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Originally posted by MikeboydUS
Don't trust any numbers being reported.
Technicalities are being used to rule out cases and deaths.
Other current numbers are over 48 hours old.
The WHO knows far more than anyone realizes and this is why they went to level 5 not because of media hype. Media hype has no effect on WHO decisions.
Rather than saying something is nothing, it would be better to be prepared and wait to see how this plays out by next week.
[edit on 29/4/09 by MikeboydUS]
Mexico is taking the drastic step after another 17 deaths were potentially linked to swine flu, bringing the total to as many as 176. Essential services such as transport, supermarkets, trash collection and hospitals will remain open. The swine flu outbreak continued to fan out across the United States on Wednesday, with confirmed cases now in 11 states and possible cases in several more — though American deaths haven't become widespread despite the confirmation that a Mexican toddler who was visiting Texas with his family had died from the flu. In California, dozens of Marines were confined after one came down with the disease. Some 100 schools were closed, and more might need to be shut down temporarily. President Obama pledged "great vigilance" in dealing with the situation as the total confirmed cases in the U.S. rose to nearly 100, with many more suspected. The Geneva-based World Health Organization sounded its own ominous alarm, raising its alert level to one notch below a full-fledged global pandemic. Said WHO Director General Margaret Chan: "It really is all of humanity that is under threat during a pandemic." Dr. Richard Besser, acting chief of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said there were confirmed cases in 10 states, including 51 in New York, 16 in Texas and 14 in California. The CDC also counted scattered cases in Kansas, Massachusetts , Michigan, Arizona, Indiana, Nevada and Ohio.
Maybe I AM alone on this after all but does no one think that it's possible that the government/media would over hype SARS, Avian FLu, Anthrax and West Nile so that when something REAL does happen everyone assumes they are overblowing it?"