Posts Tagged ‘Mexico’

Flu Update: Saturday Morning, May 2

May 2, 2009

Health organizations are still keeping close tabs on the  spread of H1N1 Flu, but things seem to look much better today. Yes, cases are still being discovered, but the outbreak in Mexico may not be as bad as originally thought and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) thinks that older people may already have some immunity. The South Carolina High School League has decided to allow schools to make their own decisions about playing spring sports. Some schools have canceled events and others have been moved.  But in general, it’s life as usual around here.

How CDC defines flu cases.

Flu Update: Thursday Morning, April 30

April 30, 2009

First, posting may be a little slow around here  for a day or so – a neighbor died; I’ll be attending her viewing and her funeral. She had Alzheimer’s, so it is probably best for both her and her family that she has passed.

Effect Measure has another good article, this one about the confusion in the total number of cases.

Andre Picard’s article in The Globe and Mail says that this outbreak is following the pattern of most disease outbreaks.

PalMD at White Coat Underground takes the charlatans and quacks to task for trying to scare you into buying their Swine Flu cure-alls. He’s pretty angry, and he lets fly with a few words that your momma wouldn’t appreciate. (Not Safe for Work!)

The Wall Street Journal’s health blog tracks the swine flu.

I’ll have to go buy groceries today. I am neither worried or scared: The CDC says that they have confirmed 91 cases. The population of the United States is 300 million (300,000,000). The odds are in my favor. I will exercise caution – instead of individual apples that you bag yourself, I’ll purchased the pre-bagged apples.  No loose produce of any kind, thank you. I’ll steer away from anyone who is obviously coughing or sneezing. And I’ll stay out of the pharmacy section.

But I’m not scared… and I don’t think you should be, either.

Saturday Flu Update

April 25, 2009

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Saturday Press Briefing and analysis. Read this link, it’s pretty informative, and in simple English.

CDC Main Swine Flu Page.

CDC Health Advisory (.pdf link)

Cases detected in New York City and Kansas.

The Swine Flu in Mexico is genetically similar to the Unites States cases, but the Mexican version is much worse. No one is exactly sure why.

Unusually enough, an archaeologist who met President Obama while he was in Mexico City died a week later of “Flu like symptoms“. President Obama is reported to be in good health.

It is not time to panic, but it is time to use caution. Cover your mouth when you sneeze, wash your hands often, and report to the doctor if you start developing symptoms.