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« on: May 02, 2009, 09:13:42 AM »
51 H1N1 flu infections confirmed in Canada
(Updated Fri. May. 1 2009 7:31 PM ET)

Alberta and New Brunswick were among five provinces to confirm new H1N1 flu infections on Friday, the same day that the total number of Canadian cases jumped to 51.

Four new confirmed cases of the H1N1 flu in the Toronto area have pushed the total number of infections in Canada to 51.

This is in addition to 13 other new cases reported across Canada on Friday.

Alberta's chief medical health officer confirmed the presence of two more H1N1 cases in Calgary, where two additional women are sick with the virus, previously known as swine flu.

Dr. Andre Corriveau said one of the women had recently travelled to Mexico, the other to Tennessee.

Earlier on Friday, New Brunswick's chief medical officer, Dr. Eilish Cleary, confirmed that a woman in her 20s had a mild case of the virus, previously known as swine flu.

"In terms of severity of illness, she did not need to be hospitalized," Cleary told reporters. "We have no reason to believe that our case is putting anyone at risk based on what we know about the duration of symptoms."

Cleary added that the case is "not any worse and maybe even better then the regular flu we see."

It marks the first confirmed case in the province. 

By early Friday afternoon, B.C. had reported an additional four cases of the flu and Nova Scotia reported another six.

B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell said all 15 people with H1N1 in his province were either recovering, or already recovered, from the flu.

But he said he expects the number of B.C. cases to rise, some of which may turn out to be fatal.

All of Canadians who have fallen ill from H1N1 so far have suffered only mild symptoms, and none have died as a result of the flu.

On Friday, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said he believes Canadians are concerned, but not panicked, about the spread of the H1N1 flu.

He told reporters in Edgeley, Sask., that Canadian health officials are working in a co-ordinated manner to keep track of the flu and deal with the outbreak.

The presence of H1N1 in Canada was officially confirmed last weekend.

Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq announced at a Friday afternoon news conference that the government would be placing ads in Saturday newspapers to raise public awareness of the flu.

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« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2009, 09:18:37 AM »
Make sure to immediately go to the Hospital if these symptoms manifest. The upper echelons in the medical stratosphere say that there will be inhibition of the viral spread come summer time, due to the pervasive heat.

I dont' know, it has  yet to come to that, we'll find out. In the meantime, its best to tell friends, families that have symptoms to go straight to the E.R. If caught early, can be assessed. 
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« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2009, 09:22:26 AM »
wish i am in the philippines kay pertinggggg inita didto...syarog di mo-surrender ning virusa. hehe

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« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2009, 09:28:10 AM »
I just read the news, Glace, there were documented  141 swine flue infected in the United States, most of those were in the border states with Mexico.

per se, California, Arizona, New Mexico.

Most of the infected are Mexican illegal immigrants.

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« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2009, 09:28:12 AM »
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« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2009, 09:31:13 AM »
What is concerning and alarming the health care system is that these are just the documented cases, there may be hundreds more of Mexican illegals who do not know that they have the flu nor wish to go to the hospital for fear of being deported, and as a result, are further exposing many other Americans to the flu.

In California alone, there is an unprecedented 10 million undocumented mexican illegal immigrants.

Hundreds more cross the porous border with Mexico and the United States on a daily basis. Infected, and non-infected.

This is what we have feared would happen.

Now can you imagine if Terrorists unleash anthrax or some kind of germ warfare agent?

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« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2009, 09:32:52 AM »

Yup, thats why small pox and the plague didn't affect the Filipinos when the Spaniards came to the islands.

Filipinos were naturally protected, meaning the natives already had the antibodies, that and the fact that the weather was so hot, that germs didn't have time to spread.

Small pox did decimate the Native American tribes in North America, where the weather was cold.

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51 [/color]H1N1 flu infections confirmed in Canada
(Updated Fri. May. 1 2009 7:31 PM ET)

Alberta and New Brunswick were among five provinces to confirm new H1N1 flu infections on Friday, the same day that the total number of Canadian cases jumped to 51.

Four new confirmed cases of the H1N1 flu in the Toronto area have pushed the total number of infections in Canada to 51.

This is in addition to 13 other new cases reported across Canada on Friday...




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« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2009, 10:09:00 AM »

hahaha. mao ba. sabagay makalisang man pod ning VISA baya. labaw pa nas H1 virus.

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Naming this flu as Swine Flu has greatly affected the hog industry.
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it's because some people in this business are irresponsible, acting like pigs

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What is H1N1 (swine flu)?

H1N1 (referred to as “swine flu” early on) is a new influenza virus causing illness in people. This new virus was first detected in people in April 2009 in the United States. Other countries, including Mexico and Canada, have reported people sick with this new virus. This virus is spreading from person-to-person, probably in much the same way that regular seasonal influenza viruses spread.

Why is this new H1N1 virus sometimes called “swine flu”?

This virus was originally referred to as “swine flu” because laboratory testing showed that many of the genes in this new virus were very similar to influenza viruses that normally occur in pigs in North America. But further study has shown that this new virus is very different from what normally circulates in North American pigs. It has two genes from flu viruses that normally circulate in pigs in Europe and Asia and avian genes and human genes. Scientists call this a “quadruple reassortant” virus.

Do pigs carry this virus and can I catch this virus from a pig?
At this time, there is no evidence that swine in the United States are infected with this new virus. However, there are flu viruses that commonly cause outbreaks of illness in pigs. Most of the time, these viruses do not infect people, but influenza viruses can spread back and forth between pigs and people.

Are there human infections with this H1N1 virus in the U.S.?

Yes. Cases of human infection with this H1N1 influenza virus were first confirmed in the U.S. in Southern California and near Guadalupe County, Texas. The outbreak intensified rapidly from that time and more and more states have been reporting cases of illness from this virus. An updated case count of confirmed novel H1N1 flu infections in the United States is kept at http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/investigation.htm. CDC and local and state health agencies are working together to investigate this situation.

Is this new H1N1 virus contagious?
CDC has determined that this new H1N1 virus is contagious and is spreading from human to human. However, at this time, it is not known how easily the virus spreads between people.

What are the signs and symptoms of this virus in people?

The symptoms of this new influenza A H1N1 virus in people are similar to the symptoms of regular human flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. A significant number of people who have been infected with this virus also have reported diarrhea and vomiting.  Also, like seasonal flu, severe illnesses and death has occurred as a result of illness associated with this virus.

How severe is illness associated with this new H1N1 virus?

It’s not known at this time how severe this virus will be in the general population. CDC is studying the medical histories of people who have been infected with this virus to determine whether some people may be at greater risk from infection, serious illness or hospitalization from the virus. In seasonal flu, there are certain people that are at higher risk of serious flu-related complications. This includes young children, pregnant women, people with chronic medical conditions and people 65 and older. It’s unknown at this time whether certain groups of people are at greater risk of serious flu-related complications from infection with this new virus. CDC also is conducting laboratory studies to see if certain people might have natural immunity to this virus, depending on their age.

How does this new H1N1 virus spread?

Spread of this H1N1 virus is thought to be happening in the same way that seasonal flu spreads. Flu viruses are spread mainly from person to person through coughing or sneezing by people with influenza. Sometimes people may become infected by touching something with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose.

Can I get infected with this new H1N1 virus from eating or preparing pork?

No. H1N1 viruses are not spread by food. You cannot get this new HIN1 virus from eating pork or pork products. Eating properly handled and cooked pork products is safe. But evade uncooked pork or pork from Mexico and Latin countries

Is there a risk from drinking water?

Tap water that has been treated by conventional disinfection processes does not likely pose a risk for transmission of influenza viruses. Current drinking water treatment regulations provide a high degree of protection from viruses. No research has been completed on the susceptibility of the novel H1N1 flu virus to conventional drinking water treatment processes. However, recent studies have demonstrated that free chlorine levels typically used in drinking water treatment are adequate to inactivate highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza. It is likely that other influenza viruses such as novel H1N1 would also be similarly inactivated by chlorination. To date, there have been no documented human cases of influenza caused by exposure to influenza-contaminated drinking water.

What should I do to keep from getting the flu?
First and most important: wash your hands. Try to stay in good general health. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food. Try not to touch surfaces that may be contaminated with the flu virus. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Are there medicines to treat infection with this new virus?
Yes. CDC recommends the use of oseltamivir or zanamivir for the treatment and/or prevention of infection with these new influenza A (H1N1) viruses. Antiviral drugs are prescription medicines (pills, liquid or an inhaler) that fight against the flu by keeping flu viruses from reproducing in your body. If you get sick, antiviral drugs can make your illness milder and make you feel better faster. They may also prevent serious flu complications. During the current outbreak, the priority use for influenza antiviral drugs during is to treat severe influenza illness.

How long can an infected person spread this virus to others?
At the current time, CDC believes that this virus has the same properties in terms of spread as seasonal flu viruses. With seasonal flu, studies have shown that people may be contagious from one day before they develop symptoms to up to 7 days after they get sick.  Children, especially younger children, might potentially be contagious for longer periods. CDC is studying the virus and its capabilities to try to learn more and will provide more information as it becomes available.

What surfaces are most likely to be sources of contamination?
Germs can be spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth. Droplets from a cough or sneeze of an infected person move through the air. Germs can be spread when a person touches respiratory droplets from another person on a surface like a desk, for example, and then touches their own eyes, mouth or nose before washing their hands.

What can I do to protect myself from getting sick?
There is no vaccine available right now to protect against this new H1N1 virus. There are everyday actions that can help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses like influenza. Take these everyday steps to protect your health:

    1 Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
    2 Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
    3 Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
    4 Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
     Stay home if you are sick for 7 days after your symptoms begin or until you have been symptom-free for 24 hours, whichever is longer. This is to keep from infecting others and spreading the virus further.

Other important actions that you can take are:

    a. Follow public health advice regarding school closures, avoiding crowds and other social distancing measures.
    b. Be prepared in case you get sick and need to stay home for a week or so; a supply of over-the-counter medicines, alcohol-based hand rubs, tissues and other related items might could be useful and help avoid the need to make trips out in public while you are sick and contagious.

What is the best way to keep from spreading the virus through coughing or sneezing?
If you are sick, limit your contact with other people as much as possible. Do not go to work or school if ill for 7 days or until your symptoms go away (whichever is longer). Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick. Put your used tissue in the waste basket. Cover your cough or sneeze if you do not have a tissue. Then, clean your hands, and do so every time you cough or sneeze.

What is the best technique for washing my hands to avoid getting the flu?
Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. Wash with soap and water or clean with alcohol-based hand cleaner. We recommend that when you wash your hands -- with soap and warm water -- that you wash for 15 to 20 seconds. When soap and water are not available, alcohol-based disposable hand wipes or gel sanitizers may be used. You can find them in most supermarkets and drugstores. If using gel, rub your hands until the gel is dry. The gel doesn't need water to work; the alcohol in it kills the germs on your hands.

What should I do if I get sick?

If you live in areas where swine influenza cases have been identified and become ill with influenza-like symptoms, including fever, body aches, runny nose, sore throat, nausea, or vomiting or diarrhea, you may want to contact their health care provider, particularly if you are worried about your symptoms. Your health care provider will determine whether influenza testing or treatment is needed.

If you are sick, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people as much as possible to keep from spreading your illness to others.

If you become ill and experience any of the following warning signs, seek emergency medical care.

In children emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:


    1 Fast breathing or trouble breathing
    2 Bluish or gray skin color
    3 Not drinking enough fluids
    4 Not waking up or not interacting
    5 Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
    6 Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
    7 Fever with a rash

In adults, emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:

    1 Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
    2 Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
    3 Sudden dizziness
    4 Confusion
    5 Severe or persistent vomiting

How long can influenza virus remain viable on objects (such as books and doorknobs)?

Studies have shown that influenza virus can survive on environmental surfaces and can infect a person for up to 2-8 hours after being deposited on the surface.

What kills influenza virus?
Influenza virus is destroyed by heat (167-212°F [75-100°C]). In addition, several chemical germicides, including chlorine, hydrogen peroxide, detergents (soap), iodophors (iodine-based antiseptics), and alcohols are effective against human influenza viruses if used in proper concentration for a sufficient length of time. For example, wipes or gels with alcohol in them can be used to clean hands. The gels should be rubbed into hands until they are dry.

How should waste disposal be handled to prevent the spread of influenza virus?
To prevent the spread of influenza virus, it is recommended that tissues and other disposable items used by an infected person be thrown in the trash. Additionally, persons should wash their hands with soap and water after touching used tissues and similar waste.

What household cleaning should be done to prevent the spread of influenza virus?
To prevent the spread of influenza virus it is important to keep surfaces (especially bedside tables, surfaces in the bathroom, kitchen counters and toys for children) clean by wiping them down with a household disinfectant according to directions on the product label.

How should linens, eating utensils and dishes of persons infected with influenza virus be handled?

Linens, eating utensils, and dishes belonging to those who are sick do not need to be cleaned separately, but importantly these items should not be shared without washing thoroughly first.

Linens (such as bed sheets and towels) should be washed by using household laundry soap and tumbled dry on a hot setting. Individuals should avoid “hugging” laundry prior to washing it to prevent contaminating themselves. Individuals should wash their hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub immediately after handling dirty laundry.

Eating utensils should be washed either in a dishwasher or by hand with water and soap.

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« Reply #12 on: May 03, 2009, 12:40:54 AM »
There are Anti Viral Drugs that can combat this virus.

Antiviral Drugs
Antiviral drugs are prescription medicines (pills, liquid or an inhaler) with activity against influenza viruses, including swine influenza viruses. Antiviral drugs can be used to treat swine flu or to prevent infection with swine flu viruses. These medications must be prescribed by a health care professional. Influenza antiviral drugs only work against influenza viruses -- they will not help treat or prevent symptoms caused by infection from other viruses that can cause symptoms similar to the flu.

There are four influenza antiviral drugs approved for use in the United States (oseltamivir, zanamivir, amantadine and rimantadine). The swine influenza A (H1N1) viruses that have been detected in humans in the United States and Mexico are resistant to amantadine and rimantadine so these drugs will not work against these swine influenza viruses. Laboratory testing on these swine influenza A (H1N1) viruses so far indicate that they are susceptible (sensitive) to oseltamivir and zanamivir.


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DOH readies medicine amid swine flu scare

600,000 anti-flu capsules available

By Christian V. Esguerra
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 18:45:00 04/28/2009

Filed Under: Swine Flu, Health, Animals, Government


MANILA, Philippines--The government has readied at least 600,000 capsules of the anti-flu drug oseltamivir (Tamiflu) in the event that the deadly strain of the swine influenza reaches the Philippines.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said the Tamiflu stock was good for a total of 60,000 patients.

“But we pray and we hope that not one case will ever occur in our country,” he said in a press conference before Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting.

Duque said the public should now be on heightened alert after the World Health Organization raised the alarm on the swine flu virus to “level 4.”

He said the new alert level meant that “there is now a human-to-human virus resulting from the re-assortment and recombination of four other viruses and that is now causing sustained community outbreak.”

“We have to be alarmed because the WHO had already raised the alert level to 4,” he said. “We need to be more observant and stricter in monitoring and screening inbound international passengers in our airports and seaports.”

Oseltamivir remained the primary drug of choice in dealing with the flu virus. But experts fear a better approach would eventually be needed to combat the more lethal virus strain.

Besides the capsules, Duque said the government was also piling up supplies of N95 masks and other protective equipment for "front-line" health workers who would deal with swine flu patients.

He said the National Disaster Coordinating Council was convened to review the government’s “emerging infectious disease preparedness and actual response plan.”

The plan would be implemented if swine flu infection gets closer to the Philippines.

The country was fortunate not to have been affected by past outbreaks in Asia of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and avian flu.

Health officials were hoping that the same vigilance and resolve the country demonstrated during these two events would also keep the Philippines safe from the swine flu.

Duque said the authorities were “stepping up” surveillance, with the help of sentinel sites around the country, to identify possible swine flu cases.

“[We will] take note of unusually high number of deaths that are caused by acute respiratory illness,” he said.

“We need to zero in on these occurrences. We will have to test whether these people had exposures or history of recent travel to affected countries.”

In airports and seaports, he said, authorities have begun using “health declaration checklists” to determine a traveler’s origin, possible exposure to the virus, and symptoms.

Duque said travelers with fever will be evaluated and later taken to facilities such as the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine in Muntinlupa in case the fever suggested “something serious.”

He said patients could also be accommodated at the San Lazaro Hospital in Manila and the Lung Center of the Philippines in Quezon City.
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« Reply #15 on: May 05, 2009, 07:50:46 PM »
ang kainit ra sa atoa ang mopatay aning virus...

pero, maayo sad ning mangandam

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« Reply #16 on: May 08, 2009, 08:38:37 AM »
Strange thing is, there is no evidence that the Virus originated in pigs.

Some good news: coconut oil can stop infection, according to the advice I just read

"Swine flu is a lipid coated virus, and thus is inactivated by sufficient amounts of monolaurin.   (Our bodies convert lauric acid, found in coconut oil, to monolaurin).

Two to three tablespoons of coconut oil per day appears to be an adequate dosage to fight infection, even from virulent antibiotic-resistant organisms such as MSRA."

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« Reply #17 on: May 10, 2009, 06:32:34 AM »
200+ ang cases sa Canada



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