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Swine Flu news and updates thread

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posted on Aug, 5 2009 @ 11:02 AM
Novavax says it developed the vaccine using its own production technology. Unlike other vaccine makers, the company said it does not grow the flu virus in chicken eggs.

posted on Aug, 5 2009 @ 11:23 AM
Roche expects to have flogged 2 billion Swiss francs (around £1.2 billion) of Tamiflu by the end of this year, but what most people don’t realise is that another company, Gilead, actually made the drug and licensed its use to Roche (this kind of alliance allows smaller, innovative companies to harness the marketing muscle of larger companies). Gilead earns healthy royalties on every pack of Tamiflu. Interestingly, Gilead’s board of directors used to be chaired by Donald Rumsfeld, the former US Defence Secretary.

posted on Aug, 5 2009 @ 03:44 PM
Nurses Protest Lack Of Swine Flu Equipment

Posted: 12:12 pm PDT August 5, 2009
SAN FRANCISCO -- A California nurses union says some hospitals are failing to protect workers from swine flu.

The California Nurses Association plans to protest Wednesday in San Francisco in the wake of a Sacramento nurse's swine flu death last month. The union wants hospitals to provide better masks, equipment and protocol to protect nurses from further sickness.

posted on Aug, 5 2009 @ 03:47 PM
There has been a lot of talk in the press about the side effects of the influenza medication Tamiflu which has caused a lot of concern to parents all over the UK. Reports are saying that over 50 percent of all the children who took Tamiflu suffer from nightmares and psychiatric problems or nausea, stomach pains and diarrhea.

posted on Aug, 5 2009 @ 03:49 PM
The GP leading on swine flu for the BMA has told Pulse the planned vaccination campaign will be delayed by 'at least six weeks'. Such a delay would ruin the Government's plans of having the first doses of swine flu vaccine available by the end of August. Instead, the vaccine would not become available until October at the earliest - when a major surge of swine flu cases is expected.

posted on Aug, 5 2009 @ 04:10 PM
South Ossetia closes border with Georgia

posted on Aug, 5 2009 @ 06:03 PM
British Columbia brought in a new public health act last year which was described as giving health officials “stronger powers to protect the public against communicable diseases such as pandemic influenza.”

Under the new act, the province can order vaccinations or examinations and quarantine people. Health officials can also enforce the act using peace officers, warrants and even court

posted on Aug, 5 2009 @ 06:08 PM
reply to post by wizardwars

In the article from the Jakarta Post, it didn't seem to realize which condition it was labelling the girl with. It mentioned H1N1, then avian flu.

posted on Aug, 5 2009 @ 06:10 PM
News from the U.S.-

TN schools are sending info on being prepared to self quarantine. Nothing said vaccines will have to be taken.

[edit on 5-8-2009 by winotka]

posted on Aug, 5 2009 @ 06:30 PM
He said that pilgrims taking part in the circumambulation, stoning of devil at Jamrat and the standing at Arafat would be required to wear face masks in order to reduce the risk of flu. Pilgrims must also be vaccinated two weeks prior to their departure for the holy cities. The minister said that the Kingdom had a comprehensive plan for Haj operations that also includes step to prevent the spread of the infectious disease.

posted on Aug, 5 2009 @ 06:33 PM
Thousands of healthy workers are thought to have taken advantage of official guidelines on the pandemic to extend their summer holidays.

By simply phoning the NHS swine flu hot line or visiting its website, unscrupulous workers can get themselves a course of antiviral medicine and do not need a sick note from their GP for the first seven days’ absence.

posted on Aug, 5 2009 @ 06:39 PM
Swine Flu Vaccine Warning by David Icke

posted on Aug, 5 2009 @ 06:53 PM
Several thousand turkeys at a large poultry producer in central Minnesota's Meeker County have been quarantined after routine testing discovered a strain of avian flu.

The state Board of Animal Health said the birds appear healthy and show no signs of infection. Poultry workers are being monitored for signs of infection, but there have been no reported illnesses.

"It would appear that it's a pretty mild form of the avian influenza virus on this premise," said Dave Lauer, assistant director for the Minnesota Board of Animal Health.

All turkey flocks within three miles will be repeatedly tested for the virus for six weeks, along with any flocks linked to the farm.

"This infection is causing no illness in turkeys, but it should serve as a reminder to all of us involved with animal agriculture," Lauer said. "We need to be vigilant in observing the strictest possible bio-security to protect our animals."

posted on Aug, 5 2009 @ 07:09 PM
More than 20,000 Israelis have been infected with swine flu, the vast majority of whom had mild cases, the Health Ministry estimates. Two Israelis died of the disease.

The ministry has stopped systematically testing patients with suspected swine flu, or H1N1, as the virus is known. Laboratory tests are now being limited to hospital patients and geographic areas of more widespread outbreaks. The ministry's Center for Disease Control has reported that about 920 Israelis a week are coming down with the disease. Swine flu vaccines are still being developed; Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided last week that vaccines will be made available to all Israeli citizens when they come to market.

posted on Aug, 5 2009 @ 07:34 PM
reply to post by winotka

I have noticed that from some of the news from lets say third world sites have not been translated very well I think that is the problem.

posted on Aug, 5 2009 @ 07:39 PM
Cimahi, West java – Ten chickens in Kelurahan Karang Mekar, Cimahi, West Java, tested positive bird flu H5N1 virus. Those chickens have been diminished by Bird Flu Control, Surveillance and Response Team (PDSR).

Head of PDSR Cimahi, Irfan Fazar mentioned that his team received information from the chief of neighborhood about the chicken deaths. Death chickens tested positive bird flu infection by rapid test, told Irfan, showed bird flu signs such as bluish comb.

One of dead chicken’s owner, Bakri, is usually keeping the chickens inside the house. Regarding to this, PDSR team and public health center officers examined Bakri and family to anticipate any possible H5N1infection.

posted on Aug, 5 2009 @ 07:45 PM
Denpasar Health Agency head I Nyoman Sutedja has confirmed that a student from Cipta Dharma Elementary School in the city had contracted the much-feared A H1N1 influenza virus.

As previously reported, more than 200 students of Cipta Dharma, an elite private elementary school in Denpasar, Bali, displayed influence like illness (ILI) symptoms late last week.

The school administrator took the drastic step of temporarily closing the popular elementary school and adjacent kindergarten on Monday and Tuesday, to prevent a further spread of the disease.

On Monday, local heath officials sprayed the school's classrooms with disinfectant.

The agency also dispatched officers to collect samples from other schools reporting a high number of students with ILI symptoms.

The samples would be sent to the local and regional health labs to determine whether the outbreak was common influenza or H1N1.

"If the number of students displaying ILI symptoms reaches 50 percent of the total number of students in the city, then we will close down all schools in Denpasar," Sutedja said.

Separately, Sanglah Central Hospital received another suspected avian influenza patient on Monday.

She was identified as KR, 27.

"We are still placing her under close observation in the isolation ward. We have yet to receive results of her laboratory tests," Ken Wirasandhi of the hospital's avian flu team said.

KR was referred to the hospital by physicians at Kintamani community health center (Puskesmas), after displaying symptoms commonly associated with bird flu.

A relative of KR, I Wayan Gianyar, said that around two months ago, hundreds of KR's chickens had died suddenly without of no apparent cause. KR had raised the chickens in the yard of her house.

Instead of burning the carcasses, KR reportedly buried them.

The Puskesmas's physicians suspected that KR's illness was related to the mass and sudden death of her poultry.

"The physicians also diagnosed her with pneumonia, another sign of possible bird flu infection," he said.

The Hospital has treated a total of 76 A H1N1 patients so far, with 53 officially confirmed as being infected with the virus.

As of Monday, seven patients were still receiving treatment at the hospital.

posted on Aug, 5 2009 @ 07:52 PM
KOLKATA: The city will soon get its second BS-III laboratory for research and detection of bird flu. Being imported from Hong Kong, the modular
laboratory will be set up at the University of Animal and Fisheries Sciences University, Belgachia, at a cost of Rs 5 crore.

"We need a modern laboratory for quick detection of bird flu. Hopefully, we will be able to get faster reports in case bird flu breaks out again," said Dhruba Chakraborty, a senior teacher and researcher of the university. The poultry industry in the country has lost Rs 700 crore due to bird flu so far. West Bengal has been one of the worst affected with 55 blocks being severely affected since 2006.

posted on Aug, 6 2009 @ 05:31 AM
While state officials haggled over a solution to the state's budget deficit, the swine flu virus continued to spread unabated, the number of fatalities in California has doubled in a few days and, yet, we are still in the early days of a public health crisis that has escaped the grasp of the state's public institutions. We are now facing a virus that is highly contagious, has spread more rapidly than in any previous flu pandemic and is reaching every corner of the world. We have no immunity against this new strain, a vaccine will not be ready and distributed until this fall, antiviral medications have limited effectiveness and there are already reports of three cases of mutation rendering the virus immune to the antiviral drug Tamiflu.

Nowhere has complacency had worst effects than in the United States, which, despite our wealth and technological advantages, has now surpassed all countries in the number of cases - with around 35 percent of the world total - as well as in the number of deaths.

[edit on 6-8-2009 by wizardwars]

posted on Aug, 6 2009 @ 05:35 AM
SAN FRANCISCO -- More than 100 nurses gathered on the steps of the University of California at San Francisco Medical Center today to protest what they say are unsafe practices in the handling of swine flu patients.

The nurses said they are concerned about being improperly exposed to the H1N1 virus, which jeopardizes their own safety and the safety of the public.

"It's our job to stand up for health care in this country and community," said James Darby, the chief nurses' representative at UCSF. "It's our responsibility to stand up for our patients' rights. At the end of the day, the nurses are the ones taking care of patients."

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