posted on Jun, 1 2009 @ 06:17 AM
Looks like Australia is an index for Pandemic declaration by WHO: cases are doubling every second DAY:
June 1 (Bloomberg) -- Swine flu cases in Australia, doubling about every two days, may convince the World Health Organization to declare the first
influenza pandemic in 41 years, said Raina MacIntyre, head of public health at the University of New South Wales.
As the S. Hemisphere enters winter, this is expected, obviously, but with the concommitant infections still ocurring in the N. Hemisphere, and the
coincident hospitilizations and deaths, we may see Level 6 sooner than the vaccine is ready. Cases are spreading rapidly within communities- it's
hit most all of the schools and universities in the US and the EU- proving transmission without an outside traveller or other vector; China, Japan and
Singapore have shown H2H transmission and it seems more people are dying as we go into summer here in the north. All classic indications of a novel
virus to which most of us posess no native immunity. If the WHO DOESN'T go Level 6, what kind of evidence is required? And if they do, what does
that mean re: civil librties, etc.?
I'm hoping and praying we don't see mutation in virulence genes, or reassortment with other strains, but we have petri dishes everywhere- 3M poeple
in Pakistan are displaced and w/o electric or water- breeding ground for disease. N. Korea, Russia, China, Japan, Nato are all deploying troops in
advance of aggression; the Israelis and Palestinians are still battling and Israel is staging a major op: all of these drive disease spread and
development of virulence.
Fingers crossed it fizzles....but I think we should all get ready.
[edit on 1-6-2009 by CultureD]