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Sunday, May 3, 2009

WE'RE GIVING IT BACK TO THE PIGS - IS THAT JUSTICE OR WHAT?

Thirty states are now showing confirmed cases.  States that had not changed much in three days are showing a bump (New York, Texas, Arizona, a couple more), although Massachusetts and Florida dropped by one.  Again, this is what got tested 2-3 days ago.

 

This is like driving by looking in your rearview mirror—with no visual on the traffic that’s around you at the moment.

 

I wonder why New Mexico is only now showing a case.  You would think, that like the other border states, their numbers would be higher and earlier, because of the steady back-and-forth at the border.  New York is explainable:  the miracle of air travel.  Oh well, not everything can be explained right away.

 

Here’s something to think about.  Things aren’t very hospitable right now for a contagious respiratory disease.  People aren’t staying inside in groups because it’s cold outside, the warm weather dries up moist surfaces, etc.  But wait until fall:  this virus could hover out there for many months and come back late in the year when conditions are more favorable.  Or, we could have severe outbreak now, and then another round in the winter.  This happened in 1918.  One prominent theory is that the 1918 pandemic began in the US early in the year, but wasn’t bad, then went overseas with the troops, devastated Europe, then was brought back to the US east coast late in the year, and swept across the nation.

 

There’s a great book, called Flu : The Story Of The Great Influenza Pandemic by Gina Kolata.  Superb reading.  There was a PBS documentary on it that was great.  The website has maps and a timeline.  Well worth a look.  You can find it here:  http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/influenza/.

 

Still only the one death in Texas.

 

 

 

States

# of
laboratory
confirmed
cases

Deaths

Alabama

1

 

Arizona

18

 

California

26

 

Colorado

4

 

Connecticut

2

 

Delaware

10

 

Florida

3

 

Illinois

3

 

Indiana

3

 

Iowa

1

 

Kansas

2

 

Kentucky*

1

 

Massachusetts

7

 

Michigan

2

 

Minnesota

1

 

Missouri

1

 

Nebraska

1

 

Nevada

1

 

New Hampshire

1

 

New Jersey

7

 

New Mexico

1

 

New York

63

 

Ohio

3

 

Rhode Island

1

 

South Carolina

15

 

Tennessee

1

 

Texas

40

1

Utah

1

 

Virginia

3

 

Wisconsin

3

 

TOTAL (30)

226 cases

1 death

*Case is resident of KY but currently hospitalized in GA.

            As of about 4 hours ago, the World Health Organization is reporting 898 cases of influenza A (H1N1) infection from 18 countries.  Of these, 506 are from Mexico, of which 19 were deaths.  I think I would restrict travel to and from Northern Mexico, they just have a ton of the disease, but the WHO is not recommending that.  They’re just saying it’s “prudent” for sick people to delay international travel.  Well, thanks a lot, from those of us who AREN’T sick yet.

 

Canada on 2 May reported the identification of the A(H1N1) virus in a swine herd in Alberta. It is highly probable that the pigs were exposed to the virus from a Canadian farm worker recently returned from Mexico, who had exhibited flu-like symptoms and had contact with the pigs.

So, we’re getting back at the pigs.  I doubt their death rate will be as low, since they will probably be “sacrificed.”  And we all know what that euphemism means.

I want to see our government organizations giving more analysis on the cases:  age range, young or old, male-female mix, occupational risk comparison, what percentage get very ill as opposed to acutely ill, etc.  Why aren’t we seeing this?

Doc D

 

 

 

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