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« Reply #40 on: April 29, 2009, 05:15:39 PM »

This is a repeat of the list of links to CDC, WHO, USA TODAY, YAHOO NEWS, GOOGLE NEWS,
CNN, FOX NEWS, MSNBC, and PANDEMIC FLU.

If anyone has local information links....that cover your area as to the flu, please add to this
list....If you have local or regional news, please join in.....thank you.

   
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/
 
World Health Organization
http://www.who.int/en/
 
USA Today
http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2009-04-28-swine-flu_N.htm
 
Yahoo News
http://news.yahoo.com
 
Google News
http://news.google.com/
 
CNN
http://cnn.com
 
FOX
http://foxnews.com
 
MSNBC
http://msnbc.com
 
Pandemic Flu
http://www.pandemicflu.gov/index.html

NEW YORK NEWS STATION/WEBPAGE
http://www.1010wins.com/
 
 



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« Reply #41 on: April 29, 2009, 05:19:13 PM »

Mere - thanks for starting this thread.  When I went to the pharmacy yesterday they told me they were all out of N95 masks.  I may go look at Lowes but to be honest, I'm not likely to wear a mask unless I'm forced to  .  I did pick up some extra Purell though. 

My husband isn't worried about this at all but I am a bit concerned.  Not overly concerned just cautious 
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« Reply #42 on: April 29, 2009, 07:14:11 PM »

 
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Statement by WHO Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan
29 April 2009


Swine influenza



Ladies and gentlemen,

Based on assessment of all available information, and following several expert consultations, I have decided to raise the current level of influenza pandemic alert from phase 4 to phase 5.

Influenza pandemics must be taken seriously precisely because of their capacity to spread rapidly to every country in the world.

On the positive side, the world is better prepared for an influenza pandemic than at any time in history.

Preparedness measures undertaken because of the threat from H5N1 avian influenza were an investment, and we are now benefitting from this investment.

For the first time in history, we can track the evolution of a pandemic in real-time.

I thank countries who are making the results of their investigations publicly available. This helps us understand the disease.

I am impressed by the work being done by affected countries as they deal with the current outbreaks.

I also want to thank the governments of the USA and Canada for their support to WHO, and to Mexico.

Let me remind you. New diseases are, by definition, poorly understood. Influenza viruses are notorious for their rapid mutation and unpredictable behaviour.

WHO and health authorities in affected countries will not have all the answers immediately, but we will get them.

WHO will be tracking the pandemic at the epidemiological, clinical, and virological levels.

The results of these ongoing assessments will be issued as public health advice, and made publicly available.

All countries should immediately activate their pandemic preparedness plans. Countries should remain on high alert for unusual outbreaks of influenza-like illness and severe pneumonia.

At this stage, effective and essential measures include heightened surveillance, early detection and treatment of cases, and infection control in all health facilities.

This change to a higher phase of alert is a signal to governments, to ministries of health and other ministries, to the pharmaceutical industry and the business community that certain actions should now be undertaken with increased urgency, and at an accelerated pace.

I have reached out to donor countries, to UNITAID, to the GAVI Alliance, the World Bank and others to mobilize resources.

I have reached out to companies manufacturing antiviral drugs to assess capacity and all options for ramping up production.

I have also reached out to influenza vaccine manufacturers that can contribute to the production of a pandemic vaccine.

The biggest question, right now, is this: how severe will the pandemic be, especially now at the start?

It is possible that the full clinical spectrum of this disease goes from mild illness to severe disease. We need to continue to monitor the evolution of the situation to get the specific information and data we need to answer this question.

From past experience, we also know that influenza may cause mild disease in affluent countries, but more severe disease, with higher mortality, in developing countries.

No matter what the situation is, the international community should treat this as a window of opportunity to ramp up preparedness and response.

Above all, this is an opportunity for global solidarity as we look for responses and solutions that benefit all countries, all of humanity. After all, it really is all of humanity that is under threat during a pandemic.

As I have said, we do not have all the answers right now, but we will get them.

Thank you.





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« Reply #43 on: April 29, 2009, 07:30:07 PM »

Mere - thanks for starting this thread.  When I went to the pharmacy yesterday they told me they were all out of N95 masks.  I may go look at Lowes but to be honest, I'm not likely to wear a mask unless I'm forced to  .  I did pick up some extra Purell though. 

My husband isn't worried about this at all but I am a bit concerned.  Not overly concerned just cautious 

Klaas....I think you may be able to get a pack of 3-N95 masks at Lowe's for about $6.00....although many stores are running out of them.  They are kept at hospitals for use with disasters, while the
lighter masks are used in surgery, etc.

I would say that staying away for crowds, handwashing, not visiting anyone who is ill is what you can do....even if hubby is not the least bit concerned.

Just remember...every time you put your hands on a public object, it is possible that you have just touched the virus....a little scary....so use your Purell....LOL..... 
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« Reply #44 on: April 29, 2009, 08:02:50 PM »

Our authorities are well prepared for any outbreak here :

Increased checks for airport arrivals

    * Mark Metherell and Jonathan Dart
    * April 30, 2009

THE Australian Federal Government is stepping up measures to counter swine flu, although testing of suspect patients had by last night failed to show any confirmed cases of the virus in Australia.

Last night health authorities were investigating a total 112 "suspect" cases, 54 of them in NSW. But an official bulletin said that there were no "probable" or "confirmed" cases of swine flu yet identified.

The Health Minister, Nicola Roxon, earlier yesterday announced a significant upgrade to measures to identify passengers who might be infected with swine flu, expanding checks to incoming air travellers from all points overseas, not just the Americas as initially required.

This will require aircraft captains to notify Australian authorities before arrival of passengers with possible symptoms who would then be checked by quarantine officials after landing.

The measures will cover an average 33,000 incoming travellers who arrive from overseas, including New Zealand, every day.

Ms Roxon said the Government would heed the advice of its expert committee to send thermal scanners, which can detect elevated body temperature of arriving travellers, to eight international airports.

She said the Government was also preparing to introduce mandatory health declaration cards to be completed by international air travellers if that became necessary.

As yet the measures did not need to be implemented, Ms Roxon said.

"But I think when you look at the way the disease is spreading around the world it would be very unlikely that we would be able to protect ourselves entirely from this disease if it continues to spread with the speed that it has elsewhere around the world," she said.

More than a third of suspected cases in NSW of swine flu have been cleared.

However, one person tested positive for Influenza A - the virus subgroup containing swine flu - which will require a second round of testing at a specialist World Health Organisation laboratory in Melbourne.

"We need to send it to the specialist lab to do genetic sequencing," the NSW chief medical officer, Dr Kerry Chant, said. "It could just be a strain [of virus] that had been previously circulating or it could be [the swine flu] strain and this is the way that we can rapidly identify it"

The results of the additional tests, including the sample sent to the WHO, are expected today.

Dr Chant defended the high number of tests carried out as vital precautionary measures, and said it had not stretched emergency departments across the state.

"I think it's a really positive sign that people have been presenting to our emergency departments and attending their general practitioners and heeding the advice we've been putting out," she said.

Meanwhile, the state cabinet passed new measures to help health authorities deal with people who ignore instructions to stay at home.

Under the new measures, doctors were given powers to issue public health orders to enforce the isolation, although Dr Chant said that all the people who had been tested so far had co-operated with authorities.

As international authorities lowered the number of deaths directly attributable to swine flu to seven, the NSW Health Minister, John Della Bosca, appealed to people to keep a "sense of balance" over the outbreak.


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« Reply #45 on: April 29, 2009, 08:05:04 PM »

Masks on, passengers directed

    * Erik Jensen
    * April 30, 2009

PASSENGERS at Sydney Airport have been pulled out of queues by quarantine officials and directed to wear face masks - despite arriving from countries unaffected by swine influenza, and in contrast to the federal response overseen by the Department of Health.

The move suggests ruptures are beginning to show in the co-ordination of Australia's response to swine influenza, with agencies involved in screening incoming aircraft beginning to operate independently of each other - putting at risk the public's ability to gauge the seriousness of a potential outbreak and requests for preventative measures.

"It seemed as though it was a little bit ad hoc," said John Collyer, who was asked to wear a mask after flying back from the Philippines yesterday.

"They asked me to step out of the queue, then they took me to one side and asked me some questions.

"I did feel embarrassed, especially when I was walking out. When the girl asked me was I unwell, it seemed to be a bit like [the television show] Border Security - they get a guy and then they all tend to swarm."

Mr Collyer said he was passed between four quarantine officers and told to wait for a swab from a nurse, then told there was not a problem and ordered to wear a face mask instead.

"I said, 'Look, it's just a flu'," he said. "They said, 'No, no. You have to do this.' I was a bit put out."

The head of the School of Population Health and Clinical Practice at the University of Adelaide, Konrad Jamrozik, said it would be unfortunate if a poorly co-ordinated response clouded the public's ability to judge the seriousness of potential outbreaks.

Poor co-ordination "is a particularly unfortunate factor", Professor Jamrozik said.

"If you overcall it slightly but you have a co-ordinated response, that's probably less disruptive and more inspiring of confidence in the community … It's a very difficult time."

Normie Nankervis was also told to wear a face mask after coughing in a queue at Sydney Airport yesterday. "It's a dry cough, but not flu," she said. "They noticed."

The Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service did not comment on the management of the influenza.

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Students from affected countries may have to stay home

    * Heath Gilmore and Anna Patty
    * April 30, 2009

UNIVERSITIES are gearing up to stop students from countries afflicted by swine flu returning to their studies as part of protective measures against a possible outbreak in Australia.

Australian universities are already cancelling or advising deferral of travel to Mexico and monitoring the wellbeing of staff and students in Latin America, the US and Canada. Pandemic response guidelines developed during the SARS outbreak six years ago are being reviewed and updated. Universities and schools are regarded as major sites for the spread of disease.

If the virus reaches the level of human-to-human infection in small clusters, the Australian Catholic University has signalled it will require staff and students returning from an affected region to remain on leave until they gain medical clearance.

In the event of a pandemic, the university will shut down campuses, with the vice-chancellery building only staffed by four uninfected staff to monitor any communication. Macquarie University's staff health and safety manager, Michael Carley, said a crisis management plan would be activated in the event of a pandemic. However, he declined to reveal any specific details.

He said the university had identified and contacted students and staff travelling in Mexico, Canada and the US, with any non-essential travel to Mexico cancelled.

"The university … will continue to be guided by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing and the NSW Department of Health through integrated pandemic management plans."

A University of Sydney spokesman, Andrew Potter, said the university was monitoring an academic in Mexico, and one student on an exchange program in Monterrey. He said the issue of a pandemic or major disease outbreak had been considered with response strategies detailed in a crisis management handbook.

A spokesman for the University of Technology, Sydney, Robert Button, said a number of students were on exchange in Mexico as well as staff conducting research in Latin America.

A meeting involving deputy vice-chancellors, student services and occupational health and safety staff was held yesterday to discuss the response to a potential outbreak.

On Tuesday the Director General of Education, Michael Coutts-Trotter, sent a memo to all primary and secondary school principals and TAFE directors, advising them of guidelines to control the spread of infection.

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« Reply #47 on: April 29, 2009, 08:08:36 PM »

All of this information is wonderful and bringing the articles here is great, but we need links, please.
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« Reply #48 on: April 29, 2009, 08:13:43 PM »

Here ya go Muffy :

http://www.examiner.com.au/

Thanks Tib.  thumleft  I've added them to the articles.
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« Reply #49 on: April 29, 2009, 08:29:37 PM »

Hi Muffy.....

Thank you Tib.....it is good to hear the reports from your area.

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« Reply #50 on: April 29, 2009, 08:43:55 PM »

NY Swine Flu Cases at 51; 3 Possible Outside NYC

http://www.1010wins.com/The-Fight-Against-Swine-Flu/4295755

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP/1010 WINS)  -- The number of confirmed swine flu cases in New York rose to 51 Wednesday, and more schools closed because of concerns that students might have the virus. Tests were under way on the first three probable cases outside New York City.

City Health Commissioner Thomas Frieden said all those with confirmed cases in the city were recovering, including a
19-month-old baby who is hospitalized and a young woman who had been hospitalized and released.

"We have not seen any increase in the number of severely ill people,'' he said.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention put the number of confirmed cases in New York state at 51, up from 45 the day before in the fast-evolving effort to track a disease that has proven deadly in Mexico.

Tests continue on Suffolk, Orange and Cortland county cases believed to have been caused by the same virus, state Health Commissioner Richard Daines said. One involves a worker at a long-term care facility in Orange County, prompting anti-viral treatment for as many as 70 workers and residents there.

All the confirmed New York City cases are associated either with travel to Mexico or with a large outbreak last week at a Catholic high school in Queens, Frieden said.

Hundreds of students fell ill there last week, but cases since have tapered off substantially, and the students are improving, he said.

That school, St. Francis Preparatory, is temporarily closed for the rest of the week, along with a nearby special education school where about 80 children called in sick.

After Frieden's briefing Wednesday, the Health Department said preliminary tests at the special education school had come back showing several probable swine flu cases there.

Two Brooklyn Catholic schools announced Wednesday they were closing because of suspected cases. The city did not ask them to do so, Frieden said.

A 10-year-old girl who attends JFK Elementary School in Deer Park is Suffolk County's first probable case of swine flu.

The girl has no connection to Mexico but attended a track meeting in Astoria over the weekend and came down with the symptoms Sunday. She was tested locally and found to be infected. However, test results are awaiting confirmation by the CDC.

Notifications went out to parents and classmates -- but her school remains open.
 

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« Reply #51 on: April 29, 2009, 09:09:38 PM »

Click on link to use this map with interactive feature....move mouse over countries to find
information:  http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2009-04-28-swine-flu_N.htm

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« Reply #52 on: April 29, 2009, 09:15:35 PM »

Yellowstone County prepares for Swine Flu
A never-before seen strain of Swine Flu has turned deadly in Mexico and is causing milder illness in the U.S. and across the globe.

World governments are now racing to find and contain pockets of the deadly virus face both the threat of a pandemic and public panic.

The virus is suspected in up to 152 deaths in Mexico while U.S. health officials are now reporting 50 Swine Flu cases, most of which are mild and none fatal.

Meanwhile, the government is shipping millions of doses of flu-fighting medicine to states along the Mexican border or where the virus has been detected.

So far, no cases of swine flu have been confirmed in Montana, but state health officials are testing several cases of influenza for the virus.

The Unified Health Command of Billings and Yellowstone County, which includes Billings Clinic, St. Vincent Health Care, and Riverstone Health, is also preparing for a possible outbreak by educating staff. 

RiverStone Health President and CEO Lil Anderson says that at this point, the influenza-like symptoms in the U.S. range from mild to moderate. 

The median age of the confirmed cases in the U.S. is 16, but the victims range from seven to 54 years old.   

In order to help prevent the spread of the disease experts say you should use a tissue to cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, wash your hands often, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer, and avoid touching your eyes.

The Centers for Disease Control will be sending Montana enough medicine to treat 25,000 people within a week.

http://www.montanasnewsstation.com/Global/story.asp?S=10261953
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« Reply #53 on: April 29, 2009, 09:21:23 PM »

http://www.dhs.gov/ynews/testimony/testimony_1241017177339.shtm

Testimony by Secretary Napolitano to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and

Governmental Affairs on Federal Coordination in Response to the H1N1 Flu Outbreak
 
Release Date: April 29, 2009

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Also a thank you to San for helping put up the world map on the previous post...
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« Reply #54 on: April 29, 2009, 10:05:53 PM »

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/orl-swine-flu-orlando-theme-parks-042909,0,2124961.story


Swine flu another headache for Orlando theme parks
By Jason Garcia | Sentinel Staff Writer

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« Reply #55 on: April 29, 2009, 10:07:59 PM »

http://www.nola.com/news/index.ssf/2009/04/doctor_at_new_orleans_clinic_s.html


Doctor at New Orleans clinic suspects swine flu in boy, sample sent to state lab
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« Reply #56 on: April 29, 2009, 10:43:16 PM »

Swine Flu Concerns Shut Down Tennessee Valley Schools
Huntsville, Madison, Madison County Schools Closed til Monday
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April 29, 2009

http://www.whnt.com/whnt-swine-flu-madison-county-schools-closed,0,1233079.story


The school where two kids actually have swine flu is closed for 7 days.
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Also at that site is a rather lengthy, wordy, long-winded news conference from Gov. Riley. 
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« Reply #58 on: April 30, 2009, 12:26:18 AM »

Also at that site is a rather lengthy, wordy, long-winded news conference from Gov. Riley. 

Anna....I realized that these politicians do have the longest new conferences....LOL.  I have gone to links with a headline unless it is really important...!

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« Reply #59 on: April 30, 2009, 09:00:46 AM »

http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/04/30/swine.flu.outbreak/

WHO watching Spain for signs of flu transmission

Health agency counts 154 confirmed cases worldwide

Person-to-person transmission in Spain would signal new phase of outbreak

Thousands still streaming into hospitals in Mexico

President Obama calls on schools to close where necessary for safety

GENEVA, Switzerland (CNN) -- The number of confirmed swine flu cases worldwide has risen to 154, with six additional cases reported in Spain, the World Health Organization said Thursday.

 The WHO is troubled because in one of the 10 cases in Spain the virus was transmitted from person-to-person within the community.

The other nine infected people had returned from Mexico, where the crisis is most severe, according to WHO spokesman Dick Thompson.

If Spain sees more such cases of community transmission, the world body may have to elevate its pandemic alert to its highest level. Phase 6 is the pandemic phase and is characterized by a community-level outbreak in another country in a different WHO region.

Spain falls in a different region from the United States and Mexico -- the two countries that have until now shown human-to-human spread.

"The significance is that it's another phase," Thompson said. "The virus is becoming established in another area, another country."

But, Thompson added, the virus would have to show a sustained pattern of transmission in order for the level to be raised.  Watch how Mexican authorities are dealing with the outbreak »

"We're looking for intergenerational spread. So, that means from a traveler to a spouse to the butcher to the kindergarten, something like that -- through generations of spread in one community."

For now, the WHO's breakdown of confirmed cases is: United States, 91, including one death; Mexico, 26, seven deaths; Canada, 13; Spain, 10; United Kingdom, five; Germany, three; New Zealand, three; Israel, two; Austria, one.


Peru and Switzerland reported their first cases late Wednesday and early Thursday, respectively -- but they were not among the WHO's official tally.

Please note....this is a much longer article that can be read using the link above.
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