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Do any of you know if the virus affects pets?
Mexico: US Embassy Halts Issuing US Visas to Mexican Citizens Until 5 May.
How long can viruses live outside the body?
We know that some viruses and bacteria can live 2 hours or longer on surfaces like cafeteria tables, doorknobs, and desks. Frequent handwashing will help you reduce the chance of getting contamination from these common surfaces
Originally posted by space cadet
I have yet to see anywhere how long it can live outside the human body
How long can viruses live outside the body? We know that some viruses and bacteria can live 2 hours or longer on surfaces like cafeteria tables, doorknobs, and desks. Frequent handwashing will help you reduce the chance of getting contamination from these common surfaces.
I'm a specialist doctor in respiratory diseases and intensive care at the Mexican National Institute of Health. There is a severe emergency over the swine flu here. More and more patients are being admitted to the intensive care unit. Despite the heroic efforts of all staff (doctors, nurses, specialists, etc) patients continue to inevitably die. The truth is that anti-viral treatments and vaccines are not expected to have any effect, even at high doses. It is a great fear among the staff. The infection risk is very high among the doctors and health staff.
There is a sense of chaos in the other hospitals and we do not know what to do. Staff are starting to leave and many are opting to retire or apply for holidays. The truth is that mortality is even higher than what is being reported by the authorities, at least in the hospital where I work it. It is killing three to four patients daily, and it has been going on for more than three weeks. It is a shame and there is great fear here. Increasingly younger patients aged 20 to 30 years are dying before our helpless eyes and there is great sadness among health professionals here.
Antonio Chavez, Mexico City
Chinese virologist: "We are counting down to a pandemic" & "WHO is always very cautious about raising its alert system but its wasting time"
Originally posted by infinite
This flu has been in Mexico for three weeks - which the Mexican government didn't take seriously first.
NEW YORK — Cleaning crews spent the day scrubbing down every desk, chair and classroom at a New York City school.
Infected students spent the weekend in bed wearing surgical masks.
Anxious parents pestered their kids through the night by constantly checking their temperature.
The swine flu outbreak that has spread throughout the country appears to have hit New York City the hardest in the United States, with more than 100 people possibly infected at a large Roman Catholic high school in Queens.