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WHO to stop using term 'swine flu' to protect pigs:

"Rather than calling this swine flu ... we're going to stick with the technical scientific name H1N1 influenza A," Thompson said.

In other news, I am so fucking pissed at how the media is treating this whole thing.

People, it's the fucking flu! Newsflash: if you DON'T take small children and old people who are sick with the flu, they're gonna frikkin' die be the flu avian, swine, or otherwise. If you get the flu or are near someone who does, be hygienic!



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May. 1st, 2009 10:59 am (UTC)
I believe the initial concern by the WHO is if it was going to be like the flu pandemic in 1918. The problem wit that flu is that it caused the immune system to attack the body and people with healthy immune systems were worse off than the ones with weak immune systems (the stronger the system, the stronger the attack).
May. 1st, 2009 09:55 pm (UTC)
I'm not certain it worked like that, but at any rate, the main issue there was there were no antibiotics available then and sanitation/hygiene was a major issue. In a first world country, those kind of aren't an issue.
May. 1st, 2009 10:39 pm (UTC)
Well the 1918 strain caused a cytokinestorm as does the avian flu. Here's a source http://www.cytokinestorm.com/

From the site (Sorry about the paste it's just easier than trying to find it on the page)

Cytokine storm can also result from viral infections such as influenza, and an exaggerated systemic immune response to that particular viral infection (designated a type A, subtype "H1N1" virus) may have been the cause of high lethality seen in the influenza pandemic of 1918 to 1919. The great influenza pandemic was the most destructive pandemic in recorded world history, and killed more people (estimated between 20 to 50 million) than all casualties resulting from the first World War. Although the Spanish Flu pandemic affected an enormous percentage of the world wide population (up to 20% of the world population according to some sources), and killed between 20 and 50 million persons, no more than 5% of the people who contracted the Spanish Flu died (Brown et. al reported the highest death rate in India at 50 deaths per 1000 persons contracting the disease, or a five percent fatality rate). After 218 human cases of bird flu have been confirmed world-wide (as of May, 2006) the lethality rate stands at 57%. Should this strain develop into a pandemic, and should it keep its current mortality rate, it has the potential to be 10 times more lethal than the 1918 pandemic.

Also, antibiotics are for bacterial infections and what is needed here is an anti-viral agent. Today I heard a report that US Scientist plan on having a vaccine sometime in october. The other unfortunate thing is that although good hygiene helps this is an airborne virus and those who have it show symptoms a day after being contagious. So you could be around someone who has it and acquire it without even knowing it. There are anti-viral cleaning products out there that kill things like HIV but they destroy the protein structure of the virus and are unfortunately just as harmful to humans if we breathe it in.
May. 2nd, 2009 04:11 am (UTC)
You've seen how dangerous it's becoming?

May. 2nd, 2009 03:35 pm (UTC)
Okay that one sounds like a hoax or spoof. No reference to it elsewhere either.
May. 2nd, 2009 03:37 pm (UTC)
Oh yes, it's meant as humor. (Or maybe as humour :-)
May. 2nd, 2009 03:39 pm (UTC)
If it's not in the Times, it can't be real. %)

Seriously, though, wait til someone at the networks sees that and DOESN'T get the joke factor. Yeesh!
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