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Flu maps look so pretty with all the colors.  My favorite is The Global Disease Health Map http://healthmap.org/swineflu.  It tracks everything from the seasonal and H1N1 Swine Flu to Chicken Pox, with only 8 cases reported.  Too bad every dot is disease. Rhiza Labs offers a map here http://www.swineflumap.us/.  Another here  http://swineflumaps.com/ , Pediatrics offers this http://pediatrics.about.com/od/swineflu/l/bl_swine_flu_map.htm, The Wall Journal Tracking map is here http://online.wsj.com/public/resources/documents/info-SWINEFLUMAP0904.html, The New York Times map is here, http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2009/04/27/us/20090427-flu-update-graphic.html cbcnews Canada offers http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2009/04/27/f-swine-flu-map.html

Whatever map you select, the numbers of H1N1 Swine Flu will vary by source; but Victoria, Australia  now has the highest recorded per capita rate of swine flu in the world and is being blamed for exporting the virus around Australia. It has the fourth highest number of infections worldwide after the US, Mexico and Canada, but the highest per capita load. http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,25603115-2862,00.html?from=public_rss.  Sydney, Australia is reporting Patient One.  Six-year-old Nicholas Darcy is the recipient of the first Australian “community transmission” of swine flu – catching the disease from someone with no known links to a host country or source.  http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,25548525-5001021,00.html?from=public_rss NO KNOWN LINKS is a pretty scary prospect. 

While virus knows no borders, the number of new cases appears to be tapering off and I wonder if it is just the calm before the storm.  Previous flu outbreaks like H3N2  Hong Kong Flu, and the 1918 Spanish Flu had a tapering off period that led to full pandemic status. “New viruses sometimes arise late in spring, morph during the summer, and come back in the fall in a more virulent, severe strain says http://hamptonroads.com/2009/06/each-new-outbreak-medical-sleuth-case .

Epidemiology began in 1854, when London physician John Snow suggested removing the handle from a water pump after noting victims of a cholera outbreak had used it. 

While sanitation and science is much improved to prevent H1N1 Swine Flu, are we still only 6 degrees from Kevin Bacon and the concept of the small world phenomenon? You’ve probably heard of the Six Degrees concept. Any one person (including  Kevin Bacon) is connected to any other person through six or fewer relationships, because it’s a small world.  A world so small that Swine Flu has reached nearly every Continent, save Greenland and Antarctica. A six year old provides proof he was not six degrees away from the flu.

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SixDegrees.org harnesses two important online trends: the exponential growth of social networks and the increasing interest in using the web for raising money for charity among family and friends. Through SixDegrees.org, people can upload their own photos and stories and fundraise for the charity of their choice with their own charity badges and AIM Pages.  http://www.sixdegrees.org/ Truly worthwhile.

The trend of previous illnesses asks if  the strain will mutate and change to become more virulent; is it becoming resistant to anti-virals like  Tamiflu? Who is getting sick and where? How old are the infected?  What is the the death rate and infection rate?  How do we begin to deal with a massive outbreak? 

No one is immune, even New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin, who traveled on Friday to Shanghai, China, on an economic development trip, was informed early Sunday that a passenger on the airplane in which he was traveling was confirmed to have signs and symptoms of an influenza-like illness, suspected to be of the H1N1 — or swine flu — subtype.  He is in precautionary quarantine. http://www.wdsu.com/news/19683611/detail.html

Trust for America’s Health, The Center for Biosecurity, and The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation teamed up publishing a review of  the initial response to the swine flu called Pandemic Flu: Lessons from The Frontlines http://healthyamericans.org/report/64/pandemic-flu-frontlines that outlines some basic procedural maneuvering.  It reviews 10 early lessons learned from the response to the H1N1 (swine) flu outbreak, 10 ongoing core vulnerabilities in U.S. pandemic flu preparedness, and case studies of challenges communities around the country faced when responding to the outbreak.

Experts predict a severe pandemic flu outbreak could result in up to 1.9 million deaths in the United States, approximately 9.9 million Americans needing to be hospitalized, and an economic recession with losses of over $680 billion to the U.S. Gross Domestic Product says TFAH- Trust for America’s Health http://healthyamericans.org/pandemic-flu/.   Recent economic challenges will be nothing compared to a full blown Pandemic.

State and Federal officials in the U.S. are proposing  S. 1143, http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s111-1143 a Public Health Workforce Act to to establish various programs for the recruitment and retention of public health workers and to eliminate critical public health workforce shortages in Federal, State, local, and tribal public health agencies and health centers.  I imagine this bills primary goal is make sure America has the people and resources to vaccinate to people with mass inoculations but in pure socialistic tendency, the bill “…may give hiring priority to any individual who has qualified for and is willing to execute a contract to participate in the Program.”  The private sector gets overlooked, yet again. 

Obama begins his world tour to promote socialized government Healthcare with his Organizing For America group.  Obama recently asked Congress for another $2 billion in supplemental funds to fight the novel H1N1 influenza epidemic, on top of $2 billion requested a month ago, and also proposed to tap federal economic stimulus funds for up to another $3.1 billion for the same purpose according to CIDRAP –http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/influenza/swineflu/news/jun0509funding.html 

Flu Wiki http://www.fluwikie.com/pmwiki.php?n=About.About shares flu knowledge support and extends information to advance both preparation for and the ability to cope with events as they unfold primarily without reliance on the government.

Sadly Alberta farmer Arnold Van Ginkel, whose swine farm was Ground Zero for the Influenza A (H1N1) in Canada voluntarily, culled all his 2,000 plus herd which was earlier quarantined by federal health authorities according to http://www.vitabeat.com/alberta-farmer-whose-swine-farm-started-influenza-a-h1n1-in-canada-culls-herd/v/10342/.  Again, so much for Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, this was just One.

Lastly, one bit of good news, a new H5N1 recombinant vaccine virus has been developed by the WHO Collaborating Centerhttp://www.thepoultrysite.com/poultrynews/17890/new-recombinant-h5n1-vaccine-virus-available.   Influenza sequences are available in GenBank as soon as they are processed at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/genomes/FLU/SwineFlu.html .  Now if they can only identify how this all got started in the first place. 

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The multi billion merger pending from pharmaceutical companies Merck with a $41.1 billion purchase of Schering-Plough Corp. probably won’t be the last big drug-industry merger.  The amount of money is staggering and the lack of regulation apparent.

The deal, which comes on the heels of Pfizer Inc.’s $68 billion bid for Wyeth in January and Roche Holding AG’s $45.7 billion offer for U.S. partner Genentech Inc. last week, will spur other drug makers fearful of falling behind into action…Sanofi-Aventis SA may next target Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., which sells the French company’s Plavix blood-thinner and the Avapro hypertension treatment in the U.S. Alternatively, Bristol- Myers may be a potential merger partner for U.K. diabetes drug partner AstraZeneca Plc.  Johnson & Johnson may make a counter bid for Schering-Plough.  http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=a.JuaqqzcDMY&refer=home

There is money to be made and lives to be saved, but human drug testing in the highest expense to bringing new drugs to market.  Many trade their bodies for the cash drug trial offers. More than 800 drug tests are taking place in India alone.  The FDA has only checked into 8 of them according to a special report http://www.tampabay.com/specials/2008/reports/india/ .

For every 5000 drugs tested in the lab, only 5 will make it to clinical trials and only 1 will pass and make it to the shelves.  It is expensive and America bears the brunt tangible costs with big pharma passing along the costs to her citizens with our disastrous medical system that by some accounts, is still the best in the world.  

In New Zealand, the use of human subjects including children as young as 6 years old, in trials of a novel GE {Genetically Engineered} food is being condemned by scientists internationally and by GE Free NZ (in food and environment).  GE ‘golden rice’ has been promoted as a solution to malnutrition, despite other readily-available sources of vitamin A.  Deficiencies of the vitamin are a cause of blindness among the poor.

“‘Pharming’ will blur the distinction between food and chemicals, disrupting our brand image far more significantly than the recent melamine contamination in milk powder in China.  Allowing human feeding trials of this experimental rice is highly concerning and  a frightening breach of human rights,” says Jon Carapiet from GE-Free New Zealand.  http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0902/S00328.htm

No where in mainstream media, is this report out about American pharmaceutical company Baxter- sending to Chech Republic, Slovenia and Germany bird flu vaccines that were found to contain actual deadly flu virus instead of the vaccine!  Baxter flu vaccines contaminated with H5N1 – otherwise known as the human form of avian flu, one of the most deadly biological weapons on earth with a 60% kill rate – were received by labs in the Czech Republic, Germany, and Sloveniahttp://www.torontosun.com/news/canada/2009/02/27/8560781.html
 
Of course, Baxter invoked trade secrets and refused to reveal how the vaccines were contaminated with H5N1, finally admitting that pure H5N1 batches were sent by accident.  On Friday {March 6, 2009}, the company’s director of global bioscience communications confirmed what scientists have suspected. “It was live,” Christopher Bona said in an email.   The contaminated product, which Baxter calls “experimental virus material,” was made at the Orth-Donau  research facility. Baxter makes its flu vaccine — including a human H5N1 vaccine for which a license is expected shortly — at a facility in the Czech Republic. 

People familiar with biosecurity rules are dismayed by evidence that human H3N2 and avian H5N1 viruses somehow co-mingled in the Orth-Donau facility. That is a dangerous practice that should not be allowed to happen, a number of experts insisted.   Accidental release of a mixture of live H5N1 and H3N2 viruses could have resulted in dire consequences. Ya think?  Did they send it regular mail or on an airplane with 200 happy people going on vacation?  Was it labeled as hazardous medical so a terrorist could know what to steal?  Mind numbing ignorance.

While H5N1 doesn’t easily infect people, H3N2 viruses do. If someone exposed to a mixture of the two had been simultaneously infected with both strains, he or she could have served as an incubator for a hazardous mixed virus able to transmit easily to and among people.   That mixing process, called reassortment, is one of two ways pandemic viruses are created. 
 
“This was seemingly an attempt to quickly change the story and hide the fact that the accidental contamination of a vaccine with a deadly biological agent like avian flu is virtually impossible and the only way it could have happened was by willful gross criminal negligence,” said Dr. Orly Taitz at http://defendourfreedoms.us/2009/03/10/meeting-with-scalia-and-coordinated-cyber-attack.aspx

The contamination incident came to light when the subcontractor in the Czech Republic inoculated ferrets with the product and they died. Ferrets shouldn’t die from exposure to human H3N2 flu viruses.  Imagine if they had inoculated infants rather than ferrets.

Baxter International Inc.(NYSE: BAX)  “develops, manufactures and markets products that save and sustain the lives of people with hemophilia, immune disorders, infectious diseases, kidney disease, trauma, and other chronic and acute medical conditions. http://www.baxter.com/  The company has no mention of this mistake of epic proportion on their website.

According to the Baxter site they have two products on the market: a vaccine against tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) and a vaccine against group C meningococcal meningitishttp://www.baxtervaccines.com/?node_id=312 I think we can all agree how happy we are that this “mixing process,” didn’t affect these two vaccines already widely in use. 

According to the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO) three virus strains, usually two type A and one type B, are selected each year before flu vaccine production starts. This is done after a careful investigation of the circulating strains and their mutations and they pick and choose the most likely to populate. 

The CDC recommends getting vaccinated now to protect against late-circulating flu viruses and provides state pandemic Web site information at http://www.pandemicflu.gov/whereyoulive/index.html.  From all accounts the last time it was updated for the heavily populated state of New York was in 2006. http://www.health.state.ny.us/diseases/communicable/influenza/pandemic/docs/pandemic_influenza_plan.pdf  Check your state here http://www.pandemicflu.gov/plan/states/stateplans.html.

I wonder if pandemic planning activities include all the FEMA camps and train rides? 

The CDC has a list of the number of vaccines recommended for children and adults from the eradicated Polio to the newly identified diseases like Cervical Cancer who’s prevention for a few of the strains lies in the vaccine Gardasil; which is now mandated by the U.S. Government for all female immigrants.  http://www.cispimmunize.org/ 

The alleged link between thimerosal and autism has spawned numerous investigations, including a fantastic Rolling Stone article by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. that claims that the government was/is engaged in a medical cover-up. http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/story/7395411/deadly_immunity/

“All parents and patients should be informed about the risks and benefits of preventive and therapeutic procedures, including vaccination. In the case of vaccination, federal law mandates this discussion.”  http://www.cispimmunize.org/pro/pdf/RefusaltoVaccinate.pdf Physicians are also mandated to keep records of patients who refuse.  If you refuse to vaccinate your children, will your doctor enforce the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act which gives states the right to literally steal your children for up to 48 hours — the time they have to prove child neglect OR abuse and then vaccinate them?

Does big pharma operate with the morals to prevent mortality? 

Someday, you will die.

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