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The Return of SARS?

Discussion in 'Band of Glockers' started by isuzu, Apr 22, 2009.

  1. isuzu

    isuzu

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    Health officials here in Canada are closely monitoring people who are returning from Mexico.

    According to the news, about 20 healthy young people in Mexico have died from a new respiratory illness that might have originated from that place. People have become severely ill just five days after contacting the disease.

    Hopefully, this is not a resurgence of SARS or another strain of it.
     
  2. isuzu

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    Here's an update:

    The Center for Disease Control (CDC) in the US is closely monitoring seven cases of swine flu in humans. These cases were found in areas in California and Texas which are near the Mexican border.
     


  3. isuzu

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    News said today that 57 people have already died and at least 600 recorded cases. Authorities are debating whether to raise the pandemic level. They are also saying that the virus is swine flu that managed to transfer to humans.
     
  4. This virus is a variant of H1N5. Serious, but the Pandemic of 1918 that killed as many people as the Black Death killed (or more) was caused by the
    H1N1 virus.

    H1N1 is out there somewhere and can come back. And there are others .

    Glock is working on a small pistol which can fire nanobullets that will kill these viruses.
     
  5. liveandletlive

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    There are 4 strains of Influenza A that cause Swine Influenza/Flu - H1N1, H1N2, H3N1 and H3N2. H1N1 is what they isolated from the recent cases.

    You get the infection via direct contact with infected pig. Human infection is not common but can happen. Person to person transmission has been documented and is passed on in a manner just like how you would get the common flu. There is an anti-viral drug for it that's available to us.
     
    Last edited: Apr 26, 2009
  6. :) :) :)
     
  7. Glock_19_9x19

    Glock_19_9x19 Toink!

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    Update..probable cases in Hong Kong. It's spreading faster than anyone thought.

    Scrapping my vacation plans abroad..
     
  8. Wp.22

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    with this virus im also seriously thinking of re-booking our trip to the US this May. Do you think it's a good idea and worth paying the re-booking fee?
     
  9. isuzu

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    You may want to check with your airline. Westjet here in Canada has waived penalties for canceling flights to any of their destinations; Air Canada waived its fees for Mexico.

    Since the Alert Level was just recently raised from 3 to 4, other airlines may just consider waiving fees as well.
     
  10. Wp.22

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    Thanks Isuzu, will call EVA air and inquire. I heard in the news that new york has been already with this Flu. Yan pa naman destination namin.
     
  11. isuzu

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    There are now more than 20 cases in NYC. You may want to keep a close look at the situation. We already have two cases here in Alberta and masks are flying off the shelves. I recall when the SARS epidemic broke out, doctors recommended people to take vitamin C and take lots of rest to strengthen one's resistance to the disease.

    And there was a scare in NYC yesterday when one of the presidential planes flew low over the city with an F-16 escort. It turned out to be a photo shoot for the landmarks in NYC which the mayor's office was never informed. It sent a lot of people into panic.

    Mayor Bloomberg as well as president Obama were quite upset over the incident.
     
  12. Wp.22

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    My wife and I partially discuss what would be our option with regards to our trip either re-booked or refund na lang.
     
  13. bulm540

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    There are hundred of suspected cases in a NY school. 2 Deaths in LA that maybe related to the swine flu. This are scary times. Maybe time to buy MREs.
     
  14. edtf

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    Damn and my wife is in jersey planning to go to new york :wow:
     
  15. alphaq

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    CNN

    World battles swine flu as death toll rises

    UPDATED: 02:18 AM EDT 04.29.09

    (CNN)
    Governments and health officials around the world continued to take steps Tuesday against the outbreak of swine flu that has killed scores of people in Mexico and spread to the U.S., Europe and possibly Asia.

    Mexican health officials suspect that the swine flu outbreak has caused more than 159 deaths and roughly 2,500 illnesses.

    The World Health Organization says at least 105 cases have been confirmed worldwide, including 64 in the United States; 26 in Mexico; six in Canada; three in New Zealand; and two each in Spain, the United Kingdom and Israel. WHO has confirmed deaths only in Mexico, where seven people have died from swine flu.

    Swine flu is a contagious respiratory disease that usually affects pigs. It is caused by a type-A influenza virus. The current strain is a new variation of an H1N1 virus, which is a mix of human and animal versions. iReport.com: Do you think we should be worried about swine flu?

    When the flu spreads person-to-person, instead of from animals to humans, it can continue to mutate, making it harder to treat or fight off because people have no natural immunity.

    The symptoms are similar to common flu. They include fever, lethargy, lack of appetite, coughing, runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. The virus spreads when an infected person coughs or sneezes around another person. People can become infected by touching something with the flu virus on it and then touching their mouth, nose or eyes.

    In 1968, a "Hong Kong" flu pandemic killed about 1 million people worldwide. And in 1918, a "Spanish" flu pandemic killed as many as 100 million people. Putting those figures into perspective about 36,000 people die from flu-related symptoms each year in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Researchers do not know how the virus is jumping relatively easily from person to person, or why it is affecting society's healthiest demographic.

    "When you think about the flu, the seasonal flu, the flu that we're accustomed to, it typically tends to have the worse ramifications in people that don't have developed immune systems -- the elderly and the very young. They can't fight it off," said Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN's chief medical correspondent.

    "What's counterintuitive with this particular virus, it's in the people who have robust immune systems. As their body starts to respond, to try and fight off that virus, they produce tons of inflammatory cells. Those inflammatory cells can sort of flood the lungs.

    "So, in essence, it's not the virus itself that's so problematic, but the body's reaction to it."
     
  16. Wp.22

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    My wife talked to her sister in NYC according to my sister in-law the news in new york is blown out of proportion. She told my wife that the flu that affected the students is only a "regular flu". She works in a hospital as nurse

    My opinion naman when my wife told me this maybe US specifically the state of new york is downgrading the situation so as not create panic among its residents, tourist, investors.


    Also i don't trust her judgment since she is excited to see my wife. Also this morning my cousin from Texas told me to postpone our trip due to this swine flu virus.

    I need to watch Will Smith's "I am legend" with the wife tonight.
     
  17. isuzu

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    Health officials are discussing on whether to raise the alert level as more cases are showing up.
     
  18. bulm540

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  19. I heard somewhere that WHO already raised alert level somewhat close/ similar to SARS already.