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Originally posted by ZombieSlayer
New flu continues U.S. spread, but people cleaner
Originally posted by fullmoonfairy
reply to post by Cloudsinthesky
We went out last night; when I pulled out the hand stuff and offered some to our waitress, she just gigled nervously. But she did take it! I tried to make light of the offfering but I feel bad now, like I offended her. Especially since it all seems to just be some kind of a "joke" now when mentioned in polite company. Sad.
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Swine Flu: Learning From Past Pandemics
New Flu Shares Features of Deadly Flu Pandemics
May 8, 2009 - The H1N1 swine flu outbreak has a lot in common with flu pandemics of the 20th century -- including its direct ancestor, the killer 1918 H1N1 flu.
Like the first wave of the 1918 flu, the U.S. outbreak of H1N1 swine flu has been relatively mild.
Like the 1918 flu, which first appeared in the U.S. summer, the H1N1 swine flu arrived in the spring, well before traditional flu season.
And like the 1918 flu, the H1N1 flu currently seems most likely to infect older children and young adults, notes Lone Simonsen, PhD, adjunct professor of global health at George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
"What we see is the new H1N1 flu is not dissimilar to that first wave of 1918 -- which had so few deaths it was a mild pandemic wave," Simonsen tells WebMD. "That is the worst-case scenario, that we might be looking at something similar to that. Or it could be this new flu is something we have never seen before and nothing bad will follow. We cannot learn from the past exactly."
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4 confirmed cases of swine flu at Ark. army base
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Arkansas' first confirmed swine flu cases came from out-of-state airmen training at a military base in central Arkansas, officials said Friday. A school child in northeast Arkansas has also tested positive for the disease.
Officials said 11 airmen training at Camp Robinson in North Little Rock suffered flu-like symptoms. Four tested positive for the virus, four tested negative and three test results are pending.
The four confirmed cases involve two airmen from New Jersey and two from Nevada. Officials described their symptoms as mild, and said all 11 sick airmen have been isolated.
Friday's announcement was the first confirmation in Arkansas of the disease.
WHO reports 2,500 cases of swine flu
* Story Highlights
* World Health Organization reports 44 deaths in Mexico and the United States
(45 actually from todays report)
* U.S. Navy says 12 crew members aboard USS Dubuque diagnosed with virus
* European agency says it has made critical first step to creating vaccine
updated 40 minutes ago