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  • Alarming: In One Week H1N1 Deaths in Mexico Increase by 67 Percent

    02/18/2012 6:17:28 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 50 replies
    Hispanically Speaking News ^ | February 18, 2012
    The AH1N1 flu virus has left a total of 135 people dead in Mexico so far this year, with the number of fatalities up 67 percent in just one week, according to figures released by the authorities. The total number of deaths from AH1N1 flu reported by Mexicos Health Secretariat up to Feb. 9 was 81, with another 54 the following week. The secretariat said Friday that deaths from the AH1N1 strain of flu from Jan. 1 to Feb. 16 represents 91 percent of the 149 fatalities from the different types of flu now active in the country. At the...
  • [The Mexican flu is back] Two die of A(H1N1) swine flu in Mexico: official

    01/22/2012 9:30:31 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    breitbart ^ | Jan 21 01:00 PM US/Eastern
    An outbreak of A(H1N1) swine flu claimed the lives of two people -- 19 and 21 years old -- in Mexico's capital in the first weeks of the year, health authorities said Saturday. The health secretary of Mexico's Federal District, Armando Ahued, said there were 138 confirmed cases of the flu, including 110 cases of A(H1N1), a novel strain of the swine flu that was first detected in 2009. Nationwide, 333 cases of the virus have been confirmed, the federal government's health secretary said earlier in the week, without saying how many deaths had been attributed to it. The latest...
  • H1N1 influenza adopted novel strategy to move from birds to humans

    12/08/2009 12:58:42 PM PST · by decimon · 32 replies · 826+ views
    Bird influenza viruses have a variety of strategies to cross the species barrier and spreadThe 2009 H1N1 influenza virus used a new strategy to cross from birds into humans, a warning that it has more than one trick up its sleeve to jump the species barrier and become virulent. In a report in this week's early online edition of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, University of California, Berkeley, researchers show that the H1N1, or swine flu, virus adopted a new mutation in one of its genes distinct from the mutations found in previous flu viruses, including...
  • NIH Bulletin says New York swine flu victim autopsies show lung damage similar to 1918 Spanish flu

    12/08/2009 11:45:25 AM PST · by autumnraine · 14 replies · 766+ views
    Examiner ^ | 12/07/2009 | Victoria Nicks
    Results from 34 swine flu victims in New York were released by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in a December 7 bulletin. The swine flu symptoms and effects on the lungs of the victims were similar to the effects of the 1918 Spanish flu, which had an extremely high mortality rate around the world. Other reports of H1N1 infections deep in the lungs have been reported around the world, including Ukraine, China, Brazil, Norway, and the United States, in Iowa and Utah. These infections have been linked to a change in the receptor binding domain of the virus. Swine...
  • Amazon Indian tribe hit by swine flu

    11/04/2009 6:50:31 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 10 replies · 567+ views ^ | Nov 4, 2009 | Reuters
    Swine flu has hit an isolated tribe of Indians in the Amazon jungle, with seven dying in the last two weeks, Survival International said on Wednesday. A further 1,000 members of the Yanomami tribe in Venezuela are believed to have caught the flu, the indigenous peoples rights group said. It is feared the flu could sweep through the area and kill many more Yanomami as the Indians have little resistance to introduced diseases. About 32,000 Yanomami live in the Venezuela-Brazil border region and form the largest relatively isolated tribe in the Amazon. Survival director Stephen Corry said the situation was...
  • Obama declares swine flu emergency

    10/24/2009 8:38:37 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 886 replies · 28,784+ views
    AFP ^ | 10/24/09
    Obama declares swine flu emergency 9 mins ago WASHINGTON (AFP) President Barack Obama has declared swine flu a "national emergency," the White House said Saturday, as the United States reels from millions of cases of infection and over 1,000 deaths.
  • Study provides clue to surviving Swine Flu

    10/13/2009 7:01:42 AM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies · 1,212+ views
    New Zealand News Online ^ | 13 Oct 2009 | NA
    HEALTH - Blood oxygenation appears to be the key to surviving swine flu for patients suffering respiratory failure, new research shows. The observational study, carried out by New Zealand and Australian flu investigators between June 1 and August 31 this year, showed most patients who experienced respiratory failure after contracting swine flu survived if they were treated with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), a type of life support that adds oxygen to the blood. The study focused on 68 patients with severe swine flu associated acute respiratory distress, who received ECMO in 15 intensive care units across New Zealand and Australia....
  • White House teams up with Sesame Street

    09/01/2009 11:21:42 AM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 72 replies · 1,685+ views ^ | September 1, 2009 | Sam Youngman
    Three agencies are teaming up with Sesame Street to prepare school children for the new threat of the H1N1 virus. The White House announced Tuesday morning that the Homeland Security, Education, and Health and Human Services departments are enlisting the help of Elmo and Gordon from the long-running educational show to teach children how to avoid H1N1, also know as the swine flu. President Barack Obama is scheduled to meet with the secretaries of those three agencies and other administration officials later Tuesday afternoon to discuss the threat. Elmo, Gordon, the Sesame Workshop and the federal agencies will try to...
  • Novel H1N1 Mortality Rate Approaches 1%

    08/24/2009 11:41:07 AM PDT · by Brugmansian · 72 replies · 2,784+ views
    Pathophilia ^ | Aug 19 2009 | Barbara J. Martin, MD
    As of today, the World Health Organization reports 1799 deaths due to the novel H1N1 swine-flu virus among a global total of more than 182,166 cases. By using these numbers, the overall mortality rate is 0.98% (although the actual rate is somewhat lower). The death rate as of August 6th was 0.82%. Again most of the deaths (~87%) have occurred in the Americas
  • National Guard drill at high school to prepare for possible H1N1 riot (Maine)

    08/13/2009 5:32:42 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 28 replies · 1,072+ views
    Sun Journal ^ | August 13, 2009 | Leslie H. Dixon
    PARIS Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School will be the site of a National Guard riot control drill Thursday morning to prepare in the event of a panic over distribution of serum to treat the swine flu. The school on Route 26 at the Paris-Norway town line has been designated by state officials as a distribution site for the H1N1 flu vaccine. The drill is to prepare for a worst-case scenario should the serum have to be transported from Augusta and people rush to get it. On Thursday morning, four or five National Guard Humvees will travel from Augusta to...
  • H1N1 aka the Mexican Flu

    07/12/2009 5:01:28 PM PDT · by tall_tex · 43 replies · 1,089+ views
    Vanity ^ | today | Self
    More of this H1N1 pandemic keeps getting into the news. How should a couple of older folks prepare (66 & 65).
  • Scientists link influenza A (H1N1) susceptibility to common levels of arsenic exposure

    05/20/2009 4:53:06 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 21 replies · 741+ views
    Marine Biological Laboratory via ^ | 05/20/2009 | Kozul, C.D., Ely, K.H., Enelow, R.I., and Hamilton, J.W.
    MBL, WOODS HOLE, MA-The ability to mount an immune response to influenza A (H1N1) infection is significantly compromised by a low level of arsenic exposure that commonly occurs through drinking contaminated well water, scientists at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) and Dartmouth Medical School have found. Joshua Hamilton, the MBL's Chief Academic and Scientific Officer and a senior scientist in the MBL's Bay Paul Center; graduate student Courtney Kozul of Dartmouth Medical School, where the work was conducted; and their colleagues report their findings this week in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. "When a normal person or mouse is infected...
  • US health officials troubled by new flu pattern

    05/18/2009 2:01:48 PM PDT · by traumer · 26 replies · 1,058+ views
    Source: Reuters * Pattern different from seasonal flu * U.S. flu season running unusually long * Average flu victim is teenager (Updates throughout with news conferences) By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Editor WASHINGTON, May 18 (Reuters) - The new influenza strain circulating around most of the United States is putting a worrying number of young adults and children into the hospital and hitting more schools than usual, U.S. health officials said on Monday. The H1N1 swine flu virus killed a vice principal at a New York City school over the weekend and has spread to 48 states. While it...
  • Swine Flu Hotwash - Reviewing the course of the recent outbreak can help us fight the next one.

    05/18/2009 4:45:04 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies · 530+ views
    National Review Online ^ | May 18, 2009 | Tevi Troy
    May 18, 2009, 4:00 a.m. Swine Flu HotwashReviewing the course of the recent outbreak can help us fight the next one. By Tevi Troy After a significant event, government officials often undertake a formal review of how they reacted. These exercises, called hotwashes, produce “lessons learned” documents that governments use to prepare for the next event. With the swine-flu episode apparently receding, government and public-health officials are probably preparing such hotwashes right now, and there is plenty to be learned. A lot of things went right in the recent outbreak, but not everything, and it is worth taking a...
  • Towards a sane and rational approach to management of Influenza H1N1 2009

    05/07/2009 5:03:34 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 22 replies · 559+ views
    Virology Journal ^ | 7 May 2009 | William R Gallaher
    Beginning in March 2009, an outbreak of influenza in North America was found to be caused by a new strain of influenza virus, designated Influenza H1N1 2009, which is a reassortant of swine, avian and human influenza viruses. However, there are significant changes in both the hemagglutinin and neuraminidase proteins of the new virus, 27.2% and 18.2% of the amino acid sequence, from prior H1N1 isolates in 2008 and the current vaccine. Such a degree of change qualifies as an "antigenic shift", even while the virus remains in the H1N1 family of influenza viruses, and may give influenza H1N1 2009...
  • When Government Plays Doctor [Ron Paul]

    05/04/2009 8:51:55 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 20 replies · 1,601+ views
    This week, concerns about swine flu have dominated the media and many government officials. While the American people should be made aware of infectious diseases and common sense preventative measures, much of the hysterical reaction from government only serves to remind us how detrimental to your health it can be when government plays doctor. As a physician, I have yet to see any evidence that justifies the current level of alarm. Influenza typically kills around 36,000 people every year in this country and hospitalizes a couple hundred thousand. So far there are only a handful of confirmed deaths attributable to...
  • Cruise ships skipping Mexican ports of call

    05/01/2009 9:40:01 AM PDT · by Grampa Dave · 62 replies · 1,608+ views
    San ^ | 29 April 2009 | Penny Crabtree
    Major cruise operators said yesterday that they will temporarily suspend stops at ports in Mexico because of escalating concerns over the swine flu crisis. Three ships operated by Carnival Corp. including one that departed San Diego on Sunday and was to visit Ensenada abruptly skipped scheduled stops in Mexico yesterday. Later in the day, the Miami-based cruise operator announced that it will expand the Mexican port ban for all voyages departing tomorrow through Monday. Within hours of Carnival's move, rival Royal Caribbean International said it will suspend port calls in Mexico for four ships. Norwegian Cruise Line also...
  • Georgetown [University] prepares quarantine houses for swine flu

    05/01/2009 1:11:19 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies · 920+ views
    The Maneater ^ | May 1, 2009 | Christine Roberts
    GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY -- Responding to the spread of swine flu to the United States, university officials have temporarily evicted residents of one of Georgetowns two university-designated quarantine houses to make space for any students who may contract the virus. Wednesday morning, residents of 3517 Prospect St. were told that they have 24 hours to vacate their residence. According to Mark Valtierra (SFS 10), one of three residents at 3517 Prospect, Patrick Lukingbeal, hall director of Alumni Square and university townhouses, notified Valtierra of the eviction at 10:30 a.m. Valtierra and his housemates were given several boxes and told they must...
  • Border Patrol agents ordered NOT to wear protective masks against Mexican swine flu!

    04/30/2009 6:43:24 PM PDT · by raybbr · 19 replies · 1,543+ views
    ALIPAC via Youtube ^ | April 30, 2009 | ALIPAC
    Janet Napolitano strikes again! Time to call for her resignation. Our Border patrol agents are NOT permitted to protect their health because DHS doesn't like how it looks to the public and does not want commerce to be effected at the risk of American lives. "We are now calling for Janet Napolitano's immediate resignation!" William Gheen, President of ALIPAC Agents want to wear the N-95 respirator masks.
  • Obama's Staffer's Family Positive for Swine Flu

    04/30/2009 6:02:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies · 1,116+ views
    Huliq ^ | April 30, 2009
    A member of the U.S. delegation that traveled to Mexico City as part of the advance security team for Energy Secretary Steven Chu exhibited swine flu-like symptoms upon his return, and three members of his family have tested positive for the A H1N1 virus, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs announced on Thursday. The unnamed staffer tested negative himself, but Gibbs attributed that to the amount of time that had elapsed since the onset of his own symptoms. The staffer felt ill three days after his arrival in Mexico City, which was April 13th. On the following day (April 17th),...
  • Mass. Senate approves pandemic flu prep bill: APPROVES MARTIAL LAW ACTIONS, TOO

    04/30/2009 7:33:03 AM PDT · by RaceBannon · 146 replies · 7,030+ views
    AP Via Boston Herald ^ | By Associated Press | Tuesday, April 28, 2009 | By Associated Press | Tuesday, April 28, 2009
    Mass. Senate approves pandemic flu prep bill By Associated Press | Tuesday, April 28, 2009 | | Local Politics The Massachusetts Senate has unanimously passed a pandemic flu preparation bill that has languished in the Legislature before the recent swine flu outbreak. The 36-0 vote today sends the measure to the House. Both branches have taken it up in past years, but have not been able to agree on the details. The new Senate version would allow the public health commissioner in a public health emergency to close or evacuate buildings, enter private property for investigations, and...
  • WRAPUP 1-Mexico orders economic shutdown; pandemic imminent

    04/29/2009 10:07:29 PM PDT · by penelopesire · 284 replies · 11,783+ views
    Reuters ^ | Thu Apr 30, 2009 | Catherine Bremer and Laura MacInnis
    MEXICO CITY/GENEVA, April 30 (Reuters) - Mexico's president told citizens to stay home from Friday for a five-day partial shutdown of the economy, after the World Health Organisation raised its alert level and said a swine flu pandemic was imminent. In his first televised address since the crisis erupted last week, President Felipe Calderon told Mexicans to stay home with their families. The country will suspend non-essential work and services, including some government ministries, from May 1-5. "There is no safer place than your own home to avoid being infected with the flu virus," Calderon said.
  • Obama: Schools With Infections May Have to Close

    04/29/2009 9:03:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies · 462+ views
    President Barack Obama on Wednesday urged parents to prepare for the possibility that their children's schools could be closed temporarily if swine flu cases spread to them. Speaking at the White House, Obama said he wants Americans to know the government is doing "whatever is necessary" to contain the emerging health threat, which was officially blamed for a U.S. death for the first time Wednesday. Obama said his thoughts and prayers were with the family of the 23-month-old child in Texas who became the nation's first reported swine flu death. The president's remarks came at an event welcoming Sen. Arlen...
  • WHO raises flu alert, demands pandemic plans

    04/29/2009 8:12:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies · 897+ views
    The World Health Organisation raised its flu alert signalling a swine flu pandemic is "imminent" as a toddler in the United States became the first to die of the disease outside of Mexico. "All countries should immediately now activate their pandemic preparedness plans," WHO chief Margaret Chan said as she raised the alert to five on a scale of six following WHO health expert talks in Geneva. "The international community should treat this as an opportunity to ramp up the response. After all, it is really all of humanity that is under threat during a pandemic," she added. Phase five,...
  • Swine Flu Confirmed in Nevada

    04/29/2009 2:13:50 PM PDT · by westnews · 37 replies · 2,331+ views
    KRNV News ^ | April 29,2008 | KRNV News
    A Washoe County official says the 2-year-old Reno girl diagnosed with the first case of swine flu in Nevada does not appear to have traveled to areas of the country where other cases have been diagnosed. Dr. Randall Todd, state epidemiologist, said during a press conference Wednesday, that another family member is ill as well. The girl, who is recovering, taking anti viral medication and never admitted to a hospital, attended a local day care center, Todd said.
  • Should swine flu get a new name?

    04/29/2009 2:54:07 PM PDT · by jedi150 · 27 replies · 567+ views
    What to call the new strain of flu raising alarm around the world has taken on political, economic and diplomatic overtones. Pork producers question whether the term "swine flu" is appropriate, given that pigs so far do not seem to be falling ill. Public Health Minister Witthaya Kaewparadai said using the word "swine" would lead to consumers avoiding pork. Some people in Thailand have started referring to the disease as "Mexican flu". The US is reviewing whether to change the name, complaining that a slew of countries were misguidedly banning pork imports from North America. "This is not a food-borne...
  • Swine flu: pandemic alert level raised to level 5

    04/29/2009 1:30:18 PM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 188 replies · 9,390+ views
    Times On Line ^ | April 29,2009
    The World Health Organisation tonight raised the pandemic alert level to five out of six after the continued spread of swine flu world wide. Margaret Chan, the organisation's director-general, said tonight: "I have decided to raise the current level of influenza pandemic alert from phase 4 to phase 5. "Influenza pandemics must be taken seriously precisely because of their capacity to spread rapidly to every country in the world." Making a call to governments, she said: "This change to a higher phase of alert is a signal to governments, to ministries of health and other industries, to the pharmaceutical industry...
  • US drops 'swine flu' name

    04/29/2009 10:10:38 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 76 replies · 2,153+ views
    AFP ^ | April 29, 2009
    The deadly disease formerly known as "swine flu" is now called the "2009 H1N1 flu," US officials said Wednesday as they battled against a worldwide clampdown on US pork exports. Bidding to distance the hybrid influenza from pigs, which are responsible for only one part of the strain, US officials again insisted that people could not catch H1N1 from eating pork. The new designation was in the script at briefings by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sibelius, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention acting chief Richard Besser and other US officials. "We're calling it the 2009 H1N1 flu. That's...
  • Japan Health Agency Says Flu To Be Called "North American Flu"; Reports Also of Lax U.S. Response

    04/29/2009 1:10:46 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 63 replies · 2,649+ views
    Infectious Disease Surveillance Center (IDSC), Tokyo, Japan (link in Japanese) ^ | 29 April 2009 | AmericanInTokyo (translation/synopsis/commentary)
    Original report just issued on web in Japanese. English translation not up yet; synopsizing here for Free Republic.Upshot is that Japanese pandemic-tracking organization (per Japanese link) is bundling this Mexican swing flu into a threat coming from both MEXICO and the UNITED STATES, and as such more than likely the flu will be officially named "The North American Influenza" in due time. (理的由来から名づけられており、このため、このインフルエンザは「北アメリカインフルエンザ(North American influenza)」と呼ばれることが理にかなっているだろう。 )Additional observations:1) Japanese Border Inspection authorities (at airports and ports) are stringently inspecting each aircraft coming either from Mexico, or the United States with travelers from Mexico. Protection-suited up health specialists with googles, operation...
  • Hugh Jackman visit to Mexico canceled

    04/28/2009 4:38:09 PM PDT · by GQuagmire · 78 replies · 1,125+ views ^ | April 28, 2009 | AP
    MEXICO CITYEven the mighty Wolverine is taking precautions when it comes to swine flu. Film distributor 20th Century Fox says it has canceled actor Hugh Jackman's scheduled appearance in Mexico City to promote "X-Men Origins: Wolverine."
  • U.S. officials want 'swine' out of flu name

    04/28/2009 3:46:16 PM PDT · by Baladas · 54 replies · 1,388+ views
    Reuters UK ^ | Apr. 28, 2009 | Tabassum Zakaria
    WASHINGTON, April 28 (Reuters) - What's in a name? U.S. pork producers are finding that the name of the virus spreading from Mexico is affecting their business, prompting U.S. officials to argue for changing the name from swine flu. At a news briefing, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack took pains to repeatedly refer to the flu as the "H1N1 virus." "This is not a food-borne illness, virus. It is not correct to refer to it as swine flu because really that's not what this is about," Vilsack said. Israel has already rejected the name swine...
  • Swine Flu Case Confirmed In Orlando [Update: Fl Hospital Denies Swine Flu Case Has Been Confirmed]

    04/28/2009 8:20:41 AM PDT · by Petronski · 157 replies · 9,378+ views
    WFTV Orlando ^ | 4-28-9 |
    ORLANDO, Fla. -- Eyewitness News has learned of Orlando's first confirmed case of swine flu. According to the chief medical officer for Adventist Health System, Loran Hauck, the case was diagnosed Tuesday morning. "A case was diagnosed here in Orlando today on a tourist from Mexico who came to Disney attractions two days ago to visit," Hauck wrote in an email obtained by Eyewitness News. No further details have been released, but Eyewitness News is working to learn specifically what days the tourist was at the parks and which park the tourist went to. Details about the tourist, beyond being...
  • Gov't wants to change virus' name from 'swine flu'

    04/28/2009 1:43:14 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 90 replies · 2,324+ views
    Associated Press ^ | April 28, 2009
    WASHINGTON (AP)- American agriculture officials want to change the name for the virus that's broken out in Mexico and the U.S. from "swine flu" to something else. The problem, they say, is that the name "swine flu" suggests a problem with pork products. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack points out that the virus is not food-borne and has nothing to do with consuming pork products.
  • CDC: 'Fully expect we will see deaths'

    04/28/2009 12:50:11 PM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 200 replies · 5,752+ views ^ | 28 APR 09 | By MIKE STOBBE
    CDC: 'Fully expect we will see deaths' Apr 28 02:29 PM US/Eastern By MIKE STOBBE ATLANTA (AP) - A U.S. health official said at least five people are hospitalized with swine flu in the United States and deaths are likely. "I fully expect we will see deaths from this infection," as swine flu cases are investigated, said Richard Besser, acting director of the federal Centers for Disease Control. He said he did not know about a newspaper report of two deaths in two southern California hospitals in which the victims seemed to be suffering from swine flu symptoms. "I would...
  • WHO awaits U.S. confirmation on human flu spread

    04/28/2009 10:53:13 AM PDT · by Pete · 18 replies · 785+ views
    Reuters ^ | April 28, 2009
    GENEVA, April 28 (Reuters) - The WHO said on Tuesday it awaited formal confirmation from U.S. authorities the new swine flu virus has spread significantly between people, a sign that could indicate an "imminent" influenza pandemic. Confirmation infected people in two countries are spreading the new disease to their families or contacts in a sustained way would meet the World Health Organisation's criteria for declaring a phase 5 alert on its scale of 1 to 6. The United Nations agency raised its pandemic alert level to phase 4 from phase 3 on Monday as the virus spread to Europe. The...
  • Congressman (and Dr.) Paul on the Recent Swine Flu Scare

    04/28/2009 4:57:26 AM PDT · by ovrtaxt · 23 replies · 2,559+ views
    Youtube ^ | 4/27/09 | Ron Paul
    Congressman Paul gives his perspective on the swine flu issue.
  • WHO Raises Global Threat Level...(Old news but written recent -Less news or less flu)

    04/28/2009 7:20:16 AM PDT · by Raycpa · 18 replies · 655+ views
    Washington Post Staff Writers ^ | Tuesday, April 28, 2009; 8:48 AM | Rob Stein and Debbi Wilgoren
    Cases of swine flu were confirmed early today in Israel and New Zealand, the first definitive proof that the dangerous new virus has spread to the Middle East and Asia-Pacific regions. The World Health Organization, which yesterday raised its pandemic threat level from 3 to 4, two levels below a full-scale pandemic, will not meet today to consider another increase, a spokesman said at a news conference.
  • Swine Flu Case Confirmed In Orlando

    04/28/2009 8:19:12 AM PDT · by SE Mom · 61 replies · 3,645+ views
    WFTV Orlando ^ | 28 April 2009
    ORLANDO, Fla. -- Eyewitness News has learned of Orlando's first confirmed case of swine flu. According to the chief medical officer for Adventist Health System, Loran Hauck, the case was diagnosed Tuesday morning. "A case was diagnosed here in Orlando today on a tourist from Mexico who came to Disney attractions two days ago to visit," Hauck wrote in an email obtained by Eyewitness News. No further details have been released, but Eyewitness News is working to learn specifically what days the tourist was at the parks and which park the tourist went to. Details about the tourist, beyond being...
  • Swine flu forces shutdown of Richardson school

    04/28/2009 8:43:08 AM PDT · by Centurion2000 · 40 replies · 2,036+ views (WFAA) ^ | 4/27/2009 | WFAA-TV Staff
    Swine flu forces shutdown of Richardson school 03:09 PM CDT on Monday, April 27, 2009 WFAA-TV Staff RICHARDSON Richardson Independent School District officials said Monday that Canyon Creek Elementary School will be closed for the rest of the week after one student tested positive for the swine flu virus.
  • Minimal Efforts Made To Detect Flu

    04/28/2009 10:02:08 AM PDT · by penelopesire · 62 replies · 1,756+ views
    Fort Worth Star Telegram ^ | April 27,2009 | Associated Press
    EL PASO U.S. airport officials and border agents waved people through Monday with little or no additional screening for Mexicos deadly swine flu a far more muted reaction than the extreme caution elsewhere around the world

    04/27/2009 1:43:18 PM PDT · by pillut48 · 162 replies · 10,181+ views
    No story/source yet--is this about Mexico? Or America? Or is it a global warning?? Whatever it might be, it seems the military may be taking over the streets before too long, using this sudden 'pandemic' as an excuse?!
  • Japanese Companies Order Overseas Employees Exit Mexico; Tell Others Not To Travel to USA

    04/27/2009 7:04:17 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 23 replies · 1,079+ views
    Nikkei BP News, in Japanese (my translation) ^ | 28 April 2009 | AmericanInTokyo
    Original Title:豚インフルエンザで渡航規制相次ぐ、米国も要警戒Upshot: NEC, NTT Data, Hitachi, etc. ordering employees not to go to Mexico, and report any flu if arriving back in Japan immediately as well as to not come into work. What is questionable is that they are ordering family employees back from Mexico to Japan (what if they themselves already have the flu?) Reports also said Japanese people should take care if considering any kind of travel to the UNITED STATES.  (FR Link to original article in Japanese)
  • NJ identifies 5 probable swine flu cases

    04/27/2009 6:35:09 PM PDT · by Lady GOP · 8 replies · 942+ views
    Chron.Com ^ | 4/27/09 | AP
    TRENTON, N.J. New Jersey health officials say they've identified five probable cases of swine flu in people who recently traveled to Mexico and California. The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services said Monday that all have mild forms of the flu and none has been hospitalized. The department says it's arranging for confirmatory testing at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Results are expected within two days. The patients include residents of several counties. Four of the five recently traveled to Mexico; the fifth had traveled to California. The cases were identified through preliminary tests conducted...
  • Mexicans take swine flu lightly on U.S. border

    04/27/2009 3:08:58 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies · 1,257+ views
    Reuters ^ | April 27, 2009 | by Lizbeth Diaz in Tijuana
    TIJUANA, Mexico (Reuters) - Many Mexicans crossing into the United States on Monday at one of the busiest crossings on the border shunned advice to wear surgical face mask to curb the spread of a deadly new flu. Most Mexican immigration officials at the Tijuana-San Diego crossing were using masks and surgical gloves, but Mexicans crossing by car and foot seemed unconcerned by the influenza scare and only a handful wore masks. "I don't think anything will happen to me, it's old people and children we need to look after," said Gloria, a 35-year-old woman waiting to cross by car...
  • CDC To mix avian, human flu viruses in pandemic study(2004 article)

    04/27/2009 1:22:54 PM PDT · by America2012 · 23 replies · 943+ views
    Jan 14, 2004 (CIDRAP News) One of the worst fears of infectious disease experts is that the H5N1 avian influenza virus now circulating in parts of Asia will combine with a human-adapted flu virus to create a deadly new flu virus that could spread around the world. That could happen, scientists predict, if someone who is already infected with an ordinary flu virus contracts the avian virus at the same time. The avian virus has already caused at least 48 confirmed human illness cases in Asia, of which 35 have been fatal. The virus has shown little ability to...
  • Mexico Raises Swine Flu Death Toll to 149

    04/27/2009 12:06:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies · 1,033+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Monday, April 27, 2009 | Joshua Partlow
    The suspected death toll from the outbreak of swine flu in Mexico rose Monday to 149 people as health authorities cancelled all schools across the country until May 6. Mexican cabinet officials led by Health Secretary Jose Angel Cordova gave a press conference today in Mexico City with the latest information they have gathered about the outbreak of a deadly new strain of swine flu that has halted many aspects of public life here and appears to continue to be spreading. Since the first case of swine flu was reported, 1,995 people have been hospitalized with serious cases of pneumonia,...
  • Possibility of Bio-Terrorism in Swine Flu Outbreak

    04/25/2009 5:51:39 AM PDT · by FreedomFighter1013 · 325 replies · 18,304+ views
    April 25, 2007 | freedomfighter1013
    In a discussion this morning with a cell biologist and medical doctor working at Johns Hopkins, my friend thought this 4-part flu combination is highly unusual and looks like it could be man-made. Especially because it has an avian strain. My doctor friend (he's Taiwanese) explained that in Asia, it's common for a avian-swine-human flu to happen naturally, but this virus first showed up in Mexico, where pigs and ducks are not usually raised together. Also, recombination of more than 2-different flu viruses is extremely rare. I'm just repeating what he said as an expert in the field. He says...
  • Mexico Says Suspected Swine Flu Deaths Now At 149 (Schools now closed nationwide!)

    04/27/2009 1:38:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 94 replies · 4,811+ views
    WSB-TV / The Associated Press ^ | April 27, 2009 | Peter Orsi
    Mexico canceled school nationwide Monday and warned the death toll from a swine flu epidemic believed to have killed 149 people would keep rising before it can be contained. Health Secretary Jose Angel Cordova said 20 of the deaths have been confirmed to be from swine flu and the government was awaiting results on the others. "We are the most critical moment of the epidemic. The number of cases will keep rising so we have to reinforce preventive measures," Cordova said at a news conference that was briefly shaken by an earthquake centered in southern Mexico.
  • New swine flu likely widespread, experts say

    04/25/2009 4:32:18 PM PDT · by Lady GOP · 22 replies · 1,014+ views
    Reuters ^ | 4.25.09 | By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Editor
    WASHINGTON, April 25 (Reuters) - A new and unusual strain of swine flu is likely widespread and impossible to contain at this point, experts agree. The H1N1 strain has killed at least 20 people and possibly 48 more in Mexico and has been confirmed in at least eight people in the United States, all of whom had mild illness.
  • Students Fall Ill in New York, and Swine Flu Is Likely Cause

    04/26/2009 9:47:43 AM PDT · by neverdem · 23 replies · 1,062+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 26, 2009 | DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.
    Tests show that eight students at a Queens high school are likely to have contracted the human swine flu virus that has struck Mexico and a small number of other people in the United States, health officials in New York City said yesterday. The students were among about 100 at St. Francis Preparatory School in Fresh Meadows who became sick in the last few days, said Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, New York Citys health commissioner. All the cases were mild, no child was hospitalized, no child was seriously ill, Dr. Frieden said. Health officials reached their preliminary conclusion after conducting...