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Developments on swine flu worldwide
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Key developments on swine flu outbreaks, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization and government officials:
_Deaths: Global total of 61 — 56 in Mexico; three in the U.S.; one in Canada and one in Costa Rica. One of those who died in the U.S. was a toddler from Mexico. Officials said the Canadian, U.S. and Costa Rican victims also had other medical conditions.
_Confirmed cases, according to WHO and CDC: About 4,800 in 33 countries, including at least 1,626 in Mexico, 2,618 in the United States and 330 in Canada.
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Influenza A(H1N1) - update 26
12 May 2009 -- As of 06:00 GMT, 12 May 2009, 30 countries have officially reported 5251 cases of influenza A(H1N1) infection.
Mexico has reported 2059 laboratory confirmed human cases of infection, including 56 deaths. The United States has reported 2600 laboratory confirmed human cases, including three deaths. Canada has reported 330 laboratory confirmed human cases, including one death. Costa Rica has reported eight laboratory confirmed human cases, including one death.
The following countries have reported laboratory confirmed cases with no deaths - Argentina (1), Australia (1), Austria (1), Brazil (8), China (2, comprising 1 in China, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, and 1 in mainland China), Colombia (3), Denmark (1), El Salvador (4), France (13), Germany (12), Guatemala (1), Ireland (1), Israel (7), Italy (9), Japan (4), Netherlands (3), New Zealand (7), Norway (2), Panama (16), Poland (1), Portugal (1), Republic of Korea (3), Spain (95), Sweden (2), Switzerland (1) and the United Kingdom (55).
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MAILBAG: THE BIRD FLU PANDEMIC MYTH
HOW TO PREVENT AND CURE ALL VIRAL INFECTIONS -- The Temperature Connection
Viral DNA can only replicate or grow like a crystal, if the temperature of the host cell liquid cytoplasm is below 100 degrees F, and it "prefers" a temperature of 96F or below. For "cold-blooded" birds and reptiles this can occur all year long, but mostly in winter. For humans and most mammals this lower body temperature condition actually occurs during sleep and when under stress. This lower body temperature may also occur when exposed to cold winter weather. This is why winter is flu season.
A human "fever" above 102F completely stops all viral replication, giving the immune system T-cells and macrophages enough time to track down and destroy the invading virus. Lowering the fever temperature with modern over-the-counter cold medications can kill you. The only thing an annual flu shot does is speed the process of T-cells finding certain viruses. The flu shot does not actually give immunity or prevent infection, especially if the person also takes cold medications or prophylactics such as Tamiflu which lower the body temperature and thwart the normal immune system fever response. It could actually be deadly.
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One of the prevailing hypotheses on why pandemic flu is so deadly is the notion that those with stronger immune systems will be more likely to die from the virus because of a “cytokine storm”. The cytokine storm is thought to cause death not from the virus itself, but the immune system overreacting to it. Victims suffer a virus induced response of the immune system—“a cytokine storm”—which leads to acute respiratory distress. In otherwords, in the process of fighting the disease, a person’s immune system severely damages the lungs, which likely results in death. A severe "cytokine storm" can flood and clog the lung's alveoli with infection-fighting cells, making it so oxygen can no longer be properly absorbed by the body.
Not all investigators agree with the "cytokine storm" interpretation. Studies of the time to death from the onset of influenza symptoms during the 1918 pandemic in military and civilian populations find a median time to death of 7–11 days. These data support the idea that the deaths may be predominantly due to bacterial superinfection after the acute phase of influenza. The distribution of time from onset of illness to death due to influenza-related pneumonia in 1918 are quite similar compared with time to death due to untreated pneumococcal pneumonia in the 1920s and 1930s. Other studies suggest a more complext course, in which the synergistic effects of infection with the virus, aberrant immune responses to the virus, and secondary opportunistic bacterial pneumonias were severe and often fatal.