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H1N1 pandemic now 'unstoppable'

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H1N1 pandemic now 'unstoppable'

Post by Admin on Tue Jul 14, 2009 8:42 am

The swine flu pandemic has grown "unstoppable'' and all nations will need access to vaccines, a WHO official said Monday, as seven new deaths were reported and a study raised fresh concerns.
Britain, Thailand and the Philippines all reported deaths on Monday, while Saudi Arabia shut an international school after 20 students were diagnosed with the A(H1N1) virus.

As the death toll increased, the World Health Organisation official said a swine flu vaccine should be available as early as September and all countries would need to be able to protect themselves.
A group of vaccination experts concluded after a recent meeting that "the H1N1 pandemic is unstoppable and therefore all countries would need to have access to vaccines,'' said Marie-Paul Kieny, WHO director on vaccine research. Health workers should be at the top of the list for vaccination since they will be in high demand as people continue to fall sick, she added.
Countries would be free to decide on their national priorities, but other groups should include pregnant women and anyone over six months old who has chronic health problems, the WHO official said. Particular attention would have to be paid to children since they are considered "amplifiers'' of the spread of the virus, especially when gathered in schools, Kieny added.
More than 90,000 swine flu cases have been reported worldwide, including 429 deaths, the most recent WHO numbers from last week show.

While most cases have been considered mild, a study released on Monday said the virus causes more lung damage than ordinary seasonal flu strains but still responds to antiviral drugs.
Virologists tested samples of the virus taken from patients in the United States as well as several seasonal flu viruses on mice, ferrets, macaque monkeys and specially-bred miniature pigs.
They found that A(H1N1) caused more severe lung lesions among mice, ferrets and macaques than the seasonal flu viruses. But it did not cause any symptoms among the mini-pigs, which could explain why there has been no evidence that pigs in Mexico fell sick with the disease before the outbreak began among humans. The team also found that the virus was highly sensitive to two approved and two experimental antiviral drugs, including Tamiflu, now being hurriedly stockpiled around the world. This confirms the drugs' role as a "first line of defence'' against the flu pandemic, they said.

The worry about the present strain of A(H1N1) is that it could pick up genes from other flu strains that would enable it to be both highly virulent and contagious, and these warnings are spelt out in the new study. "Sustained person-to-person transmission might result in the emergence of more pathogenic variants, as observed in the 1918 pandemic virus,'' it says.
Another concern is that the virus could acquire mutations enabling it to be resistant to Tamiflu.
"Collectively, our findings are a reminder that (strains of swine flu) have not yet garnered a place in history, but may still do so.'' Most of the deaths reported on Monday were in Asia, with Thailand reporting three fatalities and the Philippines two. Thailand's death toll has now reached 21, while the Philippines has three deaths.

Health officials in Britain announced the deaths from swine flu of a six-year-old girl and a doctor, bringing the number of fatalities there linked to the virus to 17. Nearly 10,000 Britons have been confirmed with swine flu but hudreds of thousands more are thought to have it. The school closure in Riyadh came with officials there especially concerned over swine flu with upwards of two million people expected to arrive over the next five months on pilgrimages to the Muslim holy cities of Mecca and Medina.

(Bangkok Post)


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Post by Gillo on Wed Jul 15, 2009 9:00 am

And the measures our beloved Thailand is taking is handing out face masks to schools which are used as rain macs!!!

Farcical at best.

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Re: H1N1 pandemic now 'unstoppable'

Post by Snowflake on Wed Jul 15, 2009 9:07 am

I was once told by a very clever man called "Felix" that there are 4 different types of people...

The smart and hard working
The dumb and hard working
The smart and lazy
The dumb and lazy

The Thais will fit into number two... or number 4... Dumb and hard working, yes, once they are told to do something they will do it, not well, but they will work hard to do what they think is the right thing to do!!! Even if it is not working, they will not stop working for it...

The clever people that work hard would do the research and then figure out several different ways of fighting this, and then work with all efforts to fight it...

The smart but lazy has left the country... Or they are so lazy that they don't even care about the flu... Not that it is very dangerous...

The dumb and lazy will do what everyone else is doing because it sounds clever and they want to be clever!

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