Swine Flu Outbreak

April 27, 2009 at 6:40 pm | Posted in Medical | 1 Comment

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World Swine Flu cases on Google Maps:

H1N1 Swine Flu
H1N1 Swine flu in 2009
Pink markers are suspect
Purple markers are confirmed or probable
Deaths lack a dot in marker
Yellow markers are negative

Mexico At least 71 deaths in Mexico ‘likely linked’ to swine flu outbreak:two people kissing while wearing surgical masks

Officials in Mexico are asking citizens to take actions in order to minimize the spread of the swine flu outbreak. Citizens are urged to stay away from large crowds, avoid kissing people and stay at least 6 feet (1.8 meters) away from one another. Additionally, all schools and universities in Mexico City have been closed indefinitely. In addition, at least twenty people in the United States have been infected with the disease, causing the government to issue a “national public health emergency.”

Mexico Mexico shuts down schools, museums in capital after flu deaths:

“Authorities also advised capital residents not to go to work if they felt ill, and to wear surgical masks if they had to move through crowds. A wider shutdown – perhaps including shutting down government offices – was being considered”.

Manitoba Winnipeg lab working on Vaccine:

With the mysterious disease that initially cropped up in Mexico spreading to Canada, teams of scientists from the Winnipeg-based National Microbiology Lab have started work on a vaccine to protect against H1N1 swine flu and are investigating whether the existing flu shot could offer any protection from the virus.

Mexico WHO raises swine flu pandemic alert level to 4, urges against travel bans:people wearing surgical masks on Mexico subway

The World Health Organization said Monday it still does not characterize a swine flu pandemic as inevitable, but raised its pandemic alert level to signal the increasing severity of the situation.

It also urged countries not to close borders or impose travel bans, saying such measures would be unlikely to stop spread of the virus and would cause economic harm.

But a number of countries had already taken actions, urging their citizens to avoid non-essential travel to places in the world where infections have been found. Canada, one of the affected countries, signalled it would warn Canadians against non-essential travel to Mexico, the country hardest hit by the swine flu outbreak.

United States Swine Flu in the States:

“NYC health authorities say at least eight cases of flu in Queens are probably swine flu (they eliminated types A and B) and two cases were confirmed today in Kansas City”.

United States US declares public health emergency over spread of swine flu:

Secretary Napolitano urged residents not to panic saying that the government is issuing a “declaration of emergency preparedness.” Secretary Napolitano added, “Really that’s what we’re doing right now. We’re preparing in an environment where we really don’t know ultimately what the size of seriousness of this outbreak is going to be.”

John Brennan, a Homeland Security assistant, added that “at this point, a top priority is to ensure that communication is robust and that medical surveillance efforts are fully activated.”

World World governments race to contain outbreak:a family wearing surgical masks on the bus

In Mexico, the outbreak’s epicenter, soldiers handed out 6 million face masks to help stop the spread of the novel virus that is suspected in up to 103 deaths. Most other countries are reporting only mild cases so far, with most of the sick already recovering. Cases have been confirmed in Canada _ six _ and the U.S. _ 20 _ and other countries from Spain to New Zealand were investigating whether other people with flulike symptoms really have this new swine flu or something else.

World Watch: “there were 40 confirmed cases in the United States while Spain confirmed one and Scotland two. New Zealand, France and Israel announced they were monitoring suspected cases in their respective countries”.

British Columbia B.C. swine flu cases ‘mild’: MD:

Two separate cases of swine flu have been discovered in the Lower Mainland, doctors at the B.C. Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) confirmed yesterday.

The infected individuals, both men in their late 20s, contracted the virus in Mexico.

They exhibited “mild” flu-like symptoms, said Dr. Danuta Skowronski, an epidemiologist with the BCCDC. Neither required hospitalization and both have since recovered.

“It’s reassuring that this swine influenza virus does not automatically mean hospitalization and death,” said Skowronski, who tried to assuage fears of a swine-flu pandemic.

Canada India, Malaysia issue travel warnings to Canada over swine flu:

Canada has confirmed six cases of human swine flu virus, two in British Columbia and four in Nova Scotia. Health officials said the six, which included some who had recently visited Mexico, had relatively mild symptoms of the H1N1 swine flu virus and have recovered.

Medical authorities in Ontario are investigating a number of cases of suspected swine flu and expect to have results sometime in the next two days.

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  1. Why are Canadians so interested/obsessed with this?

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