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

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posted on Jul, 9 2009 @ 06:12 PM
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government will pay for any vaccination program against the H1N1 swine flu, and may encourage schools to help vaccinate children, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said on Thursday.

The government is also considering buying even more antiviral drugs, including more of GlaxoSmithKline's inhaled drug Relenza and pediatric doses of Roche AG's Tamiflu, officials told a swine flu "summit" at the National Institutes of Health.dailyme.com...




posted on Jul, 9 2009 @ 06:28 PM
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OTTAWA — German scientists are warning of a pig pandemic after tests suggested the swine flu can pass from humans to hogs and then infect a whole herd.

A team of virologists at Germany's national animal health research lab recently infected five pigs with the human strain of the H1N1 virus and put the sick pigs in a room with three healthy pigs.

Within four days, all the pigs had the flu. All of them recovered.

A research paper to be published Friday in the Journal of General Virology warns "the high transmissibility of the virus observed in humans also applies to pigs."

That increasingly puts pigs at risk as the virus spreads among humans.

"It must be assumed that this virus will spread fast and efficiently if introduced into swine farms, possibly establishing endemic infections," the paper says.

"With the increasing numbers of human infections, a spillover of this virus to pigs is becoming more likely."

There is no evidence pigs are passing the swine flu virus to humans, or that eating pork products poses an infection risk.

Dr. Thomas Vahlenkamp, who headed the team of virologists at Germany's Friedrich Loeffler Institute, said the tests show how susceptible pigs are to the virus.

"We would not claim that the virus can easily be transmitted to pigs," he said.

"But at least if the pig is infected, it can transmit it quite easily between pigs."

The Canadian Pork Council says fears of a pig pandemic are overblown since the animals are kept away from people.

"It's not like ... some of the other animals or livestock that are just out in a field," spokesman Gary Stordy said.

"Since they are in enclosed structures with ventilation, there's very minimal contact with unauthorized (people) or the general public. There's generally very limited access to a farm just because of bio-security measures."

This is not the first time researchers have shown pigs can catch the human strain of the H1N1 virus. British scientists ran similar tests in May with the same results.

But it's believed the German scientists are the first to publish their findings in a scientific journal.

The Germans also added a twist to their experiment by throwing five chickens into the mix to see if the birds would catch the virus from the sick pigs. But the fowls stayed fit.

Researchers then tried to directly infect the chickens with the virus, to no avail.

"We don't know whether chicken in general cannot catch the infection, but at least in our hands with this isolate from a German patient we could not infect chicken," Vahlenkamp said in an email.

Canada is only one of two places where the pandemic virus has been found in pigs. The other is Argentina.

In April, swine flu appeared in pigs on an Alberta farm. At first, health officials thought a farmhand who had been to Mexico and fell ill upon his return infected the pigs. But blood tests showed the worker didn't infect the herd.

The farmer who owned the pigs later culled his entire herd when he couldn't sell the animals.

Two workers at a Saskatchewan hog farm recently caught a brand new virus, and a third is thought to have been sickened by the same thing. All three have fully recovered.

Health officials say the new virus is not connected to the current swine flu pandemic that has infected thousands of Canadians and been linked to 37 deaths across the country.

The 10,000 to 15,000 hogs on the Saskatchewan farm are all reportedly healthy.

That's sure to have drawn a sigh of relief from the farm owner since it's common to see influenza in pigs, and human transmission to pigs is known to occur.

The German scientists say experiments are underway to see whether there are any vaccines available for pigs that might stop the spread of the swine f



posted on Jul, 9 2009 @ 06:42 PM
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Researchers also found that the majority of U.S. hospitals operate the equivalent of revolving doors for their patients. One of every four heart failure patients and slightly less than one in five heart attack and pneumonia patients land back in the hospital within 30 days, data showwww.thetimesherald.com...



posted on Jul, 9 2009 @ 07:10 PM
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Swine flu is expected to cost New South Wales businesses nearly $1 billion after taking over as the dominant strain of influenza in the state.

The NSW Health Department believes swine flu is now responsible for 50 to 60 per cent of the state's influenza cases.

The NSW Business Chamber says the flu usually costs the state's companies about $460 million a year, when it forces 20 per cent of the work force to take sick leave.

But the chamber is expecting this year's figure to be at least double that.

The number of flu patients presenting at hospitals was last week 17 times the number in the same period last year.

The state's chief health officer, Dr Kerry Chant, says swine flu has now eclipsed seasonal influenza as the dominant strain of the virus this winter.

She says western Sydney has been the hardest hit area.

"Many months ago, the likelihood if you had a flu-like illness was that you had seasonal flu but certainly now if you have a flu-like illness, human swine flu is the most likely type of influenza virus that's responsible for that," she said.

"It's gradually come up from a level of zero and it's probably sitting somewhere around 50 to 60 per cent."



posted on Jul, 9 2009 @ 07:25 PM
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Doctors are warning asthmatics to be vigilant when it comes to protecting themselves against novel influenza H1N1 (swine flu).

So far five people have died in New Zealand from the illness, with two more deaths confirmed yesterday. They were a 46-year-old Blenheim man and a 49-year-old Christchurch man.

Deputy director of public health Dr Fran McGrath said yesterday the number of people in hospital with the virus was 53, 12 of them in intensive care.

The number of confirmed cases of swine flu was 1272 at last report but health officials believe actual numbers could be much higher.

Southland Hospital infectious disease specialist Dr Massimo Giola said people with cardiac and respiratory problems, among others, were at increased risk of having a more severe reaction to the illness, particularly asthmatics who took steroid-based medications orally.

Steroids suppressed the immune system, increasing an asthmatic's risk of contracting influenza viruses and limiting their chances of fighting it off, he said. "Those people will have to keep a closer eye on their illness."

Asthmatics should avoid crowded places and use their preventive inhalers properly.

Health officials were expecting both the novel influenza H1N1 (swine flu) and seasonal influenza to peak in the third school term. "Usually the big wave arrives when the kids go back to school, after the school holidays."

Anyone who became very unwell should contact their GP or Healthline, he said.

Two of the deaths from the illness in New Zealand had been of people under the age of 20.

Novel influenza H1N1 virus belongs to the same sub-type as the Russian flu epidemic of the early 1970s and the Spanish flu epidemic 50 years before that.

People who had lived through those epidemics would have developed cross-reacting antibodies to help them fight H1N1 infections.

Dr Giola said younger people were unlikely to have developed cross-reacting anti-bodies because they had had no previous exposure to flu viruses of the same sub-type.

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posted on Jul, 9 2009 @ 07:33 PM
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Emergency plans for dealing with a predicted surge in swine flu are muddled and contradictory, a leaked memo from the health service warns.

As the number of people falling ill in London and the West Midlands nears epidemic levels, officials believe that some measures to distribute drugs and relieve pressure on hospitals and GPs are “a complete waste of time”.

Correspondence between senior personnel seen by The Times raises concerns about the NHS’s readiness to deal with the hundreds of thousands of cases expected in the coming months. www.timesonline.co.uk...

[edit on 9-7-2009 by wizardwars]



posted on Jul, 9 2009 @ 07:45 PM
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The National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology is studying the genes of H1N1 virus from two patients following suspicion about its resistance to the antiviral drug oseltamivir or Tamilflu.www.thanhniennews.com...



posted on Jul, 9 2009 @ 07:47 PM
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government will pay for any vaccination program against the H1N1 swine flu, and may encourage schools to help vaccinate children, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said on Thursday.

The government is also considering buying even more antiviral drugs, including more of GlaxoSmithKline's inhaled drug Relenza and pediatric doses of Roche AG's Tamiflu, officials told a swine flu "summit" at the National Institutes of Health.


They will pay for their lethal vax, eh?
I will home-school first; my children are in private schools but if I hear one mention from them...home-schooling for us...



posted on Jul, 9 2009 @ 07:50 PM
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Absenteeism at record levels in Australia due to fluwww.news.com.au...



posted on Jul, 9 2009 @ 07:53 PM
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The National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology is studying the genes of H1N1 virus from two patients following suspicion about its resistance to the antiviral drug oseltamivir or Tamilflu.www.thanhniennews.com...


Let me rant a bit...let's study the pieces of the puzzle...is it because it's possible it's not really a virus at all???



posted on Jul, 9 2009 @ 08:01 PM
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Anyhoo, as much "information" we can get in the media blacked-out, suppressed US

Flutrackers Confirmed U.S. Fatalities 7/9/09 .....
*Fatalities are listed by probable location of infection, not by the victim's state of residency, when the two are different. Totals may not match each state's official number of reported deaths.

Arizona - 11
California - 31
Connecticut - 6
Florida - 8
Hawaii - 1
Illinois - 13
Maryland - 2
Massachusetts - 4
Michigan - 8
Minnesota - 3
Missouri - 1
Nevada - 3
New Jersey - 10
New York - 63
North Carolina - 2
Ohio - 1
Oklahoma - 1
Oregon - 4
Pennsylvania - 6**
Rhode Island - 2
Texas - 22
Utah - 14
Virginia - 2
Washington - 4
Wisconsin - 4

TOTAL - 226*--see below for final???
*This number represents deaths as described and reported in the media. The known CFR of H1N1 is 0.4%
**Might include 1 or more listings counted from other states

#205 California - Los Angeles County, unidentified woman reported 7/8/09 *pregnant, baby survived
#206 New Jersey - Camden County, 30 year old woman died 7/1/09 reported 7/8/09 *underlying medical conditions
#207 Pennsylvania - Montgomery County, 19 year old woman reported 7/8/09 *underlying medical conditions This is probably a double listing of Florida #6
#208 Utah - no location, unidentified person reported 7/8/09 by UTPH
#209 Utah - no location, unidentified person reported 7/8/09 by UTPH
#210 Utah - no location, unidentified person reported 7/8/09 by UTPH
#211 Utah - no location, unidentified person reported 7/8/09 by UTPH
#212 Michigan - Oakland County, unidentified person reported 7/8/09 on Michigan DCH website
#213 New York - Oneida County, adolescent reported 7/9/09 *underlying condition, being treated at SUNY Upstate in Syracuse at the time of death
#214 Florida - Palm Beach County, 25 year old woman died 6/27/09 reported 7/9/09 *according to officials, "there were other circumstances... other things going on with this individual"
#215 California - Monterey County, unidentified person reported 7/9/09 *Serious underlying medical conditions caused high risk of severe disease, hospitalized at time of death
#216 California - San Diego County, 36 year old man reported 7/9/09 *underlying health issues
#217 New York - NYC unidentified person reported 7/9/09
#218 New York - NYC unidentified person reported 7/9/09
#219 New York - NYC unidentified person reported 7/9/09
#220 New York - NYC unidentified person reported 7/9/09
#221 New York - NYC unidentified person reported 7/9/09
#222 New York - NYC unidentified person reported 7/9/09
#223 New York - NYC unidentified person reported 7/9/09
#224 New York - NYC unidentified person reported 7/9/09
#225 New York - NYC unidentified person reported 7/9/09
#226 Texas - Bell County, Temple 60 year old woman reported 7/9/09


+1 in California (#227):

SANTA CRUZ -- The county has recorded its first death from swine flu, the top public health officer announced today.

The 52-year-old woman died Tuesday at Dominican Hospital, but tests did not confirm swine flu infection until noon today, said Dr. Poki Stewart Namkung. Authorities are not releasing the woman's identity or exact city of residence, but said she is a resident of the county.

The woman who died was in good health before becoming ill with the flu, but did have asthma, which is one of numerous health conditions that can lower immunity to swine flu, Namkung said. The woman was hospitalized a week ago after coming to the ER with flu-like symptoms.

Initial test results analyzed in Santa Clara County could not zero in on what type of flu she had, but expidited state tests conducted two days ago confirmed she had the pandemic flu,


www.mercurynews.com...

=227 of what we know of, Nanbei




[edit on 9-7-2009 by sonjah1]



posted on Jul, 9 2009 @ 08:01 PM
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These latest cases of swine flu came as a GP surgery in the county has become one of the first in Northern Ireland to offer pneumococcal vaccinations for patients at higher risk of developing complications in the event of contracting swine flu.

The Enniskillen practice headed by Dr. Mark Cathcart, said that as part of the practice’s Swine Flu Pandemic Strategy to protect patients who are at higher risk of developing complaints in the event of contracting swine flu, they have asked any of them who have not had the vaccination to contact the practice as soon as possible. A pneumococcal vaccination for the prevention of pneumonia lasts 10 years. The practice says that those at higher risk are those suffering from chronic disease such as asthma, COPD, heart disease, chronic renal disease and liver disease, diabetes and absent spleen.www.swineflunews.org...



posted on Jul, 9 2009 @ 08:58 PM
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The swine flu scare has recently prompted one of the leading spiritual figures of the ultra-Orthodox world to change one of Judaism's time-honored traditions - that of drinking wine together from the same glasswww.haaretz.com...



posted on Jul, 9 2009 @ 09:01 PM
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For the first time, the Health Protection Agency revealed a snapshot of the numbers going to hospital in a serious condition. Today, 335 people were being treated, 43 of whom were in critical care.

Sixty of those in hospital were under five years old, 47 were aged five to 15, 189 were 16-64 and only 39 were over 6www.guardian.co.uk...



posted on Jul, 9 2009 @ 09:05 PM
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The New York City Health Department on Thursday reported nine more deaths related to swine flu.

The fatalities bring to 47 the total number of deaths linked to the viral strain, which first emerged in the city in April.

The previous death toll was 38.

The latest unidentified victims range in age from 25 to 65www.newsday.com...



posted on Jul, 9 2009 @ 09:08 PM
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County health officials are trying to determine why they weren't immediately notified that a Monterey County resident died last month of H1N1 virus, a strain of what is commonly known as Swine Flu.

County Health Officer Dr. Hugh Stallworth said his department only learned Wednesday evening that a man had died last month while hospitalized with complications from the virus. The man's immune system was already compromised by other serious health conditions, Stallworth said.

On Thursday, Stallworth's department was still trying to find out if officials from the unnamed county where the patient died had conducted a "contact investigation" to try to locate friends and family who may have been exposed to the patient.

"We need to find out if somebody did drop the ball with telling us, or if they just didn't know where he lived," Stallworth said Thursday afternoon.

He stressed that age was not a factor in the death of the man, who until recently resided in Monterey County. Stallworth said that while the likelihood of dying from H1N1 is still very low for most people, Swine Flu can be deadly to to those with serious preexisting conditions, as well as the very young and very old.

www.montereyherald.com...

[edit on 9-7-2009 by wizardwars]



posted on Jul, 10 2009 @ 12:51 AM
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Swine Flu Death Toll Rises to 47 in New York City


Health officials say this year’s swine flu epidemic has killed at least 47 people in New York. That’s nine more than previously known.

Almost all of the city’s victims had underlying medical conditions that put them more at risk from the virus. Those illnesses included asthma, diabetes or an immune system deficiency. Most people who catch the bug have only mild symptoms.

More than 900 New Yorkers have been hospitalized with swine flu since April.

There have been no new hospitalizations reported in July. The city says the number of people getting treatment for flu symptoms is now lower than when the outbreak began.
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posted on Jul, 10 2009 @ 05:23 AM
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A Calgary woman with no pre-existing conditions has died in hospital from influenza A (H1N1), also known as swine flu, Alberta Health Services said Thursday.

“It was a young Calgary woman who had became ill a few weeks ago, deteriorated and came into the hospital on June 29, was confirmed as influenza A on June 30, and then died overnight,” confirmed Dr. Richard Musto, medical officer of health for the Calgary area.

According to Musto, this patient is the first in Alberta whose death is unrelated to any pre-existing conditions.

Health services is not sure where the patient contracted the disease, and according to Musto, the patient had no relevant travel history.

The woman’s age and identity were not released.

Musto stressed that the vast majority of patients with the illness will not suffer from severe effects.

Three people have died from swine flu in Alberta. www.metronews.ca...



posted on Jul, 10 2009 @ 05:24 AM
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AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colorado - The Air Force Academy says 84 cadets are being kept in isolation after showing symptoms of an undetermined respiratory illness.

Academy spokeswoman Capt. Corinna Jones told The Gazette in Colorado Springs Thursday that most of the cadets are members of the incoming freshman class who began rigorous training on June 25. She said the cadets under isolation began developing symptoms like coughing within the past two days.

The academy has contacted the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Air Force Surgeon General's officechealth.canoe.ca...



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