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#21 mwah

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 07:42 PM

There are 4 new cases of H1N1. We currently have 6 cases in the country.

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Posted 29 May 2009 - 09:10 PM

and now its 14 :cry:

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Posted 30 May 2009 - 08:18 PM

actually, what's more dreadful is the second wave - when the virus becomes more deadly and mutates into new strains.

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Posted 03 June 2009 - 08:02 PM

damn! a case of AH1N1 flu has been reported at DLSU-Taft.. :huh:



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Posted 03 June 2009 - 08:11 PM

magkano ang pa vaccine? saan meron?

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Posted 03 June 2009 - 08:31 PM

magkano ang pa vaccine? saan meron?



the WHO says production of a vaccine for AH1N1 flu is at least four to six months away pa bro..




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Posted 03 June 2009 - 08:51 PM

Add this up:

Saudi Arabia said on Wednesday it has quarantined a Filipina nurse who tested positive for swine flu several days after returning from holiday, the first case reported in the kingdom.

"The nurse returned on Friday from a holiday in the Philippines... On Monday symptoms started to appear... and test results came positive on Tuesday," Health Minister Abdullah al-Rabia in a statement carried by the SPA state news agency.

He said the patient has been quarantined and that the Saudi authorities are contacting those who took the same flight or have been close to her since she returned.

The global spread of the A(H1N1) virus, which surfaced in Mexico, has infected some 18,965 people worldwide, killing 117 people, according the World Health Organisation

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 12:07 AM

everyone should stay home ,dont work,dont go to school! until they find a cure to AH1N1 virus!

nakakatakot. parang ayaw ko na lumabas . daming umuubo sa labas eh

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Posted 11 June 2009 - 02:58 AM

OT:

eto oh maiba naman. para di kayo matakot..
http://www.fluadvant.../?hop=sesascorp

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Posted 11 June 2009 - 01:15 PM

everyone should stay home ,dont work,dont go to school! until they find a cure to AH1N1 virus!

nakakatakot. parang ayaw ko na lumabas . daming umuubo sa labas eh


Well, there is a cure to the AH1N1 virus. It's just like your common flu and very much treatable with antivirals and supportive care.

We have more mortalities from Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever.

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Posted 11 June 2009 - 02:23 PM

A chinay looking lady just coughed right in front of me during lunch ... my gf and I looked at each other to our disgrace

everyone should stay home ,dont work,dont go to school! until they find a cure to AH1N1 virus!

nakakatakot. parang ayaw ko na lumabas . daming umuubo sa labas eh



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Posted 11 June 2009 - 11:15 PM

a pandemic has now been declared officially.


lomex - the last time it happened to me, di ko natiis. i actually handed sheets of tissue to this guy i didnt know, who kept on sneezing in a coffee shop.
it had nothing to do with swine flu, really. i just cant get it why people cant simply cover their mouths when sneezing or coughing.

Edited by angel_by_day, 11 June 2009 - 11:26 PM.


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Posted 12 June 2009 - 01:25 AM

World now at the start of 2009 influenza pandemic
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Posted 12 June 2009 - 02:56 AM

Breaking News!


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Posted 12 June 2009 - 08:04 AM

WHO: Swine flu pandemic has begun, 1st in 41 years

GENEVA Swine flu is now formally a pandemic, a declaration by U.N. health officials that will speed vaccine production and spur government spending to combat the first global flu epidemic in 41 years. Thursday's announcement by the World Health Organization doesn't mean the virus is any more lethal only that its spread is considered unstoppable.

Since it was first detected in late April in Mexico and the United States, swine flu has reached 74 countries, infecting nearly 29,000 people. Most who catch the bug have only mild symptoms and don't need medical treatment.

WHO chief Dr. Margaret Chan made the long-awaited declaration after the U.N. agency held an emergency meeting with flu experts and said she was moving to phase 6 the agency's highest alert level which means a pandemic is under way.

"The world is moving into the early days of its first influenza pandemic in the 21st century," Chan said in Geneva.

Dr. Thomas Frieden, the new head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in Atlanta that he does not expect widespread public anxiety in the United States as a result of the declaration, noting it came nearly two months after the virus was identified.

For many weeks, U.S. health officials have been treating it as a pandemic, increasing the availability of anti-viral flu medicines and pouring money into a possible vaccination program. And scientists have grown to understand that the virus is generally not much more severe than the seasonal flu.

"That helps to tamp down any fears that may be excessive," Frieden said at a news conference his first as CDC director.

But the virus can still be deadly and may change into a more frightening form in the near future, and so people should not be complacent, he added.

So far, swine flu has caused 144 deaths, compared with ordinary flu that kills up to 500,000 people a year.

The pandemic decision might have been made much earlier if WHO had more accurate information about swine flu's rising sweep through Europe. Chan said she called the emergency meeting with flu experts after concerns were raised that some countries, such as Britain, were not accurately reporting their cases.

Chan said the experts unanimously agreed there was a wider spread of swine flu than was being reported.

She would not say which country tipped the world into the pandemic, but WHO flu chief Keiji Fukuda said the situation from Australia seemed to indicate the virus was spreading rapidly there more than 1,300 cases were reported by Thursday.

In Chile, authorities have identified almost 1,700 cases to WHO.

Many health experts said the world has been in a pandemic for weeks but WHO became too bogged down by politics to declare one. In May, several countries urged WHO not to declare a pandemic, fearing it would cause social and economic turmoil. At the time, WHO said it would rewrite its pandemic definition to avoid announcing one.

But with the recent surge in cases across Europe, Chile, Australia and Japan, the agency was under increasing pressure to acknowledge a pandemic.

"This is WHO finally catching up with the facts," said Michael Osterholm, a flu expert at the University of Minnesota.

David Ropeik, an expert in risk perception and communication at Harvard University, says the word pandemic is less frightening than when emerged during worries about bird flu a few years ago.

He said the "soft buildup" to declaring swine flu a pandemic has been helpful.

"That allows people to get used to what is otherwise a scary word, understand the particulars of the disease, and that should mean reaction will be a little more information-based and a little less emotional," Ropeik said in an e-mail.

WHO will now recommend that pharmaceutical companies make swine flu vaccine. The agency typically recommends which flu strains drug companies should use in the vaccines. In a global outbreak, WHO also advises whether companies should make pandemic vaccine.

The decision to make pandemic vaccine is a gamble. Most flu vaccine makers cannot make both regular seasonal flu vaccine and pandemic vaccine at the same time. That means they must decide which one the world will need more.

Drug giant GlaxoSmithKline PLC said it could start commercial production of pandemic vaccine in July but that it would take months before large quantities are available.

Glaxo spokesman Stephen Rea said the company's first doses of vaccine would be reserved for countries who had ordered it in advance, including Belgium, Britain and France. He said Glaxo would also donate 50 million doses to WHO for poor countries.

Pascal Barollier, a spokesman for Sanofi-Aventis, said they were also working on a pandemic vaccine but WHO had not yet asked them to start making mass quantities of it.

WHO described the pandemic as "moderate." Fukuda said people should not get overly anxious about the virus. "Understand it, put it in context, and then you get on with things," he said.

Still, about half of the people who have died from swine flu were previously young and healthy people who are not usually susceptible to flu. Swine flu is also crowding out regular flu viruses. Both features are typical of pandemic flu viruses.

Swine flu is also continuing to spread during the start of summer in the northern hemisphere. Normally, flu viruses disappear with warm weather, but swine flu is proving to be resilient.

"What this declaration does do is remind the world that flu viruses like H1N1 need to be taken seriously," said U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, warning that more cases could crop up in the fall.

Now that a pandemic has been declared, some countries might be prompted to devote more money to containing the virus. Many developed countries have pandemic preparedness plans that link spending to a WHO declaration.

The U.N. is keen to avoid panic. "We must guard against rash and discriminatory action, such as travel bans or trade restrictions," said U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Fear has already gripped Argentina, where thousands have flooded hospitals this week, bringing emergency health services in Buenos Aires to the brink of collapse during winter weather. Last month, a bus arriving in Argentina from Chile was stoned by people who thought a passenger had swine flu.

China has quarantined travelers, including New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, on the slightest suspicion of contact with an infected person.

The U.S. government has already increased the availability of flu-fighting medicines and authorized $1 billion for developing a new swine flu vaccine. In addition, new cases seem to be declining in many parts of the country, U.S. health officials say, as North America moves out of its traditional winter flu season.

Still, New York City reported three more swine flu deaths Thursday, including a child under 2, a teenager and a person in their 30s.

"Countries where outbreaks appear to have peaked should prepare for a second wave of infection," Chan warned.



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Posted 12 June 2009 - 01:43 PM

encourages everyone should not go to work & go to school until they have found a cure to swine flu.

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Posted 12 June 2009 - 08:26 PM

problema kung tulad ko walang pang check up. asa lang sa flu medicine .

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Posted 13 June 2009 - 07:13 PM

Swine flu vaccine ready for tests after pandemic declared

GENEVA (AFP) A Swiss pharmaceutical giant said Friday it has a swine flu vaccine ready for trial as governments stepped up precautions to counter the newly-declared influenza pandemic.

While millions could catch the flu, governments and health experts around the world have sought to play down fears that the A(H1N1) virus could become a major killer.

Swine flu has so far infected almost 30,000 people in 74 countries and claimed 145 lives since it was first detected in Mexico in April, according to World Health Organisation (WHO) figures.

The Swiss company Novartis stole a march on competitors by announcing it has completed a first batch of its vaccine for pre-clinical trials. A spokesman told AFP it hoped to have a vaccine in production by September or October.

"Novartis has successfully completed the production of the first batch of influenza A(H1N1) vaccine, weeks ahead of expectations," the company said in a statement.

Novartis said it hopes to start trials on patients in July and to gain a licence soon after. It said more than 30 governments had already asked for A(H1N1) virus "vaccine ingredients."

The US government gave Novartis 289 million dollars (205 million euros) to help develop a vaccine. It also placed an order with Sanofi-Pasteur of France which said it hopes to have doses ready for clinical trials in coming weeks.

British-controlled GlaxoSmithKline said Friday that it could produce a vaccine in four to six months and that it was ready to convert a donation of 50 million doses of vaccine against H5N1 bird flu for the WHO to swine flu doses.

The UN health agency raised its global alert to a maximum six on Thursday saying it had reached pandemic status because of its geographical spread.

WHO Director General Margaret Chan said the declaration of a "moderate" pandemic should not spark panic and did not mean the A(H1N1) death toll would rise sharply.

She said raising the alert "means that the world is moving into the early days of its first influenza pandemic in the 21st century."

The WHO said it would ask drug-makers to quickly prepare to produce swine flu vaccines once the production of seasonal flu vaccine ends.

The southern hemisphere is currently heading into winter and the height of its flu season. Northern hemisphere countries expect to see a swine flu surge when their winter starts later.

Mexico has been worst hit. Its government on Thursday increased the country's death toll to 109 with 6,294 A(H1N1) infections. The United States comes next. Its health authorities have reported 27 deaths and 13,217 cases.

Australia, the worst hit in the Asia-Pacific region, was mulling raising its national flu alert and adopting powers to cancel sports events, restrict travel and even shut national borders. There are currently 1,307 confirmed cases including four in intensive care.

In Hong Kong, which was hit hard by the 2003 SARS outbreak, authorities closed all primary schools after a group of children became the Chinese city's first "cluster" of cases.

Israel's health ministry raised its alert to the highest level following the WHO decision, ordering the stocking of vaccines to inoculate up to 25 percent of the country's 7.2 million population.

Britain is Europe's worst hit country with 909 recorded cases, but the total has risen significantly in recent days.

In Spain, where there are 488 confirmed cases, Health Minister Trinidad Jimenez called for calm after WHO raised its alert, saying that the symptoms were "slight" and the flu could be easily treated.

France, where there are 80 cases, and Germany (95) said they are not changing their alert levels.

The risk of the spread of an influenza pandemic is greatest in Britain, closely followed by the Netherlands, Germany, Italy and South Korea, according to a ranking of 213 countries released Friday.

But even if most rich countries are vulnerable, despite the rapid transmission of the disease, they are far better equipped to cope with its impact, said Alyson Warhurst, a professor at Warwick Business School in Britain and main architect of the global ranking.



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Edited by peterparker, 13 June 2009 - 07:14 PM.


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Posted 14 June 2009 - 09:46 PM

147 confirmed cases as of today

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