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Originally posted by antar
This would have to be a personal call, but if everyone just stayed bunkered down for 10 days, the virus would run its course and we would divert any potential global pandemic.
"The Sacramento County Health Department has notified us that one of our students may have this virus. The Health Department is currently testing to confirm the nature of this virus," the e-mail states. "We are recommended to use abundance of caution and they have requested that we close the school at least until Thursday to stop the spread. You may receive a telephone call from a Health Department employee today, asking if anyone in your household has an influenza-like illness ... The Health Department has also recommended that the school remain closed until there is no incidence of new cases of respiratory illness for a week."
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How swine flu could be a bigger threat to humanity than nuclear warfare
When a new animal virus emerges in some crowded corner of the Third World and the experts start talking gravely about pandemics, the inevitable question is: How much should we worry?
Well, it probably isn't time, quite yet, to be heading for the hills but the emergence of a new and deadly strain of swine flu in Mexico is a matter of serious concern.
If we are lucky, we will see something like a rerun of the SARS or bird flu scares seen earlier this decade - scary but containable outbreaks of disease which have (so far) killed a few dozen to a few hundred people.
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Mexico Asks Bars, Churches in Capital to Close; Won't Order Offices Shut
April 26 (Bloomberg) -- Mexico requested the closure of bars, movie theaters and churches in the capital to fight an outbreak of deadly swine flu, while stopping short of ordering workplaces shut on concern about the economic impact.
The effort to fight the virus has a “high potential for disruption,” Finance Minister Agustin Carstens said today while speaking to reporters at the International Monetary Fund’s spring meetings. It’s too early to gauge the economic impact, he said.
The epidemic, which has claimed as many as 81 lives, threatens to deepen the country’s economic decline after U.S. demand for Mexican exports including cars and home appliances plummeted. The Mexican economy shrank 1.6 percent in the fourth quarter and probably contracted another 4.2 percent in the first three months of this year, according to a central bank survey of 32 economists published April 1.
BC: a baby with symptoms of the new virus of influenza passes away
Mexicali, BC. A girl of seven months died in the city of Tecate and their parents are in observation with a picture of influenza in a hospitable center of the Mexican Institute of Seguro Social (IMSS), of that border municipality with the United States.
The government of Baja California confirmed the decease of the junior, once Servicio Médico Forense (SEMEFO), employee of the Judicial Power of the State, established that the victim presented/displayed symptoms of the new virus of influenza.
The local sanitary authorities transferred viral samples that the corpse presented/displayed so that the Secretariat of Health of the federal government realises the laboratory tests in the city of Mexico to determine the causes of the death.
World flu epidemic fear rises, Mexicans take refuge
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Fears of a global swine flu pandemic grew with new infections in the United States and Canada on Sunday, and millions of Mexicans hid indoors to avoid a virus that has already killed up to 81 people.
While the only deaths have been in Mexico, the flu is spreading with 20 cases in the United States and six in Canada, and possible cases as far afield as Europe, Israel and New Zealand.
Offering a glimmer of hope in Mexico, President Felipe Calderon said most of the roughly 1,300 people in the country suspected of having the flu have been given a clean bill of health.
U.S. tries get a handle on flu outbreak
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States declared a public health emergency on Sunday because of an outbreak of swine flu that has infected 20 people across the country and is suspected of killing up to 81 people in Mexico.
Health and security officials announced steps to release some of the U.S. stockpiles of the anti-flu drugs Tamiflu and Relenza. They recommended that local authorities plan for possible school closures and that anyone with symptoms stay at home to reduce the possibility of spreading the illness.
The outbreak is yet another distraction for President Barack Obama as he focuses on rescuing the economy from its worst crisis in decades. His administration will also be mindful of the damage to former President George W. Bush over his government's inept handling of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.