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Originally posted by captivaThis is the real picture, there are not 100s dead in mexico from flu. people need to ask why the media and governments are doing this...what have you learned since freedoms were put under attack after 9.11 ?
[edit on 29-4-2009 by captiva]
AP: Source say 2 siblings in Lowell, Mass., positive for swine flu after Mexico trip.
In New York the number of suspected cases of swine flu is on the rise. At least three schools are feared to have been exposed to the virus. City officials say the average age of those infected is 16.
PS 177, a special needs school in New York City, has closed its doors after 82 students called in sick. What exacerbates this situation is that many of its students were not able to tell their teacher that they were suffering from flu symptoms.
Health officials say many of the PS 177 students are autistic and therefore they are not able to speak
Originally posted by infinite
I am sceptical of the Mexican claims, after all, eyewitnesses on the ground are painting a much gloomier picture. We are supposed to believe their cases are decreasing when other nations are seeing a doubling?
I tried at the local hospital to get more information but the ministry of health has ordered its staff across the country to remain silent.
Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
Originally posted by airteck
You people have to remember. Just because it's not deadly now doesn't make it less of a threat. From the looks of things so far is the fact that it has the potential to infect higher than normal Flu infections. The bug will do the rest by mutating to become more deadly. Viruses evolve at an alarming rate and can overnight mutate into a nightmare. Especially when it's a strain that has never been seen.
The worry is about the potential of this virus, not its current state.
Homeland Security preps flu quarantine guidelines
The number of cases increases significantly every day. The number of fatalities is also increasing. I know of at least three doctors who are said to have died from swine flu. There is great fear among the medical community. We know that the situation is very serious and that we are at high risk of infection.
Patients continue to pour in with flu symptoms. Some have very serious pneumonia and need to be put on ventilators. I think the total number of deaths is far beyond the seven who have tested positive for the infection.
What’s important to keep in mind in assessing the threat of the current outbreak is that all four of the well-known pandemics seem to have come in waves. The 1918 virus surfaced by March and set in motion a spring and summer wave that hit some communities and skipped others. This first wave was extremely mild, more so even than ordinary influenza: of the 10,313 sailors in the British Grand Fleet who became ill, for example, only four died. But autumn brought a second, more lethal wave, which was followed by a less severe third wave in early 1919.