Flu CDC: 8 Confirmed Cases of Swine Flu in U.S.

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  1. E.L.

    E.L. Moderator of Lead Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    CDC: 8 Confirmed Cases of Swine Flu in U.S. | Fox News

    CDC: 8 Confirmed Cases of Swine Flu in U.S.

    Friday, April 24, 2009 [​IMG]


    [​IMG] Reuters

    April 24, 2009: Women wear masks as they walk past a closed school in Mexico City.

    Mexico closed its schools across its capital Friday after at least 16 otherwise healthy people died and more than 900 others fell ill from what could be a new strain of swine flu. The World Health Organization worried that it could mark the start of a flu pandemic.
    Scientists in the U.S. and Mexico determined the deaths were due to the same new strain of swine flu that sickened eight people in Texas and California.
    The World Health Organization counted at least 57 deaths in Mexico, although it wasn't yet clear if this larger number was due to swine flu.
    "We are very, very concerned," WHO spokesman Thomas Abraham said. "We have what appears to be a novel virus and it has spread from human to human." If international spread is confirmed, that meets WHO's criteria for raising the pandemic alert level, he added.
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    WHO also raised its internal alert system Friday, enabling the agency to divert more money and personnel to dealing with the outbreak. "It's all hands on deck at the moment." Abraham said.
    Mexico's Health Secretary, Jose Cordova, said only 16 of the deaths have been confirmed to have been caused by the new strain, through testing at government laboratories. Samples from 44 other people who died were still being tested. The health department put the total number of people sickened at around 943 nationwide.
    Cordova said samples also were sent to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to determine whether it's the same virus infecting seven people in Texas and California. As of now, tests show the flu is a "new, different strain ... that originally came from pigs," he said.
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    The CDC has set up a section on its Web site to provide the public with information about swine flu.
    "We certainly have 60 deaths that we can't be sure are from the same virus, but it is probable," Cordova told MVS radio in Mexico City.
    Cordova described a chilling new strain that had killed only people among the normally less-vulnerable young and mid-adult age range. One possibility is that the most vulnerable segments of the population — infants and the aged — had been vaccinated against other strains, and that those vaccines may be providing some protection.
    But Dr. Anne Schuchat of the CDC said "at this point, we do not have any confirmations of swine influenza in Mexico" of the kind that sickened seven California and Texas residents.
    All eight U.S. victims recovered from a strain of the flu that combines pig, bird and human viruses in a way that researchers have not seen before. The swine flu's symptoms are like those of the regular flu, mostly involving fever, cough and sore throat, though some of the seven also experienced vomiting and diarrhea.
    Closing the schools across the metropolis of 20 million kept 6.1 million students home from day care centers through high schools, and thousands more were affected as colleges and universities closed down. Parents scrambled to juggle work and family concerns due to what local media said was the first citywide schools closure since Mexico City's devastating 1985 earthquake.
    Lillian Molina and other teachers at the Montessori's World preschool scrubbed down their empty classrooms with Clorox, soap and Lysol on Friday between fielding calls from worried parents. While the school has had no known cases among its students, Molina supported the government's decision to shutter classes, especially in preschools.
    "It's great they are taking precautions," she said. "I think it's a really good idea."
    Authorities advised capital residents not to go to work if they felt ill, and to wear surgical masks if they had to move through crowds. Libraries, museums and state-run theaters were shutdown Friday afternoon.
    A wider shutdown — perhaps including shutting down government offices — was being considered.
    "It is very likely that classes will be suspended for several days," Cordova said. "We will have to evaluate, and let's hope this doesn't happen, the need to restrict activity at workplaces."
    Still, U.S. health officials said it's not yet a reason for alarm in the United States. The cases in California and in Texas have all recovered, and testing indicates some common antiviral medications seem to work against the virus.
    Schuchat of the CDC said officials believe the new strain can spread human-to-human, which is unusual for a swine flu virus. The CDC is checking people who have been in contact with the eight confirmed U.S. cases, who all became ill between late March and mid-April.
    The U.S. cases are a growing medical mystery because it's unclear how they caught the virus. The CDC said none of the eight people were in contact with pigs, which is how people usually catch swine flu. And only a few were in contact with each other.
    CDC officials described the virus as having a unique combination of gene segments not seen in people or pigs before. The bug contains human virus, avian virus from North America and pig viruses from North America, Europe and Asia.
    Health officials have seen mixes of bird, pig and human virus before, but never such an intercontinental combination with more than one pig virus in the mix.
    Scientists keep a close eye on flu viruses that emerge from pigs. The animals are considered particularly susceptible to both avian and human viruses and a likely place where the kind of genetic reassortment can take place that might lead to a new form of pandemic flu, said Dr. John Treanor, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Rochester Medical Center.
    The virus may be something completely new, or it may have been around for a while but was only detected now because of improved lab testing and disease surveillance, CDC officials said.
    The virus was first detected in two children in southern California — a 10-year-old boy in San Diego County and a 9-year-old girl in neighboring Imperial County.
    It's not known if anyone is getting sick from the virus right now, CDC officials said.
    It's also not known if the seasonal flu vaccine that Americans got last fall and early this year protects against this type of virus. People should wash their hands and take other customary precautions, CDC officials said.
     
  2. QuietOne

    QuietOne Monkey++

    Very preliminary info: death rate (with treatment) over 6%.
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    Mexico, April 24 .- The Mexican government confirmed that 1,004 reported cases so far with the infection of influenza virus and 68 deaths.

    Health Secretary Jose Angel Cordova Villalobos, said that for this reason suspending classes in all schools in the Mexican territory until further notice, pending a declaration of unemployment, since so far only those who are infected should be treated health centers, and will be a widespread distribution of items such as prevention mask.

    At a press conference, the Secretary of Health said that as a measure of government support is extended until May 31 the deadline for filing tax returns for individuals that are due on April 30.

    Clarified that the 68 deaths, 20 are found to have occurred due to influenza virus type and pig mutual Eurasian that was transported by an individual who traveled to that region.

    He explained that it is similar to a virus that attacked in 1976 in the state of Wisconsin in United States, but that did not spread to cause a pandemic.

    It also clarified that there is no vaccine for this type of germ and the World Health Organization has declared that no quarantine for foreigners traveling to Mexico. (Gerardo Flores/MCH)
     
  3. QuietOne

    QuietOne Monkey++

  4. dragonfly

    dragonfly Monkey+++

    Due and owing to the fact that I live in Phoenix, Arizona...
    WE have had some cases here already, whether they have been reported in the news media or not!
    In fact, where my wife wrks @ Honeywell, there are quite a few illegals working there and she informed me late last night, early this am, theyare showing signs of flu like symptroms as well.
    Now, where I live is also a hot bed/ breeding ground.....
    There are 95% illegals here and 6-7 caucasians, out of 95 mobile homes in this park.
    They travel frequently to and from Mexico, some weekly.
    It appears that my wife already has the flu, and we are not sure whether or not it is the one in the news.
    The odds are 90-1 it is.
     
  5. Tango3

    Tango3 Aimless wanderer

    flu fest...

    Programming note:

    Alex Jones is doing a 2hour doom fest on the mexican flu epidemic,on infowars audio( started 8pm cst)
    he's got folks in mexico city and san antonio calling in...
    claims 68 confirmed dead is really 200+ (per mexican doctors in a bbc report):shock:[coffee2][coffee2]doom doom doom there isn't enough robitussin in the conus... (not funny , folks are dieing rapidly with this stuff).Mexican authorities are supposedly locking down northermexican states.
     
  6. Minuteman

    Minuteman Chaplain Moderator Founding Member

    Re: flu fest...

    Captain Tripps is on the loose!
     
  7. Tango3

    Tango3 Aimless wanderer

    Re: flu fest...

    Captain Trips - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    For other uses, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captain_Trips_(disambiguation).

    A form of superflu (Influenza - Wikipedia, it originates in an American Biological warfare laboratory under the Mojave Desert in California commanded by a General William "Billy" Starkey, and is hinted to have been created by breeding a hybrid of influenza and an AIDS -like illness. 99.4% of the human population is vulnerable and the disease is universally and swiftly fatal to those that catch it. Those who are immune to Captain Trips are utterly immune — in one instance, protagonist Stu Redman is unknowingly injected with the virus, only to have his Immune system kill it. No medical basis for this Immunity identified in the research conducted, nor is it discovered why some people have immunity (although it is implied that the survivors are chosen by a higher power). The only evident connection between the immune persons that doctors identify is that all seem to be heavy, vivid Dream.

    Captain Trips is given several other Nickname by survivors, including “the rales,” and “Tube Neck.” “Captain Trips” and “the superflu” are the dominant names. The official Code name - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia of the virus development project was “Project Blue.”

    I haven't read any Steven king...Kinda odd this previously unseen strain has snippets of dna from european swine, other swine and asian bird influenza's Sounds alot like somebody got the biological erector set out...and targeted one of the most densely populated cities in the western world and a sure vector into the u.s.
     
  8. valdeziscoming

    valdeziscoming Monkey++

    Re: flu fest...

    Don't be thrown by the "new" posting name....
    I am 'NOT' a new member by any means, but here under a pseudo address...
    Reason: I'm not stupid.
    I know people that have intel on/from: Ft. Dietrich Md.
    The "bug" boys up there have been awfully busy haven't they?
    It started somtime ago, when I worked on a D.O.D. contract, for the containment seals, to keep those bugs in their jars! ( I did some for the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station as well)
    Then there was an "event", where the US dug up and 'scavenged' bodily remains from 1917-1918 influenza victims, to "play" with that particular virus, that could be "genetically enhanced and modified" into a weapons status.
    This is a test.
    This is ONLY at test!
    Apparently, they decided to "enhance" their super bug, and make it nearly impossible to defend against, as if "THE" virus itself wasn't bad enough.
    So, they came up with a new and improved BUG, that is genetically composed of 4 separate virus'. (read today's JWR's survivalblog.com)
    On a bio-engineering scale, it really was quite a feat, as these virus' ususally destroy each other, leaving only the most virulent left, alive in the "host".
    You may find it quite interesting and mystifying, to discover that "Roche" a pharmaceutical firm, seems to be the ONLY one in the entire world, that claims to have a vaccine.
    Something to consider.
     
  9. Tango3

    Tango3 Aimless wanderer

    Re: flu fest...

    Hmm... Strap on your tin foil boys and gurlz:
    Say you wanted to lock down ( obtain martial control over the us populace without killing the manpower resources contained within). Introducing a violently lethal bug in mexico city with large numbers of fatalities, and then a less virulent orcommon bug up here

    people clamor for locking down interstate travel
    Any time anybody gets a sniffle its panic time
    ("snorfle": you've got it!!)!
    but us cases are (surprisingly) non lethal...
    Fear without U.S. casualties
     
  10. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    Re: flu fest...

    In Mexico, about 70 deaths out of roughly 1,000 cases represents a fatality rate of about 7 percent. The Spanish flu pandemic of 1918-19, which killed an estimated 40 million worldwide, had a fatality rate of about 2.5 percent.
     
  11. Minuteman

    Minuteman Chaplain Moderator Founding Member

    Re: flu fest...

    Swine flu outbreak declared 'public health emergency'
    http://www.latimes.com/features/health/la-fg-mexico-swineflu26-2009apr26,0,389929.story


    Mexico reports 1,300 suspected cases, including as many as 81 deaths, and takes steps to quarantine and forcibly treat patients. The U.S. confirms 11 cases, with eight more suspected.
    By Tracy Wilkinson and Thomas H. Maugh II
    April 26, 2009
    Reporting from Los Angeles and Mexico City -- International officials Saturday declared the swine flu outbreak in Mexico and the U.S. a "public health emergency" as new cases were reported on both sides of the border and fears grew of a possible global epidemic.

    The Mexican government indicated that the outbreak was more severe than originally acknowledged, announcing that more than 1,300 people are believed to have been infected. The virus, which the World Health Organization's top official said had "pandemic potential," is now suspected in the deaths of 81 Mexicans, Health Secretary Jose Angel Cordova said.



    Swine flu outbreak in Mexico11 more suspected swine flu cases in U.S.
    Mexico scrambles to contain swine flu outbreak
    Also Saturday, the Mexican government gave itself extraordinary powers to quarantine and forcibly treat infected people and to search homes and intercept suspected flu sufferers on public transport.

    For many Mexicans, initial alarm over the outbreak was giving way to anger over the health crisis and skepticism about how the government was handling it. Mexico's flu season was intense and people were dying long before the government sounded the alarm Thursday, after a Canadian testing laboratory identified the unique strain, a mix of human, bird and swine flu viruses.



    Mex City Hospital Email - Flu WORSE Than Said
    San Diego County - 'Stay Home If You Feel Sick'
    From Edgar J. Steele
    4-25-9
    http://www.rense.com/general85/mxx.htm

    Ok, folks - Now this is beginning to get serious. The death level in Mexico has ratcheted to over 80, per two-day-old news, and I've just received a report of an outbreak in New York (not in the article below, which is noteworthy for discussing the various alert levels). This would be a good time to go to the store and stock up for a self-quarantine in your home of up to a month or so.

    If this blossoms beyond what already has occurred in California, Texas and, now, New York, I'm pulling up my own drawbridge for the duration.

    If I lived in California or any state bordering Mexico (or metro NY, from which there now is an unsubstantiated outbreak report), I already would be back from the store with my supplies and would have closed the front door for the duration.

    For what it's worth: An hour ago, I received an email purporting to be from a doctor at a Mexico City hospital, who claimed that things there are much worse than being reported, with thousands already infected.
    Maybe this will blow over by early next week or maybe we will see it mushroom.


    The timing is right for an engineered disease pandemic just like what Dick Cheney repeatedly promised for us, not to mention a world war. Mexico is on the verge of collapsing into a 5-drug-cartel ruling junta "government" and the American dollar is on its very last legs. There is an anti-government movement spreading across America (witness today's "Audit the Fed" demonstrations).
     
  12. Minuteman

    Minuteman Chaplain Moderator Founding Member

    Re: flu fest...

    Brings these reports to mind. The "elite" having been promoting a global population reduction for years.

    David Rockefeller Speaks About Population Control.

    "In order to stabilize world population, we must eliminate 350,000 people per day. It is a horrible thing to say, but it is just as bad not to say it."
    - Jacques Cousteau, 1991 UNESCO courier




    “I do not pretend that birth control is the only way in which population can be kept from increasing… War… has hitherto been disappointing in this respect, but perhaps bacteriological war may prove more effective. If a Black Death could be spread throughout the world once in every generation survivors could procreate freely without making the world too full… The state of affairs might be somewhat unpleasant, but what of that? Really high-minded people are indifferent to happiness, especially other people’s… There are three ways of securing a society that shall be stable as regards population. The first is that of birth control, the second that of infanticide or really destructive wars, and the third that of general misery except for a powerful minority…”
    - Bertrand Russell, THE IMPACT OF SCIENCE ON SOCIETY 1953



    "There are some reports, for example, that some countries have been trying to construct something like an Ebola Virus, and that would be a very dangerous phenomenon, to say the least. Alvin Toeffler has written about this in terms of some scientists in their laboratories trying to devise certain types of pathogens that would be ethnic specific so that they could just eliminate certain ethnic groups and races; and others are designing some sort of engineering, some sort of insects that can destroy specific crops. Others are engaging even in an eco- type of terrorism whereby they can alter the climate, set off earthquakes, volcanoes remotely through the use of electromagnetic waves.So there are plenty of ingenious minds out there that are at work finding ways in which they can wreak terror upon other nations. It’s real, and that’s the reason why we have to intensify our efforts, and that’s why this is so important."
    - Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen, April 28, 1997, Testimony before Congressional Committee



    “And advanced forms of biological warfare that can “target” specific genotypes may transform biological warfare from the realm of terror to a politically useful tool.”
    - The Project for a New American Century, Rebuilding America’s Defenses, p. 60




    Rogue Government
    April 6, 2008


    Ted Turner the largest U.S. land owner and wealthy media mogul has stated yet again during a PBS interview with Charlie Rose that the world’s population needs to be reduced. Turner also used the interview as an opportunity to continue the non stop irrational fear mongering of global warming. He stated that if something isn’t done about global warming that people would soon be forced to resort to cannibalism. Turner also stated that he believes that global warming is directly related to the fact that there are too many people on the planet using too much stuff. Therefore, to fight global warming you’d need to have a dramatic reduction in population


    Not saying thi is the case but it's something to think about.
     
  13. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Adventure Riding Monkey Founding Member

    Re: flu fest...

    The single greatest failing of all these high-minded idiots touting "population reduction" is that THEY are always unwilling to "lead by example"...... [dunno]
     
  14. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    Re: flu fest...

    Napolitano is now involved. It misses me, this business of associating public health issues with security.
     
  15. Tango3

    Tango3 Aimless wanderer

    Re: flu fest...

    Fort Detrick disease samples may be missing


    Justin M. Palk
    Frederick News Post
    April 26, 2009
    Army criminal investigators are looking into the possibility that disease samples are missing from biolabs at Fort Detrick.
    As first reported in today’s edition of The Frederick News-Post by columnist Katherine Heerbrandt, the investigators are from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division unit at Fort Meade. Chad Jones, spokesman for Fort Meade, said CID is investigating the possibility of missing virus samples from the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases.
    He said the only other detail he could provide is that the investigation is ongoing.
    Fort Detrick does not have its own CID office, Jones said, which is why Fort Meade’s CID was brought in.


    Fort Detrick disease samples may be missing

    http://www.fredericknewspost.com/sections/news/display.htm?StoryID=89293
     
  16. Tango3

    Tango3 Aimless wanderer

    Re: flu fest...

    [dunno]


    ("NBC") "G" [dunno]
     
  17. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    Re: flu fest...

    Horsefeathers. It's a health issue, nothing more. That calls for (at most) public health screening at national borders, not at the state level like napolitano mentioned on NBC tonight. (Not certain yet, but is being considered by DHS.

    Not to mention the scare factor. Makes me tired.
     
  18. Tango3

    Tango3 Aimless wanderer

  19. Tango3

    Tango3 Aimless wanderer

    Re: flu fest...

    :rolleyes:Omigod you got it !!!![boozingbuddies]
     
  20. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    Re: flu fest...

    Its the same strain that was on the loose in 72 we still here.
     
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