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Bloviating Zeppelin

(in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Swine Flu & H5N1:

I warned any number of persons about this coming paradigm shift in our country:

Here.

Here.

Here.

Here.

And here, way back in 2005.

Update: US swine flu cases now total 8 - CDC

From an official source the likes of which you won't have common access:

Today: According to the World Health Organisation on April, 24 2009:

The United States Government has reported seven confirmed human cases of Swine Influenza A/H1N1 in the USA (five in California and two in Texas) and nine suspect cases. All seven confirmed cases had mild Influenza-Like Illness (ILI), with only one requiring brief hospitalization. No deaths have been reported. All seven U.S. victims recovered from a strain of the flu that combines pig, bird and human viruses in a way that researchers have not seen before. The virus was first detected in two children in southern California -- a 10-year-old boy in San Diego County and a 9-year-old girl in neighboring Imperial County.

The CDC described the virus as having a unique combination of gene segments not seen in people or pigs before. The virus seems to contain human virus, avian virus from North America and pig viruses from North America, Europe and Asia. Mixes of bird, pig and human virus have been seen before, but such an intercontinental combination with more than one pig virus in the mix is highly unusual.

Testing indicates some common antiviral medications seem to work against the virus. The CDC believes the new strain can spread human-to-human, which is unusual for a swine flu virus. The CDC is checking people who have been in contact with the seven confirmed U.S. cases, who all became ill between late March and mid-April.

The U.S. cases are a growing medical mystery because it's unclear how they caught the virus. The CDC said none of the seven people were in contact with pigs, which is how people usually catch swine flu. And only a few were in contact with each other.

The Government of Mexico has reported three separate events.

In the Federal District of Mexico, surveillance began picking up cases of ILI starting 18 March.

The number of cases has risen steadily through April and as of 23 April there are now more than 854 cases of pneumonia from the capital. Of those, 59 have died.

The Mexican government closed the schools across the Mexico City area and kept 6.1 million students home from day care centers, high schools, colleges and universities.

In San Luis Potosi, in central Mexico, 24 cases of ILI, with three deaths, have been reported.

And from Mexicali, near the border with the United States, four cases of ILI, with no deaths, have been reported.

Of the Mexican cases, 18 have been laboratory confirmed in Canada as Swine Influenza A/H1N1, while 12 of those are genetically identical to the Swine Influenza A/H1N1 viruses from California.

The majority of these cases have occurred in otherwise healthy young adults. Influenza normally affects the very young and the very old, but these age groups have not been heavily affected in Mexico.

16 of the deaths have been confirmed to have been caused by the new strain, through testing at government laboratories. Samples from 44 other people who died were still being tested.

The Mexican health department put the total number of people sickened at around 943 nationwide. Samples also were sent to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to determine whether it's the same virus infecting seven people in Texas and California. As of now, tests show the flu is a "new, different strain ... that originally came from pigs.

"Because there are human cases associated with an animal influenza virus, and because of the geographical spread of multiple community outbreaks, plus the somewhat unusual age groups affected, these events are of high concern according to the WHO."

The Swine Influenza A/H1N1 viruses characterized in this outbreak have not been previously detected in pigs or humans. The viruses so far characterized have been sensitive to oseltamivir, but resistant to both amantadine and rimantadine.

The World Health Organization has been in constant contact with the health authorities in the United States, Mexico and Canada in order to better understand the risk which these ILI events pose. WHO (and PAHO) is sending missions of experts to Mexico to work with health authorities there. It is helping its Member States to increase field epidemiology activities, laboratory diagnosis and clinical management. Moreover, WHO's partners in the Global Alert and Response Network have been alerted and are ready to assist as requested by the Member States.

WHO acknowledges the United States and Mexico for their proactive reporting and their collaboration with WHO and will continue to work with Member States to further characterize the outbreak.

You read it here FIRST on Bloviating Zeppelin.

PLUS:

H5N1 May Have Made The Transition From Animal To Human:

A strain of bird flu infecting children in Egypt could be a sign of person-to-person transmission, the World Health Organization said. Of 11 infections in the past few weeks, almost all were in children under age 3. Experts said that could mean adults are acting as carriers without falling ill, giving the virus a chance to mutate.

"I hope to hell they are wrong," said bird flu expert Dr Robert Webster of St Jude's Children's Research Hospital in Tennessee.

Earlier strains of bird blu in Asia killed most victims so quickly that the virus didn't have time to mutate into a contagious strain.

Let's just do the math here:

Leftists, Liberals, Socialists, the Religious Left want to squeeze you into populist blocks where the footprint is small and the vertical rise is incredulous. The more people they can squeeze into a given acre the happier they are.

And the faster you, in any derisive or negative scenario, die, directly due to immediacy of contact.

Perhaps that's what they, ideally, want?

BZ

13 Comments:

Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

I've come down with something, three days ago.

I blame smelly kids.

Sun Apr 26, 04:11:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Carlisleboy said...

You Sure you do not want to be up in Dutch Harbor BZ?

Sun Apr 26, 04:47:00 PM PDT  
Blogger shoprat said...

More plagues are coming.

Sun Apr 26, 07:57:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Rivka said...

This is pretty scary. By the way, BZ i took down my blog. I am not that passionate in regard to 'writing' about it, although my writing hasn't stopped. I am writing in a different mode you could say, but I do still love to keep abreast of what is going on!

Sun Apr 26, 08:02:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous WMD_Maker said...

They have basically shut down a town just outside of San Antonio. 2 confirmed and 7 others pending. Shertz has closed the entire school district for a week, closed libraries and cancelled any public gatherings. Many churches held no services also.

Sun Apr 26, 08:12:00 PM PDT  
Blogger A Jacksonian said...

And with modern air transport and Google maps we can see that outside of the epicenter of the Swine Flu the major place it is showing up is: Europe.

Any bets on the conditions of farming communities in the Balkans and when the Eyptian Avian Flu shows up just about the same time as the latest Swine Flu on farms there? All you need are pigs and birds...and humans.

Mind you that al Qaeda camp in Algeria suddenly coming down with the plague is, assuredly, just a blip on the radar screen. I mean guys who got Saddam's manuals on working with chemicals and bacteria certainly aren't going to be able to actually do anything with them... right? Right? Don't mind the testing stations we found in Afghanistan when we first invaded, that were doing that with chemical weapons....

Mon Apr 27, 04:27:00 AM PDT  
Blogger NEO, SOC said...

And I wanted to do a missionary trip to Mexico in the fall. Guess it is not happening now.

Mon Apr 27, 06:22:00 AM PDT  
Blogger TexasFred said...

Had HAM and eggs for breakfast...

Might have a BLT for lunch...

Mon Apr 27, 08:25:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Hey, TF, I liked the idea of clamping the HELL down on the border and using this as the precise tool to DO it!

BZ

Mon Apr 27, 09:26:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Mahndisa S. Rigmaiden said...

04 27 09

Unfortunately, I believe this is just a ploy to scare people into submission. The time is ripe for despotism and the world sees that. Start stockpiling supplies...

Mon Apr 27, 09:48:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Maggie M. Thornton said...

@ A Jacksonian: very interesting comment. I had forgotten about that plague in the al Qaeda camp.

I don't know what to think about it and I don't trust anyone on either side of the aisle to handle it properly. Having said that, I don't know what "proper" is.

BZ: I wish we would close the border also. That's the best measure to keep it from coming here. That's the most we can do, and doing the most is the best we can do.

Mon Apr 27, 07:32:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Kris in AL said...

I WANT TO KNOW THE CHANCES THAT THIS SWINE FLU VIRUS WILL EITHER MUTATE OR BE MUTATED BY THE H5N1 VIRUS?

IF THE H5N1 BIRD FLU VIRUS IS MUTATED BY THE SWINE FLU VARIETY, THEN IT COULD FINALLY BECOME HUMAN-TO-HUMAN CAPABLE...THAT WOULD THEN LEAD TO A TRUE PANDEMIC.

Mon Apr 27, 08:53:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

im not sure of whats going on exactly getting mixed info from diff places and people neone know how bad this is affecting children 4 years and younger???

Tue Apr 28, 12:53:00 AM PDT  

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