Swine Flu

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  1. hellrasinbrasin

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    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. Orion_Prime48

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    a thread on this topic just got locked...
     
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    Hey Foster, It's your brother from another mother.:crazy: 
     
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    I guess on a serious note. How much is anyone thinking about this swine flu. I got a little obsessive compulsive in me. So i get a little nervous. But then again, if it's my time, then it will take me. I guess i worry more about my kids. My son, who's 6, tends to get dehydrated and vomits real bad when he gets sick. He has actually been admitted to the hospital twice because he doesn;t handle sickness well. The last time was at least a few years ago though, which is a good thing.
     
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    This may just be coincidence, but my girlfriend is currently laid up in bed from what is looking like the flu... Although it could also be a bad cold. hard to say at this point. If we both start dying from any other symptoms, I'll let you all know!
     
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    Just great! I live like less than 3 miles from the Texas-Mexico border.
     
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    You're gonna die dude...best leave all your transformers to me.
     
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    I say we draw for them. If he dies on an odd number day, i get them. Even and they're yours.
     
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    I'm gonna feel like shit if he dies now.
     
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    swine flu and avian influenza should fuse to form flying pig flu
     
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    Well you all should start a pool on what day I croak! Who wants the DVD collection!
     
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    It worries me quite a bit, actually. With the temps climbing, falling, repeat...it's perfect cold weather, so if you're infected, you're not sure it's a nasty cold, or a potentially deadly flu hailing from pigworld.

    And knowing that 81 people have died...that scares me shitless.

    I'll live in a friggin' bubble if I have to.
     
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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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    (yes I posted this in the thread that got locked, but I spent some time getting that screen grab [was so pissed when it got locked for zomg stoopid raisin!] and so I'm not letting this go to waste)
     
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    All silliness aside, this does kind of freaks me out. Since I live in a border town, there is constant interaction with all kinds of Mexican folks. My city is a International crossing, has an International bridge thus people from all over Mexico cross. This is crazy. Its not enough that when you do cross, there is a constant military presence all around you, now this.
     
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    I'm hoping they can contain it before it spreads any further.
     
  20. on_a_warpath

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    I'm paranoid about pretty much everything, so yeah, I'm just a little bit worried, and I can't stop thinking about it. I've always been terrified that something like a pandemic would happen in my lifetime.
     

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