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WASHINGTON (AFP) — The mayor of New Orleans, Ray Nagin, was being held in a hotel in Shanghai, after a fellow passenger on his flight to China fell ill with a suspected case of swine flu, US media reported.
Nagin, his wife, Seletha, as well as a member of his staff were on a 10-day trip to China and Australia aimed at promoting business to his city, the New Orleans Times Picaynune newspaper reported.
A spokeswoman for the southern US city told the daily that the trio, who were quarantined as a precaution, had been seated during their flight near a passenger who showed "signs and symptoms of an influenza-like illness suspected to be of the H1N1 subtype."
City communications director Ceeon Quiett told the daily that Nagin, his wife and aide are "symptom-free" and "being treated with utmost courtesy by Chinese officials," but said there was no word on how long the quarantine would last
Patients displaying symptoms of pandemic disease who refuse to accept medical treatment face prosecution, the department of health said.
The warning came as a 48-year-old man with flu symptoms left Caritas Medical Centre in Cheung Sha Wan yesterday morning without authorization.
He was later returned to the center for treatment.
Though initial test results proved negative for human swine flu (H1N1), the man remains under observation.
Originally posted by JBA2848
reply to post by sonjah1
How would you like to see the bill for two weeks of ICU. I don't know how many of these people are going to cope with the bills after this.
Huge U.S. economic losses forecast in flu pandemic
Thu Mar 22, 2007 1:19pm EDT WASHINGTON, March 22 (Reuters) - An influenza pandemic on the scale of the 1918 "Spanish Flu" would inflict $700 billion in economic losses in the United States and a 5.5 percent GDP drop in a year, according to a report released on Thursday.
Such a pandemic could trigger the second-deepest U.S. economic recession since World War Two, the report from the advocacy group Trust for America's Health found.
The group examined the potential economic consequences facing the United States in a pandemic that might occur if, for example, the H5N1 avian influenza virus that has killed 169 people globally mutates to become more readily spread among people...
The U.S. gross domestic product would fall 5.5 percent, or $683 billion, over a year if no vaccine was available.
"Our country is not prepared to face an economic shock of this magnitude," Jeffrey Levi, the group's executive director, told reporters.
Levi said leaders across the country should do more to prepare. Flu pandemics occur three or four times per century and the last one was in 1968.
The World Bank said in November a pandemic could cost the global economy $800 billion over a year.
The Philadelphia Department of Public Health and Disease Control have reported that a Philadelphia resident has died from complications of a H1N1 (Swine Flu) infection.
The unidentified adult female succumbed to complications from the illness Sunday while being treated at an area hospital.
So far, 70 cases of H1N1 (Swine flu) have been confirmed in Philadelphia and 11 probable cases are under investigation
Edmonton, Alberta (AHN) - Alberta farmer Arnold Van Ginkel, whose swine farm was Ground Zero for the Influenza A (H1N1) in Canada voluntarily, culled all his 2,000 plus herd which was earlier quarantined by federal health authorities..
Ginkel made the decision after he realized his hogs could no longer be sold despite assurances from health authorities that the swine flu could not be transmitted to humans by eating tainted pork.
The culling was announced Sunday by the Alberta Pork Association where Van Ginkel is a member. In a letter to Alberta residents, AP chairman Herbert Simons explained, "Van Ginkel discovered that ongoing questions from some consumers meant processors were reluctant to buy these animals even after the animals were healthy. Faced with the prospect of not being able to market these animals, Van Ginkel made the decision to cull his herd."
Simons added, "A decision to cull animals is never easy for a producer. All producers greatly value their animals.... But rather than let this incident on one farm raise questions about our entire pork industry, Van Ginkel made the selfless decision to cull his herd and remove any doubts."
Van Ginkel told the CanWest News Service, "I am disappointed that I have to cull these animals, but the presence of the Type A H1N1 virus in my herd left me with few options."
He plans to ask for government compensation in the amount estimated at $500,000, according to Van Ginkel's lawyer Keith Wilson.
Recently, a team of US scientists resurrected a virus that has since been labelled 'perhaps the most effective bioweapons agent now known' (von Bubnoff, 2005). In 1918, a highly virulent strain of influenza virus killed up to 50 million people worldwide. The virus – later dubbed the Spanish Flu – killed more people than any other disease of similar duration in the history of humankind. Until last year, this virus was extinct, preserved only as small DNA fragments in victims buried in Alaskan permafrost, or in tissue specimen of the United States Armed Forces Pathology Institute. Now the full sequence of the Spanish Flu virus has been published (Taubenberger et al., 2005) and the virus itself reconstructed. It proved to be as fatal as the original. When tested on mice, it killed the animals more quickly than any other flu virus ever tested (Tumpey et al., 2005).
What sounds like a brilliant piece of science is at the same time a recipe for disaster. Given the availability of the virus' full-genome sequence and the detailed method for its reconstruction on the Internet, its production by rogue scientists is now a real possibility. The Spanish Flu case underlines the need for biosecurity regulations to prevent the proliferation of particularly dangerous knowledge. It is not only a matter of publishing sensitive dual-use information; there are good arguments to stop experiments that are likely to produce sensitive knowledge from the very beginning.
Yes, it is proposed here to restrict science. The outcry is predictable, and yet misplaced. There is no such thing as freedom of science. We as scientists have for decades applied and accepted clear restrictions on the scientific process, and in many – albeit not all – cases for very good reasons. Human experimentation is but one example. The real question is not whether anybody would dare to prevent the course of science, but whether there is a good reason to do so and whether a restriction would have any effect at all – the standard argument being 'if we don't do it, somebody else would do it'.
The AUC is considered one of Egypt's top academic institutions
Egyptian police have imposed quarantine restrictions on a dormitory of the prestigious American University in Cairo after an outbreak of swine flu.
Two students arriving from the US have been diagnosed with the virus that has killed 130 people, mostly in Mexico, and has affected thousands worldwide.
Egypt was the first African country to record a case swine flu.
There are fears the airborne virus could spread quickly in its densely populated urban areas.
Police, some wearing face masks stood at barriers outside the elegant seven-floor AUC dormitory in Zamalek.
Pizzas were delivered to the building during the day but none of the residents were allowed in or out.
The swine flue outbreak led the university to suspend classes until 14 June in line with health ministry advice, reports say.
. . .Egypt is already battling the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu, which has killed an estimated 27 people there since 2006.
Around 500 animal production and health experts from over 100 countries are set to present up-to-date findings for solving or alleviating factors affecting animal production. In addition, they will discuss modern techniques for curbing animal diseases that affect humans, also known as "zoonoses", which account for 70 percent of all human infectious diseases.