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  • Ebola can spread like 'forest fire,' US warns

    07/29/2014 11:10:50 AM PDT · by garjog · 75 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | July 29, 2014 | By Kerry Sheridan
    ""The likelihood of this outbreak spreading beyond West Africa is very low," admitted Stephan Monroe, deputy director of the CDC's National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases."
  • A Leading Ebola Doctor Just Contracted The Virus

    07/23/2014 9:55:04 AM PDT · by blam · 55 replies
    BI - Reuters ^ | 7-23-2014 | Reuters
    ReutersJuly 23, 2014 The head doctor fighting the deadly tropical virus Ebola in Sierra Leone has himself caught the disease, the government said. The 39-year-old Sheik Umar Khan, hailed as a "national hero" by the health ministry, was leading the fight to control an outbreak that has killed 206 people in the West African country. Ebola kills up to 90 percent of those infected and there is no cure or vaccine. Across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, more than 600 people have died from the illness, according to the World Health Organisation, placing great strain on the health systems of...
  • 300 vials labeled influenza, dengue found at lab

    07/16/2014 11:26:36 PM PDT · by Smokin' Joe · 9 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | July 16, 2014 | MATTHEW PERRONE
    The same federal scientist who recently found forgotten samples of smallpox at a federal lab also uncovered over 300 additional vials, many bearing the names of highly contagious viruses and bacteria. Related Stories Forgotten vials of smallpox found in storage room Associated Press 'Forgotten freezer' held much more than smallpox AFP CDC Closes Labs After Accidents With Flu, Anthrax Samples The Wall Street Journal Vials of Smallpox Virus Found in Unapproved Maryland Lab ABC News Scientists found some smallpox vials lying around in an unsecured federal lab The Week (RSS) Food and Drug Administration officials said Wednesday the undocumented collection...
  • Who Will Be the First Prominent Liberal to Catch a Horrible Disease from Illegals Crossing Border?

    06/27/2014 6:00:18 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 33 replies
    Self | June 27, 2014 | PJ-Comix
    Call it Karma but who do you think will be the FIRST prominent Liberal to catch a horrible disease like such as TB from the illegals currently flooding across the border. I saw a pic of one of the illegals and his body was covered in pox. There are many other diseases. Now Nancy Pelosi is grandstanding by declaring she will "greet" the illegals at the border. Really Nancy? And are you prepared to "greet" their diseases.
  • Ebola ‘out of control’: Doctors Without Borders

    06/20/2014 6:27:09 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 54 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 20, 2014 8:53 AM EDT
    A senior official for Doctors Without Borders says the Ebola outbreak ravaging West Africa is “totally out of control” and that the medical group is stretched to the limit in its capacity to respond. […] According to the latest figures from the World Health Organization, Ebola has already been linked to more than 330 deaths in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. …
  • Scientist Makes Mutant, Infectious Flu Virus in Lab

    06/11/2014 6:27:03 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 22 replies
    NBC News ^ | June11, 2014 | By Maggie Fox
    Flu experts have made a mutant version of the 1918 “Spanish flu” virus that killed tens of millions of people, sparking a new debate over whether such work is too dangerous. Yoshihiro Kawaoka of the University of Wisconsin says the experiments are important for helping scientists understand how new pandemics start, and for designing better flu vaccines.
  • Terrifying Ebola Virus Is Still Spreading

    05/28/2014 10:38:18 AM PDT · by blam · 30 replies
    BI - Reuters ^ | 5-28-2014 | Stephanie Nebehay and Saliou Samb
    Stephanie Nebehay and Saliou Samb, ReutersMay 28, 2014, 10:49 AM Guinea's capital Conakry has recorded its first new Ebola cases in more than a month, while other previously unaffected areas have also reported infections in the past week, according to the World Health Organization. The spread of the two-month-old outbreak, which Guinean authorities had said had been contained, risks further complicating the fight against the virus in a region already struggling with weak healthcare systems and porous borders. "The situation is serious, you can't say it is under control as cases are continuing and it is spreading geographically," Dr Pierre...
  • How an Average Person can Prepare for a Pandemic

    05/18/2014 11:38:44 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 65 replies
    The Apartment Prepper ^ | 4/24/14 | aptprepper
    What is a pandemic? According to, a pandemic is defined as a global outbreak of disease. It’s not determined by the number of deaths, but by how quickly it spreads. Do they happen? Pandemics do happen, as in three outbreaks of flu pandemic in the 20th century: Spanish flu killed $40-50 million in 1918 Asian flu in 1957 killed 2 million people 1 million deaths from Hong Kong flu in 1968 What are the chances? I don’t have a crystal ball, and there is really no way to predict when and how a pandemic can happen. Certain “tells” would...
  • Spread of Polio is 'World health emergency' as disease spreads through Asia, Africa and Middle East

    05/05/2014 5:03:54 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 44 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 09:46 EST, 5 May 2014 | By Leon Watson
    "The spread of polio around the world has become so serious it is now an international public health emergency, the World Health Organization warned today. The agency said the problem could grow in the next few months and unravel the nearly three-decade effort to eradicate the crippling disease. It described current polio outbreaks in Asia, Africa and the Middle East as an 'extraordinary event' that required a coordinated international response. It was the first-ever international alert on polio. 'Until it is eradicated, polio will continue to spread internationally, find and paralyze susceptible kids,' Dr Bruce Aylward, who leads WHO's polio...
  • Report: Ebola Suspected In Europe: “Broken Through All Containment Efforts”

    04/20/2014 1:38:13 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 135 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 4/20/14
    Though officials at the World Health Organization are feverishly working to stop the spread of the Ebola virus in what is now seven African nations, their efforts may be for naught. In Guinea, a hot spot for the deadly contagion, government health officials have said that the outbreak is nearly under control. Yet, Reuters reports that the government “planned to stop publicly releasing the death toll to avoid causing unnecessary panic.” But panic may be in order. Despite the best efforts of emergency health workers it appears that virus may have crossed out of Africa into Europe.
  • A brief, terrifying history of viruses escaping from labs: 70s Chinese pandemic was a lab mistake

    04/12/2014 7:23:32 PM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 36 replies
    National Post [Canada] / Slate ^ | April 11, 2014 | Martin Furmanski
    ....Virologists, using serologic and early genetic tests, soon began to suggest the cause of the reappearance was a laboratory escape of a 1949-50 virus, and as genomic techniques advanced, it became clear that this was true. By 2010, researchers published it as fact: “The most famous case of a released laboratory strain is the re-emergent H1N1 influenza-A virus which was first observed in China in May of 1977 and in Russia shortly thereafter.” The virus may have escaped from a lab attempting to prepare an attenuated H1N1 vaccine in response to the U.S. swine flu pandemic alert..... In 2007, Foot...
  • Plague decoded: Researchers link 2 of the most devastating pandemics in history

    01/27/2014 5:08:06 PM PST · by John W · 117 replies ^ | January 27, 2014 | Christina Commisso
    An international team of scientists has discovered that two of the most devastating pandemics in human history -- responsible for killing as much as half the population in Europe at the time -- were caused by strains of the same bacterium. The researchers announced Monday that the Plague of Justinian and the Black Death were caused by distinct strains of the same pathogen, and warned that similar pandemics can strike again. The Plague of Justinian struck in the 6th century and is estimated to have killed between 30 and 50 million people -- virtually half the world’s population as it...
  • WHO: New Virus Has Pandemic Potential (60% mortality -Haj pilgrims at greatest risk)

    06/14/2013 12:13:31 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 25 replies
    Voice of America ^ | June 10, 2013
    The World Health Organization is asking health workers around the world to be on alert for symptoms of the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus. Monday's warning came as WHO officials ended a six-day investigation in Saudi Arabia, where 40 of the 55 cases of the respiratory disease have occurred. Sixty percent of those people with known infections died. The United Nations agency is concerned that the MERS virus might spread among pilgrims expected to visit holy sites in Saudi Arabia next month during Ramadan, or the millions more expected in October for the annual Hajj to Mecca. Officials...
  • Officials Fear That H7N9 Bird Flu Is Spreading From Person To Person

    04/19/2013 2:11:38 PM PDT · by blam · 44 replies
    TBI ^ | 4-19-2013 | Jennifer Walsh
    Officials Fear That H7N9 Bird Flu Is Spreading From Person To Person Jennifer WelshApril 19,2013 As new cases of the bird flu H7N9 continue to pop up all over China, officals are getting more and more worried that the virus can spread between humans, or that it will soon develop the ability to spread between humans. If it develops the ability to transfer easily from one human to another it could easily become a pandemic. While the virus has been circulating in the bird population, and many types of birds have tested positive for it. According to the World Health...
  • It started with a cough: Deadly China bird flu outbreak raises fears of pandemic

    04/14/2013 4:41:05 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    NBC News ^ | Sun Apr 14, 2013 12:47 PM EDT | Li Le and Ian Johnston, NBC News
    Around the world, scientists are now beginning to examine samples of the virus with a significant question in mind: Could this strain of the disease cause a global pandemic? This international network of scientists keeps constant watch for good reason. In 1918 and 1919, a flu pandemic killed between 20 million and 40 million people, more than the total death toll of World War I, more in a year than the Black Death of 1347 to 1351. More recently, an H1N1 swine flu pandemic was blamed for more than 284,500 human deaths worldwide between April 2009 and August 2010. So...
  • Deadly new bird flu vindicates controversial research [?]

    04/07/2013 3:59:14 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    yahoo ^ | Thu, Apr 4, 2013 | Kate Kelland,
    MAKING A MONSTER? The scientific work that can answer key risk questions is known as "gain of function" or GOF research. Its aim is to identify combinations of genetic changes, or mutations, that allow an animal virus to jump to humans. By finding the mutations needed, researchers and ultimately health authorities are better prepared to assess how likely it is that a new virus could become dangerous and if so how soon they should begin developing drugs, vaccines and other scientific defenses. Yet such work is highly controversial. When two teams of scientists announced in late 2011 they had found...
  • Containing Super-Flus: Controversy Brews Over Scientists' Creation of Killer Viruses

    02/18/2012 12:59:04 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Der Spiegel ^ | 02/17/2012 | Veronika Hackenbroch and Gerald Traufetter
    Ron Fouchier, a giant of a man at more than two meters tall (6'6"), has dark circles under his eyes. His life has been stressful lately. "They want to paint me as a homicidal idiot," he says heatedly. He is referring, most of all, to a powerful institution from the United States, the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB). … Fouchier is attracting so much attention because he has created a new organism. And although it is tiny, if it escaped from his laboratory it would claim far more human lives than an exploding nuclear power plant. The pathogen...
  • Indonesia Health Minister Suspected Bird Flu Immune Drug

    01/20/2012 11:59:29 AM PST · by little jeremiah · 4 replies
    Media Indonesia ^ | 20 Januari 2012 22:47 | Cornelius Eko Susanto
    The Pandemic Flu Information Forum posted a machine translation of the Indonesian article, excerpt below: Indonesia Health Minister Suspected Bird Flu Immune Drug JAKARTA - MICOM: Health Minister Endang Rahayu Sedyaningsih suspect in Indonesia has occurred the possibility of resistance (drug resistance) to the drug oseltamivir. The hypothesis was made based on the presence of some positive victims of bird flu in Indonesia are still died despite oseltamivir have been given early. < snip > If there is resistance to oseltamivir, Indonesia no longer has a drug to counteract the spread of the H5N1 virus. Because, oseltamivir is the only...
  • Novel Swine Flu Virus Now Reported in 5 States, Says CDC

    12/29/2011 1:15:14 PM PST · by tired&retired · 22 replies · 1+ views
    Medscape ^ | December 28, 2011 | Robert Lowes
    — The number of reported cases of a novel swine influenza virus has risen to 12 since July, encompassing 5 states, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The virus includes a gene from the human pandemic strain and affects mostly children. The infections in question involve a variant of the A(H3N2) virus that circulates among pigs. It contains a gene from the pandemic 2009 influenza A(H1N1) virus that codes for matrix proteins found in the viral shell. In 3 of the 5 states where the A(H3N2)v virus has surfaced — Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Maine —...
  • This is a true story, it just hasn't happened yet.

    12/21/2011 7:14:44 AM PST · by Any Fate But Submission · 85 replies
    This is a true story, it just hasn’t happened yet. “I’m hungry grandma Kay” Abbie cried “When are we going to eat”? “I don’t know sweetie, I’m hungry too” Kay replied. Abbie just stood there in the living room in her bulky coat and boots swaying back and forth with her head hanging down and weeping softly. She was skin and bones, Kay knew she wouldn’t last much longer. After 3 weeks there had been nothing to eat anywhere and now, only 6 weeks after the lights went out, they were starving. “Grandma, remember when I told you my friend...
  • THE COMING WAVE (An Interview With Mother Abigail)

    12/14/2011 4:59:02 AM PST · by James Oscar · 342 replies · 1+ views
    Tokuisei.Com ^ | 12-14-11 | James Oscar
    THE COMING WAVE (An Interview With Mother Abigail) I came in from the wilderness, a creature void of form. "Come in," she said, "I'll give you—shelter From the storm” -Bob Dylan-
  • NIH scientists find earliest known evidence of 1918 influenza pandemic (and more)

    09/19/2011 12:37:08 PM PDT · by decimon · 24 replies
    Examination of lung tissue and other autopsy material from 68 American soldiers who died of respiratory infections in 1918 has revealed that the influenza virus that eventually killed 50 million people worldwide was circulating in the United States at least four months before the 1918 influenza reached pandemic levels that fall. The study, using tissues preserved since 1918, was led by Jeffery K. Taubenberger, M.D., Ph.D., of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health. The researchers found proteins and genetic material from the 1918 influenza virus in specimens from 37 of...
  • Bird flu back on the rise, U.N. warns

    08/29/2011 10:47:11 PM PDT · by americanophile · 7 replies · 1+ views
    L.A. Times ^ | August 29, 2011 | Eryn Brown
    Bird flu was in decline -- but health officials warned Monday that it appears to be on the rise again. The United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) "urged heightened readiness and surveillance against a possible major resurgence" of the virus, which has crossed over from birds to infect 565 people and kill 331 of them since its appearance in 2003. At its peak in 2006, avian fluwas present in 63 countries around the world. Just two years later, it was gone from most, and cases of illness in humans followed suit, dipping to just 302 in 2008. But almost...
  • Navy to test its ability to vaccinate masses in a pandemic

    09/16/2010 1:55:04 PM PDT · by Palter · 8 replies
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | 15 Sep 2010 | Kate Wiltrout
    It may be part of an exercise, but have no doubt: The needles in this simulated pandemic flu scenario are real. And so are the deltoids of thousands of sailors to be immunized in coming days as part of a test of the Navy's capacity to "surge" huge quantities of vaccines to its work force. Every military exercise gets a name, typically by shortening key words and condensing the spaces between them. The first phase of PANFLUEX - short for pandemic flu exercise - begins today, when nurses and corpsmen from Portsmouth Naval Medical Center will fan out to local...
  • WHO Declares H1N1 Flu "pandemic" Over! What's Wrong with This Story?

    08/10/2010 7:46:53 AM PDT · by stillafreemind · 18 replies
    Associated Content by Yahoo ^ | Aug. 10th, 2010 | Sherry Tomfeld
    In early June of this year, European countries were strongly criticizing the WHO over the handling of the H1N1 flu. They accused the WHO of exaggerating the threat posed by the H1N1 flu. They also said that the WHO had been influenced by the pharmaceutical companies.
  • Swine flu: Who paid the cost for the ghost pandemic?

    06/15/2010 6:11:33 AM PDT · by juliosevero · 6 replies · 210+ views
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Swine flu: Who paid the cost for the ghost pandemic? By Julio Severo  During many months I have been following the international news services and, by reading several secular U.S. and English newspapers, a fact was clear: the pandemic swine flu was shrouded in serious ethical and medical problems, including vaccinated youths’ deaths. And now we have the news that the vaccination was unnecessary.  The English newspaper Daily Mail denounced in headline “The pandemic that never was: Drug firms ‘encouraged world health body to exaggerate swine flu threat’”. Then the article says, “Declaring a swine flu pandemic was a 'monumental...
  • Overall flu deaths down during H1N1 pandemic - New strain ‘crowded out’ seasonal illness

    04/25/2010 8:20:16 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 17 replies · 629+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | April 25, 2010 | Rachel Leven
    Although experts are not sure to what degree, seasonal flu cases and deaths dropped in Maryland and nationwide this year, during the height of the novel H1N1 pandemic. While flu cases are not perfectly tracked, epidemiologists believe the decreases were caused by increased health campaigning and vaccination rates, a weaker seasonal flu strain, and other causes. Epidemiologists all over the world think next flu season's primary strain will mutate around H1N1, or swine flu. Although officials and health professionals do not know how strong the 2010-2011 flu season will be, they are encouraging vaccination. "Overall flu deaths are down this...
  • Overall flu deaths down during H1N1 pandemic

    04/25/2010 8:00:50 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies · 286+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | April 25, 2010 | By Rachel Leven
    Although experts are not sure to what degree, seasonal flu cases and deaths dropped in Maryland and nationwide this year, during the height of the novel H1N1 pandemic. While flu cases are not perfectly tracked, epidemiologists believe the decreases were caused by increased health campaigning and vaccination rates, a weaker seasonal flu strain, and other causes. Epidemiologists all over the world think next flu season's primary strain will mutate around H1N1, or swine flu. Although officials and health professionals do not know how strong the 2010-2011 flu season will be, they are encouraging vaccination. "Overall flu deaths are down this...
  • Virus Hybridization Could Create Pandemic Bird Flu

    02/24/2010 9:52:01 AM PST · by greatdefender · 9 replies · 275+ views
    Science Daily ^ | Feb. 24, 2010
    Genetic interactions between avian H5N1 influenza and human seasonal influenza viruses have the potential to create hybrid strains combining the virulence of bird flu with the pandemic ability of H1N1, according to a new study. In laboratory experiments in mice, a single gene segment from a human seasonal flu virus, H3N2, was able to convert the avian H5N1 virus into a highly pathogenic form. The findings are reported the week of Feb. 22 in the online early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. "Some hybrids between H5N1 virus and seasonal influenza viruses were more pathogenic than...
  • UW study indicates pandemic bird flu possible [H5N1]

    02/22/2010 4:11:57 PM PST · by SJackson · 26 replies · 473+ views
    Capital Times ^ | 2-22-10
    A new study authored by UW-Madison virologist Yoshihiro Kawaoka warns there is the potential for avian H5N1 influenza and human seasonal flu viruses to interact and form a new flu strain which could be both highly contagious and deadly. Since the H5N1 influenza outbreak in Asian poultry in 2003, forms of this virus have spread to wild birds and poultry on several continents. However, since the H5N1 virus lacks the ability to transmit efficiently among humans, there have been only 442 confirmed human cases -- although 59 percent (262) of those infected have died. The new findings -- which appear...
  • Council Of Europe Will Investigate “Faked” Swine Flu Pandemic

    01/21/2010 12:31:44 PM PST · by vaper69 · 16 replies · 696+ views
    Much like all the evidence proves man-made global warming is a fraud, all the evidence clearly points to an orchestrated effort to instill panic on the swine flu. The CDC even inadvertently admitted that they were fudging numbers, and fear-mongering on swine flu. Now, finally, an major international organization is going to investigate this fraud upon the world’s citizens. The Council of Europe will investigate the “faked pandemic” to get to the bottom of this farce. To learn more about the Council of Europe … go here. They are basically a local European United Nations, and they are legit.
  • Was the H1N1 Scare a 'False Pandemic'

    01/11/2010 12:10:43 PM PST · by Indy Pendance · 71 replies · 2,167+ views
    TransWorldNews ^ | 1-11-10 | Beverly Hills
    The head of health at the Council of Europe, Wolfgang Wodarg, called the swine flu scare a “false pandemic” orchestrated by drug companies looking pull in large profits from the vaccines. Saying it was “one of the greatest medicine scandals of the century,” Wodark said, “[Swine flu] is just a normal kind of flu. It does not cause a tenth of deaths caused by the classic seasonal flu. The great campaign of panic we have seen provided a golden opportunity for representatives from labs who knew they would hit the jackpot in the case of a pandemic being declared.” The...
  • Truckloads Of Unused Swine Flu Vaccines

    01/08/2010 8:07:15 AM PST · by traumer · 25 replies · 948+ views
    <p>After months of fear, media coverage and government warnings there wasn't as much demand for the swine flu vaccine in New York state as expected.</p> <p>Truckloads of swine flu vaccines are being returned by counties that say the expected demand for the shots never happened.</p>
  • Harvard: Swine Flu Pandemic Oversold; Fear Mongering Government To Blame?

    01/02/2010 6:44:32 PM PST · by delacoert · 65 replies · 1,729+ views
    Right Pundits ^ | January 2, 2010 | Shannon Bell
    Some of you may find this to be a big surprise, but a Harvard study shows that the great swine flu pandemic was oversold. Shocking I know, as one doctor points out, “The H1N1 pandemic was a pandemic that never materialized.” Then I guess you could call the swine flu pandemic oversold, wouldn’t you think? The Harvard study uses the deaths from H1N1 back in the spring and projecting what they would have been in the fall suggests that the swine flu pandemic was indeed oversold by a government willing to allow its citizens to be in a constant state...
  • Europe to Investigate the UN Over “Pandemic” Scam

    01/02/2010 8:20:36 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 16 replies · 975+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | Saturday, January 2, 2010 | Jim O'Neill
    “UN report says pandemic may result in anarchy—‘could kill millions’—unless western world pays for antiviral drugs and vaccines!” —From “The Guardian” September 20, 2009 WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has declared the swine flu outbreak a national emergency, giving his health chief the power to let hospitals move emergency rooms offsite to speed treatment and protect non-infected patients. — Associated Press—October 25, 2009 In addition to the “global warming” rip-off, you can add another huge international racketeering operation—the H1N1 “pandemic” of 2009.
  • Chronicle of the Devastating Flu Epidemic is Frightening, Readable

    12/05/2009 9:47:08 AM PST · by T.L.Sink · 17 replies · 1,010+ views
    The Great Influenza pandemic killed as many as 100 million worldwide when the global population was less than a third of what it is today. It killed more people in twenty-four weeks than AIDS has killed in twenty-four years, more people in a year than the Black Death of the Middle Ages in a century. It didn't single out the very young and the very old. Half those who died were young people in the prime of life - in their 20's and 30's. By a bizarre and unprecedented stroke it turned the immune system itself into a killer. Two-thirds...
  • Has Swine Flu Been Oversold?

    12/09/2009 3:02:14 PM PST · by TennesseeGirl · 17 replies · 625+ views
    ABC News ^ | 12/08/2009 | JOSEPH BROWNSTEIN
    A new analysis, using H1N1 deaths in the United States in the spring and projecting likely outcomes for this fall, shows that a typical -- or possibly even a milder flu season than average -- should have been expected. The finding begs the question: Has swine flu been oversold? The new study, done by researchers at Harvard University and the Medical Research Council Biostatistics Unit in the U.K., says swine flu cases in the spring indicated a flu season that might be, at worst, slightly worse than normal. "It would have been great to have that back in June," said...
  • Déjà Vu for Obama Too: The H1N1 Fiasco

    12/09/2009 1:48:35 PM PST · by Dr.Syn · 6 replies · 505+ views ^ | December 9, 2009 | Dan Sargis
      Déjà Vu for Obama Too:The H1N1 FiascoDecember 9, 2009 When I was growing up, my mother’s most repeated words of advice were: “Watch out, those words may come back to bite you” and “If you can’t fix it, then just leave it alone”. Mom was just warning me about the pitfalls of ignorant babble and clueless meddling. And so I present to you Obama aka “the clueless wrecking ball”. Or to rekindle John Kerry’s 2004 invectives, “If you can't get flu vaccines to Americans, how are you going to protect them against bioterrorism?”...“If you can't get flu vaccines to Americans, what kind of health...
  • GlaxoSmithKline Recalls H1N1 Vaccine in Canada Over 'Life-Threatening' Allergy Risk

    11/24/2009 5:22:44 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies · 879+ views
    FOX News ^ | November 24, 2009
    LONDON — The pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline says it has advised medical staff in Canada to not use one batch of swine flu vaccine for fear it may trigger life-threatening allergies. GlaxoSmithKline spokeswoman Gwenan White said Tuesday the company issued the advice after reports that one batch of the swine flu vaccine might have caused more allergic reactions than normal. She says the affected batch contains 172,000 doses of the vaccine. She declined to say how many doses had been administered before the advice to stop using them was given.
  • WHO plays down 'swine flu vaccination deaths'

    11/20/2009 9:22:06 PM PST · by Flavius · 44 replies · 1,236+ views
    afp ^ | 11/19/09 | afp
    The World Health Organisation said on Thursday that checks on many of the 30 deaths recorded following mass pandemic flu vaccinations had so far ruled out a direct link to the vaccines.
  • Million Hit By 'Plague Worse Than Swine Flu'

    11/16/2009 8:24:23 AM PST · by RedMominBlueState · 25 replies · 1,344+ views
    Daily Express ^ | November 15, 2009 | Greg Miskiw
    A DEADLY plague could sweep across Europe, doctors fear, after an outbreak of a virus in Ukraine plunged the country and its neighbours into a state of panic. A cocktail of three flu viruses are reported to have mutated into a single pneumonic plague, which it is believed may be far more dangerous than swine flu. The death toll has reached 189 and more than 1 million people have been infected, most of them in the nine regions of Western Ukraine. President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko has called in the World Health Organisation and a team of nine specialists are...
  • Medical workers balk at mandatory flu vaccines

    11/14/2009 5:14:44 PM PST · by george76 · 31 replies · 1,280+ views
    Reuters ^ | Nov 13, 2009 | Steve Gorman Steve Gorman
    thousands of nurses and other front-line healthcare workers are fighting mandatory flu immunization policies being put in place by some U.S. hospitals. The H1N1 pandemic, which has killed about 3,900 Americans so far, has stoked tensions over the best way to safeguard medical caregivers and their patients from flu. Nurses unions have won some early battles against compulsory vaccination. data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that only about 40 percent of U.S. healthcare workers ever get shots for seasonal influenza. mandating that healthcare workers get vaccines is misguided, ineffective and ultimately counterproductive. "There is no...
  • H1N1 flu victim collapsed on way to hospital [Latest H1N1 updates downthread]

    06/24/2009 8:04:24 AM PDT · by metmom · 8,598 replies · 86,478+ views ^ | June 24, 2009 | Raveena Aulakh
    Within minutes, six-year-old Rubjit Thindal went from happily chatting in the back seat of the car to collapsing and dying in her father's arms. "If we had known it was so serious, we would have called 911,'' Kuldip Thindal, Rubjit's distraught mother, said in Punjabi yesterday. "She just had a stomach ache -- she wasn't even crying.'' Rubjit was pronounced dead at hospital barely 24 hours after showing signs of a fever. Later, doctors told her parents she had the H1N1 influenza virus. She is believed to be the youngest person in Canada with the virus to have died.
  • Pandemic claims 9 more, toll climbs to 144...(Ukraine)

    11/08/2009 3:28:51 PM PST · by TaraP · 25 replies · 936+ views
    Kyiv Post ^ | November 7th, 2009
    Registered cases of flu-like sickness and acute respiratory illnesses (ARI) since October are nearing 1 million, according to the country’s Heath Ministry, which on Nov. 7 reported 936, 804 cases and 144 deaths since the outbreak of the pandemic in October. That’s 65, 767 more ARI cases and nine more deaths than the Health Ministry reported on Nov. 6. The Heath Ministry recorded increases of 237, 160 and 40, respectively, a day earlier on Nov. 5. The number of flu-related and ARI cases registered daily since mid-October presently exceeds the epidemic threshold in 16 of 27 of the country’s oblasts,...
  • Ukraine slides into military rule under pandemic pretext..(ARE WE NEXT ??)

    11/04/2009 8:29:24 PM PST · by Man50D · 23 replies · 1,298+ views ^ | November 4, 2009
    The Ukrainian government is coming under increasing criticism in the German media for imposing military rule on the country in response to a pandemic. The Ukraine yesterday said it would close all schools in the country for a week, and suspend basic rights such as the freedom of movement and assembly. In addition, some border crossings to Slovakia have been closed. The latest crackdown comes as the government said a planned election might not be held on schedule because of the pandemic. The President is expected to declare a state of emergency any day heralding the beginning of rule by...
  • A long day and long lines at Glendale swine flu clinic (ObamaCare Preview)

    11/04/2009 4:47:31 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies · 370+ views
    LA Times ^ | November 4, 2009 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
    Long lines at public flu clinics -- initially intended to primarily serve the uninsured -- are now commonplace nationwide as doses of the vaccine remain scarce. Many clinics report seeing large numbers of people who have insurance but have been unable to get H1N1 vaccines from private doctors, who say they have either already run out or have yet to get any. The line at the Glendale clinic, the first to be held in that city since Los Angeles County received doses late last month, was the longest yet, county Department of Public Health officials said. And the stakes were...
  • Gitmo detainees set to receive swine flu vaccine

    11/02/2009 6:43:14 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies · 751+ views
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | November 2, 2009 | By DAVID McFADDEN
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Terrorism suspects held at the Guantanamo Bay naval base will soon get swine flu vaccines, despite complaints that American civilians should have priority, a military spokesman said Sunday. Army Maj. James Crabtree, a spokesman for the U.S. jail facility in southeast Cuba, said the doses should start arriving this month, with guards and then inmates scheduled for inoculations. He acknowledged there may be an "emotional response" from critics who argue that terror suspects should not be allocated swine-flu medications while members of the U.S. public are still waiting due to a vaccine shortage. But he...
  • US government report recommends blocking popular websites during pandemic flu outbreak

    10/30/2009 6:44:56 AM PDT · by Scythian · 55 replies · 2,014+ views
    The US government has issued a new report that recommends blocking access to popular websites during a pandemic outbreak in order to preserve internet bandwidth for investors, day traders and securities clearing house operations. The concern is that a pandemic would cause too many people to stay at home and download YouTube videos and porn, hogging all the internet bandwidth and blocking throughput for investment activities, thereby causing a stock market meltdown.This isn't an April Fool's joke. It's all based on a public report issued by the Government Accounting Office (GAO), available from their website at this article, I'm...
  • US government report recommends blocking popular websites during pandemic flu outbreak

    10/29/2009 9:34:35 PM PDT · by mlizzy · 73 replies · 2,775+ views
    Natural News ^ | 10-29-09 | Mike Adams
    (NaturalNews) The US government has issued a new report that recommends blocking access to popular websites during a pandemic outbreak in order to preserve internet bandwidth for investors, day traders and securities clearing house operations. The concern is that a pandemic would cause too many people to stay at home and download YouTube videos and porn, hogging all the internet bandwidth and blocking throughput for investment activities, thereby causing a stock market meltdown. This isn't an April Fool's joke. It's all based on a public report issued by the Government Accounting Office (GAO), available from their website at In...
  • President Obama declares national emergency over swine flu pandemic; but why?

    10/24/2009 4:38:41 PM PDT · by opentalk · 71 replies · 3,287+ views
    NaturalNews ^ | October 24, 2009 | Mike Adams
    According to the CDC, swine flu infections have already peaked, and the pandemic is on its way out. Peak infection time was the middle of October, where one in five U.S. children experienced the flu, says the CDC. Out of nearly 14,000 suspected flu cases tested during the week ending on October 10, 2009, 99.6% of those were influenza A, and the vast majority of those were confirmed as H1N1 swine flu infections. Even though the H1N1 pandemic appears to have peaked out, U.S. President Barack Obama has now declared a national emergency over swine flu infections. The reasoning behind...