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Originally posted by Hx3_1963
Well it seems today has been full of major events that will have to get the attention of SOMEONE...
W.H.O. May Raise Alert Level as Swine Flu Cases Leap in Japan
Japan Swine Flu Cases Top 100; Schools Shut, Workers Sent Home
Peru confirms 2nd swine flu case in US man
Three Lehi schools report swine flu cases
GLOBAL: Swine flu epidemic spreads
Study abroad programs re-evaluated
Officials take measures to protect students
It is very likely that the WHO will be forced declare Level 6 (Pandemic Level) within the next several days. They have been dragging there feet on this probably for political reasons.
Community spread in Japan and Great Britain plus in Mexico and the US and Canada satisfies the level 6 criteria for human to human community spread in more than one contiguous geographic region.
If the swine H1N1 virus co-infects someone sick with H5N1 (in Asia or Egypt), and/or someone with Tamiflu resistant seasonal H1N1 (most likely to happen anywhere in the Southern Hemisphere sometime this summer), gene swapping through recombination or reassortment is likely to result in a much more dangerous virus ---- highly contagious, resistant to Tamiflu and possibly more lethal than either seasonal flu or H1N1 swine flu.
Osaka governor asks health minister to relax measures against swine flu
Osaka Gov. Toru Hashimoto called Health, Labor and Welfare Minister Yoichi Masuzoe to request that guidelines to relax measures against swine flu be issued, citing the possibility that current steps could bring city functions to a halt, Hashimoto revealed at a press conference on Sunday.
Japan closes 2,000 schools as swine flu spreads
11 mins ago
KOBE, Japan (AFP) – Japan has confirmed 129 swine flu cases and shuttered more than 2,000 schools and kindergartens in a bid to slow the spread of the virus that may already have infected hundreds.
Originally posted by Burginthorn
reply to post by Hx3_1963
Are you saying that this current virus can 'pick up' anyone of those diseases and mutate them into itself?
More at Link...
NYC Dept. of Health Press Release
Monday, May 18, 2009
...In addition to suspending some schools with unusual clusters of illness, the Health Department advises any New Yorker who has flu symptoms and also has an underlying health condition such as asthma, pregnancy, emphysema or other lung disease or diabetes; a compromised immune system or cancer; to seek medical treatment. In addition, if an individual with such a medical condition has household or other close contact with someone with influenza, they should see their doctor to determine whether preventive medicine is needed. For students, staff, and household members of affected students and staff at schools which have been closed, those who have an underlying medical condition as stated above should also see their doctors to discuss the need for preventive medicine.
Originally posted by switching yard
American Medical News Monday May 18 2009...
What she wasn't prepared for were the rapid-fire policy changes faxed to her. "New policies were coming down sometimes hours apart from one another," she said.
The outbreak also served as a reminder to some physicians that surge capacity in emergency departments needs to be increased.
"Most emergency departments report they are at 150% to 200% of capacity on a regular day," said Richard N. Bradley, MD, chief of the division of emergency medical services and disaster medicine at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. "When you put on top of that the possibility of a severe pandemic, you are really throwing some challenges at the system."