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Originally posted by marg6043
reply to post by marg6043
Here in GA, we were inform in the news that the CDC were not testing anymore for the swine flu, meaning no more samples were collected.
In my neck of the woods the health department announced that they will be classifying any death related to any flu symptoms or complications to the swine flu regardless.
So I wonder if individual states are doing their own thing regardless of what the CDC is saying.
The hospitals are advising parents not to bring their small children to visit family members that are hospitalized regardless of condition for their safety, now, no school closing so far since the swine flu has been active in the area, also I have only seen one person wearing a mask while visiting my doctors office.
So far millions have been infected and many has been hospitalized but the death rates has been very low, we should be thankful for that.
University of California at Davis researchers studying the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus, formerly referred to as "swine flu," have identified a group of immunologically important sites on the virus that are also present in seasonal flu viruses that have been circulating for years. These molecular sites appear to result in some level of immunity to the new virus in people who were exposed to the earlier influenza viruses.
More than a dozen structural sites, or epitopes, in the virus may explain why many people over the age of 60, who were likely exposed to similar viruses earlier in life, carry antibodies or other type of immunity against the new virus, immune responses that could be attributed to earlier flu exposure and vaccinations.
"These findings indicate that human populations may have some level of existing immunity to the pandemic H1N1 influenza and may explain why the 2009 H1N1-related symptoms have been generally mild," Cardona said.
At first, this H1N1 influenza virus apparently caused a high number of deaths among patients in Mexico and among people with certain pre-existing medical conditions. But as it has progressed to become a pandemic or geographically widespread virus, H1N1 has caused relatively mild symptoms and few deaths.
Originally posted by notreallyalive
Thank you! Nice thread.