We might have a new swine flu on our hands – they are calling it swine flu 2012.
Swine influenza — it’s all over the media. What is it? What can I do? And how worried should I be? These are the questions I ask myself, especially as a mother. At some level, we all know that becoming laden with fear does not help.
So let’s take action where we can . Watch out where obligatory and get the pertinent information we need . Let us first define swine flu. The name itself is horrid — a visible image of filthy pigs reveling in murky muck.
And that image isn’t too far off from its origins. So maybe the swine aren’t bathing in muddy waters but this sort of flu is a catching respiratory pathogen that affects pigs. So why is it spreading to more humans now? Continue reading Swine Flu – Symptoms And Prevention | From a Mother
The National Geographic has reported that the swine flu or H1N1 virus has had all of 2010 to hide out in pigs, possible genetically mutating, getting ready to make another run at the human population.
Tests reveal that swine in a Hong Kong slaughterhouse are actively carrying influenza viruses containing the same gene segments that the deadly H1N1 strain carried in 2009. Continue reading Swine Flu 2010
The widely-circulating swine flu virus may be a lot more dangerous than people have so far been told: It appears to resemble the 1918 pandemic virus in the fact that it is capable of embedding itself deep in lung tissue and causing deadly infections. This is very different from the more common “seasonal flu” which does not replicate in the lungs. Continue reading H1N1 – What about next year?
while people over 52 do have some immunity.
6 to 24 year olds are in the top five priority groups who will receive the first administrations of an H1N1 vaccine.
Young people have no immunity to the virus. Continue reading Young people have less immunity to H1N1
University of Colorado at Boulder Responds to H1N1 Flu Virus
The university has identified 50 probable H1N1 cases among CU-Boulder students based on their test results for Influenza A. The students live in both on and off-campus residences.
CU-Boulder is working with the Boulder County Health Department to keep track of the number of Influenza A cases that are both confirmed and suspected but only the state of Colorado can test for H1N1, and then only after a person has been hospitalized. CU-Boulder is taking precautions based on the possibility that the Influenza A cases may be H1N1.
Health officials are expressing concerns about California’s preparedness for the upcoming flu season, in which an already strained healthcare system will have to cope with seasonal influenza as well as the swine flu.
The California Department of Public Health on Thursday warned that as many as one in four Californians may be sickened this year by swine flu, officially known as the H1N1 strain.
Truth or consequences?
The scores of people who have so far around the world were killed by a strange virus that has bits of genetic material from swine flu, avian flu and human flu, consisting of an intercontinental mix of viruses from North America, Europe and Asia.
Scientists said the virus combines genetic material from pigs, birds and humans in a way researchers have not seen before. The official view states that despite mutations which are considered normal, viruses ‘rarely’ pass from one species of animal to another. So how could this swine flu manage to traverse the boundaries of humans, birds and pigs all by itself?
“We are very, very concerned,” World Health Organization spokesman Thomas Abraham said. “We have what appears to be a novel virus and it has spread from human to human,” he said. Flu DNA does mix but such an unusual combination does raise the likelihood that it is an artificial virus—perhaps derived from the Baxter vaccine, released only weeks before.
Flu drugs ‘unhelpful’ in children- The lastest from Great Britain
Search has cast doubt on the policy of giving antiviral drugs to children for swine flu.
On July 22, the federal government announced that the first clinical trials for the Swine Flu are set to start. The trials are being sped up in a race against the autumn resurgence of the swine flu. They will be managed by eight hospital and medical organizations that have traditionally tested experimental vaccines. Baylor College [...]
Is the latest flu scare actually a hoax? Is is NO PIG DEAL! About 36,000 people die from the regular flu every year. Well lets do the math for Mexico City: 1. Numbers. The greater Mexico City Metropolitan area has a population of 22 million people according to Wikipedia. Many millions of them live in [...]