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Four people have died in the United States from the virus, which is behaving much like a seasonal influenza strain -- spreading rapidly and causing mainly mild disease, but severe illness in some people.
Originally posted by nanbei
Los casos sospechosos de Influenza A en el país suman 161
For more than a week, there are more than 100 suspected cases in Argentina - climbed to 161 today. Why all the delay to confirm these cases, since the test are said to take no more than 3 days?
Originally posted by BetweenMyths
Baxter International admits flu vaccine contained live bird flu virus.
[edit on 15-5-2009 by BetweenMyths]
On Friday, the company's director of global bioscience communications confirmed what scientists have suspected. "It was live," Christopher Bona said in an email. The contaminated product, which Baxter calls "experimental virus material," was made at the Orth-Donau research facility. Baxter makes its flu vaccine - including a human H5N1 vaccine for which a licence is expected shortly - at a facility in the Czech Republic. People familiar with biosecurity rules are dismayed by evidence that human H3N2 and avian H5N1 viruses somehow co-mingled in the Orth-Donau facility. That is a dangerous practice that should not be allowed to happen, a number of experts insisted.
Accidental release of a mixture of live H5N1 and H3N2 viruses could have resulted in dire consequences.
"I didn’t know," said Susana Cruz, the mother of Madelyne Vaca,7, one of the people who were outside of the school.. "It’s a little scary because everything was O.K. yesterday."
Ms. Cruz said she was unaware any children had become ill and said her daughter had no flu-like symptoms.
Madeline Bono, who has been a crossing guard at the school for 11 years, said she learned about the swine flu cases on Thursday, "I’m surprised there’s so many of them coming today,” she said. “They must not be listening to the news."
Originally posted by yzzyUK
OFF TOPIC POST
can someone tell me or U2U me what ATS points and BTS points are?
The wife of a Queens assistant principal in critical condition with swine flu said Friday city health officials told him he was "setting off a panic" last week when he expressed concern that the illness had sickened students at his school.
Bonnie Wiener, whose husband, Mitchell, is assistant principal of Susan B. Anthony Intermediate School in Hollis, one of three schools closed by the latest swine flu outbreak, said the city health department denied the principal's request to close the school because of suspected swine flu cases there.
"If he [the principal] was allowed to shut the school down, my husband would not be in this condition," she said.
"He was chastised by the [department] of health or someone higher that he was setting off a panic," Bonnie Wiener said. "The man said there is nothing to worry about."
She said the health department official told her husband, "Even if it is swine flu, it is still diluted."
Wiener's wife and son disputed Bloomberg's contention Thursday that Mitch Wiener may have had pre-existing health conditions.
"I don't know where people got that," Adam Wiener said Friday morning as he prepared to return to the hospital where the family was keeping vigil.
"The only pre-existing condition he has is gout, which is unrelated to complications he's experienced now."
Adam Wiener said his father had been sick since at least last weekend with flulike symptoms "but we didn't think anything of it." Then early Wednesday, he said, the family called 911 after his father began "hallucinating and wasn't coherent."
New York City's first outbreak occurred when hundreds of teenagers at a Roman Catholic high school in Queens began falling ill following the return of several students from vacations in Mexico, where the outbreak began.
An estimated 1,000 students, their relatives and staff at the St. Francis Preparatory School fell ill in a matter of days.
Originally posted by captaintrippy
reply to post by johnb
The CDC MMWR report keeps tabs on deaths from diseases of various kinds.
On the second to last page of the most recent report dated May 8th, you can see the total of all disease deaths in the US, so far this year, is 11,453.
On the May 9th report from 2008, the total is 11,599.
So either we have only gone up about 150 cases, or the numbers are off.
Originally posted by captaintrippy
First time I've heard hallucinations mentioned as a symptom.