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  • Obama plans to discuss immigration, drug cartels and trade with Mexico, Canada

    08/07/2009 3:05:02 PM PDT · by AuntB · 11 replies · 1,210+ views
    LA Times ^ | aug. 7, 2009 | MARTHA MENDOZA, AP
    — President Barack Obama meets this weekend with leaders of Mexico and Canada at a time when drug-related violence, swine flu and the economic crisis are slipping across North America's borders like never before. Obama, along with Mexican President Felipe Calderon and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, are expected to work on trade and immigration, drug trafficking and security, and clean energy during their first summit Sunday and Monday in ....Guadalajara. "The bottom line is that what affects our bordering neighbors has the potential to affect us all, so we want to be certain that we have the tightest and...
  • Swine Flu Map and Correlation of Higher Death Rates?

    07/31/2009 11:23:22 AM PDT · by jessduntno · 61 replies · 2,706+ views
    Vanity ^ | Today | JessDuntno
    No racism intended...fear for my grandchildren...but why is this happening? Is there a direct correlation? I do not find any further data on the subject. Why do states with higher numbers of illegals have a higher death rate? I wonder why the map of the swine flu outbreak and the death rate is so utterly consistent. There must be a wide variation in the strength of the flu that makes the death rates so much higher in those states that have a greater proportion of Mexican or not, but the states that seem to have a higher ratio...
  • Swine flu claims NorCal nurse, 2 new moms

    07/31/2009 10:32:55 AM PDT · by jessduntno · 21 replies · 1,365+ views
    kswt ^ | 5 mins ago
    Swine flu claims NorCal nurse, 2 new moms Associated Press - July 31, 2009 1:14 PM ET SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Health officials say a Sacramento-area cancer nurse's death is the first among California health care workers related to swine flu. Mercy San Juan Medical Center spokesman Bryan Gardner says officials at the Carmichael hospital do not know if 51-year-old Karen Ann Hays contracted the virus on the job. She died July 17. In the San Francisco Bay area, two new mothers died from the virus, also known as H1N1, shortly after giving birth. A 33-year-old Marin County woman was...
  • (UK)Swine flu: 100,000 infected in a week

    07/27/2009 1:57:14 AM PDT · by blueplum · 11 replies · 510+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | July 23rd, '09 | Rebecca Smith
    Weekly cases of the H1N1 virus have almost doubled in a week and Justin McCracken, chief executive of the Health Protection Agency, said the number of GP consultations about flu are in line with epidemic levels. "We are there or there abouts," he said. An epidemic is officially declared when the number of GP consultations recorded by the Royal College of GP exceeds 200 per 100,000 population. Last week the figure stood at 155 consultations per 100,000 population but another, larger, database which is more up to date has recorded 221.4 consultations per 100,000 population. Mr McCracken said taking the...
  • A/H1N1 pandemic spreads at unprecedented speed, says WHO

    07/19/2009 6:47:36 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 177 replies · 2,087+ views
    Xinhua News Agency ^ | Friday, July 17, 2009 | Chinaview Staff
    A/H1N1 pandemic spreads at unprecedented speed, says WHO 2009-07-17 06:10:40 GENEVA, July 16 (Xinhua) -- The A/H1N1 influenza pandemic has been spreading at an unprecedented speed, much faster than other pandemics in history, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. "In past pandemics, influenza viruses have needed more than six months to spread as widely as the new H1N1 virus has spread in less than six weeks," the UN agency said in a briefing posted on its website. The new flu virus has caused more than 94,500 laboratory-confirmed infections in more than 130 countries and regions, with more than...
  • Vaccine May Be More Dangerous Than Swine Flu

    07/11/2009 8:04:25 AM PDT · by kellynla · 36 replies · 1,887+ views
    newsmax.coim ^ | July 7, 2009 | Dr. Russell Blaylock
    An outbreak of swine flu occurred in Mexico this spring that eventually affected 4,910 Mexican citizens and resulted in 85 deaths. By the time it spread to the United States, the virus caused only mild cases of flu-like illness. Thanks to air travel and the failure of public health officials to control travel from Mexico, the virus spread worldwide. Despite predictions of massive numbers of deaths and the arrival of doomsday, the virus has remained a relatively mild disease, something we know happens each year with flu epidemics. Worldwide, there have only been 311 deaths out of 70,893 cases of...
  • US passes million swine flu cases......

    06/28/2009 4:05:27 PM PDT · by TaraP · 28 replies · 825+ views
    BBC NEWS ^ | June 27th, 2009
    US health officials estimate that at least one million Americans have been infected with swine flu since the H1N1 virus emerged nearly three months ago. The number is far higher than cases actually reported to the authorities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said many cases were mild, although 127 people had died. The CDC based its figures on surveys, rather than laboratory evidence, but the numbers suggest the death rate from swine flu is lower than thought. "We're saying that there have been at least a million cases of the new H1N1 virus so far this year...
  • Swine Flu Garners Pandemic Status [Level 6, and There Is No 7]

    06/11/2009 8:42:20 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies · 1,506+ views
    ABC News ^ | June 11, 2009 | Gitika Ahuja and Dan Childs
    The World Health Organization this morning formally declared that swine flu had reached the level of a full-blown pandemic, moving the viral outbreaks to phase 6 on the pandemic alert scale. WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan met with flu experts at 6 a.m. ET today in Geneva to discuss the spread of the novel virus, and since Wednesday the escalation to the highest level of pandemic alert had been widely anticipated. The move reflects the continued spread of the virus around the globe, despite quarantines, school closings and other measures designed to keep it in check. Swine flu is the...
  • 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...
  • Swine Flu in Japan May Trigger Pandemic(Japan has 150 patients)

    05/18/2009 4:56:54 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 34 replies · 1,295+ views
    WebMD ^ | 05/18/09 | Daniel J. DeNoon
    Swine Flu in Japan May Trigger Pandemic In U.S., 8 New York City Schools Closed as H1N1 Swine Flu Spreads Across Nation By Daniel J. DeNoon WebMD Health News Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD May 18, 2009 -- H1N1 swine flu appears to be spreading in Japan, pushing the world to the brink of an official flu pandemic. Japan's cases of H1N1 spiked today with 104 new lab-confirmed cases, raising that nation's swine-flu case count from 25 to 129. Ten schools in the Kobe City area reported 78 of the new cases. If the new cases do indeed represent "community-level...
  • Early Lessons From Mexico's Swine Flu Outbreak

    05/18/2009 12:29:12 AM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies · 503+ views
    ScienceNOW Daily News ^ | 11 May 2009 | Jon Cohen
    Enlarge ImageGoing viral. A look at how air travel helped H1N1 spread. Credit: Christophe Fraser et al, Science The first quick and dirty analysis of Mexico's swine flu outbreak suggests that the H1N1 virus is about as dangerous as the virus behind a 1957 pandemic that killed 2 million people worldwide. But it's not nearly as lethal as the bug that caused the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic. The world first became aware of this latest outbreak of swine flu in late April. Researchers recognized that the new virus was also causing disease in Mexico. As of today, there have...
  • First Swine Flu Death Reported in New York

    05/17/2009 5:01:08 PM PDT · by neverdem · 41 replies · 1,241+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 17, 2009 | A.G. SULZBERGER and ANEMONA HARTOCOLLIS
    The assistant principal of a Queens school who had been hospitalized with swine flu died on Sunday evening. It was the first death in New York State from the outbreak and came as city officials announced that five more Queens schools had been closed. The assistant principal, Mitchell Wiener, had been “overwhelmed” by the illness despite treatment with an experimental drug, according to Ole Pedersen, a spokesman for Flushing Hospital Medical Center, where Mr. Wiener had been a patient since last Wednesday. Mr. Pedersen said that Mr. Wiener, the assistant principal of Intermediate School 238 in Hollis, one of the...
  • Sons: NYC asst. principal with swine flu very ill

    05/15/2009 8:36:36 AM PDT · by luckystarmom · 55 replies · 1,545+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 05/15/2009 08:15:09 AM PDT | MARCUS FRANKLIN and VERENA DOBNIK Associated Press Writer
    "The mayor said the assistant principal, Mitch Wiener, may have had pre-existing health problems—but on Friday, Wiener's son Adam said his father had only suffered previously from gout, which he said was unrelated to his current condition. He said his 55-year-old father is now suffering from pneumonia, kidney failure, dehydration and a lung infection. "I don't know where people got that," Adam Wiener, 23, said Friday morning as he prepared to return to the hospital where the family was keeping vigil. "The only pre-existing condition he has is gout, which is unrelated to complications he's experienced now." Click on link...
  • Texas confirms first flu death of US resident

    05/05/2009 1:06:53 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies · 842+ views
    AP via Google News ^ | May 5, 2009 | By CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN
    McALLEN, Texas (AP) — Texas health officials have confirmed the first death of a United States resident with swine flu. Few details have been released, but officials say the flu victim was a woman who lived in Cameron County, along the U.S.-Mexico border, and had other, chronic health problems. The Texas Department of State Health Services said Tuesday that she died earlier this week.
  • 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...
  • Report: WHO to Declare Level 6 Flu Pandemic

    05/04/2009 6:39:00 AM PDT · by AngieGal · 44 replies · 1,638+ views
    Fox News ^ | May 04, 2009 | Fox News
    The World Health Organization is likely to raise its alert for the H1N1 swine flu outbreak to the highest level and declare a pandemic, its director indicated in an interview published on Monday. "Level six does not mean, in any way, that we are facing the end of the world. It is important to make this clear because (otherwise) when we announce level six it will cause an unnecessary panic," Reuters reported WHO Director General Margaret Chan told Spanish newspaper El Pais. "Flu viruses are very unpredictable, very deceptive... We should not be overconfident. One must not give H1N1 the...
  • Swine flu in Mexico stats overblown

    05/03/2009 11:01:33 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 40 replies · 987+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-02-09 | Mataharley
    In a stunning New York Times headline today comes the antidote of reality.... Outbreak in Mexico May Be Smaller Than Feared oh noooooo... say it ain't so?! What, no mass death headed our way? What will Kathleen Sebelius do now after her "expect many more deaths" prediction... "twitter" her thumbs? Why just last week, here's a breathless Anderson Cooper on CNN Over "1000" people in Mexico back on April 24th, and "68" people have died..... A day later, the New York Times chimes in: Mexican officials, scrambling to control a swine flu outbreak that has killed as many as 61...
  • WHO: Influenza A(H1N1) - update 13

    05/04/2009 7:20:54 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies · 450+ views
    4 May 2009 -- As of 06:00 GMT, 4 May 2009, 20 countries have officially reported 985 cases of influenza A (H1N1) infection. Mexico has reported 590 laboratory confirmed human cases of infection, including 25 deaths. The higher number of cases from Mexico reflects ongoing testing of previously collected specimens. The United States has reported 226 laboratory confirmed human cases, including one death. The following countries have reported laboratory confirmed cases with no deaths - Austria (1), Canada (85), China, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (1), Costa Rica (1), Colombia (1), Denmark (1), El Salvador (2), France (2), Germany (8),...
  • Chan Hits Back at WHO Critics [Drudge Title: Beware the 'Second Wave']

    05/04/2009 4:40:18 AM PDT · by LibertyRocks · 22 replies · 910+ views
    The Financial Times via Drudge Report ^ | May 3, 2009 | Andrew Jack
    Published: May 3 2009 14:08 | Last updated: May 3 2009 17:42 The head of the World Health Organisation hit back at critics who have accused it of over-reaction to the swine flu crisis, warning it may return “with a vengeance” in the months ahead. In her first extensive media interview since alerting the world to a potential flu pandemic nine days ago, Margaret Chan, the agency’s director-general, told the Financial Times that the end of the flu season in the northern hemisphere meant an initial outbreak could be milder but then a second wave more lethal, as happened in...
  • Conservative rhetoric about flu virus sparks outrage

    05/04/2009 4:35:19 AM PDT · by wolfcreek · 15 replies · 1,133+ views
    News 8 Austin ^ | 5.2.2009 | Bonnie Gonzalez (whodathonk)
    When she's not cutting hair at her hair salon, Hair Masters 2000, Owner Estela Farjardo's attention is turned to the news, but some recent developments haven't settled well with her. "Everything we do is wrong basically. You're doing this, taking the jobs; I mean basically everything, any way you look at it. We're never good for the community," she said.
  • Canada farm worker 'infects pigs'

    05/03/2009 6:34:09 PM PDT · by traumer · 17 replies · 513+ views
    A herd of pigs in Canada has tested positive for swine flu, apparently after being infected by a farm worker recently returned from Mexico. The herd, in the western province of Alberta, has been quarantined. Officials said there was no risk of contracting the illness by consuming pork, and chances of a human getting infected by a pig were remote. Meanwhile a spate of new cases among humans were confirmed in Canada, raising the total number from 35 to 85. The largest number of cases was in Nova Scotia. Many of them were at a school in the town of...
  • In Mexico, an Unusual Flu Season Was a Sign of Something Ominous

    05/03/2009 8:53:40 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies · 813+ views
    WP ^ | 05/03/09 | Joshua Partlow and William Booth
    In Mexico, an Unusual Flu Season Was a Sign of Something Ominous By Joshua Partlow and William Booth Washington Post Foreign Service Sunday, May 3, 2009 MEXICO CITY, May 2 -- For seven tense days, the nation's top epidemiologist, Miguel Ángel Lezana, waited for the answer to a deadly mystery. When the news finally came April 23, it was as bad as he had feared. That afternoon, Lezana learned in a conference call with his counterparts in the United States and Canada that 26 of the roughly 50 saliva swabs and lung samples sent to Winnipeg, Manitoba, had tested positive...
  • Swine Flu Is No Excuse for Ignorant Behavior: Young Latinos react to anti-Mexican sentiment (Barfer)

    05/02/2009 3:44:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies · 979+ views
    New America Media ^ | May 2, 2009
    Editors Note : During a recent presidential address, President Obama was confronted with a barrage of questions about closing the border between the U.S. and Mexico. While the president remains confident that closing the border is not the solution, Swine Flu is exacerbating anti-immigrant sentiment. We asked several young Latinos if they felt the Swine Flu scare was changing the way they were being treated on a daily basis. The authors are interns for The Beat Within. The Swine Flu is a sickness discovered in Mexico, not in Mexican Americans! While Listening to President Obama give an address on MSNBC...
  • Severin suspended for comments about Mexican immigrants

    05/01/2009 8:37:42 AM PDT · by VU4G10 · 24 replies · 1,463+ views ^ | 050109 | David Abel
    Jay Severin, the fiery right wing talk show host on Boston's WTKK-FM radio station, was suspended yesterday after calling Mexican immigrants "criminaliens," "primitives," "leeches," and exporters of "women with mustaches and VD," among other incendiary comments. Heidi Raphael, a spokeswoman for the station, said Severin had been suspended indefinitely from his afternoon drive-time show. She declined to say which of his comments - made since an outbreak of swine flu was linked to Mexico in recent days - sparked the suspension.
  • Biden kicked out of country after flu remarks?

    05/01/2009 12:35:35 PM PDT · by appleseed · 53 replies · 1,865+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | May 1 2009 | Jimmy Orr
    Things have gotten so bad for the vice president following his disastrous Today Show appearance that he’s been exiled? No. It’s just coincidental that the day after he strayed way off message on how to deal with the flu virus that his office announced he’s going on an overseas trip. The veep is headed for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, and Kosovo beginning on May 18. “During the visit, the Vice President will meet with the political leadership in all three countries, as well as U.S. officials and military personnel stationed in the region,” the vice president’s office announced. Yesterday That’s...
  • Mexico flu strikes wrestlers to politicians

    05/01/2009 6:27:30 AM PDT · by azkathy · 32 replies · 1,011+ views
    Reuters ^ | April 30, 2009 | Catherine Bremer
    Mexico flu strikes wrestlers to politicians Thu Apr 30, 2009 8:52am EDT MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Roberto Mendoza was a brawny masked wrestler, aged 29, who ate heartily, pumped iron at the gym and loved football. Then he caught a vicious strain of flu, checked into hospital and nine days later he was dead. "It was very quick. He got worse and worse, they put tubes in him, then he died," said his red-eyed sister Belen, 32, who works in a small Mexico City eatery that is being scrubbed with bleach as she speaks. In the grindingly poor city district...
  • Swine Flu May Have Originated in California (America's Fault Barf Alert)

    05/01/2009 6:42:28 AM PDT · by Scythian · 22 replies · 907+ views
    Doctors tracking swine flu in California are investigating a new theory: What if it didn't originate in Mexico but instead had been floating around the border region for months? Growing evidence in California suggests that early flu cases had no apparent origin in Mexico. Many of the early California victims — including the first two cases — say they hadn't traveled to Mexico and had no contact with pigs. Some may have fallen ill before the first Mexicans did.
  • The influenza epidemic has pet toys

    05/01/2009 4:20:09 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 1 replies · 264+ views
    00:55 humor samples in the epidemic are increasingly now the influenza A/H1N1 has pet: a small blue teddy bear virus, called Achufy! "Achufy! Is a cute plush 15 centimeters in size, which will be a memory for life" to remember that the epidemic "put a head of Mexico," said the announcement.
  • Severin suspended after illegal alien, swine flu remarks

    05/01/2009 4:17:55 AM PDT · by appleseed · 44 replies · 2,115+ views ^ | April 30, 2009 | Jessica Heslam
    Conservative WTKK radio host Jay Severin was suspended indefinitely today after making offensive remarks about illegal aliens and the swine flu, sources tell the Herald. Severin was shocked to learn about the suspension, the sources said, as the station had been using those same remarks in on-air promos. Heidi Raphael, a spokeswoman for station owner Greater Media, confirmed Severin’s suspension saying the station would have no further comment. {Cut} Spanish-language daily newspaper El Diario la Prensa in New York City, reported earlier this week that Severin was using the flu to attack Mexicans and immigrants. “For Severin, Mexicans are ‘criminaliens’...
  • Rockville High School (Maryland) Closed. Student Probable for Swine Flu.

    05/01/2009 4:11:06 AM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 9 replies · 1,012+ views
    ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) - Montgomery County Public School officials say they're closing Rockville High School until further notice due to a probable swine flu case involving a student. School officials say the school will be closed on Friday under the order of state and county health officials. Deputy Secretary for Public Health Frances Phillips says the student represents the ninth probable case of swine flu in the state, but there are no confirmed cases yet. Montgomery County's health director Dr. Ulmer Tillman says the student last attended school on Monday. School officials were alerted to the case around 6:30 p.m....
  • 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 Georgetown’s 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...
  • Will pandemic be mild, or kill millions? WHO expected to designate a full pandemic within days

    05/01/2009 12:50:07 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies · 2,378+ views
    Swine flu will carry the name "pandemic" even if the new virus turns out to cause mainly mild symptoms as it sweeps the world, raising questions about how serious the global alert actually is. Although it has been deadly in the disease epicenter, Mexico, and caused the death of one Mexican infant in the United States, in other countries people infected with swine flu have fared well, with diarrhea the biggest complaint. The World Health Organization is expected to move quickly to designate a full pandemic -- at level 6 of its 6-point scale -- within days to reflect the...
  • Possible swine flu case in Haifa

    05/01/2009 12:28:38 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 1 replies · 285+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | May 01, 2009 | By JUDY SIEGEL, YAAKOV KATZ AND JPOST.COM STAFF
    Another suspected swine flu case emerged in Israel on Friday morning, when a 26-year-old woman was reported to be hospitalized in Haifa after feeling unwell following contact with a youngster who had recently returned from Mexico. The woman was being kept in isolation at the city's Bnei Zion Hospital and the Health Ministry was working to track down the young man. It marks the first suspected case of the virus in the North. Meanwhile, Tomer Vajim, the first of two Israelis diagnosed with the virus, was discharged from Netanya's Laniado Hospital after fully recovering.
  • Virginia reports its first two cases of swine flu

    04/30/2009 9:30:07 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 10 replies · 502+ views
    The Virginia Department of Health has received confirmation of the state’s first two cases of swine flu. State Health Commissioner Karen Remley said tonight that the patients are an adult male from eastern Virginia and an adult female from central Virginia. Each had traveled to Mexico, both had mild illnesses and are recovering well, and neither required hospitalization. Neither is a student. Remley said additional cases in Virginia are likely, given the size of the state’s population, seasonal travel patterns and the ease with which the flu virus is spread.
  • 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.
  • Travelers going ahead with plans despite vice president’s gaffe, swine flu concerns

    04/30/2009 6:22:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies · 478+ views
    The Naples Daily News ^ | April 30, 2009 | Scott Clair and Tracy X. Miguel
    Pigs can’t fly yet, but the swine flu is still a reason to stay out of the sky. At least, that is, if you ask Vice President Joe Biden. And most Southwest Floridians aren’t. Nor are their travel agents. Or their airlines. Or the rest of the federal government. “I would tell members of my family — and I have — that I wouldn’t go anywhere in confined places now,” Biden said on NBC’s “Today” show Thursday morning. Only problem is, Biden’s advice is not in line with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official message, which is...
  • 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),...
  • Georgia's First Swine Flu Case Confirmed

    04/30/2009 5:52:20 PM PDT · by leftyontheright · 1 replies · 452+ views
    Newnan Times Herald ^ | 4/30/09 | Kate Brumback
    ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s first confirmed swine flu case is a 30-year-old Kentucky woman who first felt ill vacationing in Mexico and was hospitalized a week later after attending a wedding, state health officials said Thursday.
  • Homeland Security: No Orders to Border, Airport Agents Forbidding Surgical Masks

    04/30/2009 12:44:16 PM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 90 replies · 5,556+ views
    Fox News ^ | April 30, 2009
    The Department of Homeland Security said Thursday it has not told agents at U.S. airports and border checkpoints that they cannot wear masks to protect from exposure to swine flu. "The Department of Homeland Security has not issued an order saying our employees cannot wear masks. The health of our employees is of utmost importance to us. And today we are issuing department-wide guidance to our workforce," DHS spokeswoman Sara Kuban told FOX News. Kuban was responding to a claim made Thursday that The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Homeland Security issued a guideline banning...
  • White House warns of swine flu on Obama's Mexico trip

    04/30/2009 12:11:25 PM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 61 replies · 5,007+ views
    The White House is issuing a health advisory to anyone who traveled on President Barack Obama’s trip to Mexico, after a member of the U.S. delegation came down with flu-like symptoms – and tests on that staffers’ family showed they are probably infected with the swine flu. After saying just last week that no one who traveled to Mexico City for the president's visit contracted the flu, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs announced that a lead advance person for Energy Secretary Steven Chu came down with flu-like symptoms after the trip and appears to have spread the flu to...
  • Florida Hospital Caught in Swine Flu Cover-Up

    04/30/2009 1:27:07 PM PDT · by subterfuge · 14 replies · 1,020+ views ^ | 4/29/09 | Mike Adams
    A case of swine flu was diagnosed today at Florida Hospital and disclosed in an email authored by its chief medical officer, but the infection was immediately denied by Florida officials, who claimed in a press conference, "There have been no confirmed cases of swine flu by the CDC in Central Florida." Technically, that may be true. The CDC ... does not recognize anyone else's lab results...even though doctors treating the patient may have...confirmed a swine flu infection on their own...authorities can deny the existence of any "confirmed" cases of swine flu. This appears to be the case in...
  • Fox News: Napolitano says Customs can't wear masks while dealing with posible Swine Flu carriers

    04/30/2009 11:51:50 AM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 116 replies · 4,245+ views
    April 30, 2009 | unknown
    This woman is way over her head and hasn’t a clue as to what to do in a position she has no business being in. Fox News is reporting that in a breathtaking display of politics over worker safety, Janet “The Jackass” Napolitano, Homeland Security czar has ordered Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Southern border not to wear protective masks when addressing people attempting to enter our country. Napolitano has thrown aside any pretence of propriety in her handling of the current Swine Flu crisis. Since even the bungling Mexican government acknowledges this outbreak started in Mexico,...
  • (in Chicago) Cinco de Mayo fest canceled over swine flu

    04/30/2009 8:21:51 AM PDT · by doug from upland · 25 replies · 1,076+ views
    Cinco de Mayo fest canceled over swine flu April 29, 2009 1:12 PM | 1 Comment A Mexican organization in Chicago has canceled a Cinco de Mayo celebration this weekend over concerns about the swine flu. Performers, vendors and public officials from Mexico were planning on coming to Chicago for the event at Navy Pier sponsored by the Mexican Civic Society of Illinois and scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, said Chairman Eduardo Rodriguez. Although some of the performers had trouble getting flights from Mexico, organizers cancelled the event because of the flu outbreak, Rodriguez said. "We had to cancel it...
  • White House aide's family likely has swine flu

    04/30/2009 11:38:16 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 13 replies · 961+ views
    Breitbart ^ | April 30, 2009
    A member of the U.S. delegation that helped prepare Energy Secretary Steven Chu's trip to Mexico City has demonstrated flu-like symptoms and his family members have tested probable for swine flu. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Thursday that three members of an aide's family are being tested to see if they have the same strain of swine flu that is threatening to become a pandemic. The aide worked in presidential advance, which is responsible for planning and preparing trips.
  • Member of US Delegation Has Flu Symptoms

    04/30/2009 11:16:07 AM PDT · by Kieri · 61 replies · 5,105+ views
    WXYZ-TV ^ | 04/30/09 | Various
    (WXYZ) - A member of the U.S. delegation to Mexico is exhibiting flu-like symptoms according to the White House. Testing is underway to see if this is a case of the swine flu. Stay with and Action News for the very latest.

    04/30/2009 10:14:24 AM PDT · by decimon · 29 replies · 1,157+ views
    Kansas State University ^ | April 30, 2009 | Kristin Hodges
    MANHATTAN -- In 1918 a human influenza virus known as the Spanish flu spread through the central United States while a swine respiratory disease occurred concurrently. A Kansas State University researcher has found that the virus causing the pandemic was able to infect and replicate in pigs, but did not kill them, unlike in other mammalian hosts like monkeys, mice and ferrets where the infection has been lethal. Juergen A. Richt, Regents Distinguished Professor of Diagnostic Medicine and Pathobiology at K-State's College of Veterinary Medicine, studied the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic with colleagues from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, U.S....
  • Swine Flu: The Crisis That Never Was (Vanity?)

    04/30/2009 9:26:18 AM PDT · by SlaveNoMore · 307 replies · 4,788+ views
    April 30, 2009 | SlaveNoMore
    Now, let me get this straight. Several hundred people get the flu in Mexico and 150 Mexican nationals die, now lowered to seven. A few Americans get the flu, 91 people at last count, but no one dies. A Mexican toddler did die in Houston, but had undisclosed other "underlying health issues." Even before this number reportedly died US Pravda, otherwise known as CNN, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, etc., hyped the "flu pandemic" story up to astronomical levels. Here we go again! The sky is falling, the sky is falling! BE SCARED! TERROR, TERROR! CRISIS! BE AFRAID! ... Does anyone buy...
  • Boy killed by swine flu had spent time in Houston[at the Galleria Mall]

    04/30/2009 9:39:55 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 53 replies · 1,520+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | April 30, 2009 | Staff and wire reports
    A Mexico City toddler who became the first swine-flu death on U.S. soil spent a day with his family shopping at Houston's Galleria mall the day before he began to show symptoms, although it wasn’t immediately clear where else in the city the child might have gone. Cameron County Judge Carlos Cascos says the Brownsville family with whom the toddler was staying said they spent three nights in Houston just before returning to Brownsville, where he fell ill on April 8. Health officials said Wednesday that the 23-month-old Mexico City boy arrived in Brownsville on April 4 and became ill...
  • South Carolina students report flulike symptoms after Disney trip

    04/30/2009 9:24:27 AM PDT · by Sam's Army · 21 replies · 1,184+ views
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | April 30, 2009 | Walter Pacheco
    Students in a South Carolina high school marching band are being tested for the deadly swine flu virus after showing influenza-like symptoms following a trip to Walt Disney World. Officials with Greenville County Schools said they shut down Mauldin High School today and are disinfecting the building while they wait on lab results from swabs taken from the 18 students. The students started showing signs of the flu on Monday, shortly after returning from Festival Disney -- a 4-day event at the Central Florida theme parks for student concert bands, marching bands and other musical ensembles. A Disney website shows...