Several Dead in Michigan from Swine Flu 2014

January 4th, 2014 No comments
December 28, 2013 H1N1 and other flu strains in the United States

December 28, 2013 H1N1 and other flu strains in the United States, from CDC.

With any luck, we’ll remember 2009 as the year of swine flu. H1N1 isn’t quite done with us though, but this time, in 2014, we have a vaccine. Vaccine and all, several people recently died in Michigan because of our old nemesis swine flu.

How Dangerous is Swine Flu in 2014?

Though many people have died in recent days from swine flu infections, because of the near universal availability of the swine flu vaccine, we’re not as worried this time around. Nonetheless, anti-vaccine or “anti-vaxer” adherents and their ilk, like Jenny McCarthy and the inbred morons listening to the former Playboy Playmate, pose a serious health risk to the US and the world. Vaccines are cheap and they’re safe. “Better than safe, they’re smart,” said anybody who trusts scientists and doctors more than Playboy Playmates.

Should I get a Swine Flu Vaccine? And how?

Duh. Yes. Get vaccinated!

If you have health insurance, it’s free or cheap. If you don’t have health insurance in 2014, you might have bigger problems, but you should still get vaccinated because it’s still cheap and smart. The plain 2013/2014 flu shot or flu vaccine protects against H1N1/swine flu and several other strains. It’s quick and painless too, so get your shot today. Every year doctors and top scientists around the world tailor the annual flu vaccine to target prominent strains. Don’t be a complete idiot-retard. Get your shot today, unless you want to take health advice from people known for their boobs and the misery they’ve caused others based on fear, uncertainty and doubt.

250,000 Swine Flu Deaths in One Year?

June 27th, 2012 No comments

When you’re sick, do you go to the doctor? What about when you’re poor and the nearest doctor is several hours away? A study by Dr Fatimah S. Dawood of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) hints that the 2009/2010 H1N1 swine flu pandemic might have been responsible for over a quarter of a million human deaths worldwide. To that happy news, a h5n1 (bird flu) paper finally published last week outlines a great (natural) method to make the strain much more virulent and contagious. Basically, we just have to sit back and wait! “The papers published this week and last month show that it would take about four or five genetic changes for H5N1 to mutate into a form that might trigger a pandemic in humans, and that some of these mutations have already occurred in nature.” Happy reading, and remember to elect representatives who take your health seriously.

Swine Flu Spreads Like Cooties

February 3rd, 2011 No comments

New study shows how H1N1 spreads along social network lines.

“A few years back, researchers were excited to hear about the spread of a contagion in World of Warcraft. The excitement came because Blizzard’s logs could potentially provide a complete picture of the spread of the disease, something that’s not generally possible in the real world. But, thanks to a town identified only as “a semirural community in Pennsylvania,” researchers may have their best glimpse yet: every H1N1 flu case that was reported in an elementary school, supplemented by details as fine-grained as classroom seating charts.”

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Swine Flu News – including the great killer fungus invasion

April 24th, 2010 No comments

Swine flu? What’s that? Today people are worrying more about the mysterious killer fungus (yep killer fungus) invading our shores than the swine flu H1N1 virus. “The fungus species triggering the infection is Cryptococcus gattii, which can cause pneumonia or meningitis.” Some would cite good reasons to worry more about this killer fungus instead of the swine flu. Evidence suggests that flu shots received in 1976 are largely effective against the recent swine flu virus. But while the swine flu pandemic appears to be over, the swine flu virus is still active. Check the swine flu map link above for the latest info on H1N1 activity.

Swine Flu Vaccine Update

August 26th, 2009 No comments

Swine flu updates: Last month the United States federal government granted legal immunity to manufacturers of the H1N1 swine flu vaccine, an important step to incentivize those with the resources to create the most important line of defense against the potentially killer flu. When paired with the vast stores of federal funding freed up by the CDC’s official pandemic declaration, this vital legal shielding provides the jump-start needed to begin protecting high-risk people from possible swine flu infection. Why do drug companies need incentive to save the world? They’re not altruistic?! It turns out that making vaccines for swine flu isn’t nearly as profitable as… doing things that drug companies do when they’re not making swine flu vaccine.

Keep waiting

Unfortunately we likely won’t see the first doses of swine flu vaccine until well into October 2010. More bad news, because we’re in such a rush to get this vaccine out the door, it likely won’t undergo as vigorous a testing regimen as past seasonal flu vaccines. Naturally some are worried that the hurried swine flu vaccine will not be as effective as a more deliberate pace would allow. Others  are concerned that manufacturers are allowed, nay are even encouraged to bypass important dosing tests.

If patients receive more swine flu vaccine than is necessary to prevent infection, too many people will have to wait for their vaccine shots. Conversely if the vaccine dosing is too weak, it will allow the vaccine to thrive in some infected individuals. The old adage, “Err on the side of caution” comes to mind. But the lines of caution in the battle against the swine flu pandemic are drawn in shades of gray.

Swine flu tracker tips

Wash your hands. Cover your mouth when you cough. Stay home if you’re sick. Tell your ill coworkers to go home. When you see a disgusting swine flu ridden sod coughing without covering his/her mouth, you tell that cretin to get some manners. Friends don’t let friends pass swine flu. Keep reading swine flu tracker.

H1N1 Swine Flu News Wrapup

June 15th, 2009 No comments
Table. U.S. Human of H1N1 Flu Infection
updated June 12, 2009,


States Confirmed and Probable Cases
States
Alabama
123
0
Alaska
11
0
Arkansas
13
0
Arizona
597
5
California
1094
6
Colorado
75
0
Connecticut
637
1
Delaware
187
0
Florida
417
0
Georgia
39
0
Hawaii
198
0
Idaho
29
0
Illinois
1983
5
Indiana
201
0
Iowa
92
0
Kansas
97
0
Kentucky
106
0
Louisiana
134
0
Maine
33
0
Maryland
139
0
Massachusetts
1078
0
Michigan
419
1
Minnesota
153
0
Mississippi
59
0
Missouri
46
1
Montana
27
0
Nebraska
71
0
Nevada
162
0
New Hampshire
92
0
New Jersey
348
0
New Mexico
155
0
New York
1160
13
North Carolina
61
0
North Dakota
31
0
Ohio
53
0
Oklahoma
93
0
Oregon
189
1
Pennsylvania
626
2
Rhode Island
62
0
South Carolina
60
0
South Dakota
14
1
Tennessee
110
0
Texas
2049
3
Utah
688
2
Vermont
32
0
Virginia
90
1
Washington
584
2
Washington, D.C.
33
0
West Virginia
40
0
Wisconsin
3008
1
Wyoming
50
0
TOTAL*(52)
17,855
45

Two weeks later and a three-fold increase in swine flu deaths in the United States. Compare the chart at right to the swine flu chart from just two weeks ago. Should you be worried? No. Should you educate yourself about swine flu and H1N1? Yes.

Europe’s first confirmed swine flu death – Sure, she was pregnant and had other health problems, but she’s dead from H1Ni. The good news? The baby does not have swine flu.

Swine flu widespread in England – Almost 1300 cases confirmed. When will the rest of Europe admit H1N1 has crossed the pond?

Swine flu becomes pandemic – It’s official, or at least it is if you look to the World Health Orginization (WHO) as a source of info. Swine flu is a global pandemic.

Boy Scouts not immune to swine flu – Reason #15 to avoid Jamborees.

CDC puts swine flu into perspective – Graphs, charts and soothing words make the pain go away

Swine flu map – Find the closest cases of swine flu near you.

Current US swine flu cases

The table to the right displays current swine flu cases in the US by state.

For international human cases of swine flu infection
please visit the World Health Organization web site.

NOTE: Because of daily reporting deadlines, the state totals reported by CDC may not always be consistent with those reported by state health departments. If there is a discrepancy between these two counts, data from the state health departments should be used as the most accurate number. *Total includes the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico

Europe Ignoring Swine Flu?

May 30th, 2009 1 comment
Table. U.S. Human Cases of H1N1 Flu Infection
updated May 29, 2009,

States* Confirmed and Probable Cases Deaths
Alabama
71 cases
0
Arkansas
6 cases
0
Arizona
540 cases
3
California
553 cases
0
Colorado
68 cases
0
Connecticut
149 cases
0
Delaware
115 cases
0
Florida
165 cases
0
Georgia
28 cases
0
Hawaii
71 cases
0
Idaho
12 cases
0
Illinois
1002 cases
2
Indiana
138 cases
0
Iowa
71 cases
0
Kansas
34 cases
0
Kentucky**
50 cases
0
Louisiana
114 cases
0
Maine
11 cases
0
Maryland
48 cases
0
Massachusetts
416 cases
0
Michigan
229 cases
0
Minnesota
47 cases
0
Mississippi
13 cases
0
Missouri
29 cases
1
Montana
14 cases
0
Nebraska
43 cases
0
Nevada
84 cases
0
New Hampshire
35 cases
0
New Jersey
72 cases
0
New Mexico
97 cases
0
New York
553 cases
4
North Carolina
14 cases
0
North Dakota
6 cases
0
Ohio
18 cases
0
Oklahoma
67 cases
0
Oregon
132 cases
0
Pennsylvania
123 cases
0
Rhode Island
13 cases
0
South Carolina
41 cases
0
South Dakota
6 cases
0
Tennessee
100 cases
0
Texas
1403 cases
3
Utah
122 cases
1
Vermont
3 cases
0
Virginia
29 cases
0
Washington
575 cases
1
Washington, D.C.
14 cases
0
Wisconsin
1430 cases
0
Wyoming
1 case
0
TOTAL*(49)
8,975 cases
15

*includes the District of Columbia

**one case is resident of KY but currently hospitalized in GA.

Some estimate over 100,000 cases of swine flu in North America, and Japan’s cases, by some counts, tip swine flu into pandemic. So say the New Scientist editors. European health officials however are balking, claiming there is no evidence of sustained H1N1 transmission in Europe. Those same editors go on to say, “That’s hardly surprising, as Europe isn’t doing the relevant tests.”

Most health departments in Europe are suffering from swine flu test equipment shortages. In the UK, officials are only testing potential swine flu cases if they meet the following criteria. Fever above 38 Celcius or history of fever AND two or more flu-like symptions (cough, sore throat, etc.) AND contact with a confirmed swine flu case OR have been in Mexico or the US in the past week.

If that seems convoluted and backwards you’re more perceptive than UK health officials. Swine flu is spreading in Japan, usually when those falling ill have had no contact with US/Mexico travelers.

Before you dismiss these public health administration lapses because you think swine flu is overhyped, we encourage you to read other articles on swine flu tracker. Specifically take note of the typical wave-like pattern of past flu pandemics. The virus can mutate in the southern hemisphere during the northern hemisphere’s summer  months and return stronger.

European nations are familiar with both the power of pathogens and the consequences of inept policies thereof. (foot and mouth/hoof and mouth anyone?) If you happen to be or know a prominent health officer in Europe, consider telling them that evidence has debunked the old head in the sand technique for dealing with swine flu.

Current US swine flu cases

The table to the right displays current swine flu cases in the US by state.

For international human cases of swine flu infection
please visit the World Health Organization web site.

NOTE: Because of daily reporting deadlines, the state totals reported by CDC may not always be consistent with those reported by state health departments. If there is a discrepancy between these two counts, data from the state health departments should be used as the most accurate number.

Swine Flu Threat Over?

May 22nd, 2009 No comments
Is the swine flu sky falling?

Is the swine flu sky falling?

“Now would be the worst time to kid ourselves that swine flu is nothing to worry about.” So say the editors of New Scientist in the most recent issue. (For the record, New Scientist is our favorite magazine of any sort, ever. Except maybe for Mad Magazine, when we were nine years old.)

So is this a swine flu scare tactic? Fear mongering? No. Even in the unlikely event that we’re lucky enough to say the worst of swine flu is behind us, our opening quote is sage advice. While we’ve started to receive the blog comment equivalent of hate mail, ostensibly for crying wolf and propagating the “swine flu myth”, the sad truth of the matter is this: Swine flu is still serious business.

Before you chastise this or any other swine flu information source, please research historical flu patterns. You’ll understand the wave-like pattern of past flu pandemics and even their smaller cousins, the less scary flu epidemic. Typically, there’s an early wave of flu infection. Then because of seasonality or whatever other reason, the flu outbreak subsides. All clear? Nope. Flu tends to return in a second wave, even stronger than before.

Other than the early cases in Mexico, swine flu turned out to be much less vicious than initially feared. But don’t count your chickens yet. Our swine flu luck could run out. The odds are 50/50 at best that Chicken Little is the idiot here. For all of our sakes, I hope the sky stays right where it is. In the meantime, expect more swine flu news from whatever we’re considering the trenches these days.

Click links above for swine flu news, swine flu maps and look around for past swine flu features. And seriously, subscribe to New Scientist.

Swine Flu Cases Mount

May 7th, 2009 4 comments

Click the image for a map of swine flu cases.

Click the image for a map of swine flu cases.

Swine flu cases are quickly approaching the one thousand milestone in the US as additional swine flu victims also mount in Mexico. The editors of New Scientist have called for a “ flu Manhattan project” in the face of a looming swine flu pandemic, noting the irony that it’s not an Asian bird flu prompting this alarming editorial.

What’s so hard about a swine flu Manhattan project? As usual, the devil’s in the corporate/government details. Preventing a swine flu pandemic can not be done unilaterally. This must be a whole-world effort to combat the next flu pandemic. Naturally, it comes down to dollars and cents, or yuan or whatever currencies we need to spend. Read the New Scientist article for more details.

Why was swine flu so much worse in Mexico?

In Mexico, there are more over the counter options to treat swine flu symptoms. Want antibiotics? No problem. They’re cheap and you don’t need a prescription. Additionally, though there’s a certain level  of state-run health care in Mexico, many residents aren’t near clinics and don’t have enough money to pay the nominal fee required for swine flu treatment.

This trend of avoiding treatment is exacerbated in the younger generations which were hit hard by swine flu. It’s not that swine flu is uncharacteristically killing the hearty youth, rather they’re avoiding medical help in lieu of home symptom treatment. The only two people to be killed by swine flu in the US were both weakened. One elderly, the other a baby.

The over the counter drugs and the recklessness of Mexican youth alone cannot explain the excessive swine flu deaths in Mexico. Elements of Mexican culture are also to blame. Did you know there are thousands of schools in Mexico without running water and bathrooms? It’s no wonder swine flu spread so quickly and became so deadly. Furthermore, Mexico City is one of the most crowded cities on the planet. Cramped conditions, poor medical policies and antiquated sanitation made (and continue to make) the perfect swine flu storm in Mexico.

Is all of Mexico like that?! No. There are plenty of places where there is no swine flu, like Cabo San Lucas. Why? There are restrooms in Cabo. The tap water is drinkable even by people from the US. And most importantly, it’s a desert… with a lot of tourist money flowing through its infrastructure veins. Who says money doesn’t solve big problems? Slap them. They’re wrong. Money fixes swine flu.

Visit the swine flu tracker swine flu map for the latest on swine flu news.

Swine Flu Update

May 6th, 2009 1 comment
Swine flu in Mexico, or a Michael Jackson video?

Swine flu in Mexico, or a Michael Jackson video?

Some are saying parts of Mexico look like a scene out of Michael Jackson’s Thriller video.

Dr. Richard E. Besser, acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has bluntly stated: “As this moves forward, I fully expect that we will see deaths from this infection.” He’ was right. Tuesday marked the first domestic US death from swine flu. An earlier swine flu death in the United States originated in Mexico. The child died in the US when its caretakers brought it to Texas for treatment. In the same vein, (not to discount these tragic deaths,) the first domestic swine flu death was an elderly person with other health problems.

The one piece of encouraging news is that, outside of Mexico, swine flu victims can make a quick recovery if the illness is treated early. Of the thousands of suspected cases in Mexico, only about one thousand people remain hospitalized today, suggesting that the illness is very treatable if medical attention is sought in the early stages.

And though the initial spread of swine flu is by some accounts waning, experts predict that the northern hemispheres winter flu season will likely welcome a more virulent version of the H1N1 swine flu virus. Health organizations will pay close attention to the swine flu in the southern hemisphere in an effort to perfect a vaccine before the more populous northern flu season.

More good news. In an effort to halt or slow the spread of the swine flu, the World Health Organization (WHO) released 2.5 million doses of Tamiflu on Tuesday for distribution in developing countries.

See the swine flu tracker swine flu map page for more information on swine flu cases near you. Stay tuned for more swine flu updates.

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