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H1N1 Flu - Swine Flu - Pig Flu

Monday, April 27, 2009

New Zealand swine flu, France swine flu and Israel swine flu cases?

Aside from the confirmed swine flu cases, these are the numbers of suspected swine flu cases in other countries :

13 are suspected in New Zealand,
1 is suspected in France and
1 is susptected in Israel.

WHO raises swine flu alert to Phase 4

The WHO (World Health Organization) raised the swine flu alert level to Phase 4, meaning there is sustained human-to-human transmission of the virus causing outbreaks in at least one country.

This WHO alert system was revised after bird flu in Asia began to spread in 2004, and Monday was the first time it was raised above Phase 3.

Alerts at Phases 4 or 5 = the virus is becoming increasingly adept at spreading among humans. That move could lead governments to set trade, travel and other restrictions aimed at limiting the disease's spread.

Alerts at Phase 6 = pandemic phase, characterized by outbreaks in at least two regions of the world.

I was just on a plane from Hong Kong to Malaysia this morning and saw no one wearing any masks yet... and some passengers who were coughing showed no fear of spreading their "germs" to others in the queue and did not even bother to use a tissue, not to say of a face mask...

What can air travellers do to protect themselved? I'll suggest wearing good respirator masks like the N95 masks from https://www.eonenet.com/sars.htm
- have just ordered for my own 3M masks and will be expecting them to arrive to me in Kuala Lumpur this afternoon.

Swine flu cases Tuesday - april 28, 2009

Swine flu cases has caused the suspected number of deaths rose to 149 in Mexico, with nearly 2,000 people believed to be infected.

The number of swine flu cases in U.S. has doubled to 40. Other U.S. cases have been reported in Ohio, Kansas, Texas and California. Worldwide there were 73 cases, including six in Canada, one in Spain and two in Scotland.

Swine flu numbers updated as of Tuesday, asian time of 2.30pm

Swine flu vs Bird flu differences

A common discussion now is what are the differences between swine flu and bird flu virus?

Swine flu is a type of influenza virus usually found in pigs. The most common version is H1N1, and the current virus causing concern is a new variation of an H1N1 virus.

Swine flu does not typically pass to humans directly, but such transmission can occur. The current swine flu virus is concerning to health experts because it has shown the ability to pass from human to human.

The difference between bird flu and swine flu is that swine flu is less deadly, with a lower proportion of fatalities.

The bird flu virus affects all systems of human body, but the swine virus affects only the respiratory system.

Swine flu affects world economy

Swine flu news updated April 27, 2009 Monday at 9pm

The World Health Organisation has warned that swine flu -- apparently born out of a mix of human and avian flu viruses that infected pigs -- could become a pandemic and called for all nations to "intensify surveillance".

The number of suspected cases in Mexico has reached 1,614, up from 1,324, the health minister said on national television.

How is swine flu / pig flu affecting world economy?

Worldwide stock markets spirals downwards after news of this swine flu epidemic spread.

Airline stocks in particular plunged on worries that governments could impose travel restrictions.

China, Thailand & Russia has banned meat imports from Mexico and the 5 US states.

An official said the US government intends to release a quarter of the national stockpile of 50 million doses of the Tamiflu and Relenza anti-viral drugs.

Swiss pharmaceutical group Roche said it was ready to send out more stocks of Tamiflu, which it manufactures. So we're predicting that pharmaceutical related stocks might benefit from this current swine flu situation.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Swine flu kills 103 people in Mexico

Latest swine flu statistics on Monday : 27 April 2009 at 1pm.

Swine flu death tool as been increased to 103 people in Mexico, with 1614 suspected swine flu cases.

According to CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), World Health Organizatio (WHO), here are the confirmed and suspected cases worldwide as of April 26, 2009 Sunday evening.

Confirmed swine flu cases :-
Canada : 6 cases
USA : 20 Cases

Suspected pig flu cases :-
France : 1 case
Israel : 1 case
New Zealand : 10 cases
Spain : 7 cases

Barrack Obama shook hands with archeologist suspected of swine flu..died 24 hours later

An archeologist, Felipe Solis, who shook Barack Obama's hand in Mexico died the next day from symptoms similar to those of swine flu.

The White House insisted the President's health was not in any danger, but he was said to be taking the threat of an epidemic 'very seriously'.

The President's health advisers were already concerned about his visit south of the border after learning the contagious virus first struck in Mexico City on April 13 - three days prior to Mr Obama flying in to meet Mexican government officials.

Health fears: American President Barack Obama shook hands with Felipe Solis, who died the following day from flu-like symptoms. Mexican health authority, Jose Cordova, however, said Mr Solis was already ill and his death was unrelated to swine flu.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs insisted: ‘The president’s trip to Mexico has not put his health in any danger.’

He added: ‘The incubation period is 24 to 48 hours and we have been back from Mexico for nine days now. The doctors say he was not at risk.’

Saturday, April 25, 2009

How is Swine Flu Spread?

How do you catch swine flu?
Spread of swine flu can occur in 2 ways:
1. Through contact with infected pigs or environments contaminated with swine flu viruses.

2. Through contact with a person with swine flu. Human-to-human spread of swine flu has been documented also and is thought to occur in the same way as seasonal flu. Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people.

Are there medicines to treat swine flu?
Yes. CDC recommends the use of oseltamivir or zanamivir for the treatment and/or prevention of infection with these swine influenza viruses. Antiviral drugs are prescription medicines (pills, liquid or an inhaler) that fight against the flu by keeping flu viruses from reproducing in your body. If you get sick, antiviral drugs can make your illness milder and make you feel better faster. They may also prevent serious flu complications. For treatment, antiviral drugs work best if started soon after getting sick (within 2 days of symptoms).

How long can an infected person spread swine flu to others?
People with swine influenza virus infection should be considered potentially contagious as long as they are symptomatic and possible for up to 7 days following illness onset. Children, especially younger children, might potentially be contagious for longer periods.

What can I do to protect myself from getting sick?
There is no vaccine available right now to protect against swine flu. There are everyday actions that can help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses like influenza. Take these everyday steps to protect your health:
a. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
b. Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
c. Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
d. Wear flu masks like those USA made health masks at http://www.2sars.com/

If you get sick with influenza, CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.

What should I do if I get sick?
If you live in San Diego County or Imperial County California or Guadalupe County, Texas and become ill with influenza-like symptoms, including fever, body aches, runny nose, sore throat, nausea, or vomiting or diarrhea, you may want to contact their health care provider, particularly if you are worried about your symptoms. Your health care provider will determine whether influenza testing or treatment is needed.

If you are sick, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people as much as possible to keep from spreading your illness to others.

If you become ill and experience any of the following warning signs, seek emergency medical care.

In children, pig flu emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:
* Fast breathing or trouble breathing
* Bluish skin color
* Not drinking enough fluids
* Not waking up or not interacting
* Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
* Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
* Fever with a rash

In adults, swine flu emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:
* Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
* Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
* Sudden dizziness
* Confusion
* Severe or persistent vomiting

What is swine influenza?

What is swine flu?

Swine Influenza (swine flu) is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A influenza viruses. Outbreaks of swine flu happen regularly in pigs. People do not normally get swine flu, but human infections can and do happen. Most commonly, human cases of swine flu happen in people who are around pigs but it’s possible for swine flu viruses to spread from person to person also.

Are there human infections with swine flu in the U.S.?
In late March and early April 2009, cases of human infection with swine influenza A (H1N1) viruses were first reported in Southern California and near San Antonio, Texas. CDC and local and state health agencies are working together to investigate this situation.

Is this swine flu virus contagious?
Center for Disease Control and Prevention has determined that this virus is contagious and is spreading from human to human. However, at this time, it not known how easily the virus spreads between people.

What are the signs and symptoms of swine flu in people?
The symptoms of swine flu in people are similar to the symptoms of regular human flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting associated with swine flu. In the past, severe illness (pneumonia and respiratory failure) and deaths have been reported with swine flu infection in people. Like seasonal flu, swine flu may cause a worsening of underlying chronic medical conditions.

How serious is swine flu infection?
Like seasonal flu, swine flu in humans can vary in severity from mild to severe. Between 2005 until January 2009, 12 human cases of swine flu were detected in the U.S. with no deaths occurring. However, swine flu infection can be serious. In September 1988, a previously healthy 32-year-old pregnant woman in Wisconsin was hospitalized for pneumonia after being infected with swine flu and died 8 days later. A swine flu outbreak in Fort Dix, New Jersey occurred in 1976 that caused more than 200 cases with serious illness in several people and one death.

Human Swine Influenza Investigation

Human cases of swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection have been identified in the U.S. in San Diego County and Imperial County, California as well as in San Antonio, Texas. Internationally, human cases of swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection have been identified in Mexico.

U.S. Human Cases of Swine Flu Infection
State # of laboratory confirmed cases
California 7 cases
Texas 2 cases
Kansas 2 cases
TOTAL COUNT 11 cases
International Human Cases of Swine Flu Infection

As of April 25th, 2009 7:30 p.m. EDT

Swine Influenza (Flu)

Swine Influenza (swine flu) is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A influenza that regularly cause outbreaks of influenza among pigs. Swine flu viruses do not normally infect humans, however, human infections with swine flu do occur, and cases of human-to-human spread of swine flu viruses has been documented.

From December 2005 through February 2009, a total of 12 human infections with swine influenza were reported from 10 states in the United States. Since March 2009, a number of confirmed human cases of a new strain of swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection in California, Texas, and Mexico have been identified.

Source : Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu

Mexico outbreak of Swine Flu

Swine Flu, or also known as the pig flu has affected more than 1,000 cases in Mexico, where President Felipe Calderon yesterday declared an emergency. Mexico has closed schools and suspended public events to avoid large crowds where the swine virus might spread.

The Atlanta-based agency of U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has confirmed 11 cases of swine flu in USA reported as of April 25, 2009. These 11 mild swine flu cases were reported in California, Kansas & Texas, while at least 8 students in New York are being tested for whether they match the Mexico strain, health officials stated.

The World Health Organization called the swine flu outbreak a “public health emergency of international concern”, and as many as 81 deaths in Mexico were linked to the virus, normally transmitted among pigs.