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Originally posted by ecoparity
I've given it close to a week to see if anyone else would clue in on it.
Did you know that "Q Fever" is a bio terrorism agent? I'll stop there an allow the person who originally posted about Q Fever outbreaks pick it back up again.
Originally posted by newguyhere2
C onfirmed 1st flu case in Australia
Does this mean that a pandemic is imminent?
This would qualify to move from level 5 to level 6 in my opinion.
[edit on 8-5-2009 by newguyhere2]
They conducted a case-by-case review of the most serious cases in the Mexican outbreak, and they identified 2 groups of people who developed severe illness.
The first group includes previously healthy young people who experienced a rapid deterioration of health status; most of these patients died from acute viral pneumonia.
A second at-risk group includes patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes, tuberculosis, and cardiovascular disease. Such patients are typically at increased risk for complications and death from seasonal influenza as well, Dr. Briande noted.
The Mexican physicians reported that viral pneumonia progressing into acute respiratory distress, rather than acute bacterial pneumonia, was the most common presentation.
The primary causes of death were respiratory failure and major organ failure.
Originally posted by lunieri
Just read this from a medical website
So - does this mean that antibiotics are useless once it goes into pneumonia?
*WE* think that's why the Cali-Kids were given Anti-Histamines & Anti-Biotic's at the time they first came in...
*THEY* couldn't confirm it right off, but, suspected/knew what it was and were TRYING to keep their bodies from over reacting, kicking in the C-Storm, which leads to secondary/tertiary infections, that lead to possible death...Hmmm...
The influenza season for 2008 and 2009 has been mild. We all (many of us) thought [influenza] would die out with a whimper, with the only surprising news being the emergence of neuraminidase-inhibitor influenza virus -- meaning that it's not susceptible to Tamiflu® [oseltamivir phosphate]. However, since March  there seems to be an emergence of a new strain of influenza, which has been labeled "swine flu" by many in both the scientific community and in the lay press.
Luckily, this new strain, at least so far, seems to be susceptible to neuraminidase inhibitors, although whether the strain [treatment] will work as well with this new H1N1 virus as opposed to earlier influenza strains is as yet unclear.
The report covers 642 cases confirmed at the CDC through May 5, 2009. The first 2 known cases were a 10-year old boy with asthma seen in a San Diego urgent-care clinic for fever, cough, and vomiting on March 30 (sample confirmed on April 15) and a 9-year-old girl from Imperial County, California, seen at an outpatient clinic for cough and fever (sample confirmed on April 17). Investigators have determined that the 2 cases were epidemiologically unrelated, and that neither had a recent history of exposure to swine.
Children and teens seem to be most susceptible, and older adults less vulnerable to the virus, the authors found, noting that 40% of patients were between the ages of 10 and 18 years, and that only 5% were 51 or older. Symptoms included fever in 94%, cough in 92%, sore throat in 66%, diarrhea in 25%, and vomiting in 25%.
Among 399 patients for whom hospitalization status was known, 9% required hospitalization; these patients ranged from 19 months to 51 years of age. Data were available for 22 of the 36 patients who required hospitalization, and of these, 4 children (18%) were younger than 5 years. Nine of the 22 patients had chronic medical conditions, including congenital heart disease, asthma, rheumatism, arthritis, and psoriasis.