UPDATED: MORE THAN 100 CASES OF SWINE FLU IN HUMANS CONFIRMED IN THE U.S…

Posted on April 24, 2009. Filed under: News And Politics... |

 
UPDATED:  Tuesday, April 28, 2009 7:52 AM (My original post follows my updates)…
 

The deadly swine flu has now spread to the Mideast and Asia.  New Zealand and Israel confirmed cases of swine flu today, the latest countries hit by a new strain that has killed over 150 people in Mexico and threatens to become a pandemic.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has raised its alert level to phase 4, but I feel it’ll be raised higher to a 5 sooner rather than later, indicating a significantly increased risk of pandemic.  Global markets tumbled for a second day on fears the outbreak could have a dire effect on an already struggling economy.

No one has died outside Mexico but more than 50 infected people have been found in the United States, six in Canada and two each across the Atlantic in Spain and Scotland.  Possible cases were being tested in South Korea and Australia.

New Zealand said three of 11 people in a school group that visited Mexico had tested positive and it expected the others would also turn out to be positive when tests were completed. Here is the latest…

QueenBee

Swine flu continues to spread

 

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UPDATED:  Sunday, April 26, 2009 9:11 PM (My original post follows my updates)…
 

There are more suspected cases in New Zealand, Israel, Brazil, Europe and France.  New illnesses were also confirmed in Canada today.   In the U.S., 20 people have contracted the disease in five states, and the number is likely to expand, said Dr. Richard Besser, acting chief of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at a White House briefing today.  While those instances were mild and no one died, the disease may become “more severe,” he said.  This is escalating and panic will escalate as well.  

We are at phase 4 of this epidemic because it can be passed from human to human.  Phase 5 would be reached if the virus is found in at least two countries in the same region.  "The declaration of phase 5 is a strong signal that a pandemic is imminent and that the time to finalize the organization, communication and implementation of the planned mitigation measures is short," WHO said.
"Phase 6 would indicate a full-scale global pandemic."

Clearly, we are at phase 4 and, probably, phase 5.  Thankfully, the cases outside Mexico seem milder and there have been no reported deaths aside from the total in Mexico, which remains suspiciously low at the 81 disclosed two days ago.   I fear this may be higher, but in order to keep panic down in Mexico, they may be dwarfing the total swine fluu cases.

Jose Angel Cordova, Mexico’s health secretary, appeared on national television to advise people to stay in their homes, keep away from public places and avoid physical contact.  "Those killed have not been in contact with animals," he said. "This probably started with pigs, but has now mutated to pass between humans."  He said 20 of the 68 deaths are confirmed to be from the new strain of influenza, while tests were still being conducted on the other 48.  He said the genetic code showed the virus had originated in Eurasia and could have entered Mexico via Texas or California.  Eurasia is a large landmass covering about 10.6% of the earth’s surface (36.2% of the land area).  Often considered a single continent, Eurasia comprises the traditional continents of Europe and Asia (and Eurasia is a portmanteau of the two), concepts which date back to classical antiquity and the borders for which are somewhat arbitrary.  Eurasia, in turn, is part of the yet larger landmass of Afro-Eurasia, whereby Eurasia is joined to Africa at the Isthmus of SuezEurasia has almost 4.8 billion people, more than 71% of the world’s human population.  Is he saying that the genetic code showed that the virus originated in Eurasia to keep fault away from Mexico?  This seems to have originated in Mexico, but until further research and testing is done, we all have to wait.

Here’s a story from the The British Daily Telegraph:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/5224548/World-on-alert-over-Mexican-killer-swine-flu-as-pandemic-fears-rise.html

 

A recent Bloomberg update:

 

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aSPyDeX77Kuw&refer=home

 

QueenBee

 

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UPDATED:  Sunday, April 26, 2009 11:20 AM (My original post follows update)…
 

Here’s the latest from the CDC…
 

 
 
The first case of swine flu was seen in Mexico on April 13th—just three days before Obama’s trip to Mexico City on April 16th.  Obama was greeted by an archaeologist, Felipe Solis, from Mexico’s Anthropology Museum, who died the next day from symptoms similar to the flu, Reforma Newspaper reported.  The newspaper didn’t confirm if Solis had swine flu or not.  With millions of people flying all over the world, this has the possibility of spreading throughout the world like wildfire.  We’re all holding our breaths to see if this will be a pandemic (an epidemic of an infectious disease that spreads through populations across a region or across the globe.  The criteria for a pandemic are that the disease is new, infects humans, like the swine flu virus, left, and causes serious illness and spreads easily.  One major fear is that a virus will spread from birds or animals to humans, creating a new highly lethal strain.)  The World Health Organization (WHO) is desperately trying to find a way to halt the spread of this deadly new strain of flu that is slowly encompassing the globe.  After a crisis meeting following the deaths of up to 68 people in Mexico, WHO declared swine flu could turn into a pandemic.  More than 1,000 others are reported to have been infected by the virus in Mexico.  Health officials believe at least eight schoolchildren in New York have the virus.  In addition, residents of Kansas, Texas and California have developed symptoms, raising fears the outbreak could hit thousands more.
 
The virus appears to cause flu-like symptoms that can develop into severe pneumonia.  Swine flu is endemic in pigs, but unlike bird flu, is able to pass from human to human.  There have been three major outbreaks around the world in the past century, including the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918, where the virus mutated into a human form in months, killing 50 million people worldwide.  I pray to God that this recedes soon before more people die because when more people die, more people will panic.  I find it puzzling that there are fatalities in Mexico, but not in the United States; all cases in the United States are mild.  First I thought that maybe as the flu mutates, it decreases in severity, but you can’t count on that; it could turn at any time.  I feel this will cause thousands of Mexicans to flood our borders trying to get into the United States.  If our government lets them in, they’re signing our death warrants.  They need to protect our borders from this possibility.  To deter an influx of Mexicans trying to cross the border, I hope our government has the foresight to send an appropriate amount of troops to keep this from becoming a pandemic.  Out of sheer desperation, there is no telling what the Mexicans will do to get out of their country to escape possible death. 
 
This is like something out of a Stephen King novel, and I can’t believe this is happening.  Tests show that eight students at a Queens high school are likely to have contracted the human swine flu virus.  This may be one of those times where you will see pandemonium on the borders which would definitely lead to a pandemic of epic proportions if these people cross over into the U.S. successfully.  I hope our borders are heavily patrolled now.  We can’t take any chances, and I only hope our government does the right thing.  I find it strange that ever since Obama got into the White House, the world seems to be changing for the worse…every day it’s more doom, more gloom.  I’ve never seen effects like this from any other president.  These are not good signs.  I pray that you and your families stay healthy and out of harm’s way.  May God be with us all…
 
Here’s a recent story…
 
 
QueenBee
 
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I had to post this as it is just as important as it is scary…
 
A new strain of Swine Flu has hit people in Mexico, California and Texas, and has resisted some antiviral drugs.  This may be an engineered virus going around because this virus has the markings of 3 different strains of flu:  Swine flu, avian flu and the strain of flu that people get.  Doctors are saying they have never seen anything like it before, and it is a brand new strain.  It is also being transferred from human to human.  The WHO will be holding an emergency meeting to see how dangerous this might become globally.
 

"Because there are human cases associated with an animal influenza virus, and because of the geographical spread of multiple community outbreaks, plus the somewhat unusual age groups affected, these events are of high concern", the Geneva-based agency said in a statement.   Here’s the WHO statement:  http://www.who.int/csr/don/2009_04_24/en/index.html
 
Flu epidemics come around every 20 years or so.  The last flu epidemic was in 1988.  So far, this flu hasn’t affected a lot of people, but the casualties and those suffering from these outbreaks are on the rise.  Is this some kind of terrorist attack or are these non-related?  I hope for the latter, but fear the former.  Time will tell, so stay tuned…

QueenBee
 
 

CDC: Swine flu viruses in U.S. and Mexico match

  • Story Highlights
  • NEW: Swine flu found in U.S. is same that killed at least 60 in Mexico
  • NEW: The latest U.S. case of swine flu occurred in California, the CDC says
  • Eight cases of the strain of swine flu have been confirmed in humans in the U.S.

(CNN) — U.S. health officials expressed concern Friday that a swine flu virus that has infected eight people in the United States matches samples of a virus that has killed at least 60 people in Mexico.

U.S. health experts also are concerned because nearly 1,000 people have fallen ill in Mexico City in a short period of time.

"This situation has been developing quickly," said acting CDC director Richard Besser. "This is something we are worried about."

Of the 14 Mexican samples tested by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, seven were identical to the swine flu virus found in Texas and Southern California, Besser said at a news conference.

The eighth U.S. case was reported Friday.

All of the eight U.S. patients have recovered, Besser said.

As a precaution to avoid further contamination, schools and universities in Mexico City and the state of Mexico were closed Friday, said the national health secretary, Jose Angel Cordova Villalobos. He said the schools may remain closed for a while.

Fifty-seven people have died in Mexico City, the World Health Organization said Friday. Another three people have died elsewhere in Mexico, the agency said.

Sixteen of the deaths were from "a new type of influenza virus," Cordova said. Another 45 cases are "suspicious," he said.

Authorities are investigating the cases of 943 people suffering from a viral infection, the health minister said. The World Health Organization had said 800 people had fallen ill.

Mexican President Felipe Calderon canceled a trip Friday to northern Mexico so he could remain in Mexico City to monitor the situation, the state-run Notimex news agency reported. Calderon met with his Cabinet on Thursday night to discuss the outbreak.

Six of the U.S. cases were found in California, and two in Texas, near San Antonio, CDC officials said.

The Public Health Agency of Canada issued a respiratory alert for Mexico on Wednesday, recommending that health providers "actively look for cases" in Canada, particularly in people who’ve returned from Mexico within the last two weeks.

An alert issued Friday by the International SOS medical and consulting company said more than 130 cases of a severe respiratory illness have been detected in south and central Mexico, some of which are due to influenza.

"Public health officials in Mexico began actively looking for cases of respiratory illness upon noticing that the seasonal peak of influenza extended into April, when cases usually decline in number," the medical alert said. "They found two outbreaks of illness — one centered around Distrito Federal (Mexico City), involving about 120 cases with 13 deaths. The other is in San Luis Potosi, with 14 cases and four deaths."

Authorities also detected one death in Oaxaca, in the south, and two in Baja California Norte, near San Diego, California.

There was no indication why the International SOS tallies did not match the World Health Organization figures.

The majority of cases are occurring in adults between 25 and 44 years of age.

The CDC first reported Tuesday that two California children in the San Diego area were infected with a virus called swine influenza A H1N1, whose combination of genes had not been seen before in flu viruses in humans or pigs.

The first seven U.S. patients range from age 9 to 54, the CDC’s Anne Schuchat, Interim Deputy Director for Science and Public Health Program, said. "The good news is that all seven of these patients have recovered," she said.

The first two cases were picked up through an influenza monitoring program, with stations in San Diego and El Paso, Texas. The program monitors strains and tries to detect new ones before they spread, the CDC said. Other cases emerged through routine and expanded surveillance.

The human influenza vaccine’s ability to protect against the new swine flu strain is unknown, and studies are ongoing, Schuchat said. There is no danger of contracting the virus from eating pork products, she said.

The new virus has genes from North American swine and avian influenza; human influenza; and swine influenza normally found in Asia and Europe, said Nancy Cox, chief of the CDC’s Influenza Division.

The new strain of swine flu has resisted some antiviral drugs.

The CDC is working with health officials in California and Texas and expects to find more cases, Schuchat said.

A pandemic is defined as: a new virus to which everybody is susceptible; the ability to readily spread from person to person; and the capability of causing significant disease in humans, said Dr. Jay Steinberg, an infectious disease specialist at Emory University Hospital Midtown in Atlanta. The new strain of swine flu meets only one of the criteria: novelty.

History indicates that flu pandemics tend to occur once every 20 years or so, so we’re due for one, Steinberg said.

"I can say with 100 percent confidence that a pandemic of a new flu strain will spread in humans," he said. "What I can’t say is when it will occur."

 

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Read circulating email other day. Very disturbing of warehouse storage. A woman came down with disease from a bottle of coke. When the bottle was tested it show traces of rat urine. This was ingested as she drank. Be sure to wash all purchases!

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Reliving the 70s, frightening. I thought Jerry Ford eradicated the swine flu.

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