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Is anyone concerned about Swine Flu?

submitted on April 27, 2009 by MrCheap in "Member's Lounge"


WHO raises pandemic threat level for swine flu after death toll in Mexico nears 150

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/swine-flu

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  • 23196
    overaged
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    Posted by overaged on April 27, 2009
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    I'm not that concerned about it right now since it is not wide-spread here in the US yet.

    The deaths from this have been in Mexico and not the US.

    I don't know much about this virus as I haven't read-up on it much other than the article you just provided.

    The US is pretty cautious about these things though and I'm sure if became more wide spread borders and schools would be closed as precautionary measures.
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    MikeG
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    Posted by MikeG on April 27, 2009 [reply] 0 0
    Here are some good articles I've found..

    Why does the swine flu seem to be more deadly in Mexico?
    http://www.slate.com/id/2217019/

    What you need to know about the fast-changing swine flu crisis...
    http://www.latimes.com/feature.....ory?page=1

    And of course you can go the source:
    http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/
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    Posted by lprjohnny on April 27, 2009 [reply] 0 0
    I have concerns. Especially for my family that lives near the border in California. Yeah, the surgical masks that I submitted recently are sure gonna come in handy if need.

    Peace-

    Johnny
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    lprjohnny
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    Posted by lprjohnny on April 27, 2009 [reply] 0 0
    needed.
  • 23220
    MrCheap
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    Posted by MrCheap on April 28, 2009
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    Q: Is swine flu treatable?

    A: Yes, with the flu drugs Tamiflu or Relenza, but not with two older flu medications.


    I am curious what is the treatment success rate and why people die in Mexico. Do they not have the needed medicine?
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    phunkeey
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    Posted by phunkeey on April 28, 2009
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    llocomotive
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    Posted by llocomotive on April 29, 2009 [reply] 0 0
    Am totally freaking out now

    (Homeland security chief says swine flu now in four more states, with 91 cases now confirmed @ 11.22 am , 4/29/2009)
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    lprjohnny
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    Posted by lprjohnny on April 29, 2009 [reply] 0 0
    Now it is 10 states. My state just got confirmation of 1 person. This is freaky.
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    • MikeG
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      Posted by MikeG on April 29, 2009 [reply] 0 0
      If it makes you feel better, 20,000+ people die in the US from the good old flu every year.
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    • YanBz
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      Posted by YanBz on April 29, 2009 [reply] 0 0
      I hope I am wrong but if things go the way they are we may see 20,000+ in a few weeks and it will keep growing exponentially
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    • phunkeey
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      Posted by phunkeey on April 29, 2009 [reply] 0 0
      To feel worse read about the Hong Kong Flu epidemic of 1968-1969 which killed 1 million people worldwide including 33,800 here in the U.S.: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H.....68-1969.29

      And don't forget to read Stephen King's The Stand in which most of the world was wiped out by a strain of flu developed by the military: http://www.amazon.com/Stand-Ex.....820&sr=8-1
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    • MikeG
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      Posted by MikeG on April 29, 2009 [reply] 0 0
      "I hope I am wrong but if things go the way they are we may see 20,000+ in a few weeks and it will keep growing exponentially"


      It's already leveled off in Mexico, lets hope that doesn't happen here.

      To feel worse read about the Hong Kong Flu epidemic of 1968-1969 which killed 1 million people worldwide including 33,800 here in the U.S.: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H.....68-1969.29


      I'm not trying to be shallow here, but to put things in perspective... Over a half million people die of cancer every year just in the USA.

      Luckily, we are at the end of our flu season here too..
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    • llocomotive
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      Posted by llocomotive on April 29, 2009 [reply] 0 0
      20000+ in a year die of FLU ...? really? thats a large number of people given the amount of medication available for common flu
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    • MikeG
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      Posted by MikeG on April 29, 2009 [reply] 0 0
      It's actually a bit higher if you count flu related illnesses..


      The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccination each year.

      Every year in the United States, on average:

      * 5% to 20% of the population gets the flu;
      * more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu-related complications; and
      * about 36,000 people die from flu-related causes.

      Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease), are at high risk for serious flu complications.


      http://www.cdc.gov/flu/keyfacts.htm
  • 23371
    phunkeey
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    Posted by phunkeey on April 29, 2009 [reply] 0 0
    This will scare the crap out of you:

    http://healthmap.org/swineflu
  • 23372
    phunkeey
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    Posted by phunkeey on April 29, 2009 [reply] 0 0
    On the bright side, swine flu is causing the price of oil to drop:

    http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/.....=australia
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    overaged
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    Posted by overaged on April 29, 2009
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    that makes me feel a lot better mike. LOL
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    Posted by overaged on April 29, 2009
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    it was on the news last night that this virus has hit close to me in the san juaquin valley.

    I don't venture out much since theres nothing to do where i live so I'm not worried that i'm gonna catch it this way.

    My concern is with my son who is still in school and with kids and other adults all day long will catch it and bring it home. then we'll both die or get really ill.
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    Posted by steve_05 on April 29, 2009 [reply] 0 0
    Probable swine flu cases in Illinois are spreading quickly
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    overaged
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    Posted by overaged on April 29, 2009
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    watching news right now and we're on stage 5 out of 6. real close to being declared a pandemic.

    obama is reluctant to close borders right now.

    Verified cases in 11 states so far.

    Anyone know what happens if a pandemic is declared? Is that when schools/borders are closed?
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    • MikeG
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      Posted by MikeG on April 29, 2009 [reply] 0 0
      A level 6 pandemic simply means it's in 2 different WHO regions. It's more of a geographic thing.

      http://www.who.int/csr/disease.....index.html
      Phase 6, the pandemic phase, is characterized by community level outbreaks in at least one other country in a different WHO region in addition to the criteria defined in Phase 5. Designation of this phase will indicate that a global pandemic is under way.


      It's too late to close boarders at this point.. cats out of the bag... But most of us here in the good old USA will be in great shape.. it's the third world countries that will suffer the most in a pandemic.
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    steve_05
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    Posted by steve_05 on April 29, 2009 [reply] 0 0
    One flu victim says 'it's not so terrible'
    April 29, 2009 8:56 PM | No Comments | UPDATED STORY
    Among the Chicago cases of probable swine flu was Michael H., 20, a political science major at Loyola University Chicago in Rogers Park.

    He spoke today from where he is recovering at his parents' St. Louis home.

    On Saturday, he said he thought he had allergies. On Sunday, he woke up with body aches. By Sunday night, his fever was so high his dorm roommates were icing him down.

    On Monday, he visited the campus clinic and was packed off to an emergency room, then to quarantine, and then back to his parents' home.

    "I could hardly move. It was a chore to get out of bed. I felt absolutely terrible," Hairsine said from his parents' home. "I feel like it still is the flu, but it's not so terrible that people should be freaking out the way they are."

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