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Swine Flu news and updates thread

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posted on Aug, 10 2009 @ 04:25 PM
At the fifth Summit of North American Leaders in Guadalajara, the presidents of the US and Mexico and the prime minister of Canada affirmed today that they will continue in "close collaboration" to fight the H1N1 pandemi"Our governments have been working together from the start of this outbreak," presidents Barack Obama and Felipe Calderón, and prime minister Stephen Harper, said in a statement released by the White House.Nevertheless, the leaders repeated that "movement across borders is essential for the economic health of our countries," and indicated that "highly restrictive measures such as border closings are not recommended for preventing the propagation of the virus, and could aggravate the economic and social consequences of the influenza pandemic."

posted on Aug, 10 2009 @ 04:29 PM
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Survivors of bird flu and perhaps other influenza viruses may not be out of the woods once the fever and cough are gone -- animal studies suggest the virus may damage the brain and cause Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.

The tests on mice show that the H5N1 virus can get into the brain, causing damage that resembles Parkinson's and Alzheimer's in humans, the researchers wrote in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

posted on Aug, 10 2009 @ 04:35 PM
Thus, the H274Y in pandemic H1N1 is similar to H274Y in seasonal H1N1, which involved multiple introductions due to recombination and genetic hitchhiking, raising concerns that the level of H274Y is markedly higher than reported. Evolutionarily fit H274Y is circulating in mild cases were are being sequenced on a delayed basis at best, or it is circulating at a mixture, and detected in prophylactic patients when they develop symptoms.

These data raise concerns that at risk patients with H274Y are being treated with Tamiflu, leading to an increase in hospitalizations and deaths, which have been on the rise worldwide in recent weeks .

[edit on 10-8-2009 by wizardwars]

posted on Aug, 10 2009 @ 04:46 PM
SANFORD, Fla. -- An 18-year-old woman from Seminole County has died after contracting the H1N1 virus, the county Health Department said on Monday.

"We wish to extend our deepest sympathies to the family. Our hearts go out to them in this difficult time. Whereas cases of H1N1 swine flu are mild, there are exceptions like this tragic case," said Mike Napier, administrator of the Seminole County Health Department.

The department released no other details, but encouraged people with respiratory illness to stay home from school or work to avoid spreading the disease.

posted on Aug, 10 2009 @ 04:54 PM
PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia reported six more deaths related to Influenza A (H1N1), taking the total number of fatalities to 32.

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posted on Aug, 10 2009 @ 05:03 PM
As the country prepares to give out more flu vaccinations this fall, new results from a survey find that the number of people getting vaccinated for seasonal flu falls far short of expectations.

posted on Aug, 10 2009 @ 05:06 PM
Dont believe all this media hype on swine flu, please. I had it last week, and I was sleepy for two days then fine.

posted on Aug, 10 2009 @ 05:14 PM
Michael Jackson’s Death, Swine Flu and Obama’s Presidency Were Top Three Issues Used to Distribute Malware This Year, According to PandaLabs

- PandaLabs’ study finds that cybercriminals are increasingly taking advantage of latest news and current events to distribute malware

- Infidelity and how to catch cheating partners are also topics on the rise

GLENDALE, Calif., Aug. 7 /PRNewswire/ — Panda Security, the Cloud Security Company, today announced that PandaLabs, the company’s laboratory for detecting and analyzing malware, has published an analysis of major malware campaigns in 2009 and determined that cybercriminals are more frequently using current events as their primary vehicles for distributing malware.

Michael Jackson’s death, swine flu and Barack Obama’s political campaign and presidency have been the top issues used by hackers in the past year to distribute viruses via email or through social media such as Twitter or Facebook. By being aware of people’s increasing use of the Internet to search for the latest news on social events, virus creators are relying upon highly trafficked terms and the latest news items as bait to spread viruses.

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posted on Aug, 10 2009 @ 05:23 PM
AUSTIN – Texas health officials are preparing for the double-whammy this fall of the swine flu and the seasonal flu, saying they have better knowledge now about the H1N1 epidemic and can better tackle the illness and the fears about it.

posted on Aug, 10 2009 @ 05:26 PM
ST. LOUIS - Hundreds of Americans in eight cities are lining up for experimental swine flu shots in a race to get a vaccine out before the new flu virus sweeps the U.S. this fall.

Sharon Frey, who is leading the government-funded testing at Saint Louis University, said scientists have been working late nights and weekends to organize the studies and recruit volunteers.

"Typically it takes a year to do this," said Frey, an infectious diseases expert. "I can tell you we're working at breakneck speed.

posted on Aug, 10 2009 @ 05:33 PM
ST. PETERSBURG — A 36-year-old man stricken with swine flu has become the first confirmed fatality from the disease in Pinellas County.

Officials at the Pinellas health department, which learned of the death on Monday, said the victim had underlying medical conditions. He died within the last four days, said Andrea Dopico, an epidemiologist there.

"This influenza is here in our community and spreading," she said, which makes it more likely "that we will see deaths and complications because of the wide distribution.

"There's no indication that this virus is any more severe than the seasonal flu, but we do want people to be prepared," she added.

posted on Aug, 10 2009 @ 05:51 PM
reply to post by butterflycatcher

I had it to back in may I was not sure I would survive this virus mutates far more often than a normal virus one person will feel like they have a mild cold another could feel very ill like me another could die. thats why I am here if it mutates into yet a more deadly form you will know because I and alot of other people will be here watching.

posted on Aug, 10 2009 @ 07:08 PM
West Midlands Ambulance Service is being monitored closely by NHS West Midlands bosses after reaching “crisis point” with over-stretched paramedics failing to get to almost half of life or death emergencies within the government target of eight minutes.

posted on Aug, 10 2009 @ 07:20 PM
KUALA LUMPUR: The Govern­ment will launch a large-scale public awareness campaign on Influenza A (H1N1) beginning this week to educate the public on the pandemic in view of the worsening scenario in the country.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the Government would also make available anti-viral medicine for the public at hospitals and clinics nationwide. “Hence, a large-scale public awareness campaign will be held to provide such guidelines,” he told reporters after opening the National Heart Institute’s new building here yesterday.

To date, the flu has infected 1,983 people and killed 32 locally.

Najib also advised those who had fever to take extra precautions and refrain from going to public places.

“If one has a fever, the best thing to do is to rest at home until one recovers because if one goes out, others may be infected.

“Even in the house, they are advised to wear masks to avoid spreading the virus to family members,” he said.

He added that the anti-viral stock would be increased from the current 10% of the population to 20% involving an additional allocation of RM20mil.

“The Health Ministry, through the hospitals and clinics, will supply the anti-viral drug more widely so that more people can get the injections to help prevent a more virulent strain of the virus,” he said.

Najib said the Government would not impose any travel ban as this was a global pandemic.

Liow meanwhile told reporters later that the ministry was planning to rope in private medical practitioners to help contain the spread of the disease.

Advising the people not to panic, he said:

“The important thing is to control the situation together by maintaining personal hygiene and taking certain steps like self-quarantine, social distancing and getting immediate treatment for the symptoms.”

Last week, Liow ordered all the public and private clinics and hospitals to use rapid influenza screening tests for those who displayed the symptoms as part of the additional strategies to contain the spread. — Bernama

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posted on Aug, 10 2009 @ 07:30 PM
Threat from swine flu far from over warns new Welsh ad campaign

Aug 10 2009 by Madeleine Brindley, Western Mail
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A NATIONAL advertising campaign will this week stress the need for vigilance against the threat of swine flu in Wales.

Health chiefs have indicated they could still sign up to the National Pandemic Flu Service – the hotline set up to advise sufferers in England – as concern grows about the scale of a potential pandemic in the autumn.

The major public information campaign, to be carried across newspaper and radio, will advise possible carriers of the disease about how to get help.

posted on Aug, 10 2009 @ 08:27 PM
the truth about that Russia created the swine flu should be spread and the more people realise it the less they will believe in that chit about that western governments created it to kill their own population and leave untouched the populations of their biggest rivals-Russia+naborhoods and China

posted on Aug, 11 2009 @ 05:26 AM
Canadian health authorities will not change their practice of prescribing the anti-viral drug Tamiflu to treat cases of pandemic H1N1 flu in children, despite a new study that raises questions about the drug’s effectiveness.

Researchers at the University of Oxford cautioned about the broad use of anti-viral drugs to treat children 12 years of age and younger suffering from seasonal flu. They found anti-viral drugs have little or no effect on asthma flare-ups, ear infections or bacterial infections in children. Tamiflu was also linked to increased vomiting.

posted on Aug, 11 2009 @ 05:30 AM
A 28 year old patient in Valencia became Spain's ninth victim of the A(H1N1) virus when she died this Monday in the city's Hospital 9 de Octubre.

posted on Aug, 11 2009 @ 05:33 AM
RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- Brazil's health authorities on Monday reported 25 more A/H1N1 flu-related deaths, bringing the death toll to 203.

Eight of the new deaths were registered in the state of Parana, while five were in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, five in Rio de Janeiro, three in Sao Paulo, three in Minas Gerais, and one in the Federal District.

So far, Sao Paulo state has the highest death toll: 69 victims. Most deaths were registered in the southern and southeastern regions of the country.

According to the Brazilian Health Ministry's latest report, released on August 5, there are 2,959 confirmed cases of A/H1N1 flu in the country. The ministry also reported that most patients only suffered mild symptoms.

Another Health Ministry report is expected to be released on Wednesday. The sharp increase in deaths in the past week suggests the number of confirmed cases will also rise considerably.

posted on Aug, 11 2009 @ 05:36 AM
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