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    Exclamation 58% Increase in Influenza A (H1N1) Virus Cases

    Take care everyone.... It looks like signs are clear now that a global pandemic looms.

    There is a 58% increase in Influenza A (H1N1) infected human cases globally in just one day. Last May 5, there were 1,085 recorded cases of Influenza A. As of May 6, the cases reached 1,893 already according to World Health Organization.

    The following countries have reported laboratory confirmed cases with no deaths:

    Austria (1),
    Canada (165),
    China, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (1),
    Costa Rica (1),
    Colombia (1),
    Denmark (1),
    El Salvador (2),
    France (4),
    Germany (9),
    Guatemala (1),
    Ireland (1),
    Israel (4),
    Italy (5),
    Mexico (942),
    Netherlands (1),
    New Zealand (5),
    Portugal (1),
    South Korea (2),
    Spain (73),
    Switzerland (1),
    United Kingdom (28),
    United States (642)
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    3 to 5 million people get the flu every single year (WHO data). That includes 5-15% of the US population (CDC data). The regular seasonal flu killed over 13,000 people so far this year.

    Why are we worried about this strain which has only infected 1800 people? It doesn't have worse symptoms, it's not immune to our antivirals, so what's the news?

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    There is no news, as usual the world media feels that scaremongering people who don't understand is a good way to make headlines, so people walk around like Michael Jackson with facemasks acting like the bubonic plague is out to get them.

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    There has been a confirmed case in Sweden now, too. A woman was mildly ill for three days and didn't even consider visiting a hospital until the media hysteria about the swine flu 'pandemic' broke out. Tests showed that she'd had the H1N1 influenza, but she didn't pass it on to anyone.

    Fine, be watchful, but don't cry 'wolf' all the time. If (or, rather, when) there is a real case of a threatening pandemic, no-one will care because of all these false alarms.
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    Quote Originally Posted by icebreaker View Post
    Take care everyone.... It looks like signs are clear now that a global pandemic looms.
    Seriously, who cares?

    This strain of the flu has shown itself to be no more virulent than your common flu bug that goes around every year.

    Enough with the scare mongering...

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    Too bad, hoping this will be get rid soon.

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    They said it can come back this winter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kibaki20 View Post
    They said it can come back this winter.
    So will the seasonal flu.

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    Guys take note of the Spanish flu in 1918, it started off weak just like the current H1N1 swine flu is, and then by august a second deadly wave came again, tbh it is better to be safe then sorry, I just hope a second wave doesn't come through!

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    I don't know what is happening now, they're seem to be more illness spreading, we must be really extra careful now with what we eat and what's in our surrounding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kushrooms View Post
    Guys take note of the Spanish flu in 1918, it started off weak just like the current H1N1 swine flu is, and then by august a second deadly wave came again, tbh it is better to be safe then sorry, I just hope a second wave doesn't come through!
    That flu killed strong 20-40 year old adults in a single day. Entire families that woke up fine were dead by the night.

    H1N1 gives you a cold.

    The symptoms just can't be compared. Swine flu is not another Spanish flu.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Grossman View Post
    That flu killed strong 20-40 year old adults in a single day. Entire families that woke up fine were dead by the night.

    H1N1 gives you a cold.

    The symptoms just can't be compared. Swine flu is not another Spanish flu.
    Dan, you're missing the point.

    What if it mutates to become as powerful?

    I know I'm being extra careful, I've also cut off my regularly scheduled rugby games against all-monkey teams in case the ebola virus mutates and becomes more of a threat than it currently is.

    Can't be too careful ya know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Grossman View Post
    That flu killed strong 20-40 year old adults in a single day. Entire families that woke up fine were dead by the night.

    H1N1 gives you a cold.

    The symptoms just can't be compared. Swine flu is not another Spanish flu.
    Exactly, I said they both started off weak. And supposedly they are both formed close to the same way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kushrooms View Post
    Exactly, I said they both started off weak. And supposedly they are both formed close to the same way.
    Dozens if not hundreds of different strains of the flu come into being every year.

    H1N1 is just another one of those, no more or less likely to mutate into a world-ravaging pandemic than the others.

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    Some medical experts say that the vaccine for this H1N1 virus will take around 5 months to develop. This means that another strain of this virus (a mutated one) may evolve because of some people's way of feeding pigs in the hog farm just like what happened in Mexico (as reported). The influenza A virus might have evolved from the feeds. Is this a big possibility?
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    Quote Originally Posted by icebreaker View Post
    Some medical experts say that the vaccine for this H1N1 virus will take around 5 months to develop. This means that another strain of this virus (a mutated one) may evolve
    You say that the length of time to develop a vaccine is the reason another strain may evolve. I fail to see how the first implies the latter. There is a flu vaccine administered every year, that doesn't promote or prevent flu viruses from mutating.

    There are so many things you could worry about, why the remote possibility of a killer flu virus sparking into existence? Pick something more interesting, like nuclear armageddon or the supervolcano under Yellowstone erupting and destroying all life on the planet. Those threats don't ebb and flow with the season, so you have an excuse to panic year round.

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    Cases of H1N1 is rising in the Philippines. We now have the worst case in SouthEast Asia. It is because of exchange students and those who recently visited other countries.

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    Are you kidding me ?...

    Couldn't we merge all of these Swine 'Flu threads into one ?... I'm sure Dan is sick of replying to them with the same replies.

    And here is Mary Young from Georgetown University.

    Really, are you deathly afraid of a runny-nose and sore-throat ?




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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaun(OfTheDead) View Post
    Are you kidding me ?...

    Really, are you deathly afraid of a runny-nose and sore-throat ?


    i don't know if it is weird or perfectly normal but i am actually very afraid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaun(OfTheDead) View Post
    Really, are you deathly afraid of a runny-nose and sore-throat ?
    Shaun, yes because since scientists prooved that "man flu" indeed exists, if we get swine flu, based on the factors which cause men to suffer flu worse then women, all men could be wiped out of existance and women will inherit the earth... and can you imagine a world run by women alone? Now that is scary!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexDawson View Post
    There is no news, as usual the world media feels that scaremongering people who don't understand is a good way to make headlines, so people walk around like Michael Jackson with facemasks acting like the bubonic plague is out to get them.
    I hope that scaremongering is only a temporary fad.


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