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Old 04-26-2009, 11:55 PM   #1
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Is anyone else getting nervous about this potential pandemic?

Maybe I'm just the paranoid type, but I keep thinking that it's like the movies, where every day begins with a black screen with 'The Date and Time' in bold letters, with an ominous rumble sound-effect;

Like: "Day Three of the outbreak". or "14 Days before the Apocalypse."

Maybe in a few weeks, I'll be looking back and wondering how things got so bad so quickly...

Or, maybe it's just a sickness like most others that is going to take its small toll, and life will pretty much carry on as normal.

I hate the thought of being away from my family, but I'll be leaving them for a few months in a couple days. Events are making it a little gut-wrenching.

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Swine Influenza and You

What is swine flu?
Swine Influenza (swine flu) is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A influenza viruses that causes regular outbreaks in pigs. People do not normally get swine flu, but human infections can and do happen. Swine flu viruses have been reported to spread from person-to-person, but in the past, this transmission was limited and not sustained beyond three people.

Are there human infections with swine flu in the U.S.?
In late March and early April 2009, cases of human infection with swine influenza A (H1N1) viruses were first reported in Southern California and near San Antonio, Texas. Other U.S. states have reported cases of swine flu infection in humans and cases have been reported internationally as well. An updated case count of confirmed swine flu infections in the United States is kept at http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/investigation.htm CDC and local and state health agencies are working together to investigate this situation.

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

What are the signs and symptoms of swine flu in people?
The symptoms of swine flu in people are similar to the symptoms of regular human flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting associated with swine flu. In the past, severe illness (pneumonia and respiratory failure) and deaths have been reported with swine flu infection in people. Like seasonal flu, swine flu may cause a worsening of underlying chronic medical conditions.

How does swine flu spread?
Spread of this swine influenza A (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 of people with influenza. Sometimes people may become infected by touching something with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose.

How can someone with the flu infect someone else?
Infected people may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 7 or more days after becoming sick. That means that you may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick.

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 touch surfaces that may be contaminated with the flu virus. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Are there medicines to treat swine flu?
Yes. CDC recommends the use of oseltamivir or zanamivir for the treatment and/or prevention of infection with these swine influenza 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. For treatment, antiviral drugs work best if started soon after getting sick (within 2 days of symptoms).

How long can an infected person spread swine flu to others?
People with swine influenza virus infection should be considered potentially contagious as long as they are symptomatic and possible for up to 7 days following illness onset. Children, especially younger children, might potentially be contagious for longer periods.

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 and then touches their own eyes, mouth or nose before washing their hands.

How long can viruses live outside the body?
We know that some viruses and bacteria can live 2 hours or longer on surfaces like cafeteria tables, doorknobs, and desks. Frequent handwashing will help you reduce the chance of getting contamination from these common surfaces.

What can I do to protect myself from getting sick?
There is no vaccine available right now to protect against swine flu. 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:

* Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
* Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
* Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
* Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
* If you get sick with influenza, CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.

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. 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 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. 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:

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

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

* Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
* Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
* Sudden dizziness
* Confusion
* Severe or persistent vomiting

How serious is swine flu infection?
Like seasonal flu, swine flu in humans can vary in severity from mild to severe. Between 2005 until January 2009, 12 human cases of swine flu were detected in the U.S. with no deaths occurring. However, swine flu infection can be serious. In September 1988, a previously healthy 32-year-old pregnant woman in Wisconsin was hospitalized for pneumonia after being infected with swine flu and died 8 days later. A swine flu outbreak in Fort Dix, New Jersey occurred in 1976 that caused more than 200 cases with serious illness in several people and one death.

Can I get swine influenza from eating or preparing pork?
No. Swine influenza viruses are not spread by food. You cannot get swine influenza from eating pork or pork products. Eating properly handled and cooked pork products is safe.
http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/swineflu_you.htm

And why this kind of "scare" comes from historical events:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_flu
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Old 04-27-2009, 12:06 AM   #2
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Is anyone else getting nervous about this potential pandemic?

Maybe I'm just the paranoid type, but I keep thinking that it's like the movies, where every day begins with a black screen with 'The Date and Time' in bold letters, with an ominous rumble sound-effect;

Like: "Day Three of the outbreak". or "14 Days before the Apocalypse."

Maybe in a few weeks, I'll be looking back and wondering how things got so bad so quickly...

Or, maybe it's just a sickness like most others that is going to take its small toll, and life will pretty much carry on as normal.

I hate the thought of being away from my family, but I'll be leaving them for a few months in a couple days. Events are making it a little gut-wrenching.
agreed... my girl is currently in colorado....

> > It's closer to mexico than my state..

kinda making me worried... ._.


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Old 04-27-2009, 12:17 AM   #3
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what happened to the avian flu anyways? wasnt that supposed to be the scary virus that kills millions?
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Old 04-27-2009, 12:19 AM   #4
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Apparently it merged creating this flu.
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Old 04-27-2009, 12:22 AM   #5
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Only people to die from it have been in Mexico so far.
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Old 04-27-2009, 12:31 AM   #6
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what happened to the avian flu anyways? wasnt that supposed to be the scary virus that kills millions?
I know, right? It seems to have disappeared from the media. I remember that there was even a rushed, mediocre TV-movie made about it.

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Old 04-27-2009, 12:56 AM   #7
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I'm a tad worried. I live in Texas, and that's quite close to Mexico.

To ensure my family's health, human to human contact has become near zero. Now, we double wash our hands with soap and water after returning home. And we haven't bought much pork products since we've heard of the flu.

Of course, that doesn't rule out our current pork sausage's are entirely safe. To counter this possibility, we grind it up and pan fry the stuff extra well.

However, there has been one documented case in San Antonio where an 18 year-old boy recovered from the flu after visiting the doctor's office. They, the doctors, gave him the proper medicine and suggested they not leave their home so as to not contaminate others. Read the news bit here: Teenager infected by swine flu recovering quickly | News | KENS5.com

Some general safety tips from the same site that published the recovery article: Tips for containing spread of swine flu | Latest News | KENS5.com

--It is safe to eat properly handled pork. Cook it to at least of 160F. (I'd char the thing personally. More tips in the above link.)
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Now, I believe this won't be the end all of life as we know it. Some people will die, yes, that is painful to the loved ones who lost, but I doubt it will be a major outbreak like the plague.

Governments of the world are mobilizing to nip this in the bud. Soldiers in Mexico are issuing face masks to the public, the White House is deciding what's the best route to take, schools are being closed.

At one point, the front page of Yahoo! irked me with the grim images related to the flu. However, to ease my mind, I will consider their constant coverage little more than informative to those who may not yet know of the issue at large. Also, one could chalk it up to sensationalism.

I'll live my life more carefully for now, I won't go out as much, but that doesn't drastically change my daily routine anyways. The mind is a powerful tool; subject to persuasion, it can work against you.


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Old 04-27-2009, 02:01 AM   #8
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what happened to the avian flu anyways? wasnt that supposed to be the scary virus that kills millions?
The difference between bird flu and this one is that this can spread from human to human, not just from animal to human.
The positive thing is that swine diseases are less lethal to humans than bird diseases.
(At least that is what my biologist friends say, im not an expert)

Besides we live in the 21st century, its not like the world organizations cant handle this properly(vaccine research, quarantine, burning the coprses etc)

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Old 04-27-2009, 02:02 AM   #9
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Well I am immunizing my self with a pound of bacon a day, enjoy your flu suckers!

And I doubt there will be any apocalyptic flu anytime soon, news stations will blow up any story and make you think its going to kill us all. Although I heard the y2k bug is coming back in 2010.
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Old 04-27-2009, 02:17 AM   #10
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And pigs fly...

I hope this is the same kind of hype that was around with avian flu. Media loves to use news like this everywhere and as much as they can, thus creating unneeded hysteria among citizens.

Take it easy... I'd start to be worried when I see dead people laying on the streets.
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