Amon wrote:And you chose the wrong place to be defiant, my dear.
you dont tolerate disagreement, dear? not even factual?
greghaught wrote:you dont tolerate disagreement, dear? not even factual?
Swine flu panic spreads in Argentina
By Richard Reynolds
Posted Thu Jul 2, 2009 6:26am AEST
People in Argentina are starting to panic about the spread of swine flu, with at least nine more people dying from the virus overnight.
Just three weeks ago, swine flu was something that Argentines thought Mexicans and perhaps Americans had to worry about.
Officially 44 have now died from the virus, but unofficially, the tally may be as high as 150, giving Argentina a death rate higher than any other country.
Surgical masks appeared on the streets of downtown Buenos Aires today, but business still appears to be continuing as normal.
The two-week extension of the usual winter school holidays has many concerned that the government is not telling them the whole truth.
> ** U. K. urges calm while planning for 65,000 flu deaths
> ** http://www.rep-am.com/News/426551.txt
> Britons were told not to panic over swine flu Friday after the
> nation's most senior doctor said the health service is planning
> for 65,000 deaths from the disease, which has claimed 29 lives so
> far in the U. K.
> ** Argentina declares emergency after flu found in pigs
> ** http://www.reuters.com/article/americas ... SN17476663
> BUENOS AIRES, July 17 (Reuters) - Argentina's government declared
> on Friday a national sanitary emergency due to the presence of the
> new H1N1 flu virus in pigs. Earlier this month, animal health
> officials said workers at a pig farm in Buenos Aires province were
> suspected of having passed the new strain onto the animals.
> ** 1918 Pandemic H1N1 Human/Swine Recombination
> ** http://www.recombinomics.com/News/07140 ... Swine.html
> The swine origin is also supported by the recent Nature paper
> showing that sera from patients alive in 1918 had antibodies that
> not only saw the 1918 pandemic H1N1 strain, but also the current
> 2009 pandemic strain which is a swine H1N1. Thus, both the
> antibody data as well as phylogenetic analysis support a mammalian
> (human and swine) origin of 1918. ...
> These data have important implications for the current pandemic
> strain, because it is a swine H1N1 which can efficiently transmit
> in humans. It has spread throughout the human population
> worldwide, and now is in position for further adaptation to human
> host via recombination with seasonal H1N1, which is well adapted
> to humans.
> ** Swine flu could extend recession by two years, says thinktank
> ** http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/ju ... -thinktank
> Six-month swine flu pandemic could cost economy £60bn and hit the
> UK just as recovery starts, says Oxford Economics
> A six-month swine flu pandemic in the UK could cost the economy
> about £60bn and extend the recession by around two years, an
> economic thinktank warned today.
> Oxford Economics said a pandemic was likely to hit the UK just as
> its starts to recover from recession and could result in the
> credit crunch being much worse that it would otherwise have been,
> tipping the economy into deflation.
> The thinktank predicted that a severe pandemic could cut gross
> domestic product by 5%, with the economy shrinking by about 7.5%
> next year and enduring 1% deflation throughout 2010-12. It said a
> pandemic would lead UK consumers to save more and spend less.
> The report concluded: "There is a significant risk that the
> pandemic triggers a set of unfavourable behavioural changes that
> tip it into deflation. A flu outbreak in the autumn would hit just
> as the economy starts to recover from the credit crunch. It would
> threaten already fragile businesses and put further strains on
> financial markets and fiscal balances.
> "This could generate a vicious cycle that postpones the recovery
> for another couple of years. The fact that UK households' balance
> sheets are more stretched than in many other countries makes the
> risk of deflationary dynamics larger than elsewhere."
> The thinktank has previously warned that a six-month pandemic
> could cut world GDP by 3.5%, or about $2.5tr (£1.5tr).
Samir wrote:So News Literacy teacher thought that the media blew the swine flu thing out of proportion.
Foolworm wrote:It may be more overblown news, but the new mutations in H3N2 (seasonal flu) are popping up, and are creating fears of hybridization. This particular variant is causing worry; - in HK, one has already died and 2 more are in ICUs within the first few days of confirmation.
I might add that for all the virulence of H1N1, H3N2 is without question the most successful human flu strain to date. With both circulating simultaneously around metropolises such as Hong Kong and Taipei, one logically jumps to the worst possible conclusion.
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