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Originally posted by switching yard
I am also embarking on a reading of Stephen King's THE STAND.
Best of luck to all... can't wait for the podcast, ecoparity and the UK chick... hey, give us at least one updated podcast a week, if not daily... daily would be awesome.
ATS 2009: Second Wave of H1N1 Flu Feared in the Fall: In a special session at the meeting, experts and public-he.. cli.gs...
The number of confirmed cases of swine flu in Erie County has jumped to 13.
Health Commissioner Dr. Anthony Billittier says nine new cases of H-1-N-1 have been confirmed, including six school-aged children and three adults.
Even though some people may think that isolation is a good way to protect themselves, the World Health Organization (WHO) reminds us that it is not justify to avoid travelling to affected countries. In fact, now that the virus had been detected in 40 countries, putting on travel restrictions would not stop its propagation. It is clear now that this virus is part of our reality.
Québec, May 15, 2009 – "With the information that we have on the limited severity of the influenza A (H1N1) virus and its transmission between people who have not travelled outside Québec, individuals who develop flu symptoms should no longer consult a physician in all cases. However, flu patients with more severe symptoms (shortness of breath, chest pain, altered state of consciousness, etc.) should, of course, seek medical attention," stated Alain Poirier, National Director of Public Health.
When in doubt, Info-Santé (8-1-1) will direct patients to the appropriate services. Persons who, within the context of the seasonal flu, are more likely to suffer complications due to their age (under 2 years of age or over 65) or owing to underlying conditions (chronic diseases, weakened immune system, cancer, HIV, pregnancy) could also consult their physician if they catch the flu.
In taking this action, we are moving from an individual approach to a populational approach in the monitoring of cases, as stipulated in the plan for combating a flu pandemic. "Only persons with the flu who are hospitalized or admitted to the emergency ward for at least 24 hours will be the subject of an investigation by public health authorities. The data pertaining to these cases, as they are confirmed, will continue to be published during our press activities," pointed out Doctor Poirier. Several other tools for monitoring the virus by hospitals, clinicians and laboratories are already in place and will be enhanced to monitor the circulation of the virus among the population.
Monroe County health officials said today a second person has been confirmed to have novel H1N1 - known as swine - flu. The individual traveled outside our community earlier in the month and subsequently became ill. Based upon the timing of the travel, it is not possible to determine where the person contracted the illness, officials say.