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Swine Flu Update
From Patricia Doyle, PhD
Hello Jeff -
"The virus contains gene segments from 4 different influenza types: North American swine, North American avian, human, and Eurasian swine."
The Mexican virus is, indeed, the same virus we see in the US, the Swine Flu virus.
Watch now as the illegals will be flooding across the US borders. Why aren't we hearing that the military is being sent to the border to protect the US from the influx of both healthy and sick Mexicans? I can guarantee Mexicans have been flooding into the US since the illness began.
(The answer, of course, is that the Globalist Zionist Illuminati plans call for the US to be taken down in a number of ways...not the least of which are the orders to our 'government' not to protect our international borders.  35 million illegals have been intentionally vectored into this country...35 million cancer cells...in order to destroy our heritage, our infrastructure and our national cultural and social identity. At the same time, the US 'government' carried out Zionist Illiminati orders to destroy the entire sovereign nation of Iraq and 2-3 million of its people...and to murder another 2-3 million Afghans to date.  Another Holocaust by any measure. JR)
There will be no room in US hospitals for US citizens because Mexicans will get there first. They will infect our health care workers...and we WILL lose our doctors, nurses and most of our health care system.
As usual, US citizens in our own country are treated as second class. Meanwhile, the treasonous Congress continues to sell America out.
It is time for us to get vocal...to get deadly serious. Close the border. ...or a US citizen militia should close it for us. We don't have much time left.
[1] and [2] Strain identity [3] Pandemic warning [4] Outbreak in NY ?
[1] Strain identity Date: Fri 24 Apr 2009 Source: CIDRAP News [edited] http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/influenza/panflu/news/apr2409swine.html
Labs confirm same swine flu in deadly Mexican outbreaks
Samples from a deadly respiratory illness outbreak in Mexico match swine influenza isolates from patients in the United States who had milder illnesses, an official from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today [24 Apr 2009], fueling speculation that the World Health Organization (WHO) could be on the verge of raising the global pandemic alert level. Richard Besser, MD, CDC's acting director, told reporters today during a press teleconference that the development is worrisome. "Our concern has grown since yesterday, based on what we've learned," he said. "We do not know if this will lead to the next pandemic, but our scientists are monitoring it and take the threat very seriously."
The swine flu A/H1N1 strain has been confirmed in one more US citizen, a child from San Diego who has recovered, raising the total number of US cases to 8, Besser said. The virus contains gene segments from 4 different influenza types: North American swine, North American avian, human, and Eurasian swine.
WHO said today that Mexican officials have reported 3 separate events. In the Federal District, the number of cases rose steadily through April, and as of yesterday, more than 854 cases of pneumonia, 59 of them fatal, had been reported in Mexico City. The illness outbreak in Mexico City prompted the country's health minister, Jose Cordova, to cancel classes in Mexico City today and advise students and adults to avoid crowded public places and large events, Bloomberg News reported. Mexican officials also reported 24 cases with 3 deaths from an influenza-like illness in San Luis Potosi, in the central part of the country, and 4 cases with no deaths in Mexicali, near the US border, WHO reported.
The virus in Mexico has primarily struck otherwise healthy young adults, WHO said, which is a departure from seasonal influenza, which typically affects the very young and very old. CDC's laboratory analyzed 14 samples from severely ill Mexican patients and found that 7 of them had the same swine flu mix as the virus that infected the US patients. Besser called the analysis preliminary, however, and said that CDC doesn't yet have enough information to draw conclusions. "We still don't have enough information about the extent of the spread or the illness spectrum." WHO said today that Canada's national laboratory has confirmed swine flu A/H1N1 in 18 isolates from Mexican patients, 12 of which were genetically identical to the swine flu viruses from California.
WHO and CDC both said they were sending representatives to Mexico to assist local authorities, and WHO said it has alerted its Global Alert and Response Network. Besser said that WHO will likely convene an expert panel to discuss raising the pandemic alert level from 3 (human infection with new influenza subtype with only rare human-to-human spread) to 4 (small clusters with localized human-to-human transmission). He said the experts will consider 3 factors: the novelty of the virus, disease severity, and how easily transmission of the virus is sustained. Global health officials might consider a containment strategy such as dispatching antiviral medications to affected parts of Mexico in an attempt to stop the spread of the virus, but Besser said that such a measure might not work, because there are signs that the virus has already spread from human to human over long distances. "A focused, well defined area is not something we've seen here," he said. CDC officials have said the swine flu A/H1N1 virus is susceptible to the newer antivirals oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and zanamivir (Relenza), but not the older ones, amantadine and rimantadine. Jeff McLaughlin, a spokesman for GlaxoSmithKline, the maker of Relenza, told CIDRAP News that the company is watching the swine flu developments closely. Terry Hurley, a spokesman for Roche, which produces Tamiflu, said its "rapid response stockpile" is on 24-hour standby, as usual, for deployment to WHO, which has not yet requested it.
The threat from the swine flu virus serves as a reminder for individuals and businesses to think about their own level of preparedness, Besser said. "This is a time for people to be thinking about that teachable moment." So far, federal officials have not changed their travel recommendations to California, Texas, or Mexico, though they have issued an advisory about the increased health risk in certain parts of Mexico, urging travelers to take standard precautions such hand washing, staying home when sick, and using good coughing and sneezing hygiene.
byline: Lisa Schnirring
-- communicated by: ProMED-mail
The "swine" influenza A(H1N1) virus associated with current outbreaks of respiratory illness in the southern region of the USA and in Mexico appears to be a complex reassortant containing genome components from avian, human, and swine virus sources. Such a virus is unique and it is too early to conclude that this virus has originated in swine.
According to the CDC website (<<http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/>http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/>) swine influenza (swine flu) is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A influenza viruses that regularly cause outbreaks of influenza among pigs. Swine flu viruses do not normally infect humans; however, human infections with swine flu do occur, and cases of human-to-human spread of swine flu viruses has been documented. From December 2005 through February 2009, a total of 12 human infections with swine influenza were reported from 10 states in the United States. Since March 2009, a number of confirmed human cases of the new strain of swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection in California, Texas, and Mexico have been identified.
Whatever the origin of the current outbreak virus it is likely that the designation swine influenza virus will stick. - Mod.CP
****** [2] Strain identity Date: Fri 24 Apr 2009 Source: CBC News [abbreviated and edited]
Canadian lab confirms human swine flu cases in Mexico ----------------------------------------------------- "Today we have received results which confirm that the virus is human swine influenza," Leona Aglukkaq told a press conference in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. A handful of cases of flu-like illness in Canadian residents who recently returned from Mexico are being monitored; however, "there have been no confirmed cases of human swine influenza yet" here, said Dr David Butler-Jones, Canada's chief public health officer.
Mexico sent 51 specimens for testing to Canada's National Microbiology Laboratory on Wednesday [21 Apr 2009]. 16 positives of swine flu were found among the samples. Mexican health minister Jose Angel Cordova said on Friday that 20 people were killed in the outbreak and 1004 were infected throughout the country, prompting WHO to convene an emergency meeting on Saturday. Officials closed schools, museums and libraries in Mexico City on Friday to limit spread of the virus.
Dr Rich Besser, acting head of the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), said early analysis of Mexican samples of the virus showed it is very similar to those responsible for 8 American cases, one confirmed on Friday. All the US victims have recovered. Canada is working with Mexican and US health officials to confirm that the virus in both countries is linked and is in fact a new strain of influenza A H1N1 human swine virus, he added.
"This is an interesting virus. It's a brand new virus, not only to humans but to the world," said Dr Frank Plummer, scientific director of the Winnipeg lab. "About 80 per cent of the virus is highly related to a North American body [?] of swine flu that's been around for a number of years, but about 20 per cent of it comes from an Eurasian variety of swine flu 1st seen in Thailand, so it's recombined [re-assorted ?] to create something totally new. How it did that, where it did it, when it did it, I don't think we know yet."
CDC said the current strain of swine flu includes genetic material from 4 sources: North American swine influenza viruses, North American avian influenza viruses, human influenza virus, and swine influenza viruses found in Asia and Europe -- a new combination that has not been recognized anywhere in the world before. There appears to be human-to-human spread in both the US and Mexico over a wide geographic area at this point, but investigators are still checking for direct contact with swine.
WHO spokesperson Gregory Hartl said the agency needs to determine whether the outbreaks constitute an international public health threat. Hartl also said 12 of 18 samples taken from victims in Mexico showed the virus had a genetic structure identical to that of the virus found in California earlier this week. But he said the agency needs more information before it changes its pandemic alert level, which currently stands at 3 on a scale of one to 6. The virus was 1st reported earlier this week as US health officials scrambled to deal with the diagnoses of 7 people with the never-before-seen strain in Texas and California. The states share a border with Mexico not far from a town where 2 deaths were reported.
Hartl said health officials are dealing with 3 separate events in Mexico, with most of the cases in and around the capital, Mexico City. Most of the cases have occurred in healthy young adults, he added. "Because these cases are not happening in the very old or the very young, which is normal with seasonal influenza, this is an unusual event and a cause for heightened concern," Hartl said in an interview from WHO headquarters in Geneva. It is also rare to see such high flu activity so late in the season, he said. "The end of April, especially in a place like Mexico, you would think that we would see quite a steep decline," said Hartl.
On Thursday [23 Apr 2009], Canadian health officials issued advice warning travellers who have recently returned from Mexico to be on alert for flu-like symptoms that could be connected to the illness.
-- communicated by Steven McAuley Medical student University of Otago Dunedin, New Zealand sbmcauley@gmail.com
****** [3] Pandemic warning Date: Sat 25 Apr 2009 Source: MSNBC [edited]
Health officials prepare for swine flu "pandemic"
A new swine flu strain that has killed as many as 68 people and sickened more than 1000 across Mexico has "pandemic potential," the WHO chief said on Saturday [25 Apr 2009], and it may be too late to contain the sudden outbreak. CDC has stepped up surveillance across the United States. "We are worried," said CDC's Dr Anne Schuchat. "We don't think we can contain the spread of this virus," said Schuchat, interim deputy director for the Science and Public Health Program. "We are likely to find it in many other places." Because cases have been detected in California, Texas, and in several sites in Mexico, officials now must work to detect infections and reduce their severity, if possible. "It's time to prepare, time to think ahead and to be prepared for some uncertainty," she told reporters in a telephone briefing on Saturday.
Two dozen new suspected cases were reported Saturday [25 Apr 2009] in Mexico City alone. Schools were closed and all public events suspended in the capital until further notice -- including more than 500 concerts and other gatherings in the metropolis of 20 million. A hot line fielded 2366 calls in its 1st hours from frightened city residents who suspected they might have the disease. Soldiers and health workers handed out masks at subway stops, and hospitals dealt with crowds of people seeking help.
WHO's director-general, Margaret Chan, said the outbreak of the never-before-seen virus is a very serious situation and has "pandemic potential". But she said it is still too early to tell if it would become a pandemic. "The situation is evolving quickly," Chan said in a telephone news conference in Geneva. "A new disease is by definition poorly understood. "This virus is a mix of human, pig, and bird strains that prompted the WHO to meet Saturday to consider declaring an international public health emergency -- a step that could lead to travel advisories, trade restrictions and border closures. Spokesman Gregory Hartl said a decision would not be made on Saturday.
Scientists have warned for years about the potential for a pandemic from viruses that mix genetic material from humans and animals. Another reason to worry is that authorities said the dead so far don't include vulnerable infants and elderly. The Spanish flu pandemic, which killed at least 40 million people worldwide in 1918-19, also 1st struck otherwise healthy young adults. This swine flu and regular flu can have similar symptoms -- mostly fever, cough, and sore throat, though some of the US victims who recovered also experienced vomiting and diarrhea. But unlike with regular flu, humans don't have natural immunity to a virus that includes animal genes -- and new vaccines can take months to bring into use.
But experts at WHO and CDC say the nature of this outbreak may make containment impossible. Already, more than 1000 people have been infected in as many as 14 of Mexico's 32 states, according to daily newspaper El Universal. Tests show 20 people have died of the swine flu, and 48 other deaths were probably due to the same strain.
CDC and Canadian health officials were studying samples sent from Mexico, and airports around the world were screening passengers from Mexico for symptoms of the new flu strain, saying they may quarantine passengers. But CDC officials dismissed the idea of trying that in the United States. They noted there had been no direct contact between the cases in the San Diego and San Antonio areas, suggesting the virus had already spread from one geographic area through other undiagnosed people. "Anything that would be about containing it right now would purely be a political move," said Michael Osterholm, a University of Minnesota pandemic expert.
Mexican President Felipe Calderon said his government only discovered the nature of the virus late on Thursday, with the help of international laboratories. "We are doing everything necessary," he said in a brief statement. But the government had said for days that its growing flu caseload was nothing unusual, so the sudden turnaround angered many who wonder if Mexico missed an opportunity to contain the outbreak.
Across Mexico's capital, residents reacted with fatalism and confusion, anger, and mounting fear at the idea that their city may be ground zero for a global epidemic. Authorities urged people to stay home if they feel sick and to avoid shaking hands or kissing people on the cheeks.
-- communicated by Charles H Calisher, PhD Professor, Arthropod-borne and Infectious Diseases Laboratory Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology 3195 Rampart Rd, Delivery Code 1690, Foothills Campus Fort Collins, CO 80523-1690 College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Colorado State University <calisher@cybersafe.net>
****** [4] Suspected outbreak in New York Date: Fri 24 Apr 2009 Source: WCBS TV News [edited] http://wcbstv.com/health/swine.flu.nyc.2.994071.html
Possible swine flu outbreak at NYC prep school
New York City health officials say that about 75 students at a Queens high school have fallen ill with flu-like symptoms and testing is under way to rule out the strain of swine flu that has killed dozens in Mexico. The Health Department's Dr Don Weiss said on Friday [24 Apr 2009] that a team of agency doctors and investigators were dispatched to the private St Francis Preparatory School the previous day after students reported fever, sore throat, cough, aches, and pains. No one has been hospitalized.
The handful of sick students who remained at the school were tested for a variety of flu strains. If they're found to have a known human strain that would rule out swine flu. Results could take several days. In the meantime, the school says it's postponing an evening event and sanitizing the building over the weekend.
Mexican authorities said 60 people may have died from a swine flu virus in Mexico, and world health officials worry it could unleash a global flu epidemic. Mexico City closed schools, museums, libraries, and state-run theaters across the metropolis on Friday in hopes of containing the outbreak that has sickened more than 900. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said tests show some of the Mexico victims died from the same new strain of swine flu that sickened 8 people in Texas and California. It's a frightening new strain that combines genetic material from pigs, birds and humans.
WHO was looking closely at the 60 deaths -- most of them in or near Mexico's capital. It wasn't yet clear what flu they died from, but spokesman Thomas Abraham said "We are very, very concerned. We have what appears to be a novel virus and it has spread from human to human," he said. "It's all hands on deck at the moment."
WHO raised its internal alert system on Friday, preparing to divert more money and personnel to dealing with the outbreak. President Felipe Calderon cancelled a trip and met with his Cabinet to coordinate Mexico's response. The government has 500 000 flu vaccines and planned to administer them to health workers, the highest risk group. There are no vaccines available for the general public in Mexico, and authorities urged people to avoid hospitals unless they had a medical emergency, since hospitals are centers of infection. Some Mexican residents have started wearing blue surgical masks for extra protection, reports CBS News correspondent Adrienne Bard. The federal health minister has warned people not to go near anyone with a respiratory infection and to avoid kissing -- a traditional Mexican greeting.
-- communicated by: ProMED-mail rapporteur Mary Marshall
If infection by the novel swine flu virus is confirmed, it will represent a dramatic extension of the range of the outbreak virus from the southern states and Mexico to the north east of the United States. There is no reason to conclude at present, however, that this is anything other than an outbreak of seasonal influenza virus infection (or for that matter another common respiratory virus). - Mod.CP
Patricia A. Doyle DVM, PhD Bus Admin, Tropical Agricultural Economics Univ of West Indies Please visit my "Emerging Diseases" message board at: http://www.emergingdisease.org/phpbb/index.php Also my new website: http://drpdoyle.tripod.com/ Zhan le Devlesa tai sastimasa Go with God and in Good Health
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