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Swine Flu news and updates thread

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posted on Aug, 6 2009 @ 05:40 AM
Quick Tests for the Flu Found Often Inaccurate

posted on Aug, 6 2009 @ 05:44 AM
Iran bans Mecca trips in Ramadan

posted on Aug, 6 2009 @ 05:33 PM
A man dies during an outbreak of a novel form of an old virus. Government officials cite underlying medical problems. Friends say the middle aged man was healthy.

The resulting questions pile up: Is the severity of the new virus, the H1N1 influenza virus, also called the swine flu, worse than the older versions? Is it more severe than government and health officials are saying? Should public schools be shuttered until officials can say for sure? Hawaii County residents are asking those questions, but at least one infectious disease specialist said it is still too early to answer them nationally, and locally, physicians need to address the concerns on a case-by-case basis.

posted on Aug, 6 2009 @ 05:36 PM
Deaths from swine flu in Argentina have more than doubled to 337 in the past month, a rate which could see it soon overtake the United States as the worst affected country.

Figures released today showed a dramatic surge in deaths from the 137 reported on 14 July, according to the health ministry, though authorities believe the epidemic has peaked and will ebb with the passing of the southern hemisphere's winter.

Another 400 deaths are being studied as suspected cases of A(H1N1) swine-type flu.

posted on Aug, 6 2009 @ 09:00 PM
HOUSTON, Aug. 6 (Xinhua) -- The death toll of the A/H1N1 flu in the southeast U.S. State of Florida had nearly doubled in the past two weeks, the state health officials reported Thursday.

As of Wednesday, Floridians who died of the new virus reached 41, from 22 two weeks ago, according to local health officials

posted on Aug, 6 2009 @ 09:04 PM
Rapid tests not dependable for detecting novel influenza A H1N1 virus

posted on Aug, 6 2009 @ 09:08 PM
Family Speaks Out After H1N1 Death

posted on Aug, 6 2009 @ 09:26 PM
THE former head of immunology at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital has expressed doubts over the safety and effectiveness of Tamiflu, the drug being used to combat swine flu in the UK.

Retired scientist Brian Young, 71, of Mudeford, says the drug offers about a 20 per cent reduction in the severity and duration of the illness, but suggests it could also speed up the flu virus’s ability to mutate.

Mr Young said Japan has so far prescribed 60 per cent of the world’s supply of Tamiflu and warned it could cause irrational behaviour in young people.

By 2007, a total of 54 deaths in Japan had been attributed to the drug’s side-effects, of which 18 were in the 10- to 19-year-old age group.

posted on Aug, 7 2009 @ 05:28 AM
Mexico's swine flu death toll rose by three to 149 on Thursday, as North American leaders prepared to discuss joint efforts to contain the virus at a summit in Mexico this weekend.

The number of identified cases of A(H1N1) rose by more than 300 to 17,581, compared with the last health ministry report two days ago, amid a recent surge in cases in the southeast of the country.

The health ministry underlined that vaccinations against the virus were due to start in December, after the World Health Organization on Thursday moved to reassure the public about the safety of pandemic flu vaccines.

Mexico has two million doses of Tamiflu in reserve and has ordered 20 million A(H1N1) vaccines for a population of over 100 million.

Swine flu joins drug trafficking and climate change on a packed agenda of talks between North American leaders in Guadalajara, western Mexico, on Sunday and Monday.

posted on Aug, 7 2009 @ 05:36 AM
70% of swine flu cases involve people under 30

posted on Aug, 7 2009 @ 05:38 AM
A/H1N1 flu death toll in Chile reaches 104

posted on Aug, 7 2009 @ 05:40 AM
Topeka (WIBW) - Amid H1N1 concern, the Kansas Department of Health and Envirnoment Thursday reported a Riley County child contracted a different strain of swine flu.

It's H3N2 and they say it's typically seen in North American pigs, but not humans.

Health officials believe the child was exposed at the Riley County Fair, where the child was in close contact with pigs. The child developed mild flu symptoms and has fully recovered. No other families members became ill.

“It is critical for people to understand that this H3N2 virus is not related to the pandemic H1N1 virus,” said Jason Eberhart-Phillips, Kansas State Health Officer and Director of Health at KDHE. “This is not a mutation or a recombination of the pandemic strain, and it does not appear at this time to be a threat to human health.”

posted on Aug, 7 2009 @ 09:06 AM
Ministers are considering plans to immunise every schoolchild in the UK against swine flu.

If the plans are agreed, it would be the biggest mass vaccination since pupils were given jabs against smallpox in 1964.

Full article at this LINK

posted on Aug, 7 2009 @ 06:22 PM
Hear is some bad advice one third of the people infected with h1n1 dont have a

posted on Aug, 7 2009 @ 06:26 PM
HOUSTON, Aug. 7 (Xinhua) -- The A/H1N1 flu death toll in the United State has reached 436 with hospitalizations of 6,506, according to the latest statistics released by the federal Centersfro Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta on Friday.

posted on Aug, 7 2009 @ 06:33 PM
Swine flu numbers stabilise ahead of likely winter surge

posted on Aug, 7 2009 @ 06:36 PM
The Islamic Games are postponed, Iranians are barred from the Ramadan pilgrimage, and Saudi Arabia mandates a Hajj vaccination.

Swine flu is sinking its teeth into the Middle Eastern psyche, with officials issuing edicts and taking measures that would previously be unheard of – at least not since the days of the Black Plague.

As the death toll rises and thousands more are infected, Middle Eastern health officials are issuing statements urging caution against activities that might encourage exposure to swine flu.

posted on Aug, 7 2009 @ 06:41 PM
reply to post by wizardwars

WOW, the worldwide MSM is really jumping on this.

I can feel the fear exuding from my monitor.

posted on Aug, 7 2009 @ 06:43 PM
Nearly 50 inmates at a local jail remain quarantined, but officials say only seven are confirmed to have the H1N1 virus commonly known as swine flu.

Inmates at West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga first began reporting symptoms to the nurse on Saturday. Jail officials immediately notified county public health officials and quarantined those who exhibited flu-like symptoms.

"The health and well-being of the inmates and personnel who work there are top priority," said sheriff's spokeswoman Jodi Miller.

As of today, 48 inmates are quarantined in Unit 8, which has a ventilation system that does circulate through the rest of the jail. County health officials have confirmed seven inmates have the H1N1 virus, but sheriff's officials said the rest likely are suffering from colds.

All fevers were reportedly gone late Wednesday night and the inmates today told the jail's nurse they were feeling better.

It is unknown how long they will remain in quarantine.

posted on Aug, 7 2009 @ 06:45 PM
Baxter International Inc. (NYSE: BAX) today announced that it completed production of its first commercial batches of CELVAPAN A/H1N1 pandemic vaccine in late July and is discussing plans for distribution with national health authorities, subject to obtaining appropriate authorizations. CELVAPAN, the brand name for the company's A/H1N1 pandemic influenza vaccine, is made using Baxter's proprietary Vero cell culture technology.

Baxter plans to deliver initial quantities of CELVAPAN to national public health authorities that have pandemic agreements with the company. These health authorities placed orders for the vaccine following the World Health Organization's (WHO) elevation of the pandemic alert level to phase 6 and declaration of a pandemic

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