Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Okay Its time to Stop Ignoring the Swine in the room


I've been using the word Swine for years--pork sounds stupid "BBQ Pork Sandwich" or "BBQ Swine Sandwich" DUH?
I've avoided this topic because---well just because. But here we go.

as of posting there are 150+ cases of swine flu are found around the world. Germany and Austria are the most recent countries to join the list along side Spain, Israel, Costa Rica, United Kingdom, Mexico, Canada and the United States.
91 of the 150 confirmed cases are state side. A CNN news update reports the flu has reached "10 states" across the country and so far the southern region (SEC!) and the Central and Mid/West.
New York 51 cases
Texas 16 cases
California 14 cases
Massachusetts, Michigan, Kansas each have two cases 2
Nevada, Indiana, Ohio, Arizona confirmed one case
CNN also reports a toddler that was visiting Texas from Mexico has passed today due to the illness.

It is rumored (by locals and Dr. Sanyan Gupta) that the virus came from a meat plant located in Mexico owned and operated by Smithfield Foods.

On the Government side Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is disappointed with Mainstream media because HEY its not transmitted in Food
H1N1-Swine Flu is a flu originally found in pigs (hints the name) and it is rare that its mutated form is transmitted in humans.

Cdc released this report 2 hours ago

Basic Facts About Swine Flu Outbreak

29 April 2009

Leaders and health officials around the world are urging people to take several precautions to help slow the spread of the sometimes deadly swine flu virus. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) say swine flu is caused by a virus that normally causes outbreaks in pigs, but that this strain -- a combination of pig, human and bird viruses -- is passing from person-to-person. Symptoms are generally similar to seasonal flu -- including fever, lethargy, lack of appetite and coughing. Some people with swine flu can also experience a runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. In some cases swine flu has led to severe pneumonia resulting in death. Experts say everyone should cover their mouths and their noses when they sneeze, and wash their hands often. They also say anyone who feels ill should stay home from work and school and avoid other crowded areas. The CDC says anyone experiencing difficulty breathing, sudden dizziness or severe vomiting should seek immediate medical attention. The CDC and WHO say you cannot get swine flu from eating pork. Scientists are working to develop a vaccine to contain the spread of the highly contagious respiratory disease but there are several antiviral medications that can be used to treat swine flu. Most officials believe Mexico is the epicenter of the current outbreak. In 1976, a swine flu outbreak in the U.S. state of New Jersey made 200 people seriously ill and caused one death."

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