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Swine Flu news and updates thread

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posted on Aug, 8 2009 @ 05:16 PM
CHANGSHA, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- A school in central China's Hunan Province has reported an outbreak of H1N1 influenza, local health authorities said on Saturday.

Some pupils at the Yongzhou No. 1 Middle School in Yongzhou city in southern Hunan began to show symptoms of 'flu on Thursday. A total of 13 were suspected to have caught H1N1, said an official with the Hunan provincial health department.

Four of the cases have been confirmed, while doctors were trying to identify the infection of the remaining nine.

The outbreak has been reported to the Ministry of Health, said the official.

The school has about 3,000 students and teachers. It is now the summer vacation but students are still at school having extra lessons.

The additional lessons were cancelled after the outbreak.

According to the Ministry of Health, 2,264 H1N1 cases on the Chinese mainland had been reported by 3 p.m. Saturday, among whom 2,122 have recovered.

posted on Aug, 8 2009 @ 05:19 PM
Dr. Ivan Allende, director of Health Surveillance, held a press conference today on the latest statistics about the H1N1 epidemic. He indicated that as of today in Paraguay, 244 cases have been confirmed, and 27 patients have died.

posted on Aug, 8 2009 @ 05:25 PM
reply to post by huntergatherer

Why would you even bother to come into a thread and tell that person to give it a rest?...did you search all over until you found something that you didn't agree with? Wizardwar is doing a great job!

Please continue, wizardwars...

posted on Aug, 8 2009 @ 05:36 PM
Swine flu: Tamiflu 'reduces flu symptoms by just half a day'

posted on Aug, 8 2009 @ 06:10 PM
A new superbug that is resistant to all antibiotics has been brought into Britain by patients having surgery abroad, Government scientists said.

Doctors are urged to be vigilent for a new bug that has arriving in Britain with patients who have travelled to India and Pakistan for cosmetic surgery or organ transplants and is now circulating here.

posted on Aug, 8 2009 @ 06:26 PM
Animal rights extremists yesterday claimed responsibility for a second attack on a family gravestone of Daniel Vasella, the chief executive of Novartis, the drugs group.

Swiss police confirmed that the gravestone had been sprayed with a slogan and that two wooden crosses, which Swiss media reports said were emblazoned with the names of Mr Vasella and his wife, were stuck in the ground.

The letters SHAC, which stands for Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty, were sprayed in the graveyard.

The attacks directed at Mr Vasella would appear to mark a return to the use of terror tactics by animal rights extremists. These had largely stopped after the jailing of leading members of SHAC on charges of blackmail last year

[edit on 8-8-2009 by wizardwars]

posted on Aug, 8 2009 @ 07:16 PM
I look for them to start down playing the use of tamiflu soon as they want to sell more vaccine.

[edit on 8-8-2009 by wizardwars]

posted on Aug, 8 2009 @ 07:27 PM
Aug. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Expanding a swine flu vaccination policy to include all working-age adults may be cheaper and provide more public health benefits than increasing availability of antiviral drugs such as Roche Holding AG’s Tamiflu, a U.K. study found.

posted on Aug, 8 2009 @ 07:30 PM
Aug. 7 (Bloomberg) -- The U.K.’s health system will face the biggest challenge in its 61-year history when it attempts to immunize more than 60 million people against swine flu this year, doctors and public health officials said.

posted on Aug, 8 2009 @ 07:38 PM
The New York City police officer who died Friday after a bout with swine flu was "a son that anyone would kill for," a family friend said Saturday.

Rita Nielsen was shocked to learn her neighbor and friend, Ryan Johnson, 27, of Blue Point, died Friday.

"I thought he was getting better," she said at her home Saturday, fighting back tears.

Johnson, who graduated from Bayport-Blue Point High School in 2000 and served with Brooklyn's 83rd Precinct, was admitted to the hospital June 17.

He is the eighth person in the county whose death is linked to the virus, the Suffolk County Health Department said.

Though the Health Department said Johnson had an underlying health condition, "to my knowledge, he was an extremely healthy young man," said Nielsen, who knew Johnson for 11 years.

posted on Aug, 8 2009 @ 07:42 PM
The country is now seeing an explosion of secondary cases of H1N1 infection --people who haven't travelled to an infected country but may have got the virus from an infected individual.

posted on Aug, 8 2009 @ 08:03 PM
Experts are anticipating more cases this fall and winter of the H1N1 "swine flu" but say school closings will likely not be necessary.

Friday morning, the secretaries of Health and Human Services, Homeland Security and Education, and the director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention held a live Web briefing to update state, local and school officials on measures to prevent the spread of the H1N1 and other influenza viruses this fall and winter flu season.

Since the first confirmed case April 15, the H1N1 virus has sent 6,506 people to the hospital and resulted in 436 deaths in the United States. On June 11 the World Health Organization declared a H1N1 pandemic. In Vermont, there have been 66 confirmed cases; three people were hospitalized and there were no deaths.

The late-spring emergence of the virus was itself unusual and mirrors the emergence of the Spanish flu virus in 1918, which killed between 20 million and 50 million people worldwide, according to the CDC.

"In both cases, it spread in the spring and summer because it is a new virus and nobody is immune to it yet," said Dr. Patsy Kelso, epidemiologist for infectious disease for the Vermont Department of Health. "It's certainly possible that we'll see higher numbers of H1N1 this fall and winter than we saw in the spring.

posted on Aug, 8 2009 @ 11:25 PM
wizardwars is on top of the news so this may be a repeat-;_ylt=AkcXvDvak_QqZwItqDk_OYHVJRIF;_ylu=X3o'___'JwbHYzMWJsBGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMDkwODA3 L2V1X3N3aW5lX2ZsdV92YWNjaW5lBGNwb3MDNQRwb3MDMgRzZWMDeW5faGVhZGxpbmVfbGlzdARzbGsDc2Fub2ZpcGFzdGV1

posted on Aug, 9 2009 @ 08:14 AM
Aug. 9 (Bloomberg) -- Swine flu is a bigger threat to the airline industry than the global economic crisis, according to the chief executive officer of Air Arabia PJSC, the United Arab Emirates-based discount carrier.

“A lot of people are not traveling because of swine flu,” Adel Ali said in an interview today. “Swine flu is a bigger threat than the economy.”

posted on Aug, 9 2009 @ 08:18 AM
Hospitals' ability to cope with swine flu probed as winter failings exposed

posted on Aug, 9 2009 @ 08:24 AM
The quite release of Tamiflu resistant pandemic H1N1 sequences from Singapore and China this week has raised concern. The releases were not associated with news story describing the circumstance surrounding the resistance, but the collection dates of May 30 and June 13, respectively, strongly suggests the resistance was identified through routine sequencing.

posted on Aug, 9 2009 @ 08:26 AM
Health experts are urging the public to stay calm after the first case of a Thai H1N1 flu patient developing resistance to the main drug prescribed to treat the virus was found.

The discovery of a H1N1 strain which is resistant to the antiviral drug oseltamivir was made in laboratory tests at Ramathibodi Hospital.

posted on Aug, 9 2009 @ 09:34 AM
Here's a random roundabout update for TN embedded in an article-

There have been more than 280 confirmed cases of swine flu in Tennessee.

This is a slight increase in cases in the last few weeks.(my opinion on that sentence)

When it became apparent that the flu was not as severe in the United States as it was in other countries, the CDC recommended closures only when large numbers of students are out sick

At the time it was supposedly more severe here than even in Mexico.(my opinion on that statement)

posted on Aug, 9 2009 @ 12:58 PM
BEIJING, Aug. 9 (Xinhua) -- Though there were now fewer A/H1N1 influenza cases on a daily basis in the Chinese mainland, a medical expert warned Sunday that serious or fatal cases would still be hard to avoid in the future.

However, continuing infection or even deaths did not mean there had been a fundamental change in the disease, said Yang Weizhong, vice director of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

"Whether the virus is becoming more serious depends on the mortality rate and drug resistance.

That needs both lab tests and clinical observation to tell," he said.

The Chinese mainland had reported 2,264 A/H1N1 flu cases by Friday, 2,122 of which had recovered, according to the Ministry of Health. No further deaths or serious case had been reported.

By Thursday, the total of A/H1N1 fatalities worldwide stood at 1,154, about 75 percent of whom were pregnant women or suffered asthma, immune deficiency or other chronic diseases. More that 160,000 A/H1N1 flu cases had been reported.

As many mild cases of A/H1N1 flu were believed not to have been reported, the actual mortality rate was close to seasonal flu, Yang said.

But given the double risk of A/H1N1 and seasonal influenza, he said, people should become vaccinated against the seasonal variety by the end of September -- rather than October, as was previously the case.

"From past experience, a second wave of flu the next autumn and winter is usually more serious than the initial outbreak," Yang said. "So we still can't take it lightly."

"Prevention is especially important in local communities and schools," he said.

posted on Aug, 9 2009 @ 01:03 PM
51 U.S. soldiers in Iraq diagnosed with swine flu

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