Swine Flu another problem allowed from Mexico

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  1. hellrasinbrasin

    hellrasinbrasin Well-Known Member

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    You know its bad enough that the last two administrations have allowed illegal imigrants to enter the US and take our jobs from you and others that are specialized in their fields but now we have to deal with this CRAP

    WHO declares international concern over swine flu
    By FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press Writer Frank Jordans, Associated Press
    Writer – 2 hrs 30 mins ago

    GENEVA – The World Health Organization warned countries around the world Saturday to be on alert for any unusual flu outbreaks after a unique new swine flu virus was implicated in possibly dozens of human deaths in North America.

    WHO Director-General Margaret Chan said the outbreak in Mexico and the United States constituted a "public health emergency of international concern."

    The decision means countries around the world will be asked to step up reporting and surveillance of the disease, which she said had "pandemic potential" because it is an animal virus strain infecting people. But the agency cannot at this stage say "whether or not it will indeed cause a pandemic," she added.

    Chan made the decision to declare public health emergency of international concern after consulting with influenza experts from around the world. The emergency committee was called together Saturday for the first time since it was created in 2007.

    In theory, WHO could now recommend travel advisories, trade restrictions or border closures, none of which would be binding. So far it has refrained from doing so.

    The agency also held off raising its pandemic alert level, citing the need for more information.

    Earlier, Chan told reporters that "it would be prudent for health officials within countries to be alert to outbreaks of influenza-like illness or pneumonia, especially if these occur in months outside the usual peak influenza season."

    "Another important signal is excess cases of severe or fatal flu-like illness in groups other than young children and the elderly, who are usually at highest risk during normal seasonal flu," she said.

    Several Latin American and Asian countries have already started surveillance or screening at airports and other points of entry.

    At least 62 people have died from severe pneumonia caused by a flu-like illness in Mexico, WHO says. Some of those who died are confirmed to have a unique flu type that is a combination of bird, pig and human viruses. The virus is genetically identical to one found in California.

    U.S. authorities said eight people were infected with swine flu in California and Texas, and all recovered.

    So far, no other countries have reported suspicious cases, according to WHO.

    But the French government said suspected cases are likely to occur in the coming days because of global air travel. A French government crisis group began operating Saturday. The government has already closed the French school in Mexico City and provided French citizens there with detailed instructions on precautions.

    Chilean authorities ordered a sanitary alert that included airport screening of passengers arriving from Mexico. No cases of the disease have been reported so far in the country, Deputy Health Minister Jeanette Vega said, but those showing symptoms will be sent to a hospital for tests.

    In Peru, authorities will monitor travelers arriving from Mexico and the U.S. and people with flu-like symptoms will be evaluated by health teams, Peru's Health Ministry said.

    Brazil will "intensify its health surveillance in all points of entry into the country," the Health Ministry's National Health Surveillance Agency said in a statement. Measures will also be put in place to inspect cargo and luggage, and to clean and disinfect aircraft and ships at ports of entry.

    Some Asian nations enforced checks Saturday on passengers from Mexico.

    Japan's biggest international airport stepped up health surveillance, while the Philippines said it may quarantine passengers with fevers who have been to Mexico. Health authorities in Thailand and Hong Kong said they were closely monitoring the situation.

    Asia has fresh memories of an outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, which hit countries across the region and severely crippled global air travel.

    Indonesia, China, Thailand, Vietnam and other countries have also seen a number of human deaths from H5N1 bird flu, the virus that researchers have until now fingered as the most likely cause of a future pandemic.

    The Dutch government's Institute for Public Health and Environment has advised any traveler who returned from Mexico since April 17 and develops a fever over 101.3 degrees Fahrenheit (38.5 Celsius) within four days of arriving in the Netherlands to stay at home.

    The Polish Foreign Ministry has issued a statement that recommends that Poles postpone any travel plans to regions where the outbreak has occurred until it is totally contained.

    The Stockholm-based European Center for Disease Prevention and Control said earlier Saturday it shared the concerns about the swine flu cases and stood ready to lend support in any way possible.
     
  2. MetalRyde

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    uh oh, my uncle was suppose to come from mexico next saturday.

    oh and uh WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE!!!!


    ...right?
     
  3. Chaos Muffin

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    Hope no one dies

    The largest virus on the planet is way worse, which is -

    *hint- look in mirror*
     
  4. MetalRyde

    MetalRyde is an a-hole with a heart.

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    and yet your still classified as mammals
     
  5. thenatureboywoo

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    And i thought it was the bird flu that we're supposed to watch out for. I've been watching this story since I first found out about it yesterday. I'm trying not to worry, but 87 people out of a thousand infected dead so far? But i guess to put in in perspective like 30,000 people die in the U.S. every year from the regular flu. Only time will tell what havoc it wreaks.
     
  6. comaface

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    Was the "dey tuk er jerbs" screed at the beginning really necessary?

    I also didn't see any part of the article where it stated that the virus originated in Mexico before being "allowed" into the US. I'll admit to not fully understanding how these sorts of things work; if the first case is reported in one place, is it just assumed that when it occurs in a second place that it 'moved' there from the first one? Further research indicates that the virus is similar to one that has existed in US pigs for a decade (Swine Influenza A (H1N1) Infection in Two Children --- Southern California, March--April 2009), though again, I don't really know what that indicates.
     
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    Yay time to panic again.
     
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    Basically they are super worried because Humans and pigs have so much in common. (so I have read) Apparently there are scientists who believe that Pigs are similar enough to humans that they feel like they are a valid source for Kidney transplants and Blood transfusions... They just can't get approval from the FDA to do more with it.

    Bird Flu is a worry because Birds can fly and it can make containment of such a pandemic impossible. This time they think it made a leap to Swine and that is making it easier to leap to humans. They worry that this is playing out like the Spanish Flu of 1918. It had a 2-5% mortality rate, but when it spreads to 20% of the world population that is a huge amount of deaths.

    I know this is a no N&P forum... but if Illegal immigration does bring something like this to the US... there are going to be some very vocal voters in the next election as reaction which will probably also be some violent and tragic backlashes as well.

    I already have 'plan B' where I leave society and live in my cabin in the mountains until it all blows over. Or 'plan C' where I retire to the marshes of Florida and live as a wildman as the fabled 'skunk ape'.
     
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    nkelsch, i don't mean to correct you because i'm not positive myself. But i thought the Spanish flu during WW1 killed like 1 in 4 infected. Not 2-5% like you typed. But now that I think about it maybe the hyphen was a typo.

    Anyways, I got the Boyers underground mine close to me. I may just try to sneak in there and hideout with the Disney vault till this clears over.

    RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!!!!
     
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    It was estimated that almost 1 in 4 of the world's population was "suffering from the disease to some extent" (whatever that means... infected, or just affected somehow?), but it "only" actually killed 2-5%.
    At least, that's what wikipedia says, and of course it is never wrong.
     
  11. hellrasinbrasin

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    I think the execution of what I was trying to say at the beginning was goofed but like you said and I was trying to get across is that allowing Illegal immigration to continue as we have with Mexico and not doing anything to clamp down and remove the group currently here we create an environment where more out breaks in US will happen unless The Obama Administration blocks entry in US by Citizens from Mexico until this crisis is over the problem will continue - end Political Rant

    I Think what everyone needs to do if they are around Pork or buy Pork meat at stores that they clean it and cook it proporly. Secondly ask the CDC what types of vacinations are needed to counter-act this flu virus
     
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    Meh, nothing you can really do about it. Embrace the pandemic...it is coming, oh yes, it is coming.
     
  13. thenatureboywoo

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    you guys are probably more correct than I am. I watched something about that flu on the discovery channel probably about 9 months ago. I probably got my numbers mixed up. I've been drinking a little tonight, so it's easy for me to get my numbers mixed up. :drunk 
     
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    You won't get it from a pork chop. You will get it from someone coughing on you.

    They are getting it in mexico from pig farming and interacting with Pig doo-doo and pig corpses and spreading it to people via contact.

    This is where I got it:
    The 1918 Influenza Pandemic
    2.5% from a communicable airborn virus sounds low but is still pretty high.
     
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    I plan to just lock myself away, have a nice cold pint and wait for all of this to just blow over.


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    I got another way to end political rants. Too bad you insisted on throwing that in there, Lou Dobbs.
     
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