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Really, what’s next about the Swine Flu?

From MSNBC this week- http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32863511/ns/health-swine_flu/
Swine flu deaths show this flu is different. H1N1 virus ‘looks like avian flu on steroids,’ expert says.

The last sentence of the article which notes the difference in the veracity of H1N1 in attacking patient lungs, is this little tidbit:

Ruiz-Palacios also said the new virus can be found in the urine and feces of patients, something that may affect how it spreads.

The effect that may affect how it spreads, is the fact that we all go to the bathroom.  Everyone of us. 

Public bathrooms are notorious for filth, but even the cleanest restrooms of the fancy Vegas hotels are laden with invisible germs.  I mean, how do you go to the bathroom without touching the door and then maybe the stall? 

Sanitized for your protection, my ass.

The episode from the Soprano’s comes to mind about Paulie Walnuts Gualtieri shoelaces. “Even if you keep your shoes tied, and your laces aren’t dragging through urine….then Silvio eating his lunch- SHUT THE FUCK UP!!!!” So I can’t stand touchin fuckin’ shoelaces.”  something like that anyways.

Charles Gerba, Ph.D., co-author of “The Germ Freak’s Guide to Outwitting Colds and Flu,” suggests some of her advice seems panicky, like the suggestion to exit a public restroom stall immediately after flushing, since “fecal matter” can fly 20 feet into the air when flushed (“Better to Flush and Rush than Feel the Gush”).http://www.amazon.com/Germ-Freaks-Guide-Outwitting-Colds/dp/0757303277

I am going to be moving a little faster out of the stall.

How about touching the sink handles after the person in front of you just took a crap.  Or the soap dispenser?  Back out the door? 

Don’t even get me started on the grocery stores or restaurant menus.

Aw piss on it.  I’ve got a good immune system and I am sure as hell not going to make it all day without going to the the bathroom and I am not the boy in the bubble.   

Cheers to hoping our body’s immune systems don’t go ape shit and kill us, because I am not getting a seasonal or a Swine Flu Shot- EVER. Piss on that.

btw for whatever it’s worth- In a 2007 University of Florida study, people who took a 450-milligram green-tea supplement twice a day for 3 months had a third fewer days of cold symptoms. Try Immune Guard ($30 for 60 pills, www.immune-guard.us).   

Disclaimer-Swine Flu Conspiracy theories can sometimes be triggered by real world events.

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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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How do we cure the H1N1 Swine Flu?

Mycologist Paul Stamets lists 6 ways the mycelium fungus can help save the universe: cleaning polluted soil, making insecticides, treating smallpox and even curing the flu!  http://www.ted.com/index.php/speakers/paul_stamets.htmlRead more.

As swine flu cases approach 20,000 worldwide the number is significantly lower than reported cases of death from the seasonal flu.  Yet, “Pharmaceutical companies are ready to begin making a swine flu vaccine – but as the virus constantly mutates, questions abound: How much should be produced? How will it be distributed? Who should get it?”  reports http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/05/14/health/main5013643.shtml?source=RSSattr=HOME_5013643.  Will you ask for the one manufactured by Baxter Pharma?

America’s North Shore blog clearly shows and increase in the number of cases- to the tune of 700 more cases per day. http://northshorejournal.org/is-swine-flu-or-novel-h1n1-in-decline-in-the-us

David Fedson, a vaccines expert and former professor of medicine at the University of Virginia. “If we don’t invest in an H1N1 (swine flu) vaccine, then possibly we could have a reappearance of this virus in a mild, moderate, or catastrophic form and we would have absolutely nothing.” 

Exxxxcccuuuuse me? Where is the hope for an aids vaccine or even an antibiotic against staph infections- due to an increase in MRSA; which because of drug resistance are much harder to treat?  These world wide death tolls and infection rates are staggering. 

The latest statistics on the world epidemic of AIDS & HIV were published by UNAIDSEstimateEstimate Range Range/WHO in July 2008, and refer to the end of 2007.

  Estimate Range
People living with HIV/AIDS in 2007 33.0 million 30.3-36.1 million
Adults living with HIV/AIDS in 2007 30.8 million 28.2-34.0 million
Women living with HIV/AIDS in 2007 15.5 million 14.2-16.9 million
Children living with HIV/AIDS in 2007 2.0 million 1.9-2.3 million
People newly infected with HIV in 2007 2.7 million 2.2-3.2 million
Children newly infected with HIV in 2007 0.37 million 0.33-0.41 million
AIDS deaths in 2007 2.0 million 1.8-2.3 million
Child AIDS deaths in 2007 0.27 million 0.25-0.29 million

More than 25 million people have died of AIDS since 1981. sourced from http://www.avert.org/worldstats.htm

According to the world Health Organization, the number of people diagnosed with cancer will rise to 26.4 million of which 17 million will die, triple the number of today’s patients. http://news.ert.gr/en/23084-triplasiazontai-ta-krousmata-karkinou-mexri-to-2030.htm

Cholera can be treated in nearly 99% of cases http://diarrhea.emedtv.com/cholera/cholera-cure.html yet in Zimbabwe alone the number of cholera cases has climbed to 100,000 with 4,283 deaths according to The Red Cross http://www.ifrc.org/docs/news/pr09/2709.asp.  Clean water is the first step to prevention but the Red Cross has decreased funding.  2007 IRS filing http://www.redcross.org/www-files/Documents/pdf/corppubs/ARC_990_2008.pdf shows revenue of a staggering $31.8 Billion. 

Still funding goes to vaccines for the unknown, the new H1N1 Swine Flu.  While H1N1 is a new variable what happens if it merges with the more deadly Avian Flu.  Can it merge with Aids? 

I am ready to order some mushroom soup, crab stuffed mushrooms, mushroom quiche, beef stroganoff with mushrooms; but I will pass on the mushroom sorbet.  Man’s got to draw the line somewhere.  Instead give me the double fried cheesecake, topped with strawberries and loads of whipped cream.  If the shrooms don’t boost my immune system at least when they roll my sorry ass into a casket- from whatever illness there is no cure from, I will have died one fat happy mother Fred.

People before profits?  Just add the automatic 20% tip charge please.

The CDC has this to say on a cure and prevention besides determining that this new H1N1 virus is contagious and is spreading from human to human  – http://www.cdc.gov/H1N1flu/qa.htm.

Disclaimer-Swine Flu Conspiracy theories can sometimes be triggered by real world events.

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Remarkable. Watch how the Swine Flu gets released.  Amazing graphics in this is brief, 3D visualization of the influenza type-a virus’ antigenic shift. 

From You Tube, “Only the influenza Type-A virus is capable of what is known as antigenic shift. The current flu in circulation is an entirely new, mutated pathogen formed from elements of human, pig, and avian virus strains.  Overflowing with mutated viruses, the respiratory epithelial host cells of the pig eventually burst open and circulate the new flu virus into the susceptible human population. ”

Maybe this visualization could be used for any type of virus, but it is amazing none-the-less.  More on the topic at —

Swine Flu May Merge With Other Flu Viruses, CDC Says May 3 (Bloomberg) — Swine flu’s potential to reconfigure its genetic material and become more deadly is a “major concern,” said Anne Schuchat, a scientist with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More at http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=apMpdM16ccYAThe

The most reliable Google Maps on Swine Flu is being put assembled by Henry Niman, founder Recombinomics, who has been tracing the evolution of influenza for the last five years  http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&t=p&msa=0&msid=106484775090296685271.0004681a37b713f6b5950&ll=47.517201,-109.335937&spn=101.871352,255.585938&z=2 

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Updated flu reports and posts at  https://ahrcanum.wordpress.com/ah1n1-swine-flu-report/

Eye-chiwawa, a  strain of flu never seen before has killed up to 60 people in Mexico and 8 in the United States.   Reuters reports that the CDC analysis showed the disease is a mixture of swine, human and avian viruses.  Mexico’s health minister, José Ángel Córdova, said the virus had mutated from pigs and had at some point been transmitted to humans.  At least, he’s pretty sure.

A Mixture?  H5N1 does not’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 and it looks like Mexico City is ground zero for it’s spread. 

In February 2009, American pharmaceutical company Baxter made a mistake of catastrophic proportions.  Baxter manufactured and sent The Austrian firm, Avir Green Hills bird flu vaccines that were found to contain a mix of H3N2 seasonal flu viruses and unlabeled H5N1-otherwise known as the human form of Avian Flu. 

Avian Flu is one of the most deadly biological weapons on earth with a 60% kill rate.  Avir Green Hills sent the vaccines on to labs in the Czech Republic, Germany, and Slovenia.  https://ahrcanum.wordpress.com/2009/03/11/vaccine-drug-deadly-costs-mistakes-threaten-pandemic/   The contamination was realized in the Czech Republic where they inoculated ferrets with the product and they died unexpectedly from exposure to human H3N2 flu viruses.  Imagine if they had inoculated infants or an entire population rather than ferrets?  Imagine if a terrorist got a hold of this? 

Bloomberg News is reporting The World Health Organization in Geneva will declare the outbreak “a public health event of international concern” noting that it may raise the level of pandemic alert, which could lead to travel restrictions aimed at curbing the disease’s spread. http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601085&sid=atHtXtCigRII&refer=europe 

WHO has the world presently in phase 3: a new influenza virus subtype is causing disease in humans, but is not yet spreading efficiently and sustainable among humans.  “In my mind, what we’re talking about is moving from a pandemic alert 3 to a pandemic alert probably 5,” said Michael Gardam, director of infectious diseases prevention and control at the Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion. Level 5 indicates a new strain with significant human-to-human transmission. Level 6 is a pandemic. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20090425.ILLNESS25ART2116/TPStory/National

Whatever threat level is assigned, and whomever raises the alert could result in border closures, travel and trade restrictions.  Mexico City is already in lockdown mode with schools, museums and libraries closed and soccer games being played to empty seats.  How far the lockdown goes is anyones guess.  I wonder what FEMA Zones may be impacted?  Craig Fugate, President Obama’s nominee to head FEMA, sailed through his confirmation hearing last week before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Welcome to your new job, dude.  

WHO estimates between 250,000 and 500,000 deaths annually from the seasonal flu strains H3N2, H1N1 and type B.  Experted from the NYTimes- Seasonal flus cause most of their deaths among infants, elderly people and the infirmed, but “pandemic flus — like the 1918 Spanish flu, and the 1957 and 1968 pandemics — often strike young, healthy people the hardest.  The leading theory on why so many young, healthy people die in pandemics is the “cytokine storm,” in which vigorous immune systems pour out antibodies to attack the new virus. That can inflame lung cells until they leak fluid, which can overwhelm the lungs. Despite the alarm in recent years over the H5N1 avian flu, which is still circulating in China, Indonesia, Egypt and elsewhere, some flu experts argued that it would never cause a pandemic, because no H5 strain ever had. All previous pandemics have been caused by H1s, H2s or H3s.  http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/25/world/americas/25mexico.html?_r=1&ref=world

There are no estimates for this most recent outbreak and there is no cure, only treatment and prevention. 

Currently there are four different antiviral drugs that are licensed for use in the US for the treatment of influenza: amantadine, rimantadine, oseltamivir and zanamivir. None of these antiviral medications exist in large quantities! http://www.globalsecurity.org/security/ops/hsc-scen-3_flu-pandemic-medicine.htm.

The CDC is running its own investigation here http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/investigation.htm, most creatively saying wash your hands and that there is no vaccine available at this time.  Eye-chiwawa, indeed.

Vaccine photo props http://www.helpyourautisticchildblog.com/category/thimerosal/ and eye-chiwawa at http://pinkertonfx.deviantart.com/art/Eye-chiwawa-69317736

Correction- Damn it anyway, I hate it when I am wrong but glad that there weren’t 8 people who died in the US- rather 8 were identified as sick with the virus.

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