Thursday, April 30, 2009

Swine Flu Update 4.30.09 Update

Okay So here is today's Update:
More than a 100 confirmed cases in over 11 states, and there is more News Below.Okay so the Hog People don't want it called Swine Flu....well , the Fact is that the Feces from a Large Smithfield Farm, US Owned that slaughters over a million pigs a year in Vera Cruz Mexico is being examined and tested for SWINE flu....And there are concerns that the Excrement are part of the Chain of the Outbreak. Scientists are trying to determine if it is actual exposure to the Feces or if flies are involved in the process.Lab samples have been sent to the University of New Mexico. Now let's be real about this, from a hygiene standpoint Feces and fecal matter present health threats, whether it be Hepatitis or CMV or other organisms.....So it is scientifically relevant. I can only hope that all the workers in that little village are being tested and their work practices examined. The Nature Network Link below has more on the Farm and the photos of a less than hygenic facility.

Arizona 1 California 14 Indiana 1 Kansas 2 Massachusetts 2 Michigan 1 Nevada 1
New York 50 Ohio 1 South Carolina 10 Texas 26 and 1 death, by 11PM, it was up to 18 states, and as far as National news reported 7 hospitalized. ( CDC should report hospitalized numbers as part of incidence rate).
Really Interesting Post explaining Historical Information, and also explains about Large Pork Farms, and explains more about the Smithfield Farm issue. Nature Network is a forum of Scientists that is very interesting and thoughtful.
LA Times has latest tally an information.114 Confirmed cases, and atleast 28 possibles, and new testing ongoing- so results take a few days.
And atleast now Migrants are being educated about it, which is wise since many are day travelers to Mexico, or have family there.
Presidential Aide possible contracted Swine Flu when planning trip for Energy Secretary Steven Chu. He and his family are being checked.
WASHINGTON ( huffpo) — "A security aide helping with arrangements during President Barack Obama's recent trip to Mexico became sick with flu-like symptoms and three members of his family later contracted probable swine flu, the White House said Thursday.The disclosure from press secretary Robert Gibbs comes days after the White House played down risks to the U.S. delegation on the two-day trip that started April 16. Gibbs remained steadfast that the president was never at risk of contracting the flu, which has quickly spread across the globe.The employee, who was not named by the White House, is an aide to Energy Secretary Steven Chu and helped plan the Mexico trip."This individual never flew on Air Force One," Gibbs said. "He was asked specifically if he ever came within 6 feet of the president and the answer to that was no."The aide arrived in Mexico on April 13, Gibbs said, and became ill on April 16. He developed a fever on April 17, the day Obama left Mexico for the Summit of the Americas in Trinidad and Tobago. The person in question flew back commercially to Dulles on a United flight on April 18; Gibbs had no details yet on whether people on that flight have been notified."
The Latest from Washington State has 6 possible Cases, one a pediatrician that treated children. The one possible Spokane cases now can not be located. Seattle PI has more on the situation for the state.
CDC Swine Flu Website
Dr.Besser of CDC talking about Latest news on AM Shows.
Guardian Swine Page
Travel Precautions for people that have to Fly.
Readers Questions answered NYT- thorough,smartly done.
Later this evening I am setting up a blog just for the Swine Flu, as I am still trying to determine it's path, it's level of seriousness and the Facts.....stay tuned.

1 comment:

enigma4ever said...

So I checked the Pandemic plan for Ohio...because I was curious....

This was on the page explaining flu:::

Influenza, commonly called “the flu,” is caused by the influenza virus, which infects the
respiratory tract (nose, throat, lungs). Influenza viruses cause annual epidemics as well as the
rare pandemic because they have the ability to change genetically. Unlike many other viral
respiratory infections, such as the common cold, the flu causes severe illness and life-
threatening complications in many people. In the United States, the flu season usually occurs
between October and April. Every year in the United States, on average, 5 percent to 20
percent of the population gets the flu, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu
complications and about 36,000 people die from flu.

The flu is easily spread through personal contact. People with impaired immune systems,
chronic medical problems or those who are elderly are more susceptible to contracting the flu.
Infection occurs through exposure to the upper respiratory fluids (droplets from coughing or
sneezing, for example) of an infected person. Influenza is one of the most highly contagious of
diseases that humans encounter today. "

it clearly shows that people at risk die of complications- not of the actual flu...

and it also implies that healthy population not normally at risk of flu...

when they say complications they mean pneumonia ?