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Health officials said Wednesday that a second case of H1N1 virus - the so-called swine flu - has been confirmed in Monroe County.
We continue to submit tests to the state laboratory. The more cases we test, the more cases we are likely to find,” said Monroe County Health Director Dr. Andrew Doniger in a statement.
Originally posted by notcrazyinaustin
a girl in my office came to work extremely sick yesterday...nausea, sore throat, etc. She wouldn't go home.
Originally posted by ecoparity
It's extremely widespread and unpredictable as hell.
The last time I read of a virus that did things like this before 2009 was in a field report from an Ebola outbreak in Africa. You know that scene in the movie where they fire bomb the entire village? You didn't think that was pure fiction, did you?
WMR has learned from an A/H1N1 researcher that the current “novel” flu strain is mutating rapidly in humans but no animals have contracted the virus. The enzyme in A/H1N1, as with all influenza A viruses, is called a polymerase. Scientists have calculated the molecular clock of A/H1N1 form the virus’s polymerase rate. Because of the rapid mutation of the virus and the fact that, unlike 1918, rapid global transportation is now the norm, scientists are predicting that the molecular clock of the A/H1N1 virus, coupled with modern transportation, means that almost all the countries of the world will experience an A/H1N1 outbreak within the next few months.
What is different about A/H1N1 is that, unlike other new strains of viruses that rapidly mutate upon emerging and then slow down mutation and then stop entirely, the “novel” or incorrectly-named “swine flu” is showing no signs yet of slowing down its mutation rate and that, according to scientists who worry about A/H1N1 being synthetically-generated, does not happen in nature.
WMR has learned from a journalist from Anchorage who covered the 1997 grave exhumation that there was CIA personnel with the team of scientists. Inuit elders of Brevig Mission argued that digging up the graves of the flu victims would release evil spirits. However, money allegedly changed hands between the U.S. government research team and some of the elders, so permission to dig up the graves was granted.
Swine flu is here and spreading by the hour, Health Minister warns
New cases of swine flu can be expected to emerge in Australia every hour, the Government warned after the first two cases emerged in Victoria and South Australia of localised transmission of the virus among individuals who had not travelled overseas.
A total of 13 people in Australia had been confirmed with swine flu by late yesterday, two of them in NSW.
NSW health authorities are still investigating 24 potential cases, as laboratories said they were prepared to process hundreds of samples a day, turning round the results in a matter of hours.
SWINE flu has officially arrived in Australia with confirmation of the first human-to-human transmissions, experts say.
What has been relayed by the researcher is that the original 1918 virus was the H1N1 virus. In Bio-safety level 3 (BSL-s) laboratory work that was largely classified, the virus was artificially combined with common H3N2 and a minor gene splice from the H5N1 Eurasian avian flu strain.
Originally posted by joel1900
Darn it! You beat me.
Link: Online Journal
The fear is that once a vaccination against AH1N1 is started, the virus will re-assort itself into a hybrid H1N1/H5N1 strain or mutate into a new H5N1 strain. The current AH1N1 strain, as previously reported by WMR, contains synthetically gene-spliced strains of two forms of human flu viruses, two forms of swine flu viruses, and a single form of avian flu virus.
What researchers have told us is that as long as the current AH1N1 can infect humans, it will not try to mutate. Even though there have been deaths from AH1N1, most of those infected are sick for up to four days, take Tamiflu or similar drugs, and recover with immunity from the hybrid or “novel” virus. The vaccination program will be a profit maker for such Big Pharma firms as Sanofi-Aventis, GlaxoSmithKline and Baxter International.
However, with vaccinations, the AH1N1 virus will, of course, be rejected by human hosts and cases around the world will decrease. However, then, the virus will begin to mutate in order to successfully infect human hosts. And when that happens, the new, newly-mutated virus will become much more transmissible and more pathogenic.
The nightmare scenario is that the new, mutated virus may take on the characteristics of H5N1 or the avian flu. The vaccines administered for AH1N1 will be ineffective against the new strain of H5N1 and the world may face a more deadly pandemic then the current AH1N1 outbreak. There are scientists at WHO who are aware of this scenario but their alarm has been suppressed by political and economic considerations.
THE ULTIMATE BENEFITS TO BE DERIVED FROM THE EPIDEMIC
Louis I. HARRIS, D. P. H., M. D.,
Department of Health, New York City
Each of us should go back to our respective communities and urge and plead with all possible emphasis that the 350,000 and more deaths caused by the now waning epidemic in this country shall not pass from memory without leading to a drastic reorganization of public health work in every town, city and state, and in the Federal government as well.
Let us make it known that we were not properly prepared to meet the emergency, and let us not permit the significance of the facts revealing our handicaps and short comings to be minimized.
Let it be known that our hospital facilities were not organized to meet the situation, and that the lack of proper governmental control over these agencies caused no end of confusion and suffering.
The salvage of human life ought to be placed above barter and exchange. Shall we not in our reorganization provide so as to be prepared to meet a recrudescence of fhe epidemic or the development of a new emergency?
Shall we, as a nation who have unstintingly given billions for the conduct of war, plead economy and withhold the much smaller sums needed to make possible the protection of, human life on a decent scale?
We should take the lessons of the epidemic to heart and go back to our respective communities and demand the apportionment of money for every justified expenditure for the organization of preventive measures, medical care and relief. We should demand that the morale of every local and state organization be raised to the highest standard possible and be safe from political, personal or other petty disturbance,...
Let this night mark the beginning of a persistent and unremitting propaganda carried on by this Association to bring home to every community the need of increasing its appropriations and its personnel, to the end that human life may be better protected.
In this way only may some measure of good be derived from the tragedy out of which we are apparently just emerging.