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SWINE FLU: Only 7 Swine Deaths Around World - Not 152 - Says WHO

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« Reply #15 on: April 26, 2009, 07:38:34 am »

                                                       Mexico flu sparks worldwide fear 

April 26, 2009
Mexico has ramped up its containment efforts. 

Mexican authorities have taken drastic measures to contain a new strain of the swine flu virus that has killed 81 and prompted fears of a global pandemic.

People are being urged to stay at home and maintain strict personal hygiene. Many schools, public buildings, bars and restaurants have been closed.

Non-fatal cases have been confirmed in the US and are likely in New Zealand.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed that at least some of the cases are a new strain of the virus.


Swine flu is a respiratory disease found in pigs

Human cases usually occur in those who have contact with pigs

Human-to-human transmission is rare and such cases are closely monitored

UK monitoring swine flu outbreak 

H1N1 is the same strain that causes seasonal flu outbreaks in humans,

but the newly detected version contains genetic material from versions of flu

which usually affect pigs and birds.

The respiratory virus - which infects pigs but only sporadically humans - is spread mainly through coughs and sneezes.

The WHO has warned the virus has the potential to become a pandemic.

Several countries in Asia and Latin America have begun screening airport passengers for symptoms.
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« Reply #16 on: April 26, 2009, 07:42:52 am »

Suspected outbreaks

Although all of the deaths so far have been in Mexico, the flu is spreading in the United States and suspected cases have been detected elsewhere:

Susan Watts, BBC Science editor :

"The next few days and weeks will be crucial."

One possibly hopeful sign is that of the eight cases in the US there has been only one hospitalisation, and no deaths.

So it may turn out that there is some other kind of infection at work in Mexico, as well as the new flu virus.

Eleven confirmed infections in the US

In addition, eight suspected cases are being investigated at a New York City high school where about 200 students fell mildly ill with flu-like symptoms

Ten New Zealand students are among a group which travelled to Mexico have tested positive for influenza A - making it "likely", though not definite, that they are infected with swine flu, said Health Minister Tony Ryall

In France, a top health official told Le Parisien newspaper there were unconfirmed suspicions that two individuals who had just returned from Mexico may be carrying the virus

In Israel, medics are testing a 26-year-old man who has been taken to hospital with flu-like symptoms after returning from a trip to Mexico

But a UK hospital conducting tests for swine flu on a British Airways cabin crew member said the tests proved negative.
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« Reply #17 on: April 26, 2009, 07:46:52 am »

Mexico shutdown

The Mexican government, which has faced criticism for what some see as a slow reaction to this
outbreak, is now taking an increasingly hard line to try to contain the virus, says the BBC's
Stephen Gibbs in Mexico City.

Public buildings have been closed and hundreds of public events suspended.

Schools in and around Mexico City have been closed until 6 May, and some 70% of bars and
restaurants in the capital have been temporarily closed.

"It's eerily quiet here in the capital.
Lots of people with masks"

BBC reader Dr Duncan Wood, Mexico City

People are being strongly urged to avoid shaking hands, and the US embassy has advised visitors
to the country to keep at least six feet (1.8m) from other people.

Mexico's Health Secretary, Jose Cordova, said a total of 1,324 people had been admitted to hospital with suspected symptoms since 13 April and were being tested for the virus.

"In that same period, 81 deaths were recorded probably linked to the virus but only in 20 cases we
have the laboratory tests to confirm it," he said.

Mexico's President Felipe Calderon has announced emergency measures to deal with the situation.

They include powers to isolate individuals suspected of having the virus without fear of legal repercussions.

In Mexico, face masks are handed out, while the head of the WHO voices concern
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« Reply #18 on: April 26, 2009, 07:50:30 am »

'International concern'

In the US, seven people in California, two people in Texas, and two people in Kansas have been
infected with the new strain.

In New York, city health commissioner Dr Thomas Frieden said preliminary tests conducted on the
ailing students showed they were possible cases of swine flu.

Further tests will clarify if it was the same strain that was detected in the other three states.

Following a meeting of its emergency committee on Saturday, the WHO said the virus had the
potential to become a pandemic but it was too early to say whether that would happen.


The Spanish flu pandemic remains the most devastating outbreak of modern times - infecting
up to 40% of the world's population and killing more than 50m people, with young adults parti-
cularly badly affected

Asian flu killed two million people. Caused by a human form of the virus, H2N2, combining
with a mutated strain found in wild ducks. The elderly were particularly vulnerable

An outbreak first detected in Hong Kong, and caused by a strain known as H3N2, killed up to
one million people globally, with those over 65 most likely to die

WHO Director General Margaret Chan said recent events constituted "a public health emergency
of international concern" and that countries needed to co-operate in heightening surveillance.

The WHO is advising all countries to be vigilant for seasonally unusual flu or pneumonia-like symptoms among their populations - particularly among young healthy adults, a characteristic of past pandemics.

Officials said most of those killed so far in Mexico were young adults - rather than more vulnerable children and the elderly.

There is currently no vaccine for the new strain but severe cases can be treated with antiviral medication.

It is unclear how effective currently available flu vaccines would be at offering protection against the new strain, as it is genetically distinct from other flu strains.
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« Reply #19 on: April 26, 2009, 07:54:11 am »

                                    Mexico on edge as reports of swine flu cases climb

Mark Stevenson,
Associated Press Writer
April 26, 2009

– A new strain of swine flu has this metropolis of 20 million people increasingly fearful as suspected flu deaths grow, and world health officials warn that Mexico City could be at the epicenter of a global epidemic.

Everything from concerts to sports matches and church services were canceled Sunday to keep people from congregating and spreading the virus in large crowds.

President Felipe Calderon assumed new powers to isolate people infected with a deadly swine flu strain that Mexico's health minister says has killed up to 81 people and likely sickened 1,324 since April 13.

Mexican soldiers and health workers patrolled airports and bus stations, looking for people showing symptoms, which include a fever of more than 100 degrees, body aches, coughing, a sore throat, respiratory congestion and, in some cases, vomiting and diarrhea.

Markets and restaurants were nearly empty. And throngs of Mexicans — some with just a fever — rushed to hospitals.

Mexico appears to have lost valuable days or weeks in detecting the new flu strain, a combination of pig, bird and human viruses that humans may have no natural immunity to. Health officials have found cases in 16 Mexican states. Two dozen new suspected cases were reported in the capital on Saturday alone.

Eleven cases of swine flu were confirmed in California, Texas and Kansas, with more suspected in New York City.

The World Health Organization on Saturday asked all countries to step up reporting and surveillance of the disease, as airports around the world were screening travelers from Mexico for flu symptoms.

On Sunday, New Zealand reported that 10 students "likely" have swine flu after a school trip to Mexico, though Health Minister Tony Ryall said none of the students was seriously ill and there was no guarantee they had swine flu. Israel's Health Ministry said there is one suspected case in that country and France is investigating two possible cases.

WHO Director-General Margaret Chan said the outbreak of the never-before-seen virus has "pandemic potential." But she said it is still too early to tell if it would become a pandemic.

WHO guidance calls for isolating the sick and blanketing everyone around them with anti-viral drugs such as Tamiflu. Too many patients have been identified in Mexico's teeming capital for such a solution now. But some pandemic flu experts say it's also too late to contain the disease to Mexico and the United States.

"Anything that would be about containing it right now would purely be a political move," said Michael Osterholm at the University of Minnesota.

Mexican authorities ordered schools closed in the capital and the states of Mexico and San Luis Potosi until May 6, and the Roman Catholic Church announced the cancellation of Sunday masses in the capital.
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« Reply #20 on: April 26, 2009, 07:56:26 am »

A team from the Centers for Disease Control had arrived in Mexico to help set up detection testing
for the swine flu strain, something Mexico previously lacked.

Health authorities started noticing a threefold spike in flu cases in late March and early April, but
they thought it was a late rebound in the December-February flu season.

Testing at domestic labs did not alert doctors to the new strain. Health Secretary Jose Cordova acknowledged Mexican labs lacked the necessary profiling data to detect the previously unknown

The first death occurred in southern Oaxaca state on April 13, but Mexico didn't send the first of 14 mucous samples to the CDC until April 18, around the same time it dispatched health teams to
hospitals looking for patients with severe flu or pnuemonia-like symptoms.

Those teams noticed something strange: The flu was killing people aged 20 to 40. Flu victims are
usually either infants or the elderly. The Spanish flu pandemic, which killed at least 40 million people worldwide in 1918-19, also first struck otherwise healthy young adults.

Even though U.S. labs detected the swine flu in California and Texas before last weekend, Mexican authorities as recently as Wednesday were referring to it as a late-season flu.

But mid-afternoon Thursday, Mexico City Health Secretary Dr. Armando Ahued said, officials got a call "from the United States and Canada, the most important laboratories in the field, telling us this
was a new virus."

Asked why there were so many deaths in Mexico, and none so far among the U.S. cases, Cordova
noted that the U.S. cases involved children — who haven't been among the fatal cases in Mexico, either.

"There are immune factors that are giving children some sort of defense, that is the only explanation
we have," he said.

Another factor may be that some Mexican patients may have delayed seeking medical help too long, Cordova said.

Others are forced to work and leave their homes despite health concerns.

Wearing two dirty, blue surgical masks she says she found and a heavy coat, Daniela Briseno swept garbage early Sunday morning from the streets in Mexico City.

"This chill air must be doing me harm. I should be at home but I have a family to support," the 31-
year-old said.

Scientists have warned for years about the potential for a pandemic from viruses that mix genetic material from humans and animals.

A "seed stock" genetically matched to the new swine flu virus has been created by the CDC, said
Dr. Richard Besser, the agency's acting director. If the government decides vaccine production is necessary, manufacturers would need that stock to get started.


Associated Press Writers

David Koop
in Mexico City;

Frank Jordans
in Geneva;

Mike Stobbe
in Atlanta;

Malcolm Ritter
in New York; and

Maria Cheng
in London

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« Reply #21 on: April 26, 2009, 08:02:14 am »

                                    WHO declares international concern over swine flu

Frank Jordans,
Associated Press Writer
Sat Apr 25, 2009

– The World Health Organization warned countries around the world Saturday to be on alert for any unusual flu outbreaks after a unique new swine flu virus was implicated in possibly dozens of human deaths in North America.

WHO Director-General Margaret Chan said the outbreak in Mexico and the United States constituted a "public health emergency of international concern."

The decision means countries around the world will be asked to step up reporting and surveillance
the disease, which she said had "pandemic potential" because it is an animal virus strain infecting people. But the agency cannot at this stage say "whether or not it will indeed cause a pandemic,"
she added.

Chan made the decision to declare public health emergency of international concern after consulting with influenza experts from around the world. The emergency committee was called together Satur-
day for the first time since it was created in 2007.

In theory, WHO could now recommend travel advisories, trade restrictions or border closures, none
of which would be binding. So far it has refrained from doing so.

The agency also held off raising its pandemic alert level, citing the need for more information.

Earlier, Chan told reporters that "it would be prudent for health officials within countries to be alert
to outbreaks of influenza-like illness or pneumonia, especially if these occur in months outside the
usual peak influenza season."

"Another important signal is excess cases of severe or fatal flu-like illness in groups other than
young children and the elderly, who are usually at highest risk during normal seasonal flu," she said.

Several Latin American and Asian countries have already started surveillance or screening at airports and other points of entry.

At least 62 people have died from severe pneumonia caused by a flu-like illness in Mexico, WHO says. Some of those who died are confirmed to have a unique flu type that is a combination of bird, pig and human viruses. The virus is genetically identical to one found in California.

U.S. authorities said eight people were infected with swine flu in California and Texas, and all recovered.

So far, no other countries have reported suspicious cases, according to WHO.

But the French government said suspected cases are likely to occur in the coming days because of global air travel. A French government crisis group began operating Saturday. The government has already closed the French school in Mexico City and provided French citizens there with detailed instructions on precautions.

Chilean authorities ordered a sanitary alert that included airport screening of passengers arriving
from Mexico. No cases of the disease have been reported so far in the country, Deputy Health
Minister Jeanette Vega said, but those showing symptoms will be sent to a hospital for tests.

In Peru, authorities will monitor travelers arriving from Mexico and the U.S. and people with flu-like symptoms will be evaluated by health teams, Peru's Health Ministry said.

Brazil will "intensify its health surveillance in all points of entry into the country," the Health Ministry's National Health Surveillance Agency said in a statement. Measures will also be put in place to inspect cargo and luggage, and to clean and disinfect aircraft and ships at ports of entry.

Some Asian nations enforced checks Saturday on passengers from Mexico.

Japan's biggest international airport stepped up health surveillance, while the Philippines said it may quarantine passengers with fevers who have been to Mexico. Health authorities in Thailand and Hong Kong said they were closely monitoring the situation.

Asia has fresh memories of an outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, which hit countries across the region and severely crippled global air travel.

Indonesia, China, Thailand, Vietnam and other countries have also seen a number of human deaths
from H5N1 bird flu, the virus that researchers have until now fingered as the most likely cause of a future pandemic.

The Dutch government's Institute for Public Health and Environment has advised any traveler who returned from Mexico since April 17 and develops a fever over 101.3 degrees Fahrenheit (38.5 Celsius) within four days of arriving in the Netherlands to stay at home.

The Polish Foreign Ministry has issued a statement that recommends that Poles postpone any travel plans to regions where the outbreak has occurred until it is totally contained.

The Stockholm-based European Center for Disease Prevention and Control said earlier Saturday it
shared the concerns about the swine flu cases and stood ready to lend support in any way possible.


Associated Press Writer

Maria Cheng
in London, and

AP writers around the world
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                                   CDC Readies Vaccine in Case of Swine Flu Pandemic

Alice Park
– Sun Apr 26, 2009

Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) acknowledged on Friday that "concern has grown" since the first reports of a novel swine flu infecting patients in Texas and California emerged late March.

Dr. Richard Besser, acting director of the agency, said health officials are closely tracking the spread of the swine flu, after additional cases of flu and some deaths were reported in Mexico. Preliminary testing of flu viruses in patients in Mexico and the U.S. show that the strains are similar. Of the 14 samples of suspected swine flu from Mexico that the CDC has tested so far, half are positive for swine flu, a form of influenza that normally infects pigs and can be transmitted to people. (See pictures of the world's most polluted places.)

So far, eight residents of San Diego and Imperial counties in California, and San Antonio, Texas, have tested positive for the new swine flu strain - an as yet unseen combination of swine flu, bird flu and human influenza viruses. There have been no deaths in the U.S. associated with the virus; so far the infections, which cause typical flu-like symptoms, are being controlled with antiviral medications, and only one patient has required hospitalization.

Besser says it's too early to raise alarms about a pandemic flu, but officials are watching the new virus closely and aggressively, since the geographic distance between the infected patients suggests that it can be transmitted easily from person to person (apparently none of the patients had come into contact with pigs). The CDC is working with the World Health Organization to keep track of any additional cases to determine whether and when a warning of a pandemic would be warranted. In preparation for such a scenario, the CDC has created a seed stock of a vaccine against the swine flu, which could be pushed into production should the number of cases jump significantly. The CDC did not specify what the threshold for vaccine production would be.

In the meantime, the government has not restricted travel to Mexico, California or Texas, but has issued an outbreak notice to inform travelers to those areas that cases of a contagious respiratory illness have been reported. In the affected regions, the CDC is recommending that doctors test samples from people complaining of flu-like symptoms to determine if they are infected with the new swine flu strain.

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« Reply #23 on: April 26, 2009, 08:53:40 am »

                                   Mexico Takes Powers to Isolate Cases of Swine Flu

The New York Times
April 25, 2009

— This sprawling capital was on edge Saturday as jittery residents ventured out wearing surgical
masks and President Felipe Calderón published an order that would give his government emergency powers to address a deadly flu outbreak, including isolating those who have contracted the virus, inspecting the homes of affected people and ordering the cancellation of public events.

White-coated health care workers fanned out across the international airport here to look for ailing passengers, and thousands of callers fearful they might have contracted the rare swine flu flooded government health hot lines. Health officials also began notifying restaurants, bars and nightclubs throughout the city that they should close.

Of those Mexicans who did go out in public, many took the advice of the authorities and donned the masks, which are known here as tapabocas, or cover-your-mouths, and were being handed out by soldiers and health workers at subway stops and on street corners.

“My government will not delay one minute to take all the necessary measures to deal with this epidemic,” Mr. Calderón said in Oaxaca State during the opening of a new hospital, which he said
would set aside an area for anyone who might be affected by the new swine flu strain that has
already killed as many as 81 people in Mexico and sickened more than 1,300 others.

Mr. Calderón pointed out that he and the other officials who attended the ceremony intentionally
did not greet each other with handshakes or kisses on the cheek, which health officials have urged Mexicans to avoid.

At a news conference Saturday night to address the crisis, Mexico’s health minister, José Ángel Córdova, said 20 of the 81 reported deaths were confirmed to have been caused by swine flu, while
the rest are being studied. Most of the cases of illness were reported in the center of the country,
but there were other cases in pockets to the north and south.

The government also announced at the news conference that schools in and around the capital that serve millions of students would remain closed until May 6.

With 20 million people packed together tight, Mexico City typically bursts forth on the weekends into parks, playgrounds, cultural centers and sidewalk cafes. But things were quieter than usual on Saturday.

The government encouraged people to stay home by canceling concerts, closing museums and banning spectators from two big soccer matches on Sunday that will be played in front of television cameras, but no live crowd.

At street corners on Saturday, even many of the jugglers, dancers and musicians who eke out a living collecting spare change when the traffic lights turn red were wearing bright blue surgical masks.

The newspaper Reforma reported that President Obama, who recently visited Mexico, was escorted around Mexico City’s national anthropology museum on April 16 by Felipe Solis, an archaeologist who died the next day from flu-like symptoms. But Dr. Córdova said that it does not appear that Mr. Solis died of influenza.

White House officials said Saturday that they were aware of the news reports in Mexico but that there was no reason to be concerned about Mr. Obama’s health, that he had no symptoms and that his medical staff had recommended he not be tested.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta said Saturday that it had sent a team of experts to Mexico to assist with the investigation of the outbreak, which has already been reported in Texas and California and possibly in New York, raising fears that it could spread into a global pandemic.

The possible New York cases were reported at a Queens high school, where eight students tested positive for a type of influenza that health officials suspect could be the new swine flu. Some of the school’s students had traveled to Mexico recently.

Still, the World Health Organization, which held a meeting on Saturday to discuss the outbreak, chose not to raise the level of global pandemic flu alert, which has been at a Level 3 because of the avian flu.

Epidemiologists want to know exactly when the first cases occurred in Mexico. Mexican health officials said they first noticed a huge spike in flu cases in late March. In mid-April, they began noticing that otherwise healthy people were dying from the virus. But it was only on Thursday night that officials first sounded an alarm to the population by closing schools, after United States health officials announced a possible swine flu outbreak.

By issuing the emergency decree Saturday, Mr. Calderón may have been trying to head off criticism
that his government had been too slow to act. He had earlier called in the army to distribute four million masks throughout the capital and its suburbs.

Lt. Raymundo Morales Merla, who stood outside a military transport truck parked outside a downtown subway station on Saturday, led a group of 27 soldiers who had arrived at 7 a.m. to hand out as many masks as they could.

The scene at the airport was alarming, with doctors stationed at the entrances to answer questions and to keep an eye out for obviously sick people. Regular public address announcements in English and Spanish warned travelers that anyone exhibiting any symptoms should cancel their flight and immediately seek medical attention.

Even Sunday Mass will probably be affected. The Roman Catholic Church gave worshipers the option
to listen to Masses on the radio and told priests who decided to hold services to be brief and put Communion wafers in worshipers’ hands instead of their mouths.

Axel de la Macorra, 46, a physics professor at National Autonomous University of Mexico, said he became worried when he learned recently that a 31-year-man who played at a tennis club he once belonged to had suddenly died. “He got sick at the beginning of April and two weeks later, he was dead,” said Mr. de la Macorra, who was weighing whether to attend a First Communion with 200
guests on Saturday.

“My mother told me to wear it so I did,” said Noel Ledezma, 29, who had his mask pulled down so he could sip a coffee and eat a muffin as he walked to work. “Who knows who will be next.”

Sarahe Gomez, who was selling jewelry at a mall in the upscale Polanco neighborhood, spoke through
a mask to the few customers who visited her kiosk. “I’m in the middle of all these people and one of them could have it,” she said. “The virus could be anywhere. It could be right here.”

She then took a half step back.

“This is no joke,” said Servando Peneda, 42, a lawyer who ventured out to pay a bill, but left his two sons home. “There’s 20 million of us in this city and I’d say half of us have these masks on today. I know all of us will die one day, but I want to last out the week.”

Antonio Betancourt
contributed reporting
from Mexico City, and

Sheryl Gay Stolberg
from Washington.
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« Reply #24 on: April 26, 2009, 11:32:54 am »

                                       Swine flu confirmed in NYC high school students

Karen Matthews,
Associated Press Writer
– 37 mins ago
April 26, 2009

– New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has
confirmed that students at a city high school were infected with swine flu.

New York officials previously had said they were eight "probable" cases, but tests later confirmed that
it was indeed swine flu. Bloomberg stressed that the cases were mild and many are recovering.

The city is awaiting the tests of additional samples to see if more St. Francis Preparatory School
students were infected.

About 100 students complained of flu-like symptoms at the school. Some students went to Cancun
on a spring break trip two weeks ago.
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                                      Swine flu fears prompt quarantine plans, pork bans

Frank Jordans,
Associated Press Writer
– 1 hr 18 mins ago
April 26, 2009

– Countries planned quarantines, tightened rules on pork imports and tested airline passengers for fevers as
global health officials tried Sunday to come up with uniform ways to battle a deadly strain of swine flu. Nations
from New Zealand to France reported new suspected cases and some warned citizens against travel to North America.

World Health Organization Director-General Margaret Chan held teleconferences with staff and flu experts around the world but stopped short of recommending specific measures to halt the disease beyond urging governments
to step up their surveillance of suspicious outbreaks.

Governments including China, Russia and Taiwan began planning to put anyone with symptoms of the deadly virus under quarantine.

Others were increasing their screening of pigs and pork imports from the Americas or banning them outright
despite health officials' reassurances that it was safe to eat thoroughly cooked pork.

Some nations issued travel warnings for Mexico and the United States.

Chan called the outbreak a public health emergency of "pandemic potential" because the virus can pass from
human to human.

Her agency was considering whether to issue nonbinding recommendations on travel and trade restrictions, and even border closures. It is up to governments to decide whether to follow the advice.

"Countries are encouraged to do anything that they feel would be a precautionary measure," WHO spokeswoman Aphaluck Bhatiasevi said. "All countries need to enhance their monitoring."

New Zealand said that 10 students who took a school trip to Mexico "likely" had swine flu. Israel said a man who
had recently visited Mexico had been hospitalized while authorities try to determine whether he had the disease. French Health Ministry officials said four possible cases of swine flu are currently under investigation, including a family of three in the northern Nord region and a woman in the Paris region. The four recently returned from Mexico. Tests on two separate cases of suspected swine flu proved negative, they said.

Spain's Health Ministry said three people who just returned from Mexico were under observation in hospitals in the northern Basque region, in southeastern Albacete and the Mediterranean port city of Valencia.

Mexico closed schools, museums, libraries and theaters in a bid to contain the outbreak after hundreds were sickened there. In the U.S., there have been at least 11 confirmed cases of swine flu in California, Texas and Kansas. Patients have ranged in age from 9 to over 50. At least two were hospitalized. All recovered or are recovering.

New York health officials said more than 100 students at the St. Francis Preparatory School, in Queens, recently began suffering a fever, sore throat and aches and pains. Some of their relatives also have been ill.

Some St. Francis students had recently traveled to Mexico, The New York Times and New York Post reported Sunday.

Preliminary tests of samples taken from sick students' noses and throats confirmed that at least eight had a non-human strain of influenza type A, indicating probable cases of swine flu, city health officials said. The exact subtypes were still unknown, and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was conducting further tests.
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                                         Questions and answers about swine flu

The Associated Press
– Fri Apr 24, 2009

Mexico is contending with an outbreak of swine flu, suspected in the deaths of dozens of people and sickening perhaps 1,000. In the United States, at least eight cases have been confirmed with the infection, all of them in California and Texas; only one person was hospitalized. Here are some questions and answers about the illness:

Q. What is swine flu?

A. Swine flu is a respiratory illness in pigs caused by a virus. The swine flu virus routinely causes outbreaks in pigs but doesn't usually kill many of them.

Q. Can people get swine flu?

A. Swine flu viruses don't usually infect humans. There have been occasional cases, usually among people who've had direct contact with infected pigs, such as farm workers. "We've seen swine influenza in humans over the past several years, and in most cases, it's come from direct pig contact. This seems to be different," said Dr. Arnold Monto, a flu expert with the University of Michigan.

Q. Can it spread among humans?

A. There have been cases of the virus spreading from human to human, probably in the same way as seasonal flu, through coughing and sneezing by infected people.

Q. What are the symptoms of swine flu?

A. The symptoms are similar to those of regular flu — fever, cough, fatigue, lack of appetite.

Q. Is the same swine flu virus making people sick in Mexico and the U.S.?

A. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the Mexican virus samples match the U.S. virus. The virus is a mix of human virus, bird virus from North America and pig viruses from North America, Europe and Asia.

Q. Are there drugs to treat swine flu in humans?

A. There are four different drugs approved in the U.S. to treat the flu, but the new virus has shown resistance to the two oldest. The CDC recommends the use of the flu drugs Tamiflu and Relenza.

Q. Does a regular flu shot protect against swine flu?

A. The seasonal flu vaccine used in the U.S. this year won't likely provide protection against the latest swine flu virus. There is a swine flu vaccine for pigs but not for humans.

Q. Should residents of California or Texas do anything special?

A. The CDC recommends routine precautions to prevent the spread of infectious diseases: wash your hands often, cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze, avoid close contact with sick people. If you are sick, stay at home and limit contact with others.

Q. What about traveling to Mexico?

A. The CDC has not warned Americans against traveling to Mexico but advises that they be aware of the illnesses there and take precautions to protect against infections, like washing their hands.


Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


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« Reply #27 on: April 28, 2009, 01:32:29 pm »

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    Re: SWINE FLU - In Mexico And U.S. - UPDATES
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When will America come up with a remedy for this horrible situation? 

The Mexican people are suffering!  Please write President Obama, urging him to do something.


Hey, Juan Carlos -

Why are you frittering the time away here? 

If you really loved your countrymen, you'd be back in Mexico trying to help.  Look what's really
happening there:,17755.msg142543.html#msg142543

That's the problem right there - waiting for someone else to solve it - like the US?

Shame on YOU, Juan Carlo, and everybody like YOU!!!
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« Reply #28 on: April 28, 2009, 01:38:01 pm »

Stop expecting the U.S. to cure all the ills of the world, Juan Carlos.

America is already supporting millions and millions of Mexican ILLEGALS,  bankrupting hospital and other services, so that its own people must do without.  ILLEGALS who sent money back to Mexico instead
of spending the money where they earn it, HERE. 

No matter how you look at it, it's GIMME, GIMME, GIMME with ILLEGAL immigrants.  NEVER  a word of gratitude
or appreciation for THIS country.  SHAMEFUL!!!


This story in today's NewYorkTimes - after 4 pages you can't help but deduce that this family is 'going crazy'
trying to find ways to EXPLOIT the US as much as they can, then hightail it back to their country of ORIGIN!

The US is in deep trouble financially and here you are demanding, demanding, demanding.....
But, of course, you do not keep up with the U.S. News, do you?  What do you care?

FYI, here is a small sample of the plight of REAL Americans:,17632.0.html

Why don't you spend your energy in changing things in Mexico?  Mexico HAS more than enough
resources of its own to take care of its own people.  You are just too lazy to change things in your
own country. 

Better you start a writing campaign to MEXICO's own President.

I, as a LEGAL immigrant, who obeys the laws of this country, really resent your attitude!!!
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« Reply #29 on: April 29, 2009, 07:38:12 am »

                                  Flu Rx? Russia blocks U.S. pork, Costa Rica bars kissing

Tyler Bridges,
Mcclatchy Newspapers
– Tue Apr 28, 2009

— The government of Cuba suspended flights to and from Mexico for 48 hours, Russia banned imported pork from at least 11 U.S. states and medical help lines in Europe were inundated, as the world reacted apprehensively Tuesday to the swine flu outbreak.

Venezuela , Russia and Guatemala warned their citizens against traveling to Mexico and the United States . Peru and Britain limited the warning to Mexico .

In Costa Rica , the health minister suggested that its citizens temporarily stop greeting one another with the traditional kiss on the cheek. Costa Rican officials confirmed their first case Tuesday, a 21-year-old woman who came on a flight from Mexico last week.

Government officials everywhere were screening air travelers from Mexico for signs of the potentially deadly flu. At Caracas and many other airports, they wore masks and rubber gloves.

"Fear spreads around the globe like a Mexican wave," declared the London Times , which gave the flu story a banner headline, as did most big newspapers in Europe .

People everywhere were changing their habits to avoid the virus.

"We're trying not to go to any big gatherings, and we're washing our hands constantly," said Luis Garcia , a 57-year-old auto parts seller who was interviewed in a Caracas park Tuesday. "I think this can be controlled. But it's important to take the precaution of having good hygiene."

In London , hundreds of people contacted one doctor's office seeking Tamiflu, an anti-viral medication. They included "very senior people in various parts of government," Dr. Laurence Gerlis , who operates a private practice, told the British Broadcasting Corp.

There were indications that many governments may be overreacting.

Going beyond pork, Russia prohibited imports of all raw meat from Mexico as well as from California , Texas and Kansas . Health officials said, however, that there's no link between eating any kind of meat and being infected with swine flu.

Despite the rising number of suspect cases in Europe , officials at the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control in Stockholm, Sweden , noted that outside Mexico , all confirmed cases of the flu appeared to be minor and no one had died.

European government officials attempted to express concern without stoking panic. The European Union's health minister had to backtrack after suggesting Monday that Europeans should avoid traveling to the United States and Mexico .

The World Health Organization has said the epidemic isn't serious enough yet to clamp down on traveling from one country to another.

That didn't stop Cuba from becoming the first country to halt air traffic with Mexico .

Venezuelan Vice President Ramon Carrizalez recommended that travelers to the United States and Mexico "postpone or suspend their trips to diminish the risk" of being infected.

Israel took a more measured approach, after an emergency meeting chaired by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu .

The outbreak "is currently a relatively mild — and not fatal — disease" in the Middle East , the prime minister's office said.

Israel hospitalized in isolation two recent returnees from Mexico who were suffering from swine flu.

Israel's deputy health minister irked some Mexican leaders by trying to label the cause of the outbreak the "Mexican flu" instead of the "swine flu." The change would have allowed strict religious Jews from having to utter the word of an animal that's considered dirty and nonkosher.

Nicaragua prohibited imports of live pigs from Mexico .

Nicaragua's health minister, Guillermo Gonzalez , declared a national emergency and announced plans to train 35,000 teachers and student volunteers to detect the virus throughout the country.

A leading specialist in respiratory diseases issued worrisome forecasts for London .

Peter Openshaw , the director of the Center for Respiratory Infection at Imperial College , predicted that there are people walking around London with the virus who don't know it yet. The first suspected case in London was admitted to the hospital Wednesday.

"The next week will be critical as we will begin to see just how severe the infections are outside Mexico ," Openshaw added. "The hope is that this will just be an 'ordinary' flu. But looking at the fatalities in Mexico , it is impossible to say how bad it will be at the moment."

In Brazil , a 40-year-old man was hospitalized with swine flu Tuesday in the northern coastal city of Salvador , the Brazilian government news agency reported. The man had just returned from Miami . He was the 12th person known to be suffering from the malady in Brazil .

Guatemala has yet to confirm the presence of swine flu, but government officials acknowledge a high vulnerability to the virus since Guatemala borders Mexico and has close commercial ties with its neighbor.

Waleska Cecena , the director of the National Center of Epidemiology , told a local radio station that Guatemala faced the "imminent arrival of an epidemic." Authorities say they're prepared to confront it. Meanwhile, a smattering of Guatemala City residents have begun to wear face masks in public.

In Bogota, Colombia , pork consumption has declined even though health authorities say it presents no risk.

"You feel afraid, especially when you go to the airport," said Liliana Gonzalez , a 34-year-old expectant mother. "You can get the illness from anyone."

( Dion Nissenbaum in Jerusalem , Tom Lasseter in Moscow and McClatchy special correspondents Blake Schmidt in Managua, Nicaragua , Julie Sell in London , Jenny Carolina in Bogota, Colombia , and Jill Replogle in Guatemala City , Guatemala , contributed to this article.)
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