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

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posted on Jun, 30 2009 @ 05:39 PM
Vical Inc. said Tuesday that animal tests of a potential swine flu vaccine were successful.

In the preclinical tests, Vical said all mice and rabbits who were injected with the vaccine were protected from the flu virus. It said 75 percent of the animals reached or surpassed the protection threshold after one dose. Vical said it is ready to move on to large scale manufacturing for testing on humans once it gets the necessary funding.

The San Diego company's shares climbed on the news, rising 45 cents, or 20 percent, to $2.65 in heavy afternoon trading.

Rodman & Renshaw analyst Reni Benjamin noted the speed of the vaccine's development, as Vical received a sample of swine flu from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on April 30, shortly after the H1N1 strain emerged.

"These results provide additional validation for Vical's technology platform, demonstrating not only efficacy and but also speed in generating a vaccine to an influenza strain that emerged in April 2009," he wrote.

Vical is developing its vaccine under an agreement with

posted on Jun, 30 2009 @ 05:41 PM
For the second time in two days, the death of a Suffolk resident has been linked to swine flu, the county health department said Tuesday.

A resident of the Town of Smithtown between the ages of 45 and 55 is the fourth death in the county associated with the H1N1 virus, Suffolk Health Commissioner Dr. Humayun Chaudhry said in a news release.

The man, who died Tuesday, "had been hospitalized since mid-June for multiple acute and chronic underlying medical problems," Chaudhry said.

"We offer our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased," Chaudhry said in a

posted on Jun, 30 2009 @ 05:44 PM
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- Children, pregnant women, the elderly and those with chronic diseases should stay away from the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia to prevent catching swine flu, health experts recommended Tuesday.

The recommendations come as some in the Muslim world have raised questions about the risk posed by swine flu to the millions attending the annual Muslim pilgrimage, which takes place this year in December, with some even suggesting quarantining people returning from Saudi

posted on Jun, 30 2009 @ 05:46 PM
Argentina: New symptoms in infected

The director of the hospital Malvinas Argentinas, Graciela Bonfigli, has told C5N that patients are now in serious condition suffering from acute renal failure and hematologic disorders.

Graciela Bonfigli, director of the Hospital Malvinas Argentinas, instead aiming only to patients who have the virus AH1N1 spoke exclusively with C5N and explained that, in very serious cases, two new symptoms are presenting in patients.

The first is acute renal failure, which has to be treated with dialysis.

The second is the occurrence of hematological abnormalities, such as when blood clots form throughout the body.

Furthermore argued that if patients have no prior history, they are generally healthy adults who have a fall with pneumonia and respiratory failure.

Yikes, no wonder the Health Min. resigned--if this is what they're facing and the govt was ignoring her

[edit on 30-6-2009 by sonjah1]

posted on Jun, 30 2009 @ 05:54 PM
Three more people have ended up in Nova Scotia hospitals with the H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu.

The first hospitalized case of H1N1 was reported in early June. On Tuesday, the Capital district health authority and the IWK Health Centre announced three more, bringing the total number of people hospitalized with the virus to four.

There have been 151 confirmed cases in Nova Scotia since the outbreak in April.

Three people were hospitalized within the Capital district health authority and one person at the IWK. The person at the IWK has been discharged, along with one from the Capital district. Two remain in hospital.

“This is not unlike what we’re seeing in the rest of the country, the virus is out in the community and it continues to circulate, and as it circulates, it’s transmitted to more people,” said Dr. Maureen Baikie, deputy chief medical officer of health.

“As we get more and more cases, the likelihood of getting someone who is more severely ill and requires hospitalization increases.”

Recently, the World Health Organization declared the H1N1 virus a pandemic. It has been found in nearly 45,000 people from 90 different countries.

Dr. Baikie said the flu is being transmitted as expected in Nova Scotia.

“I think the virus will continue to be transmitted. We haven’t seen a drop-off yet. So I think we need to remain vigilant for cases and people need to take measures to protect themselves.”

The virus is transmitted through coughing or can be picked up from a surface. The Health Promotion and Protection Department is continuing to remind people to wash their hands often, to use their arm to cover their coughs and sneezes, and to disinfect surfaces like doorknobs.

People with flu-like symptoms should stay at home and limit their contact with family members. The most common symptoms are fever and cough, but some will also have muscle aches, fatigue and sore

posted on Jun, 30 2009 @ 05:59 PM
EIGHT Curtin University students and a lecturer are now confirmed to have tested positive to swine flu in Beijing.
Deputy vice-chancellor academic Professor Jane den Hollander said the eight were in a public hospital in the Chinese city and are being treated with H1N1 medication.

The remaining students, who were part of a study tour, were in quarantine in a Beijing hotel.

"Curtin staff are in constant contact with the students and their families, and all necessary support and assistance is being provided," she said.

She said arrangements for their return to Perth would be made as soon as they were released.

“They are all doing very well. Their temperatures are down and they are not critical,” Prof den Hollander said.

She said the touring party had been sent money, phones, magazines, videos and other items to keep them occupied and in good spirits.

“They seem OK … they are getting support from us and we are keeping in contact with their families.

“We are carefully monitoring the situation and will get them home as soon as possible.”

The group of construction management students were in Beijing on a study tour of the city’s infrastructure built for last year’s Olympic Games.

Prof den Hollander said it had not been determined where or how the students contracted the virus.

She said Chinese Government regulations prevented the students from travelling home, even if they did not have the virus.

She said the university was working with government authorities to ensure they were being looked

posted on Jun, 30 2009 @ 06:00 PM

Flutrackers Confirmed U.S. Fatalities 6/30/09 .....

Arizona - 9
California - 19
Connecticut - 6
Florida - 2
Hawaii - 1
Illinois - 13
Maryland - 1
Massachusetts - 2
Michigan - 7
Minnesota - 1
Missouri - 1
Nevada - 2
New Jersey - 6
New York - 43
North Carolina - 2
Oklahoma - 1
Oregon - 3
Pennsylvania - 5
Rhode Island - 1
Texas - 16
Utah - 10
Virginia - 1
Washington - 3
Wisconsin - 4

TOTAL - 159*
*This number represents deaths as described and reported in the media. The known CFR of H1N1 is 0.4%

#157 Hawaii - Honolulu, woman in her late 60's died 6/19/09 reported 6/29/09 *multiple serious health issues, contracted pneumonia as a complication, affiliated with the military but not on active duty, died at Tripler Army Medical Center, Hawaii DOH claims H1N1 not the primary cause of death
#158 Pennsylvania - Philadelphia, middle aged person (woman?) reported 6/30/09 *underlying condition, H1N1 confirmed postmortem late week of 6/26
#159 New York - Suffolk County, Smithtown man 45-55 years old died 6/30/09 reported 6/30/09 *multiple acute and chronic medical problems, hospitalized since mid-June

posted on Jun, 30 2009 @ 06:09 PM
Bandar Seri Begawan - Brunei extended school holidays for a further week as 209 people came under watch for swine flu in the sultanate while the Health Ministry announced four more confirmed cases yesterday bringing the total to 29.

Schools that were to reopen after mid term holidays on Monday will only start on July 6. Students have been asked not to travel outside the country.

Passenger flow in and out of the country including at Kuala Lura check point into neighbouring Limbang are also being monitored and recorded.

Other stringent measures have also been put in place to control its spread since the outbreak on June 20.

Since then there has been a steady rise in the number of cases here.

Meanwhile the ministry said the 26th H1N1 flu case is an 18-year-old female and the 27th case is another 17-year-old

[edit on 30-6-2009 by wizardwars]

posted on Jun, 30 2009 @ 06:15 PM
Novavax stock soars on license deal

Tuesday, June 30, 2009, 4:24pm
Novavax Inc. stock has soared on news that it’s negotiating a multimillion-dollar deal to license out its flu-vaccine-making technology to a Spanish pharmaceutical partner that plans to further test and produce seasonal and pandemic flu vaccines for several European countries.

Rovi Pharmaceuticals Laboratories, a publicly traded Madrid company, has agreed to license the Rockville vaccine developer’s emerging technology, which uses flu virus-like particles rather than the entire strain to elicit an immune response without using any infectious agents. Novavax has been in the second phase of human clinical testing for the technology on roughly 300 patients.

Follow the your illness (or death)...if you take their vaccs

posted on Jun, 30 2009 @ 06:25 PM
MELBOURNE: Australian researchers Monday said a swine flu vaccine could be ready in months as the worst-hit country in Asia Pacific reported two more deaths linked to the virus, taking the total to six.

Also on Monday, confirmed cases in the Philippines were mostly mild, with the vast majority who tested positive for A(H1N1) recovering fully from the dreaded flu virus.

In Australia, the number of cases neared 4,000, University of Queensland, and scientists there said they had produced the country’s first batch of a vaccine developed in the US using caterpillar cells.

Researcher Anton Middelberg said the company behind the FluBlok vaccine—Connecticut-based Protein Sciences Corporation—planned to run clinical human trials in the United States, Mexico and Australia.

“We are expecting Australia will be one of the first to benefit from this new technology,” professor Middelberg said. “It all depends on the regulatory process, but I’d say we are months away from a swine flu vaccine.”

posted on Jun, 30 2009 @ 06:32 PM
York State Department of Health has offered camps a checklist for planning and responding to an H1N1 outbreak.

New York has more than 2,000 confirmed cases of the new influenza. And as individuals begin to travel to their summer havens, summer camps have become a potential breeding ground for the H1N1 pandemic.

The Crane Youth music Program is just one of the many North Country camps already taking

posted on Jun, 30 2009 @ 06:39 PM

8:04 pm – Swine Flu: Nurse died in Berazategui of swine flu

posted on Jun, 30 2009 @ 06:43 PM

The seven year old boy died today. He was admitted to the Mendoza´s Notti Hospital due to suspected

The boy was brain dead around 2 am and the doctors confirmed that he had died at 1 pm.

He was admitted on Saturday to the hospital with a very severe meningoencephalitis. Yesterday when the news became public, the head of Notti´s intensive care unit, Elida Vanilla, had said that he had little chances of survival.

The child´s mother said that symptoms started last Thursday: he was feeling ”weak and had muscle aches.” Everything worsened on Friday when he began vomiting and had to be hospitalized on Saturday.

Meningitis or swine flu?

posted on Jun, 30 2009 @ 06:46 PM
President Obama holds meeting with 1976 administration officials to discuss H1N1

From the BNO Newsroom.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BNO NEWS) -- President Obama met with top officials from former President Gerald Ford's administration on Tuesday to discuss the 1976 H1N1 flu outbreak, the White House said.

"Today I joined the Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Homeland Security Advisor John Brennan and other senior advisors to meet with a select group of individuals who could speak knowledgeably about the lessons learned from the 1976 influenza so that we can further prepare this nation for the possibility of a more severe outbreak of H1N1 flu," President Obama said in written statement.

Among the participants of the meeting, who all had administration roles in 1976, were:

Hon. F. David Mathews, former Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare (HEW)
Hon. William Howard Taft IV, former General Counsel, HEW David Sencer, MD, former CDC Director Walter (“Walt”) Dowdle, MD, former CDC Virology Division Director David Hamburg, MD, former President of the Institute of Medicine; current FDA Commissioner Peggy Hamburg’s father
Harvey Fineberg, who is the co-author of "The Swine Flu Affair: Decision-Making on a Slippery Disease", also attended the meeting. He is currently the President of the Institute of Medicine.

The 1976 swine flu outbreak was a strain of the H1N1 influenza virus which was detected in Fort Dix. The strain killed one person directly and hospitalized 13 others. The outbreak let to mass vaccinations in the United States but caused 25 additional deaths due to side-effects from the vaccine.


And heres the White House Statement.

Statement by the President on Today’s Meeting to Discuss the 1976 H1N1 Flu Outbreak

"Today I joined Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Homeland Security Advisor John Brennan and other senior advisors to meet with a select group of individuals who could speak knowledgeably about the lessons learned from the 1976 influenza so that we can further prepare this nation for the possibility of a more severe outbreak of H1N1 flu."

Meeting participants (with roles in 1976):

•Hon. F. David Mathews, former Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare (HEW)
•Hon. William Howard Taft IV, former General Counsel, HEW
•David Sencer, MD, former CDC Director
•Walter ("Walt") Dowdle, MD, former CDC Virology Division Director
•David Hamburg, MD, former President of the Institute of Medicine; current FDA Commissioner Peggy Hamburg’s father
•Harvey Fineberg, MD, Co-author, The Swine Flu Affair: Decision-Making on a Slippery Disease; current President of the Institute of Medicine

[edit on 30-6-2009 by JBA2848]

posted on Jun, 30 2009 @ 07:25 PM
reply to post by sonjah1

It dose not mater to me what they make the vaccine out of no way im taking it. Chicken pig monkey insect none will go in me.

posted on Jun, 30 2009 @ 08:04 PM

9:13 pm – Swine Flu: There are 10 people diagnosed in Pergamino, 3 of 10 are in serious condition.

posted on Jun, 30 2009 @ 08:08 PM
Vaccines work by training the body's immune system to recognize distinctive molecules on the surface of a virus. The body then makes antibodies that grab those molecules and disable the virus. But flu viruses constantly change the shape of their surface molecules. So the vaccine that 143 million Americans get annually has to be matched each year to the mutating virus. That process takes months, making it hard to quickly cook up a vaccine for a new bug.

Enter Marasco, a specialist in immunochemistry and infectious diseases at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School. Marasco, 56, was the first person in his family to go to college, where a job as a kidney dialysis technician got him interested in the immune system. After his detour through the roofing trade, Marasco graduated and got his Ph.D. and M.D.

His discovery started a decade ago, when he worked with a postdoc and a technician to create a library of 27 billion antibodies from the blood of 57 human volunteers. With that library, his lab could quickly find an antibody for the SARS virus in 2004, using a molecular technique he calls "panning," after the old gold prospecting method. Panning involves mixing the antibodies with a target virus. "Then you wash away everything that doesn't bind to the virus," he says. Any antibody that remains is a precious find.

After SARS, Marasco started searching for antibodies to the H5N1 bird flu virus. By 2007, he had found an antibody that stuck to all four circulating bird flu strains, the 1918 pandemic flu, and representatives of 8,000 other flu strains. Tests revealed a paradigm-shifting fact: The antibody disables these diverse strains because it latches onto the stem of a lollipop-shaped part of the virus that rarely mutates. It then gums up the machinery the virus needs to invade human cells.

"He used a very clever, elegant molecular technique to identify something we normally never would have noticed," says Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Quite a few companies have inquired about creating a vaccine from the newly identified antibody, but "exciting as it is, it's going to be years before it's actually applicable," says Fauci. Swine flu might accelerate that process; testing is underway to see if the antibody will work against this year's pandemic strain,

posted on Jun, 30 2009 @ 08:15 PM
Officials: Pinal county boy who died last week had swine flu

FLORENCE, AZ -- Pinal County Public Health officials received confirmation that a 7-year-old boy who died within the last week was positive for the swine flu virus.

Officials said the child had underlying health conditions and was being treated at a local hospital at the time of his death.

This is the 10th death statewide related to the virus and the third death involving a resident of Pinal County. The total number of confirmed cases in Arizona is 729 as of June 24, according to the most recent data posted by the Arizona Department of Health Services.

According to the health department, the swine flu virus strain currently being monitored in the United States is a new type of virus never seen in people until it was discovered recently. Influenza viruses are constantly changing and evolving, which is why researchers develop new flu vaccines each year.

Officials did not release the city in which the child lived..

posted on Jun, 30 2009 @ 08:21 PM
Mauricio Macri, Buenos Aires city major, decreed this afternoon the sanitary emergency in the City due to the advance of swine flu.

The city major prompted the population this afternoon to “stay calm and observe hygienic preventive measures” to slow down the progression of swine flu.

He also confirmed that classes will be suspended starting Monday July 6 until August 3 and requested those with virus symptoms remain in their homes.

These measures will increase the winter holidays period at all schools, which will last four weeks. Both the Health Minister, Jorge Lemus, and the Education, Minister Mariano Narodowski, explained that this is by no means a holiday as kids should stay in their homes.

Lemus added that the ministery “does not hide any local or national statistical data”, while urged the population to maintain a preventive “shield”.

The city minister of Urban Development ,Chaín Daniel , is a confirmed case of swine flu. He is at home, taking medication, after the test that was performed at a clinic read positive.

Also the chief of cabinet, Rodriguez Larreta, has a strong flu and is undergoing medical tests.

The minister of Public Space and Environment, Juan Manuel Piccardo, would undergo medical tests as he shows similar symptoms.

According to informed sources from the city government the Ecuatorian advertising and marketing consultant Jaime Duran Barba also has shown flu symptoms in the last

posted on Jun, 30 2009 @ 09:23 PM
Swine Flu Vaccinations

With Swine Flu in 100 countries and 900 cases confirmed here in Florida, the state health department is saying for the first time that it is gearing up should federal officials order mass immunizations.

“It still hasn’t been determined exactly how that will proceed, but we’re working very closely with all our partners at the national level to make sure that we’re all prepared and that we’re able to deploy whatever recommendations come down," says Dr. Ana Viamonte Ros, Surgeon General.

A mass immunization is far from certain. It could include cooperation from schools, hospitals, medical clinics, large employers and private doctors.

The most likely timetable for beginning mass vaccinations is either October or November.

A statewide plan for mass vaccinations has been in place since 2001. State health officials will spend the month of July fine-tuning the plan which is now more complex because a swine flu immunization will likely be not one, but two shots.

“There’s going to be seasonal flu vaccines, and there may be the potential for H1N1 swine flu vaccine. And we need to work out the details as to transportation and distribution of the vaccine," says Doc Kokol, with the State Department of Health.

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