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Originally posted by kosmicjack
reply to post by Blaine91555
You're absolutely right, it might be completely natural - probably is.
But funny, it's coming from the closest and most ill-managed country in our region, one which is on the verge of anarchy and which, despite out-right demands by much of our citizenry, has a border that is utterly out of control.
...And let's not forget just six weeks ago ATS was in an uproar about how Baxter mixed samples of the most deadly strain of flu in their vaccine samples.
...And how Ft. Detrick is currently inventorying their biological specimen samples after it was found that samples of Venezuelan Equine Encephalitis turned up missing. Did I mention that 21 horses (just so happens they're from Venezuela) keeled over in a mysterious episode last week?
But you're right, probably just us crazy tin-hattys worrying too much.
Edit: Or what Hx3 said....
“All they did was panic us by canceling school,” Rodriguez, whose 2-year-old daughter Itzel was allowed to stay at a government-run nursery today because she had been vaccinated. “Cancelling a day of school isn’t going to slow this down. We should all be getting vaccinations.”
There is no vaccine against the new strain of swine flu, health authorities said.
Originally posted by redhatty
This strain is confirmed to be a H1N1 type strain, just like the 1918 virus, which also means that besides just getting sick there is a potential threat of a cytokine storm, which is the mortal blow.
A cytokine storm is when the body's immune system goes into a positive feedback loop with elevated cytokine levels triggering immune cells (T-Cells and macrophages) to travel to the infected tissue, then triggering more cytokines in the blood stream, then triggering more immune cells.
The 1918 pandemic strain [which killed up to 100 million people --
GWF] has polymorphism from swine and human H1N1 in all eight gene
segments. Similar swapping of polymorphism in human co-infected with
season and swine H1N1 can lead to rapid evolution. Therefore, release
of both sets of sequences, as well as new sequences, which will likely
be detected in the near term in the United States and Mexico, would be
Canadian laboratories have confirmed 18 of the Mexican cases as swine flu and have found that 12 are genetically identical to the swine flu virus found in California, according to the Pan American Health Organization .
"It is really critically important that we learn more about what is going on in Mexico," Besser said. "Sorting out which of the cases are caused by swine flu is an important public health question. . . . There is much uncertainty, more than anyone would like."
— Rahm Emanuel
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