Swine Flu Outbreak in Mexico

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    There’s been an outbreak of a rare and deadly strain of swine flue in Mexico. Mexican authorities report 20 deaths from swine flu and said authorities were investigating 40 more possible fatalities and 943 possible infections.
    The World Health Organization went on high alert today, because there have been outbreaks in multiple communities in Mexico.

    The flu-like symptoms resemble those of regular human influenza, including fever, lethargy, coughing and nausea except there is no human vaccine for swine flu.
    Authorities in Mexico have launched a huge campaign to prevent the spread of the virus, including closing schools and urging people to avoid contacts in public.
    The concern of the World Health Organization is amplified because "the viruses characterized in this outbreak have not been previously detected in pigs or humans."
     
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    April 26, 2009

    New flu virus kills 68 in Mexico; Health officials act to prevent pandemic; eight also infected by the swine virus in US


    " Mexico City - A new strain of flu that has killed as many as 68 people in Mexico has had health officials scrambling to avert a possible global outbreak.

    As the Mexican government axed public events and shut schools, libraries and cinemas, World Health Organisation (WHO) experts were dispatched to Mexico.
    More than 1,000 people there, and eight in the United States, are suspected to be down with that strain of flu.
    WHO director-general Margaret Chan warned yesterday that the new multi-strain swine flu virus had 'pandemic potential'.
    'A new virus is responsible,' she said after an emergency meeting of flu experts in Geneva. 'It is a serious situation which needs to be closely followed.'
    Separately a US health official warned that it may be too late to contain the new virus.
    'It is clear that this is widespread. And that is why we have let you know that we cannot contain the spread of this virus,' Dr Anne Schuchat of the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) told reporters.
    Dr Chan said it was too early to say whether a pandemic - defined as a global infectious disease outbreak for which there is no immunity - will actually occur.
    But the UN agency has advised countries worldwide to look out for similar outbreaks following the discovery of related strains on both sides of the US-Mexico border.
    Scores have died in Mexico from severe pneumonia after infection. At least 24 new suspected cases reported yesterday in Mexico City, a city of 20 million people.
    Tests on some of the victims found that they had contracted a new version of the A/H1N1 flu virus, which is a combination of bird, pig and human viruses.
    'It has pandemic potential because it is infecting people,' said Dr Chan. 'However, we cannot say on the basis of currently available laboratory, epidemiological, and clinical evidence whether or not it will indeed cause a pandemic.'
    As the new strain was still poorly understood and the situation evolving quickly, it was too soon to announce any travel advisories or to advise drugmakers to switch to producing a new vaccine, she told a teleconference.
    The CDC said some of the samples from Mexican patients were a genetic match of the strain seen in eight people in California and Texas, who later recovered.
    In New York City, health officials were looking into what had sickened scores of students who fell ill with flu-like symptoms.
    The French government said suspected cases are likely to occur in the coming days because of global air travel.
    Most of the dead were young healthy adults. That alarms health officials because seasonal flus cause most of their deaths among infants and elderly people, but pandemic influenza - like the 1918 Spanish flu which killed millions - often strikes young, healthy people the hardest.
    Influenza can spread quickly when a new strain emerges because no one has natural immunity.
    Yesterday was the first time Dr Chan has convened such a crisis panel since the procedure was created almost two years ago.
    An official source said yesterday the panel is expected to declare the outbreak 'a public health emergency of international concern'. With that, the WHO would have to decide next on measures such as travel advisories, trade restrictions and border closures.
    The panel is also likely to ratchet up the WHO's six-phase flu pandemic alert level. It is now set at Phase 3 - meaning there is no or very limited risk of a new virus spreading from human to human.
    US health officials are urging anyone with a fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath or muscle and joint pain to seek medical attention.
    The WHO stands ready with antivirals to combat the outbreaks in Mexico. But the authorities have a sizeable supply of Tamiflu, which has proved effective against the new virus, the UN agency said.
    Mr William Schaffner, a US flu expert, said the new strain is the biggest threat of a pandemic since the emergence of the H5N1 strain, which has killed millions of birds and hundreds of people. "
    AP, Reuters, AFP
     
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    You know who better watch out.
     
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    what's missing? :confused:

    how serious can it be? :confused:
     
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    The death toll of the 1918-1920 Spanish Flu (a bird flu) shows just how deadly flu can be. Estimates vary, but anything from 20m to 100m lives were lost through this pandemic, easily more than were killed in world war one. Our society is used to people who have a cold claiming they have flu and therefore tends to underestimate just how serious flu is. If we get a particularly nasty mutation like the 1918-1920 Spanish Flu - and this swine flu might just be that - we might see a flu pandemic. As well as the deaths we could expect cities to grind to a halt and economic devastation.

    So how serious can it be? Potentially worse than our worst nightmares. But if we are lucky a damp squib.
     
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    karl rove & rush limbaugh?
     
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    Can a combination of all three { bird,pig,and human} viruses occur naturally?
     
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    Medicine has gotten much better since the Roarin' 20's, I'm sure we'll get through it just fine. There was another swine flu "pandemic" in the 1970's but we got through that pretty unscathed, the only difference is that people are letting terrorism terrify them.

    People suspected fowl play with the bird flu, now it's the airborne swine flu so that means pigs can fly, next it'll be the insect bug, and people will have to endure the PUNishment.

    Thank you, thank you very much.
     
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    Media is making it way more scary than it actually is. We just have to wait it out. It will pass soon. Remember how crazy people got with Bird Flu...
     
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    No, not really. I vaguely recall that being primarily in Asia, It wasn't a concern for those in the US.


     
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    26 Texas swine flu cases as of Thursday. Fourteen cases are in North Texas.
    They've closed down a bunch of schools here in DFW and the college I work for is talking about closing as well.
    Seems a little overzealous IMO but hey, I'll take a week off with pay.

    Update: looks like 28 confirmed cases in TX, 1 of those resulting in death. There's been 50 confirmed cases in New York, and 141 total for the U.S.
     
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    hate to say this, but I'm feeling muscular and joint pains that I recall from several years back are associated with viral infections

    there's also a distinct reduced consciousness, and reduced appetite I'm feeling

    also, at the gym, from whence I just returned, I could barely lift the heaviest weights I was so easily working with on Wednesday

    hope I'm just being a hypo (but a guy in the office just returned a couple of days ago from a trip to Mexico City)

    we shall see
     
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    Nick, I hope everything's okay!
     
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    Oops, Nick, sounds like you ought to keep yourself from close contact to vulnerable people for a few days.

    Hope you've got enough food supplies in, or can get someone to go shopping for you. You'll need at least a week in bed for a dose of the flu.
     
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    wasn't said person from Mexico seeking treatment in the US?
     
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    Yeah I think so, but CDC's Web site didn't mention particulars when I checked the stats.
     
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    It's now turning out to be a big case of 'Opps...never mind'....

    Outbreak in Mexico May Be Smaller Than Feared

    Of 908 suspected cases that were tested in Mexico, only 397 people turned out to have the virus, Mexican health officials reported on Friday. Of those, 16 people have died. Initially, Mexico had reported as many as 2,500 suspected cases, but the number of actual cases could turn out to be less than half the suspected number if further testing follows the same pattern as the original round.
     
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