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The breakdown of confirmed cases by age group (years), include:
• 0-4 (17)
It is very likely that the WHO will be forced declare Level 6 (Pandemic Level) within the next several days. They have been dragging there feet on this probably for political reasons.
Community spread in Japan and Great Britain plus in Mexico and the US and Canada satisfies the level 6 criteria for human to human community spread in more than one contiguous geographic region.
If the swine H1N1 virus co-infects someone sick with H5N1 (in Asia or Egypt), and/or someone with Tamiflu resistant seasonal H1N1 (most likely to happen anywhere in the Southern Hemisphere sometime this summer), gene swapping through recombination or reassortment is likely to result in a much more dangerous virus ---- highly contagious, resistant to Tamiflu and possibly more lethal than either seasonal flu or H1N1 swine flu.
Japan's tally rose from five confirmed cases to 78 -- many of them high school students who had not traveled overseas.
Japan closes 2,000 schools as swine flu spreads
11 mins ago
KOBE, Japan (AFP) – Japan has confirmed 129 swine flu cases and shuttered more than 2,000 schools and kindergartens in a bid to slow the spread of the virus that may already have infected hundreds.
No updates during the weekend available from Canada and the US #swineflu #h1n14 minutes ago from web
More at Link...
NYC Dept. of Health Press Release
Monday, May 18, 2009
...In addition to suspending some schools with unusual clusters of illness, the Health Department advises any New Yorker who has flu symptoms and also has an underlying health condition such as asthma, pregnancy, emphysema or other lung disease or diabetes; a compromised immune system or cancer; to seek medical treatment. In addition, if an individual with such a medical condition has household or other close contact with someone with influenza, they should see their doctor to determine whether preventive medicine is needed. For students, staff, and household members of affected students and staff at schools which have been closed, those who have an underlying medical condition as stated above should also see their doctors to discuss the need for preventive medicine.
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Originally posted by irishchic
I for one am oficially on notice thanks to the EXCELLENT exchanges of info here on ATS!
Seriously: no one in the several states I have visited recently shows any sign of remotely believing that this obviously deadly virus is anything at all to be concerned about.
I'm considered a "raving loon" because I'm really trying my best to inform and convince those close to me that it's no laughing matter and what I keep hearing is "Well...if it's SO bad,why isn't it on the news???"
Damn and double damn good question.
My own family yelled at me to "Stop scaring people and shut up..." So,I will as far as they are concerned.
ecoparity absolutely nailed 99% of the details that continue to emerge quite a while ago I do believe and although I've thanked him personally,I now do it publically as well...he endured some ridicule and still he kept on supplying facts for us to consider,a brave move IMO.
So NOW,the million-dollar question is: where do we as "people in the loop of reality" go from here and do we simply wait and see or begin to take a more pro-active approach and hunker down?The possibility of mutation so soon after the onset is terrifying.