Skip to comments.Four in five swine flu 'patients' did not have disease
Posted on 12/08/2009 5:43:03 PM PST by bruinbirdman
Around one million doses of Tamiflu have so far been given out, but according to the figures, hundreds of thousands of packets could have been wasted as most people with symptoms of flu did not have the H1N1 pandemic virus.
Random swabs taken by the Health Protection Agency show that four out of five people calling the National Pandemic Flu Service with symptoms of the disease, did not test positive for it.
At the end of the first wave of the pandemic in Britain, just one in twenty people calling the flu line with symptoms tested positive.
It has led to allegations that millions of pounds has been wasted.
The government has 33 million doses of Tamiflu with orders to extend this to 50 million and the drug, which shortens the length of the illness by around one day and reduces the likelihood of passing it on, was the major weapon in the fight against the pandemic until the vaccine became available.
The figures raised questions about the effectiveness of the flu line which uses lay people following a set of questions to determine if callers had swine flu and give them codes so they can collect Tamiflu.
Swabs taken on patients assessed by GPs revealed a much lower 'mis-diagnosis' rate but still around half of patients were found not to have the virus.
Expert advice is that people with swine flu should stay off work until their symptoms have completely cleared with around one week recommended but critics said if large numbers were 'mis-diagnosed' then they will have been off sick for longer than necessary.
While some people with flu symptoms did not have swine flu, other data from the HPA has found that millions may have had the H1N1 virus without any symptoms as tests discovered a larger
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UN!! These are the same scientist types pushing Global Warming at Copenhagen.
Those nasal swabs are VERY unreliable; lots of people who tested negative? Later on at autopsy, their badly damaged lung tissue tested positive for H1N1.
I read That you had to be tested between 24 and 48 hours of the start of symptoms for the test to register positive. Otherwise it regisitered negative.
Way too many false negatives for them to draw any conclusions from.
Then Senator Obama buys stock in Baxter, the flu vaccine company.
He then introduces a bill to give them $60,000,000.00.
Goobermint healthcare on parade.
Can I stop resupplying the fall out shelter?
There's no new ice age?...sorry, global warming...sorry, population explosion?
***Then Senator Obama buys stock in Baxter, the flu vaccine company.***
Baxter, Isn’t this the company that imported all that contaminated Heparin a couple of years ago?
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