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Originally posted by Absum!
Look at the CFR Death rate. Peter Osborn H1N1
WHO’s decision to raise the pandemic alert level to Phase 6 is a reflection of the spread of the virus, not the severity of illness caused by the virus.
Those fears heightened a little Tuesday, when a Brazil's Adolfo Lutz Bacteriological Institute said its researchers had identified and isolated a new strain of the A(H1N1) virus in a Sao Paulo patient.
It was not yet known whether that variant, called A/Sao Paulo/1454/H1N1, was more aggressive than the more common type.
The institute said in a statement the mutation comprised of alterations in the Hemagglutinin protein which allows the virus to infect new hosts.
Originally posted by CultureD
I'm sure this will compromise the vaccines that have been ostensibly created by Novartis or Baxter,or many of the others in the machine- who have H1N1 seed strain.
[edit on 17-6-2009 by CultureD]
Originally posted by mopusvindictus
I think, this is simply a new time in history where we can actually track and follow a disease so readily.
It reminds me of how on Star Trek they could be exposed to a germ on a planet and within a day or so come up with a cure...
It all sounds very scary, but even 20 years ago we could never even hope to counter such a disease let alone maybe even realize this was happening until after the fact when records were compared
Far from fear, this is perhaps a great day in the fight against global disease
China plans to restrict movement in residential areas and shut down entertainment centres to prevent the H1N1 flu strain from spreading, under worst case contingency plans released by the health ministry on Wednesday.
The ministry says stringent quarantine measures on incoming travellers have prevented the disease from spreading among the general population.
With 264 cases as of Wednesday, and new cases cropping up around China, the ministry's new plan seeks to address possible outbreaks in residential neighborhoods.
Schools could be closed and meetings or gatherings delayed or cancelled, the plan said.
Originally posted by Tartarspoon
It's kinda funny. The hype has died down but the infected numbers keep rising. Last i heard it was around 30,000 people infected.
Originally posted by warrenb
reply to post by MOFreemason
bah, more sensationalist h1n1 bandwagon hype
IMHO, the common flu mutates as it goes around the world each year and it is more deadly than h1n1, it kills the old, young and those with immune problems
h1n1 has barely made a dent compared to the constantly mutating seasonal flu
the only way I'd see real panic is if you dropped dead within a few hours or a few days, which is not the case
heck even montezuma's revenge is worse