Category: SWINE FLU


By Kim Landers in Mexico City for AM
ABC NEWS

Mexico’s deadly swine flu outbreak is on the brink of sparking a global pandemic, but there is still confusion about how many people have died from the virus.

Mexico’s Government has confirmed 260 people have swine flu but only 12 have died. The confirmed total is a long way short of the 180-plus suspected deaths in the country.

In Mexico City, mobile health clinics have sprung up to deal with people who feel sick.

One caravan is parked near the historic city centre and hundreds of people, including Jessica Avanto, have lined up to see the doctor.

Ms Avanto describes her three-year-old son’s symptoms. She says he has a runny nose and a cough.

The toddler is wearing a face mask and is playing happily with his Incredible Hulk action figure but his mother says he has been sick for days.

An interpreter says Ms Avanto is hopeful her son does not have the virus.

“He hasn’t had a fever and it’s an important symptom,” he said. “But she’s worried about it and that’s why she came here.”

The swine flu outbreak began more than a week ago but the mobile health clinic has only been running for two days.

Leopoldo Llanos has a sore throat and a cold and he is lining up as well.

An interpreter says Mr Llanos has been sick since Monday.

“He says he’s really worried and was walking past the clinic when he decided to stop,” he said.

“He says he went to one of the main hospitals in Mexico City but they told him they could only treat him if he had all the symptoms. Because he doesn’t have a fever, they turned him away.”

Fabian Ismael Villasenor is the doctor who is seeing patients at the clinic after they have had their temperatures checked by an assistant and described their symptoms too.

“The clinic is trying to reduce panic, to focus on prevention and education, but is also checking if people have swine flu and if they do, to send them to hospital,” he said through an interpreter.

He says he has not seen anyone with swine flu, nor does he expect to see many people who have the virus.

Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon is urging people to stay home over the next five days in a bid to halt the spread of swine flu.

Only essential businesses, such as supermarkets, hospitals and chemists will stay open.

And only critical government workers, such as police and soldiers, will be on duty.

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By Kim Landers in Mexico City for AM
ABC NEWS

Mexico’s deadly swine flu outbreak is on the brink of sparking a global pandemic, but there is still confusion about how many people have died from the virus.

Mexico’s Government has confirmed 260 people have swine flu but only 12 have died. The confirmed total is a long way short of the 180-plus suspected deaths in the country.

In Mexico City, mobile health clinics have sprung up to deal with people who feel sick.

One caravan is parked near the historic city centre and hundreds of people, including Jessica Avanto, have lined up to see the doctor.

Ms Avanto describes her three-year-old son’s symptoms. She says he has a runny nose and a cough.

The toddler is wearing a face mask and is playing happily with his Incredible Hulk action figure but his mother says he has been sick for days.

An interpreter says Ms Avanto is hopeful her son does not have the virus.

“He hasn’t had a fever and it’s an important symptom,” he said. “But she’s worried about it and that’s why she came here.”

The swine flu outbreak began more than a week ago but the mobile health clinic has only been running for two days.

Leopoldo Llanos has a sore throat and a cold and he is lining up as well.

An interpreter says Mr Llanos has been sick since Monday.

“He says he’s really worried and was walking past the clinic when he decided to stop,” he said.

“He says he went to one of the main hospitals in Mexico City but they told him they could only treat him if he had all the symptoms. Because he doesn’t have a fever, they turned him away.”

Fabian Ismael Villasenor is the doctor who is seeing patients at the clinic after they have had their temperatures checked by an assistant and described their symptoms too.

“The clinic is trying to reduce panic, to focus on prevention and education, but is also checking if people have swine flu and if they do, to send them to hospital,” he said through an interpreter.

He says he has not seen anyone with swine flu, nor does he expect to see many people who have the virus.

Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon is urging people to stay home over the next five days in a bid to halt the spread of swine flu.

Only essential businesses, such as supermarkets, hospitals and chemists will stay open.

And only critical government workers, such as police and soldiers, will be on duty.

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(CNN) — The World Health Organization raised the swine flu alert to level five Wednesday indicating it fears a pandemic is imminent.

On Wednesday, the outbreak grew in terms of confirmed cases, people killed and countries with infections.

Health officials are scrambling to get more information about the virus for which there is no vaccine.

“All countries should immediately activate their pandemic preparedness plans,” said Dr. Margaret Chan, the World Health Organization’s director-general.

She added: “We do not have all the answers right now but we will get them.”

Earlier, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said: “It’s a virus that we’ve never seen before. There’s no background immunity in the population and it is spreading from human to human, all of which has the potential for a pandemic.”

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WASHINGTON – A government official confirmed the first U.S. death from the new H1N1 swine flu on Wednesday, a 23-month-old child who died in Texas.

It is the first death from swine flu reported outside Mexico, the country hardest hit by the influenza outbreak. The disease is suspected of killing more than 150 people in Mexico and sickening over 2,400 there.

The official gave Reuters no other details on the case. U.S. officials have confirmed 65 cases of swine flu, most of them mild.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization was holding an emergency “scientific review” of the outbreak to determine exactly what is known about how the disease spreads, how it affects human health and how it can be treated.

Experts will take part via telephone from the United States, Mexico and other countries where people have been infected by swine flu. The U.N. health body said a report will be published shortly after the meeting.

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CHARLES TOWN, W.Va., April 27, 2009 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ — American Med Tech, Inc. (Pink Sheets: RBRM) today offered a specially assembled home protection kit for swine flu based on the germ killing power of silver. ( http://www.rebuildermedical.com/outbreak).
“We spent the entire weekend assembling swine flu kits from existing inventory already boxed in pre-paid overnight FED-EX boxes,” said David B. Phillips, Ph.D. CEO.
Additionally, Dr. Phillips reports: “We have been selling our nano-silver based medical hygiene products for the last 5 years. Our silver ion based products were developed as a cure for the highly contagious skin disease Molluscum Contagioisum and to protect the delicate skin of diabetics. The problem with washing your hands with normal hand cleaners to kill swine flu virus is that they contain harsh chemicals. Your hands may be clean immediately after washing, but the harsh chemicals make your skin vulnerable to infections minutes afterward. Silver ions are used in hospitals and medical equipment to kill germs and virus non-invasively and is completely safe for children and older people. ”
Finally, Dr. Phillips told reporters today: “Swine flu is transferred by touching a contaminated surface and then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes. Even touching your hair if it has virus that has settled on it and then touching your nose can infect you, so we have protection for your hair, hands, nasal and oral cavities as well. All our products are hypo-allergenic.”
“We have had inquiries from all over the globe today. We will focus on protecting the U.S. residents first.”

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CHARLES TOWN, W.Va., April 27, 2009 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ — American Med Tech, Inc. (Pink Sheets: RBRM) today offered a specially assembled home protection kit for swine flu based on the germ killing power of silver. ( http://www.rebuildermedical.com/outbreak).
“We spent the entire weekend assembling swine flu kits from existing inventory already boxed in pre-paid overnight FED-EX boxes,” said David B. Phillips, Ph.D. CEO.
Additionally, Dr. Phillips reports: “We have been selling our nano-silver based medical hygiene products for the last 5 years. Our silver ion based products were developed as a cure for the highly contagious skin disease Molluscum Contagioisum and to protect the delicate skin of diabetics. The problem with washing your hands with normal hand cleaners to kill swine flu virus is that they contain harsh chemicals. Your hands may be clean immediately after washing, but the harsh chemicals make your skin vulnerable to infections minutes afterward. Silver ions are used in hospitals and medical equipment to kill germs and virus non-invasively and is completely safe for children and older people. ”
Finally, Dr. Phillips told reporters today: “Swine flu is transferred by touching a contaminated surface and then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes. Even touching your hair if it has virus that has settled on it and then touching your nose can infect you, so we have protection for your hair, hands, nasal and oral cavities as well. All our products are hypo-allergenic.”
“We have had inquiries from all over the globe today. We will focus on protecting the U.S. residents first.”

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GOOGLE MAPS TRACKS SWINE FLU

Follow the outbreaks


By Thomas Black

April 25 (Bloomberg) — Mexican President Felipe Calderon declared an emergency in his country’s swine flu outbreak, giving him powers to order quarantines and suspend public events.

Authorities have canceled school at all levels in Mexico City and the state of Mexico until further notice, and the government has shut most public and government activities in the area. The emergency decree, published today in the state gazette, gives the president authority to take more action.

“The federal government under my charge will not hesitate a moment to take all, all the measures necessary to respond with efficiency and opportunity to this respiratory epidemic,” Calderon said today during a speech to inaugurate a hospital in the southern state of Oaxaca.

At least 20 deaths in Mexico from the disease are confirmed, Health Minister Jose Cordova said yesterday. The strain is a variant of H1N1 swine influenza that has also sickened at least eight people in California and Texas. As many as 68 deaths may be attributed to the virus in Mexico, and about 1,000 people in the Mexico City area are showing symptoms of the illness, Cordoba said.

Obama’s Visit

The first case was seen in Mexico on April 13. The outbreak coincided with the President Barack Obama’s trip to Mexico City on April 16.
Obama was received at Mexico’s anthropology museum in Mexico City by Felipe Solis, a distinguished archeologist who died the following day from symptoms similar to flu, Reforma newspaper reported. The newspaper didn’t confirm if Solis had swine flu or not.

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