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Mysterious U.S. Swine Flu Probe Widens as Mexico Finds Swine Flu *updated*

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posted on May, 27 2009 @ 12:55 AM
From one of Omega's links.

A deadly H1N1 virus spread from birds to people in 1918. People then passed the virus on to pigs and it's now one of the most common causes of respiratory disease in North American pig farms. Another pig/human virus was identified on a hog farm in North Carolina in 1998. Within a year, a hybrid of a human virus, a pig virus, and a bird virus spread throughout the United States. Some experts believe that new viruses are jumping between species at an unprecedented rate.

And from other articles;

CDC Confirms Ties to Virus First Discovered in U.S. Pig Factories

A preliminary analysis of the H1N1 swine flu virus isolated from human cases in California and Texas reveals that six of the eight viral gene segments arose from North American swine flu strains circulating since 1998, when a new strain was first identified on a factory farm in North Carolina.

This genetic fingerprint, first released by Columbia University’s Center for Computation Biology and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton,[1] has now been reportedly confirmed by researchers at the University of Edinburgh, St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital and virologist Ruben Donis, chief of the molecular virology and vaccines branch at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Robert Webster, the director of the U.S. Collaborating Center of the World Health Organization, and considered the "godfather of flu research,"[2] is reported as saying "The triple reassortant in pigs [first discovered in the U.S. in 1998] seems to be the precursor."

The worst plague in human history was triggered by an H1N1 avian flu virus, which jumped the species barrier from birds to humans[3] and went on to kill as many as 50 to 100 million people in the 1918 flu pandemic.[4] No disease, war or famine ever killed so many people in so short a time. We then passed the virus to pigs, where it has continued to circulate, becoming one of the most common causes of respiratory disease on North American pig farms.[5]

In August 1998, however, a barking cough resounded throughout a North Carolina pig factory in which all the thousands of breeding sows fell ill.[6] A new swine flu virus was discovered on that factory farm, a human-pig hybrid virus that had picked up three human flu genes. By the end of that year, the virus acquired two gene segments from bird flu viruses as well, becoming a never-before-described triple reassortment virus—a hybrid of a human virus, a pig virus, and a bird virus—that triggered outbreaks in Texas, Minnesota, and Iowa. [7]

Within months, the virus had spread throughout the United States. Blood samples taken from 4,382 pigs across 23 states found that 20.5% tested positive for exposure to this triple hybrid swine flu virus by early 1999, including 100% of herds tested in Illinois and Iowa, and 90% in Kansas and Oklahoma. [8] According to the current analysis, published April 30 in the journal of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, it is from this pool of viruses that the current swine flu threat derives three-quarters of its genetic material. [9]

This is a must read article.

To be continued.....

posted on May, 27 2009 @ 01:27 AM

Two of the segments, Rabadan said, appear to come from Eurasia and are somewhat mysterious in origin. The six others can be traced to the North American pig outbreak, which turned out to include a combination of avian, swine and human flu.

“This virus was found in pigs here in the United States,” Rabadan said in an interview. “They were getting sick in 1998. It became a swine virus.”

It spread among pregnant sows in Newton Grove, N.C., causing them to abort their litters, and then to swine in Texas, Iowa and Minnesota — putting epidemiologists on alert about the new viral strain and the potential for a human outbreak.

So the new mixture of human/swine/avian viruses is not new at all, it's at least ten years old and they have been aware of a potential human outbreak for at least ten years !

A May 1999 N&O story titled "Disease detectives untangle mystery of mutant flu virus" (available in the paper's online archives) reported that the 1998 bug -- a pig virus "wrapped in a shell of human proteins" -- was isolated by a state government veterinary lab. Similar mutations are suspected in earlier flu outbreaks, including the 1918 Spanish flu that killed more than 20 million people worldwide.

The 1998 North Carolina outbreak began with pregnant sows developing high fevers. A state microbiologist who tested nasal samples taken from the animals was surprised to encounter a virus he didn't recognize -- and his alarm grew when he found that some of the sick animals had been immunized for ordinary swine flu, the N&O reported:

So the vaccines for ordinary swine flu didn't protect them, or did the vaccines give them the new version ????

The state microbiologist investigating the 1998 outbreak sent samples of the virus to Dr. Robert Webster, a leading virologist at St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. Webster identified them as a mix of human and swine virus and concluded the virus had originated in humans before jumping to pigs.

North Carolina public health officials tested workers at the Hog Slat farm who had come in contact with the infected pigs. Those tests showed that 10% of the workers had developed antibodies to the virus, meaning they had been infected although they apparently hadn't become ill.

At the time, health experts said they did not believe the new virus posed a threat to humans -- but admitted the potential was there for future problems:

So according to these articles this flu has origins in an outbreak of a new combinations of flu viruses in 1998, and that out break has it's origins in the pandemic of 1918. I find it rather interesting that some of the pigs infected in 1998 had received vaccines for the ordinary swine flu

So if the NAU flu is the same one from 1998, what happened that caused it to spread to humans
Could it possibly have something to do with vaccinations

[edit on 5/27/2009 by chise61]

posted on May, 27 2009 @ 01:35 AM
reply to post by spinkyboo

Why would they use the California strain for a vaccine, wouldn't it make sense to use the original, more virulant Mexican strain ? Or are they using the California strain because they know something that they are not devulging

posted on May, 27 2009 @ 03:44 AM
hx, I believe there is a black out on local info here. I cannot find anything about Montana in the past 3 days. The last I read was 12 confirmed cases and possibly more. If you come across anything about it please post?

Thank you.

posted on May, 27 2009 @ 08:12 AM
Good Day All

Families concerned over swine flu cram into Royal Children's Hospital

Finland confirms 3rd swine flu case

Pittsburgh-area school confirms 1 swine flu case

Philippines says has four new cases of flu virus

3 more in Morris County may have swine flu

Swine flu case confirmed

Saskatchewan Approaches 100 H1N1 Cases

Certain Medical Conditions Can Make Flu Cases Worse

Over One Hundred Persons Are Tested Here For Swine Flu …All Tests Come Back Negative.

Romania announces first confirmed swine flu case

Romanian woman diagnosed with swine flu and her relatives are sent home

DOH confirms 4 new A(H1N1) cases; public told to stay calm

Poland confirms its 4th case of swine flu

Australia, China and Japan report new cases of influenza A (H1N1)

Swine flu easing on most of Mainland

City Closes Five More Schools Amid Flu Concerns

H1N1 Confirmed At Elementary School
Student At Atkinson Elementary Tests Positive

Isolation aids swine flu preparation: top doctor

Worldwide Deaths From H1N1 Flu Virus At 100; Singapore Reports First Case

Philippines reports 4 new cases of swine flu

# Argentina: Distrito Federal: 14 confirmed cases.Source: Pan American Health OrganisationDate: 26 may 200938 minutes ago from twitterfeed

# Argentina: Buenos Aires: 4 confirmed cases. Source: Pan American Health Organisation Date: 26 May 200938 minutes ago from twitterfeed

# Singapore Republic: 1 confirmed case.3 suspected cases.Source: Singapore Ministry of HealthDate: 27 May 2009, 01:00 GMTabout 2 hours ago from twitterfeed

# Russia: Kaluga region: 1 confirmed case.Source: Rianovosti.ruDate: 25 May 2009about 3 hours ago from twitterfeed

# Greece: Unknow region: 1 confirmed case.Source: ( google translated )Date: 26 May 2009, 02:24 GMTabout 3 hours ago from twitterfeed

# Chile: Región de Los Lagos: 7 confirmed casesInclude Puerto Montt CitySource: Ministerio de Salud (spanish ) ( English google translated)..about 12 hours ago from twitterfeed

# Chile: Región del Bío Bío: 1 confirmed case.Source: El MercurioDate: 26 May 2009about 12 hours ago from twitterfeed

[edit on 5/27/2009 by Hx3_1963]

posted on May, 27 2009 @ 08:21 AM
reply to post by Hx3_1963

Well I see this thread has not been totally infected yet.....

I pulled this from your link.......we have discussed before but its worth posting in full again......

Populations at High Risk..........

• Children less than 5 years old.
• Persons aged 65 years or older.
• Children and adolescents under the age of 18 who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy and who might be at risk for experiencing Reye syndrome after influenza virus infection.
• Pregnant women.
• Adults and children who have chronic pulmonary, cardiovascular, hepatic, hematological, neurologic, neuromuscular, or metabolic disorders.
• Adults and children who have immunosuppression (including immunosuppression caused by medications or by HIV).
• Residents of nursing homes and other chronic-care facilities.

posted on May, 27 2009 @ 08:53 AM
reply to post by Cloudsinthesky
Good deal...

There's a C-Storm article in this post...take a look...

A Cytokine Storm?
Why are younger people who usually fight off flu succumbing to the swine flu?

Chile: 119 cases of swine flu, one person in serious condition

Swine flu hits Cape maritime academy

DOH: No residents on Kaua‘i have swine flu
Out-of-state visitor is only confirmed case

Australia isolates cruise ship as fears of swine flu outbreak grow

CDC: Flu In Decline In Many Parts Of U.S.

2 more imported H1N1 cases confirmed

56 Swine Flu Cases Now Confirmed in New Jersey

Bahrain says 10 suspected clear of swine flu

31 new swine flu cases in Nevada

Influenza A(H1N1) - update 40

27 May 2009 -- As of 06:00 GMT, 27 May 2009, 48 countries have officially reported 13,398 cases of influenza A(H1N1) infection, including 95 deaths.
The breakdown of the number of laboratory-confirmed cases by country is given in the following table and map.

Second swine flu case confirmed in Greece

# China: Guangdong: 1 confirmed case.Source: Kyodo NewsDate: 27 may 20091 minute ago from twitterfeed

# Japan: Wakayama prefecture: Wakayama city: 1 confirmed case. Source: Kyodo News Date: 27 may 20091 minute ago from twitterfeed

# Romania: Country's First Confirmed Influenza A (H1N1) Case Identified in 30-Year-Old Female: Date: May 27, 2009 12:43 UTC Risk: Low M..13 minutes ago from twitterfeed

# Tan Tock Seng Hospital: Singapore Reports First Confirmed Influenza A (H1N1) Case: Date: May 27, 2009 12:39 UTC Risk: Low Multiple me..13 minutes ago from twitterfeed

[edit on 5/27/2009 by Hx3_1963]

posted on May, 27 2009 @ 09:32 AM
Well this is my

Yep, it seems the numbers are dropping........They forget to mention that they don't test everyone with influenza symptoms.........Not to mention here in the Ozarks the Health Dept is not publicly announcing the positive test results........Yep all is well.......Everyone take a vacation....take a cruise if you can afford it.........Just don't travel to Australia.......
They won't let you off the boat......

[edit on 27-5-2009 by Cloudsinthesky]

[edit on 27-5-2009 by Cloudsinthesky]

posted on May, 27 2009 @ 09:54 AM
Year: Country: Cases: Deaths: Type of Influenza A Virus:

1997 Hong Kong 18 6 H5N1
Rapid destruction – within three days – of Hong Kong’s entire poultry population, estimated at around 1.5 million birds, reduced opportunities for further direct transmission to humans, and may have averted a pandemic.

1999 Hong Kong 2 0 H9N2
new variation and mutations just 2 years after culling 1.5 MILLION bird's.##mutation##

1999 Mainland China Several ? H9N2
Same year as Hong Kong outbreak it had spread over to China via ## trade##. China cull's.(WHO replaced the birds that had been culled?)Now it will be kept quiet to save the trade profit's. ##mutation##

2003 Hong Kong 2 1 H5N1
Original strain that was culled from bird community back yet again just 3 years later....(FROM WHERE, Again WHO replaced the culled bird's)

2003 Netherlands 80 1 H7N7
Totally new variant being spread in Netherlands's but has markers of original Hong Kong strain. ## mutation## Where bird's imported from the Asia's? NO

2003 Hong Kong 1 1 H9N2
Same year H5N1 reappears in Hong Kong Mutation yet again pop's up in population.

2004 Thailand 12 8 H5N1
Original Hong Kong strain turns up ...##trade route##

2004 Vietnam 23 15 H5N1
Original Hong Kong Strain turns up ## trade route## Truth is it ISN'T an orginal Hong Kong strain.......

2004 Canada 1 0 H7
Total refusal to release whole data set on marker's and dna/rna ## trade route##

At present 15 HA subtypes (H1-H15) and nine neuraminidase subtypes (N1-N9) have been recognized. Each virus has one H and one N antigen, apparently in “any combination”.

The subtypes of influenza virus demonstrate “species specificity” and those, which infect animals, do not usually cause infection and disease in human beings. Fifteen subtypes of influenza virus are known to infect birds; some of these are highly pathogenic. To date, all outbreaks of the highly pathogenic form have been caused by “influenza A viruses” of subtypes H5 and H7.

Infections to human beings from poultry infected with H9 subtype have also been documented
These developments pose a threat to public and veterinary health in the region and potentially the world, and suggest that long-term control measures are required.
human infections and outbreaks have been reported since 1997
public health authorities monitor the situation closely because of concerns about the potential for more widespread infection in the human population
if the virus mutates and mixes with human-flu viruses, and suddenly starts spreading as swiftly and devastatingly among people

Studies at the genetic level further determined that the virus had jumped directly from birds to humans. Limited transmission to health care workers occurred, but did not cause "severe disease".

Okay here is what is probably going to get me in trouble but what the heck! I am going to move and not list it anyway..mommy wants to go back to being a normal person!!!!!

First Hong Kong was NOT the first outbreak and they know it. Second what hangs around pig farms to pick up scraps and leaves lots of feces in the pig pen's? Yes that is right bird's that already have a H5N1 or H9N2 or even the H7. That they have yet to release data to for the public scientific sector to dismantle.
Now some of these AMERICAN, EUROPEAN and ASIAN pigs already have a somewhat dormant form of the original 1918 strain running around and breaking out every 7 or so years. (Can't get a perfect number of year's between break outs because frankly there has been THOUSAND'S worldwide)
Now fast forward to today 2009 a DECADE since the first strains of Avian have been genetically marked publicly etc. We have had numerous forms of a "swine" based infection in pigs that is gaining in severity with each strain that pop's up. The Who and CDC are on high alert to keep an eye on ALL new strains in an effort to mark the mutations and transfer from Bird to Pig to Human.
Now in this current era they find that humans have actually been giving the "recombine flu" BACK to pig's. (NOT just the Canada one this year, it goes many years back) We start to find more and more break outs with widely varied strains in a combination that we have not seen before. Although the break outs are small and easily contained.
Enter the trade route and the need to send out swine and also avian forms of food stuff's. Now we are certain that we have "vaccinated" the herds and flock's, BUT what mutation has happed to make the vaccine no longer able to kill off the originally "mild" and easily curable forms of the recumbent strain. H1N1 A and H1N1 B common human forms of flu and H1N1 B just happens to be the ONE flu vaccine most widely used to date in all Vaccine's. So guess which one has grown in strength and is also the major player in respitory infections in the HUMAN population.
Now consider and look up if you want to the number of people worldwide who now suffer from respitory disease....BINGO! Already weak to the "one strong strain" in the whole messy mix. The one that very few have ever been vaccinated for and bam you have an epidemic of HUGE proportions.
Yeah I know short on the details but you get the picture now right? It has been here all along. The fact it took it this long to strengthen the A version is what has broke it out. Either it was done by nature over the decade or possibly longer. Could be some idiot messed with a vaccine in an attempt to kill it off into a less deadly form in the animals. There by making it an even worse form in humans. Add in a few new mutations with common virus's that are effecting human's at the current time and we have a ticking time bomb just waiting to gain strength yet again.
The second wave is already picked up last years strains and has now mutated yet again. This time next fall at the LATEST the instances of pneumonia are going to be through the roof and not only in the elderly. Now mind you it may be difficult for a viral flu to spread widely in the summer month's. BUT bacterial and fungal’s have no season, and we all know a large number of people have reported "bacterial respitory infections". There is no lag time between now and next fall. It is Summer here the kid's are out of school the family is ready for that much anticipated vacation and well how many of them are going to call off their vacation for a mild infection that the doctors tell them antibiotics will cure up right quick? Like I said NO lag time is going to happen. THAT is what has them shaking in their boots and not knowing what to do. They can't stop it and they know it. No country is going to allow a shut down in the current economic environment.

posted on May, 27 2009 @ 09:59 AM
Good Morning eveyone!

CDC Health Alert Network (HAN) Info Service Message: New and Updated CDC Guidance Related to Novel H1N1 Flu

levels of influenza-like illness are higher than normal for this time of year. At this time, the majority of influenza viruses isolated in the United States are now novel H1N1 viruses.....
......While nation-wide influenza-like-illness surveillance is trending downward, localized outbreaks are ongoing and it’s likely that such outbreaks will continue over the summer. It’s uncertain how the novel H1N1 virus will affect the upcoming 2009-2010 influenza season.

Influenza A(H1N1) - update 40


[edit on 27-5-2009 by burntheships]

posted on May, 27 2009 @ 10:01 AM
12 new swine flu cases reported in Indiana

Two more suspected swine flu deaths in NYC

H1N1: Zinc doctor said “there will be more cases”

Testing times aboard flu ship, but band plays on

Nicaragua Discards 124 Possible Cases Of A/H1N1 Flu

Virus will be back, warns scientist

Patients scared of flu clinic

33 Britons aboard swine-flu cruise ship Pacific Dawn
Ship itinerary changed to stay at sea as tests on crew with flu symptoms are carried out

Cruise family trapped as swine flu cases double in 24 hours

# China: Shizuoka prefecture: Shizuoka City: 1 confirmed caseSource: Kyodo NewsDate: 27 May 20095 minutes ago from twitterfeed

# Japan: Kanagawa Prefecture: Kawasaki city: 2 confirmed cases.Sou8rce: Kyodo NewsDate: 27 May 20095 minutes ago from twitterfeed

Canadian traveller quarantined for flu

P&O Cruise Ship Diverted Due to Swine Flu

14 new cases lift Hawaii's swine flu total to 58

Ukraine's border guards monitoring border to prevent swine flu outbreak in country

WHO reports 444 new cases of H1N1, 3 more deaths

Officials confirm swine-flu case in Verona

H1N1 isn't only concern for travelers

McDonald’s in Epping Plaza: Store Temporarily Closed as Precaution After Employee Diagnosed with Influenza A (H1N1): Date: May 27, 20..10 minutes ago from twitterfeed

Two more H1N1 cases confirmed

Australia's swine flu cases double overnight

[edit on 5/27/2009 by Hx3_1963]

posted on May, 27 2009 @ 10:09 AM
reply to post by xoxo stacie

Good Post XOXO.........You are right about the lag time.....there will not be one.......I was told we were in phase two out of three........and that we would move into phase three more likely this summer........

I will add that I don't think the mutations all occured naturally.......Over the past seven years I think we have had some lab help.......

NOT just the Canada one this year, it goes many years back

This quote by XOXO was concerning human to pig transmission of the virus........I posted a couple weeks ago that there was a second human to pig was in the US.........I was not given the location........This info was withheld from the public by the CDC/GOV

posted on May, 27 2009 @ 10:12 AM
Not sure Hx3 if you posted it or not.......But there was another death in St Louis yesterday......

posted on May, 27 2009 @ 10:17 AM
reply to post by Cloudsinthesky
Hmmm...Don't know how I would of missed that...ya got a source?

First case of H1N1 confirmed in La Crosse County

Washington swine flu tests to focus on hospitals

New East Midlands case of swine flu confirmed

Mother Speaks Out About H1N1 Virus

Worst of swine flu appears over in California, L.A. County

Fiji schools must be up to speed on H1N1 virus: Health

Politicians rip Education Department for lack of swine flu information for parents, teachers

Washington Tests New Alert System

Swine flu case confirmed at St. John's Prep School

Kerala: 600 cases of viral fever reported in Trivandrum

posted on May, 27 2009 @ 10:23 AM
It was the death which occured last week.......A newbie flu thread posted the source as if it just happened yesterday........once I looked at the article it was last weeks dated May 20th.......

I am bad
.......All is well here in Missouri......everyone keep moving forward.......

posted on May, 27 2009 @ 10:43 AM
reply to post by Cloudsinthesky

Well I see this thread has not been totally infected yet.....

It may be a matter of time.........the "other thread" has been temporarily shut down for review.

XOXOStacie: thanks for that article. It may explain what I was so sick with last year. I don't think I ever did fully recover from it. Scary stuff.

posted on May, 27 2009 @ 10:50 AM
More Pinoys get swine flu
Confirmed cases increase by four, DOH announces

A(H1N1) flu cases may jump in China

Bonneville County teen tests positive for swine flu


Swine Flu Emerges in Singapore

Why New York is being hit harder than L.A. by swine flu

Brunei Quarantines 200 Over Swine Flu Fears

Latest Swine Flu Delaware News

kishorcariappa: Rumours: First Swine Flu case detected in Oman; Dutch national diagonised with virus at Muscat airport. half a minute ago from twibble

Taking Special Measures Unnecessary in Face of Increasing H1N1 Flu Reports

First case of swine flu in Notts confirmed

State hopes to confirm swine flu cases

New flu case brings total to 185

Greece: Thessaloniki : 1 confirmed caseSource: Griechenland.netDate: 27 May 2009less than a minute ago from twitterfeed

# Romania: Country's First Confirmed Influenza A (H1N1) Case Identified in 30-Year-Old Female: Date: May 27, 2009 14:55 UTC Risk: Mediu..5 minutes ago from twitterfeed

# Toulouse: One Case of Influenza A (H1N1) Confirmed; Two Contact Individuals Considered Probable Cases: Date: May 27, 2009 14:12 UTC R..5 minutes ago from twitterfeed

[edit on 5/27/2009 by Hx3_1963]

posted on May, 27 2009 @ 11:01 AM
Here is the newest breakdown by state for the US:

Alabama 67 cases 0 deaths
Arkansas 12cases 0 deaths
Arizona 532 cases 3 deaths
California 553 cases 0 deaths
Colorado 68 cases 0 deaths
Connecticut 102 cases 0 deaths
Delaware 108 cases 0 deaths
Florida 139 cases 0 deaths
Georgia 28 cases 0 deaths
Hawaii 44 cases 0 deaths
Idaho 11cases 0 deaths
Illinois 927cases 0 deaths
Indiana 120 cases 0 deaths
Iowa 71 cases 0 deaths
Kansas 34 cases 0 deaths
Kentucky** 38cases 0 deaths
Louisiana 86 cases 0 deaths
Maine 9 cases 0 deaths
Maryland 44 cases 0 deaths
Massachusetts 286 cases 0 deaths
Michigan 178cases 0 deaths
Minnesota 44 cases 0 deaths
Mississippi 8 cases 0 deaths
Missouri 24 cases 1 deaths
Montana 12 cases 0 deaths
Nebraska 35cases 0 deaths
Nevada 50 cases 0 deaths
New Hampshire 27 cases 0 deaths
New Jersey 29 cases 0 deaths
New Mexico 97 cases 0 deaths
New York 456cases 2 deaths
North Carolina 13 cases 0 deaths
North Dakota 6 cases 0 deaths
Ohio 15 cases 0 deaths
Oklahoma 64 cases 0 deaths
Oregon 120 cases 0 deaths
Pennsylvania 95 cases 0 deaths
Rhode Island 11 cases 0 deaths
South Carolina 39 cases 0 deaths
South Dakota 4 cases 0 deaths
Tennessee 95 cases 0 deaths
Texas 1358 cases 3 deaths
Utah 122 cases 1 deaths
Vermont 2 cases 0 deaths
Virginia 25 cases 0 deaths
Washington 575 cases 1 death
Washington, D.C. 14 cases 0 deaths
Wisconsin 1130 cases 0 deaths
TOTAL*(48) 7,927 cases 11 deaths


The TX Dept. of Health website shows a total of 1359 probable and confirmed cases as of 5/22/09. They update today around 2PM.

[edit on 27-5-2009 by Cameoii]

posted on May, 27 2009 @ 11:10 AM
Long-frozen body may yield flu clues
Saturday, 02/07/1998

Broward County Health Department advises residents and visitors to practice frequent hand washing

Number of H1N1 Cases May Be Declining

Who’s Afraid of Swine Flu: The Travel Detective in Mexico

No new steps needed to protect pigs from swine flu

Australia braces as Asian swine flu cases surge

Positive A (H1N1) cases rise as contact tracing yields results

WHO loses credibility as a global health body

Pigs Acted as Ideal Crucibles for New Hybrid Flu

Swine flu (H1N1 virus) in schools-Washoe County update

Lodi schools open again; several more cases of swine flu reported in district

Then there was 1?
Wyoming Confirms First Swine Flu Case

Number of swine flu cases at 13

Preparing ourselves for the next epidemic

Ninth swine flu case confirmed in Wilton

Disease fighting 'super-labs' open at ANU

Swine flu hits Perth radio host's family

WHO Reports 3 New Swine Flu Deaths

More human-to-pig flu transmission seen likely

Swine flu may hit four million Aussies

Qantas crew placed in swine flu quarantine

[edit on 5/27/2009 by Hx3_1963]

posted on May, 27 2009 @ 11:30 AM

CANBERRA, May 27 (Reuters) - An Australian state hit hardest by the H1N1 virus will carry out mass treatment with anti-viral drugs for people suspected of having so-called swine flu as the country's total number of confirmed cases near-doubled to 61.

Health authorities in Victoria, where 33 people have been confirmed with H1N1, said they would open special clinics to relieve hospitals and deal with the outbreak, administering anti-viral drugs to anyone with symptoms.


This seems to me like the perfect way to force a mutation which will make H1N1 antiviral resistant. But then again, doing nothing isn't working out that great either, is it?

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