posted on Oct, 21 2009 @ 11:24 AM
reply to post by dizziedame
I wish your neice the best. The WHO has declared there is a link between the swine flu and pneumonia. Here's a story from the SF Gate from two
Swine flu is more likely to lead to pneumonia
Swine flu can turn particularly nasty for a small subset of people -- usually, but not always, those with compromised immune systems -- and should be
treated quickly and aggressively with antiviral medication in the hospital, says the World Health Organization.
For most of us, a bout of the swine flu would be no worse than catching seasonal flu. You'll suffer with fever and body aches and feel generally
miserable for a few days, then bounce right back.
But epidemiologists have noted that some patients very quickly get pneumonia on top of the swine flu, making their cases difficult to treat and often
requiring ventilation. When these patients show up in hospitals, they should be treated immediately with antiviral drugs, even if swine flu hasn't
been confirmed, WHO officials said today.
The recommendation came out of a three-day conference in Washington to discuss the swine flu pandemic.
Doctors have noted that the pattern of severe illness associated with the swine flu is "strikingly different" than what they see with seasonal flu,
according to WHO officials. Three to five days after their first symptoms, patients begin to deteriorate and many go into respiratory failure within
24 hours after their conditions worsen.
Severe illness is most common among pregnant women, especially those in their third trimester; children under age 2; and people with chronic lung
disease, including asthma. Neurological disorders can increase the risk in children.
Just a head's up.