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Mexican soldiers delivering masks for public distribution

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.

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 stop the disease, 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…

Some nations issued travel warnings for Mexico.

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…

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…

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.

The WHO’s pandemic alert level is currently at to phase 3. I’m betting on phase 4 within the week. Phase 5 is what we get when the virus is confirmed in at least two countries in the same region.

Phase 6 would indicate a full-scale global pandemic. Which no one wants to see or experience.

  1. bobbo says:

    I’ll bet “as a group” tourists are more healthy and wealthy than average Mexicans. Interesting that so far only Mexicans have died from this new flu. With only a wisp of evidence, right now the this flu looks to me as contagious but not deadly unless you are already compromised.

    But–as population densities rise, yes, the bugs will strike back. Its Darwin in action and a huge human die off will start exactly as this incident has–perhaps with a higher initial death rate though.

    From earlier blog postings, the worry points here are that the swine flu has jumped species (from pig to human) AND has gone probably airborne from human to human and young healthy humans at that who normally are more resistant to these new strains.

    The seeds of our own destruction, surround us.

  2. AdmFubar says:

    hmmm is swine flu kosher?

  3. soundwash says:

    after thought..hey…wasnt swine flu called legionnaire’s disease or vice versa a ways back??


  4. sargasso says:

    A little proportionality, please. Eighty one deaths, compared to quarter to a half million each year due to “regular” influenza. By the way, those New Zealand school kids are in the North Shore Hospital in Auckland, two miles from my home. And they’re doing fine. But the health authorities are scrambling to track down other passengers on their flight from Mexico.

  5. Troublemaker says:

    As sargasso said, there are up to 500,000 deaths from regular influenza EVERY YEAR.

    That’s roughly 1,360 deaths EVERY DAY.

    Now the news has us worrying about 20 or so deaths over the LAST WEEK in Mexico?

    Something smells very, VERY fishy here.

  6. Troublemaker says:

    “Typically, in a year’s normal two flu seasons (one per hemisphere), there are between three and five million cases of severe illness and up to 500,000 deaths worldwide, which by some definitions is a yearly influenza epidemic.”

  7. Troublemaker says:

    The real story here is not the spread of this flu, but why someone wants us to be AFRAID right now, about the spread of this flu.

  8. god says:

    Ho-hum. More non-readers.

  9. gquaglia says:

    Mexico, the land of shit.

  10. hhopper says:

    The guy on the right doesn’t know how to wear a mask.

  11. soundwash says:

    lol.. Tamiflu-related stock is going to go up

    CDC is releasing 25% of it’s 50mil units to “key states”

    keep an eye on Gilead Sciences Inc and Roche stocks
    -some swine is going to profit from this. :p


  12. Daniel says:

    Those sacks look more like cocaine than masks.

  13. ArianeB says:

    New flu viruses are popping up that are resistant to Tamiflu. Not sure this one is, but I wouldn’t trust it.

  14. JoJo Dancer says:

    “The real story here is not the spread of this flu, but why someone wants us to be AFRAID right now, about the spread of this flu.”

    Very good point. I am wondering the same and suspect someone or some BODY is holding the ace up their sleeve.

    High stakes for sure.

  15. sargasso says:

    #16. Tamiflu is a general anti-virus drug. Taken as part of a medically prescribed treatment with other drugs, it is very successful at treating all strains of flu. Where it fails is when self medicated by victims in an unsanitary environment – vulnerable to re-infection.

  16. ECA says:

    Map of current cases..
    Im wondering how it Jumped the Pacific, but if you broaden the view, Europe has already been hit..

  17. Uncle Patso says:

    # 3 harold said, in part:

    “This is a hybrid virus which points to something man-made.”

    Totally unnecessary — the influenza virus does this all on its own all the time.

    # 21 ECA

    Your tinyurl forward is broken.

    Not only is the one guy wearing his mask incorrectly (I see this all the time on the shows my wife likes to watch on the Food Network where we see how various processed foods are made), but each of them is only wearing one glove. Shades of Michael Jackson?

    This is a little scary, though. We both just got over our last bout with the flu. I’m not ready for another one. Excuse me, I think I’ll go stock up on some groceries…

  18. Nimby says:

    soundwash said, “wasnt swine flu called legionnaire’s disease or vice versa”

    No. Flu is caused by a virus. Legionnaire’s by bacteria. It does have a lot of flu-like symptoms but it ain’t the flu.

  19. Jägermeister says:

    Panic sells.

  20. Faxon says:

    Border closures! Well, that would work in a country that gives a shit about it’s borders. Not here. Good going, Washington!

  21. Jägermeister says:

    #25 – Alfred1

    Your great leader, Herr G. W. Bush, had eight years to secure the borders… did he? Nope, he pissed the money on an uncalled for invasion of Iraq.

  22. Jane Quatam says:

    12 monkeys comes to mind, Flu masks that don’t protect, giving the people something to believe in, and something to fear, a man made pandemic released into the media and the jaws of darkness are upon us all.

    What do we make in those weapons labs at Fort Dietrich and other locations, a little anthrax here, some flu there, perhaps they help the mutations along, raise the resistance and preserve the genome so that future generations might suffer as well.

    Crazy old world, can’t tell the good guys from the bad without a program. The good guys torture and so do the bad, the good guys lie and so do the bad, the good guys make supergerms and so do the bad. You know those masks don’t even work that well with bacteria, they definitely don’t stop viral infections.

    We fight the unthinkable with ineptitude and props, and death lies always waiting, the most patient of the four horsemen of the apocalypse. I think its death, it might be Dick Cheney, I always get them mixed up.

  23. jcd'slovechild says:

    #28 OH YAAAAH? Clinton had eight years too…and Bush had four and…..Reagan….

    We can go on and on about the open borders blame game. I’ll let you in on a little “secret”:

    Neither party benefits from a closed border. It’s cheap labor for one group; useful idiots for the other.

  24. Glenn E. says:

    So far, more people dies from contaminated Peanut Butter. And that was treated as seriously as this is winding up to. The victims in Mexico could have died from just about anything. And it would have gotten labeled as this new strain of “Swine Flu”, just to serve some economic purpose. Like selling a whole new batch of the anti-virus, to the US military. Which was the only major customer of the last batch, which did absolutely squat, in stopping anything. But did make many who had no choice in receiving the doses, pretty sick (which was totally ignored!!!!). I know this for a fact, as I was forced to get dosed. And had a night of hell, from the side effects. For which I received to comfort or treatment. Accept for being allowed to shiver all night, in a corner of the shop I usually worked in. Apparently, the side effects were known, expected, but not acknowledged. After the experience of being treated like a Guinea Pig for the Air Force, I left the service at the end of my term. Only after dosing as many service members as possible. Did the vaccine’s maker dare to offer its Swine Flu “preventive” to the general public. And soon pulled it off the market, when 8 elderly people had the same symptoms that I had suffered thru.

    I highly suspect this latest “flu” cycle, as being a means to make up for losing money on the last flu strain, which didn’t amount to much. And few had the money to waste on. I’m sure the McNaughton Labs, will make up its losses, via a military contract.

  25. ECA says:

    Im looking at the map, and I dont see much of a pattern..
    The pattern should hit NEAR a major metro AIR/sea port. IF it was human transferred, there should be out breaks in Specific High transport areas..OR at locations of Pig/bird/human interaction..
    red Flags are NOT diagnosed..only suspicious death..
    but the BLUE, if you read the list on the left, has hit alot of those on the eastern seaboard near NEW YORK, and MOST cases have been from trips to Mexico or Mexicans BRINGING it with them..

  26. Mr. Fusion says:

    Suggesting wearing masks won’t help is just plain wrong.

    Viruses and bacteria don’t leave or enter the body by themselves. They travel on the droplets of moisture expelled from coughs and sneezes. While a mask won’t stop anything the size of a virus, it will stop a droplet of moisture.

  27. Timuchin says:

    The Democrats can’t stop the sick illegal aliens from Mexico without injuring their pride. So they have to pretend this is a non-event. It’s not. There’s no vaccine for this new flu — too new.

    Fortunately, I know two Christians who have the gift of healing colds & flus. I’m keeping good track of them!

  28. JoJo Dancer says:

    First thing I thought, Biological warfare on the Mexican Drug Cartels.

    Not the first time, but heck what a way to clean up shop down there.

  29. Paddy-O says:

    A friend just called me from D.C. The entire congress has been quarantined. They are in the process of tenting the Capitol building and have started disinfecting all the troughs in the building…


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