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Local Residents React to H1N1 Flu Cases in Arkansas
9:00 PM CDT, May 8, 2009
With the closest confirmed case of the H1N1 Flu coming out of Central Arkansas, just how concerned are people in Northwest Arkansas?
Most people 5NEWS talked to said they weren't even aware that the virus surfaced in Arkansas. "I'm not sure how worried I am. Was it discovered in Arkansas before? This is the first time? Yeah I'm worried," says Michael Heffernan on learning about the confirmed cases.
Swine flu saga’s key moments? Stay tuned The most pivotal moments in the outbreak are still to come, experts say
The most pivotal moments in the swine flu saga are yet to come.
Will it sweep through impoverished Southern Hemisphere countries in the next few months? Will it roar back in the rest of the world in the fall? And who will be vaccinated if it does?
In the weeks since swine flu grabbed international attention, and even years before that, some important actions have helped shape the course of this outbreak and the ways the world will handle future epidemics.
Mexicans blame industrial hog farms for flu But health officials have found no link to recent flu outbreak
LA GLORIA, Mexico - For years, farmers in the communities that dot this arid valley complained about the effects of the industrial pig farms that had multiplied near their fields.
The overpowering stench gave them headaches and drove them from their homes. Packs of wild dogs feasted on discarded pig carcasses and occasionally turned on their children and pets. There were fears that vast lagoons of excrement from more than 1 million hogs might seep into their groundwater.
Health officials have found no connection between the pig farms, owned and operated by Virginia-based Smithfield Foods, and the flu virus that paralyzed Mexico for much of the past two weeks. But the crisis, which appears to be abating, has inflamed tensions between the world's largest hog producer and the poor neighboring communities here that have long warned that the farms are a danger to their health.
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Why no H1N1 flu cases in Africa?
May 9, 2009 - 8:42:51 AM
DAKAR, 8 May 2009 (IRIN) - No Influenza A (H1N1) cases have yet been confirmed in Africa, causing medical experts to question whether this is due to good luck or the continent's lack of fully-equipped influenza testing facilities.
A (H1N1) cases have been confirmed in North and South America, Asia and Europe, but not yet Australasia or Africa, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
"I'm very surprised there are no reported cases here yet, a lack of diagnosis capacity is one clear reason." said Kariuki Njenga, head of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)-funded Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) laboratory in the capital Nairobi. "The risk we face from this is misreporting [of cases] and late detection of the infection. By the time we have discovered the disease has spread, it could be too late."
Originally posted by ZombieSlayer
Overcrowding cited as reason for pig cull at quarantined Alberta farm
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Swine Flu (H1N1) Continues to Spread
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Swine flu is now being downplayed by the Obama administration and the Main Stream Media. However, according to the latest CDC numbers, Swine flu (H1N1) is rapidly spreading in the US. Over 2500 confirmed cased and three deaths have been recorded.