.D., of the CDC and colleagues.
That sample, together with one taken from a nine-year-old California girl about the same time, was the first clue that a novel triple-reassortant influenza A virus was circulating, Dr. Dawood and colleagues reported online in the New England Journal of Medicine.
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Swine flu, part II: What's in store in the months to come
updated 9:46 a.m. EDT, Thu May 7, 2009
(CNN) -- With mostly mild cases of swine flu in the United States, swine flu fears are lessening. But viruses have a way of re-appearing. While nobody has a crystal ball, here are some thoughts about what the 2009 H1N1 virus might do in the months to come.
Originally posted by saratoga123
reply to post by Cloudsinthesky
Sorry ,I know I am going a little off topic here,but my daughter just got up and said " I'm worried Mommy, How do you know who's got it , would'nt it be cool if everyone who had it got blue spots ,then we would all know."
So when they are engineering the next one,do you think they could bear that in mind!
Scientists could have an experimental vaccine for swine flu in the next few weeks, the head of Canada's National Microbiology Laboratory said Thursday.
"Our scientists are making excellent progress in developing a vaccine seed stock for the H1N1 flu," Frank Plummer told a news conference at the Winnipeg lab.
Swine Flu Cases Widen Reach With ‘Epidemic Curve’ (Update2)
May 7 (Bloomberg) -- Swine flu may spread to at least one- third of the world’s population within the next year and a full- fledged pandemic remains possible, the World Health Organization said.
In two weeks, the flu jumped from isolated reports in the U.S. and Mexico to a widening circle of infections in Central America, South America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and New Zealand. The disease has been confirmed in 2,371 people in 24 countries, with 44 deaths, the WHO reported today.
A panel of the Geneva-based agency will meet May 14 to decide whether drugmakers should begin producing hundreds of millions of doses of a vaccine against the new illness, a form of H1N1 influenza. Keiji Fukuda, the WHO’s assistant director- general of health, security and environment, said in a video broadcast from Geneva to Asian ministers in Bangkok today that more of the world’s 6 billion people will fall ill.
“Even if the illnesses appear relatively mild at the individual level, the global population level adds up to enormous numbers,” Fukuda said.
Ariz. Now Has 130 Cases Of H1N1 Flu
5:13 pm MST May 7, 2009
PHOENIX -- Arizona now has 130 cases of confirmed swine flu, up from 49 at last count.
Scientists keep a wary eye on 'zoonotic' diseases
Somewhere out there, somewhere along the way, a creature got all this started. A pig, presumably. Pig Zero.
Scientists suspect that two influenza viruses common in swine, one rooted in Eurasia and the other in North America, came together in a single cell within a pig. The two viruses exchanged their genes like a couple of kids swapping clothes. The result was a novel strain of virus, with, according to scientists, two genes from the Eurasian virus and six genes from the North American virus.
The new strain then jumped to humans. Where is unknown. Mexico is a possibility, but so far the virus hasn't been found in any Mexican swine.
The World Health Organization added a scary-sounding warning Thursday, predicting up to 2 billion people could catch the new flu if the outbreak turns into a global epidemic.