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Five-O Flu aka Swine Flu News - April 29, 2009, 07:31 AM

I prefer to call it Five-O Flu. This is a concern to be the next pandemic. It is spreading to many countries quickly, unlike Avian (Bird) Flu did a few years back.


U.S. officials want 'swine' out of flu name
28 Apr 2009 21:31:42 GMT
Source: Reuters


WASHINGTON, April 28 (Reuters) - What's in a name? U.S. pork producers are finding that the name of the virus spreading from Mexico is affecting their business, prompting U.S. officials to argue for changing the name from swine flu.

At a news briefing, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack took pains to repeatedly refer to the flu as the "H1N1 virus."


"This is not a food-borne illness, virus. It is not correct to refer to it as swine flu because really that's not what this is about," Vilsack said.

Israel has already rejected the name swine flu, and opted to call it "Mexico flu." Jewish dietary laws forbid eating pork.


The Paris-based World Organization for Animal Health also objected to the name, saying the virus contains avian and human components and no pig so far has been found ill with the disease.


And there is growing sentiment in the farm sector to call it the North American virus -- although disease expert Anthony Fauci told a Senate hearing the "swine flu" designation reflected scientific naming protocol.

For U.S. pork producers the swine flu name has hurt, forcing government officials into the position of stressing that American pork is safe to eat and that other countries should not ban imports.


Pork, soybean and corn prices have fallen in the last two days, "and if this continues, obviously you have significant potential, which is why it's important to get this right," Vilsack said.


At the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there was also talk of stripping the "swine" from swine flu, which CDC acting director Richard Besser said was leading to the misapprehension that people can catch the disease from pork.


"That's not helpful to pork producers. That's not helpful to people who eat pork. It's not helpful to people who are wondering, how can they get this infection," Besser told a briefing.

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First swine flu death in U.S. reported

ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- A child in Texas has become the first fatality from swine flu in the United States, the acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday.







"I can confirm the very sad news out of Texas that a child has died of the H1N1 virus," the CDC's Dr. Richard Besser said.
"As a parent and a pediatrician, my heart goes out to the family."
He said the child was about 2 years old.

Six of the 64 confirmed swine flu cases in the United States have been reported in Texas, according to the CDC.

Besser said the CDC is not changing its recommendations as a result of the confirmed swine flu death.

"I expect we'll see more cases," Besser said. "And as we do, we'll learn more about this, and if there needs to be more stringent or less stringent recommendations, we'll be making those."
The only other confirmed swine flu deaths have been seven in Mexico, out of more than 112 confirmed swine flu cases worldwide.
"Given what we've seen in Mexico, we have expected that we would see more severe infections and would see deaths," Besser said.

However, he stressed that people should maintain their perspective on the swine flu outbreak.

"Seasonal flu each year causes tens of thousands of deaths in this country -- on average, about 36,000 deaths," Besser said. "And so this flu virus in the United States, as we're looking at it, is not acting very differently from what we saw during the flu season."

Meanwhile, health officials said they think they may have found "patient zero" in the global outbreak in a village in the mountains of Mexico.
Five-year-old Edgar Hernandez survived the earliest documented case of swine flu in an outbreak that has spread across four continents.
His family lives in the 3,000-person village of La Gloria in the state of Veracruz, where a flu outbreak was reported on April 2.

Lab tests confirmed that Edgar was the only patient in Veracruz to test positive for the swine flu virus; the others had contracted a common flu. Health officials had returned to Edgar's sample only after cases of the new flu strain were spotted around the country.

"In this case, there's a patient who turned out to be positive for the swine flu virus, with the exception that at that time in no region of the world it had been established as an etiological, epidemic cause," said Mexican Health Secretary Jose Angel Cordova.
Edgar has recovered and playfully credits ice cream for helping him feel better.

Mexican health officials suspect the swine flu outbreak has caused at least 159 deaths and roughly 2,500 illnesses.

As of Wednesday morning, the World Health Organization said at least 112 cases have been confirmed worldwide. It was not clear whether the U.S. death was included in that figure.

The agency did not provide a breakdown of the cases by country Wednesday. On Tuesday it listed 105 cases, including those in the United States, Mexico, Canada, Israel, Spain and the United Kingdom.
Additional cases have been reported in Germany and Costa Rica.

The outbreak in Mexico prompted authorities to order about 35,000 public venues in Mexico City to close or serve only takeout meals as health officials tried to contain the virus.

Officials in Mexico City also ordered the closing of bars, clubs, movie theaters, pool halls, theaters, gyms, sport centers and convention halls until May 6, said Juan Jose Garcia Ochoa, a top city government official.
Officials closed schools in the city Friday and extended that order nationwide Monday until at least May 6.

"I'm pretty nervous of this whole virus thing," Berta Hernandez said as she touched up her eyeliner inside a packed and humid subway car in Mexico City. She did not dare lift her surgical mask to put on lip gloss.
"I'm nervous of the people who aren't wearing masks. Maybe they will suddenly sneeze or cough," she said.

Governments around the world scrambled to prevent further outbreak.
Some, like China and Russia, banned pork imports from the United States and Mexico, even though the World Health Organization said the disease "has not been shown to be transmissible to people through eating properly handled and prepared pork [pig meat] or other products derived from pigs." Several others, such as Japan and Indonesia, used thermographic devices to test the temperature of passengers arriving from Mexico.

The Philippines' health department urged people to avoid kissing and hugging in public. Argentina announced a five-day ban on flights from Mexico. Four cruise lines -- Holland America, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian and Princess -- canceled upcoming calls to Mexican ports.

President Obama has said the outbreak is a cause for concern, not for alarm. The U.S. government urged travelers to avoid nonessential travel to Mexico.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued emergency authorization for the use of two of the most common antiviral drugs, Tamiflu and Relenza. The authorization allows the distribution of the drugs by a broader range of health-care workers and loosens age limits for their use.
Swine influenza, or flu, is a contagious respiratory disease that affects pigs.

When the flu spreads person-to-person, instead of from animals to humans, it can continue to mutate, making it harder to treat or fight, because people have no natural immunity.
Symptoms include fever, runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

Common seasonal flu kills 250,000 to 500,000 people every year worldwide, far more than the current outbreak of swine flu.

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Germany and Austria confirm flu


Authorities are stepping up watchfulness at German airports

Germany and Austria have become the third and fourth European nations hit by swine flu, with Germany reporting three cases, and Austria one. The German victims include two women, aged 22 and 37, and a man in his 30s. All had recently returned from Mexico.
Meanwhile the UK says it has three more cases - five in total. And Spain's total has doubled to four.

So far Mexico and the US are the only countries where victims of the virus have died.
The first US death was reported on Wednesday.

German authorities say there is no need to panic - and that they have sufficient stocks of anti-flu drugs to protect the population, says the BBC's Tristana Moore in Berlin.

But the country is bracing for more cases and is increasing its watchfulness at airports like Hamburg and Frankfurt.
The 22-year-old woman with the virus is from Hamburg, the 37-year-old woman from Kulmbach, and the man is being treated in Regensburg, southern Germany, said the Robert Koch Institute, which specialises in infectious diseases.

UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown said the new British cases - two adults and a 12-year-old girl - were all in England. He said all three had mild symptoms and were responding well to treatment.

Meanwhile in Scotland a couple have reportedly been quarantined in their own home after becoming the second newly-married couple suspected of picking up the disease on their honeymoon in Mexico.

After their return from Cancun, Jenny Marshall fell ill and she and her new husband Pete had been told to stay inside for five days, he told a Scottish newspaper.

Spain's health ministry announced two more cases on Wednesday, making four in total, but said they were "not serious because they are responding well to treatment".
In Portugal a three-year-old boy who arrived from the United States last week, is the country's first suspected case, local media have reported.

On Tuesday EU Health Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou said suspected cases were also being investigated in the Republic of Ireland, Denmark, Italy, Sweden, Greece and the Czech Republic.

'Unpredictable'
In Geneva, the World Health Organization was holding an emergency review of the swine flu outbreak, and said it might raise its pandemic alert level to phase five - the second highest - if it turned out that the disease was being spread in at least two countries, the Associated Press reported.

Level six is a pandemic.

But senior WHO official Keiji Fukuda said that it could still turn out to be a "very mild pandemic", adding, however, that influenza "moves in ways we cannot predict".


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That's gonna happen in 2012. Don't leave to early or else you will be stuck with the fat bitches with 3 teeth.


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That's gonna happen in 2012. Don't leave to early or else you will be stuck with the fat bitches with 3 teeth.
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This isn't a new disease. Media fed panic is fun to watch... The 70's called, it wants it's epidemic back


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April 29, 2009, 09:06 AM

People dieing from any disease that is out of the norm should be of concern.



To be quite honest it is not "media fed panic". It is a reaction to people asking questions and trying to get answers and solutions. Would you rather nobody say or do anything?

What if you and your family were sick from this, and people quoted you and did nothing? How would you feel.

Just food for thought.

I personally think this can get out of hand since there won't be avaccine available until September at the earliest.


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2 men enter and fat bitch leaves fatter.


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The thing that concerns me now is the U.S. death. That means that basic care (probably unavailable in the small Mexican villages) is at least somewhat not working. I think calling it swine flu is stupid, and a lot of this is media driven. Look up how many people died worldwide from regular Influenza strains worldwide...


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I'm still calling it SWINE FLU cuz Pork is fucking disgusting and I don't eat it.



To avoid Swine Flu:

1) Keep your distance from people
2) Don't touch your face after touching foreign objects or high traffic surfaces
3) Wash your hands often, specially after step #2
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4) Kill everyone that sneezes and/or coughs


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Yeah I agree many die from influenza.... in third world countries.

This is an irregular form of influenza with no shot for, that mutates rapidly.

Irregular making it more contagious, less treatable, and in most cases fatal even in coutries with the best healthcare.

See the cause for concern? I know I do. I followed the Bird Flu and this is definitely already worse and hasn't been around long at all.


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We're out of bullets and they just keep comin............RUUUNNN!!!!! PANIC!!
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I agree... I shot a person next to me at work that sneezed without covering his mouth... what an asshole that guy was.

Five-O... Swine ..... same shit

I never eat a pig cause a pig is a cop. Or better yet a terminator. Like Arnold Schwarzenegger Try'n to play me out like as if my name was Sega But I ain't going out like no punk bitch


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Yeah I agree many die from influenza.... in third world countries.

36,000 deaths in the US from influenza. Just sayin' is all.


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