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Swine Flu news and updates thread

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posted on Jul, 1 2009 @ 04:55 PM
“But the number of diagnosed H1N1 cases made front-page news and radio commercials reminded citizens how to avoid infection. Carlos Giani, a taxi driver in Buenos Aires, says that he is concerned and faults the government for not declaring a national emergency earlier. "They did not do it because of midterm elections," he says. "That is not right. We are talking about lives here. Politics is not worth it."

"We have the risk that if it spreads very fast ... the health system could collapse," Mr. Ava says…

Brazil has advised its citizens to delay travel to Argentina and Chile.

Argentina has reinforced its hospitals and delayed nonessential surgery in many urban areas so that hospitals can handle a growing number of patients seeking care. It has spread fastest in poor urban areas that ring the capital.

Ms. Ocana, the health minister, gave no specific reason for stepping down, but local media have said that she was frustrated that the federal government had not declared a national emergency. She had asked schools to be closed down weeks earlier, says Ava. She also butted heads with Argentinean President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner over an earlier dengue fever outbreak and with unions over control of funds.
• Material from wire services was used in this report.”

posted on Jul, 1 2009 @ 04:57 PM

WARNING! - Truth behide Swine flu! Do NOT take Vaccines!
Research: Health benefits of Colloidal Silver and Vitamin D!
This video will give you a different perspective on the whole swine flu issue. Dr. Leonard Horowitz: Horowitz received his Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree from Tufts University in 1977. He also earned masters degrees from Harvard University, and from Beacon College. (From Dr. Horowitz's own descriptions of this last degree, it is either in "Health Education" or "health education/counseling psychology".) He also claims other degrees, and various honors including honorary degrees.

posted on Jul, 1 2009 @ 05:03 PM
Your lungs on swine flu Time to get right with God! Sure, the odds are that it won't be you. But you don't know that, do you?

posted on Jul, 1 2009 @ 07:14 PM

Paraguay on Wednesday reported its first human fatality due to swine flu, the health ministry said, as the number of cases mounted -AFP

From BNO news,

posted on Jul, 1 2009 @ 10:17 PM
White House plans flu summit next week

From CNN Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry

WASHINGTON (CNN) – CNN has learned that the Obama administration is planning to convene a "flu summit" next week to make preparations for the fall, as officials in Argentina declare a health emergency because 35 people have died in the Latin American nation from swine flu.

Senior Obama administration officials stressed the summit, which will be convened July 9 at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, is being held strictly as a precautionary measure to make sure the U.S. is prepared for any potential swine flu outbreak, and not because of any specific fear of a crisis.

President Obama will be traveling next week to Russia, Italy and Ghana on a foreign trip, so the summit will be chaired by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, according to the officials.

The summit follows Obama's meeting this past Tuesday with several former federal officials who dealt with America's 1976 H1N1 flu outbreak and offered perspective from that crisis for current administration officials. Sebelius and White House Homeland Security Advisor John Brennan joined Obama at that meeting.

In a prepared statement after the meeting, Obama said it was valuable to hear from "a select group of individuals who could speak knowledgeably about the lessons learned from the 1976 influenza so that we can further prepare this nation for the possibility of a more severe outbreak of H1N1 flu."

Among the people who attended were William Howard Taft IV, the former general counsel at the Department of Health Education and Welfare, and Dr. Harvey Fineberg, co-author of "The Swine Flu Affair: Decision-Making on a Slippery Disease."

So after having his meeting with the 1976 Paralization And Vaccination Officals Obama decides to have a flu summit meeting next week. Hopefully he will get advice from someone who hasn't already screwed up a flu pandemic this time.

If you don't know what I mean by 1976 Paralization And Vaccination Officals watch this video. 60 Minutes Special

posted on Jul, 1 2009 @ 11:46 PM
CDC: U.S. may need 600 million swine flu vaccine doses

Well here you go folks. It has been confirmed that we are going the way to forced vaccinations. I would like to see how the hell they gonna stick any needle in me without a fight.

posted on Jul, 2 2009 @ 06:49 AM
Andy Burnham, in a statement to the House of Commons, said that swine flu cases could increase by as many as 100,000 per day by the end of August, and added that a treatment phase would now be entered

posted on Jul, 2 2009 @ 06:52 AM
oh no..just heard local news Malta they just declared we have 14 Swine flu cases

posted on Jul, 2 2009 @ 06:58 AM

Originally posted by infinite
Andy Burnham, in a statement to the House of Commons, said that swine flu cases could increase by as many as 100,000 per day by the end of August, and added that a treatment phase would now be entered

WOW! 100,000 per day by August is quite an alarming number of expected new cases. I seriously hope this doesn't turn more deadly with those kind of numbers. So far deaths have been minimal so I hope it stays that way.

posted on Jul, 2 2009 @ 07:37 AM
reply to post by Maya00a

UK government will be providing general estimates and not confirmations because the spread of the virus is too great in the population.

posted on Jul, 2 2009 @ 08:12 AM
As long as this virus doesnt mutate into a 28 days later style outbreak im not worried..Much

posted on Jul, 2 2009 @ 09:30 AM

The rising number of swine flu cases mean trying to contain the virus is no longer an option, the government says.

It means anti-flu drugs will no longer be given to the close contacts of those infected nor will lab testing be done to confirm cases.

When people are displaying symptoms, they should contact the NHS by phone, the government said.

Why does this remind me of that film outbreak, sends shivers down my spine.


- The so-called treatment phase is effectively an acknowledgement that the virus can no longer be contained

- Many people reporting symptoms will no longer be tested to relieve the pressure on the health service

- Instead, if they have uncomplicated symptoms drugs will be arranged for them and they will be told to stay at home

- GPs have been given the discretion not to prescribe anti-flu drugs. For example, if they are inundated with calls


posted on Jul, 2 2009 @ 02:56 PM
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan has confirmed its first case of a genetic mutation of the new H1N1 flu virus that shows resistance to Tamiflu, the main antiviral flu drug, a health ministry official said on Thursday.

But they said the mutated virus does not appear to be spreading and they see no immediate threat to public health.

They found the drug-resistant virus in a patient who was given Tamiflu to prevent infection but who developed symptoms anyway, the health ministry's Takeshi Enami said.

posted on Jul, 2 2009 @ 08:28 PM

Roche donates Tamiflu to less developed nations

Roche, the Swiss company that manufactures Tamiflu, has announced a new program to help developing nations have access to the drug. Roche will sell the drug at around half price to eligible countries and will store it for them at a reduced fee as well. The company expects orders to be coordinated by a UN partner agency (such as the WHO or UNICEF). Increasing access to antivirals in developing nations could have a positive effect on global health if it helps control the spread and severity of the pandemic.

Updated: 01 July 2009

For one thing, selling at a reduced price isn't the same as donating.

posted on Jul, 3 2009 @ 02:02 AM
Study: New flu inefficient in attacking people

WASHINGTON – With swine flu continuing to spread around the world, researchers say they have found the reason it is — so far — more a series of local blazes than a wide-raging wildfire. The new virus, H1N1, has a protein on its surface that is not very efficient at binding with receptors in people's respiratory tracts, researchers at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology report in Friday's edition of the journal Science.;_ylt=AjcXxfpXqfdj1zocNdE6RJGs0NUE;_ylu=X3o'___'FkbmE3OGxuBHBvcwMxNTEEc2 VjA2FjY29yZGlvbl9oZWFsdGgEc2xrA3N0dWR5bmV3Zmx1aQ--

Sounds like this swine flu was man made. Our Gov cant seem to get that right either.

posted on Jul, 3 2009 @ 03:00 AM

Originally posted by winotka
For one thing, selling at a reduced price isn't the same as donating.

I asked at the chemist and she said it was 70$ AUS and not even available on concession ..pensioner discount is usually $4.50 so even at $35 it would be very expensive. I found this odd as it's the government endorsed treatment yet it's a private company. They aren't trying to doing poor countries favours.. they just want to stretch their customer base as people are starting to realise it's no worse than the existing serious flu strains that kills thousands a year. I wonder how many people have recovered without the help of tamiflu..

posted on Jul, 3 2009 @ 03:43 AM
reply to post by PartyToker

Doesn't make a lot of sense on the surface: why would it be inefficient in one location, and as efficient as hell in another? Somehow I think these guys are wrong: they either screwed up their experiments and got misleading results, or it's misinformation

posted on Jul, 3 2009 @ 06:43 AM
A 19 year old has died in London.

Fourth death in the United Kingdom.

posted on Jul, 3 2009 @ 07:33 AM
Two more detahs in Uruguay: death toll up to 3.


A 56 year old woman from Punta del Este and a 60 year old man who was under police custody.

posted on Jul, 3 2009 @ 09:28 AM

People should not buy anti-flu drug Tamiflu over the internet without a prescription, experts have warned.

The drug, used in suspected cases of swine flu, has now overtaken Viagra as the subject of the most junk e-mails, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society says.

But the supplies offered are often fake, with buyers getting sugar or rat poison instead of the drug.

Nothing like adding to peoples misery who have the flu to begin with. I wondered also how long it would tke for individuals to try and profiteer from this. Despicable is you ask me.


[edit on 3-7-2009 by Laurauk]

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