Swine Flu

Swine Flu

Background

  • H3N2

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H3N2 (“swine flu”) is endemic in pigs in China, and has been detected in pigs in Vietnam, increasing fears of the emergence of new variant strains. The dominant strain of annual flu virus in January 2006 was H3N2, which is now resistant to the standard antiviral drugs amantadine and rimantadine.

The possibility of H5N1 and H3N2 exchanging genes through reassortment is a major concern. If a reassortment in H5N1 occurs, it might remain an H5N1 subtype, or it could shift subtypes, as H2N2 did when it evolved into the Hong Kong Flu strain of H3N2.

Both the H2N2 and H3N2 pandemic strains contained avian influenza virus RNA segments. “While the pandemic human influenza viruses of 1957 (H2N2) and 1968 (H3N2) clearly arose through reassortment between human and avian viruses, the influenza virus causing the ‘Spanish flu’ in 1918 appears to be entirely derived from an avian source”.

See : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H5N1

H1N1 Swine Flu

The current swine influenza virus isolated from patients in the United States was found to be made up of genetic elements from four different flu viruses – North American swine influenza, North American avian influenza, human influenza, and swine influenza virus typically found in Asia and Europe.

This new strain appears to be a result of reassortment of human influenza and swine influenza viruses, in all four different strains of subtype H1N1.

However, as the virus has not yet been isolated in animals to date and also for historical naming reasons, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) suggests it be called “North-American influenza”.

See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H1N1

  • H1N1 type of influenza virus. Similar to bird flu H5N1 and H5N2.

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This new virus is called a swine flu, though it contains genetic segments from humans and birds viruses as well as from pigs from North America, Europe and Asia. Health officials had seen combinations of bird, pig and human virus before — but never such an intercontinental mix, including more than one pig virus.

See: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090427/ap_on_bi_ge/med_swine_flu_reality_check

H5N1 Avian Flu

  • Avian Flu Virus (H5N1)

H5N1 is an Influenza A virus subtype. Experts believe it might mutate into a form that transmits easily from person to person. If such a mutation occurs, it might remain an H5N1 subtype or could shift subtypes as did H2N2 when it evolved into the Hong Kong Flu strain of H3N2.

See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fujian_flu

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  • Generic Image of a Flu Virus

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2009-06-19 Swine Flu

South Australian health authorities have confirmed the first swine flu-related death in Australia.

A 26 year old man from a remote Aboriginal community in Western Australia, who was suffering from swine flu, has died.

The man was flown from the remote Kirrikurra community to South Australia on Monday with a number serious of illnesses.

He was diagnosed with swine flu on Thursday and died in Royal Adelaide Hospital on Friday.

Gerard Coffey from the Ngaanyatjarra Council says the man had other health problems.

“He had a pre-existing condition, which for family reasons we’d rather keep to the family at this stage,” he said.

Mr Coffey says health officials are expected to visit the community.

The residents have been advised not to leave the area.

See: http://www.radioaustralianews.net.au/stories/200906/2603602.htm?desktop

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2009-05-26 Swine Flu

MEXICO CITY (AFP) — The worldwide death toll for swine flu was creeping up to triple digits on Monday with new deaths in North America, while a clutch of new cases emerged in Europe, Asia and Latin America.

According to the latest United Nations’ World Health Organisation tally, 12,515 people have been infected with A(H1N1) across 46 countries, including 91 deaths.

The figure represents a rise of 493 cases on the previous WHO total and included five new deaths in Mexico, the epicenter of the outbreak, but did not include the newest three Mexico deaths, one more fatality in Canada and two more deaths in the United States, bringing the global toll to 97.

Mexico’s Health Ministry on Monday confirmed a rise in the country’s flu deaths to 83, with more than 4,458 confirmed infections from the virus.

See: http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5inZBcRtpahUPOGYGDRhibc0U64ew

ALISON CALDWELL: In South Australia and Victoria there are cases of people who have contracted the disease with no known contact to people who have recently travelled overseas.

The Federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon says more cases are expected to appear in the days ahead.

NICOLA ROXON: We do have a growing number of cases with no known contact to those who have travelled overseas. We do have another 40 people that are currently being tested today but these numbers are going to keep growing obviously. There are now 43 countries across the world who have swine flu and more than 12,000 cases worldwide.

See: http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2008/s2580344.htm

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2009-05-16 Swine Flu

Key developments on swine flu outbreaks, according to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization and government officials:

Deaths: Global total of 73 — 66 in Mexico; five in U.S.; one in Canada and one in Costa Rica. Officials said the Canadian, U.S. and Costa Rican victims also had other medical conditions.

Confirmed cases: WHO says 34 countries have reported a total of 7,520 cases, mostly in the U.S. and Mexico. That total does not include Ecuador, Malaysia and Peru, which recently reported their first cases.

The CDC says 47 U.S. states, including the District of Columbia, have a combined 4,714 confirmed and probable cases. Most probable cases end up being confirmed.

U.S. health officials are seeing a surprisingly high number of cases of ordinary, seasonal flu at a time when the flu season typically peters out.

See: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hZVkRqV2uZVim0TRk5R1ZBfovTCAD9871UIG0

Twenty-eight people in Australia are awaiting test results for swine flu, Federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon says.

“We do currently have a number of people, including a family, who have tested positive to influenza A,” Ms Roxon told reporters in Melbourne on Saturday.

See: http://news.theage.com.au/breaking-news-national/australia-monitoring-28-for-swine-flu-20090516-b6hu.html

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2009-05-09 Swine Flu

Health officials in Japan and Australia confirmed the first cases of H1N1 swine flu in each of their countries. The news comes as Costa Rica’s Health Minister Maria Luisa Avila announced that country’s first death from the virus. The patient, who also suffered from diabetes and chronic lung disease, was one of eight confirmed cases of swine flu to surface in Costa Rica.

See: http://www.examiner.com/x-8543-SF-Health-News-Examiner~y2009m5d9-H1N1-swine-flu-hits-Japan-Australia

SATURDAY, May 9 (HealthDay News) – The swine flu count in the United States now stands at 2,254 confirmed cases and 722 probable cases in 44 states, with 104 hospitalizations, federal health officials said Saturday.

See: http://www.ajc.com/health/content/shared-auto/healthnews/cdc-/626964.html

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2009-05-04 Swine Flu

Now that the swine flu virus has passed from a farmworker to pigs, could it jump back to people? The question is important, because crossing species again could make it more deadly.

See: Google Hosted News

Confirmed cases: At least 197 in the United States, including 24 in California; 473 in Mexico; 85 in Canada; 15 each in Spain and Britain; six in Germany; four in New Zealand; two each in Israel, France and South Korea; and one each in Costa Rica, Ireland, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Hong Kong, Denmark and the Netherlands.

See: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article/article?f=/c/a/2009/05/03/MNNN17DIII.DTL

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2009-04-30 Swine Flu

However, when the people who stand to profit are some of the most influential politicans and public figures in the world, when the swine flu in question is a never before seen mixture human, avian and pig viruses from North America, Europe and Asia, and when the media is actively contributing to the stock gains of particular companies by touting brand name products as the only cure to this brand new virus, then perhaps we are at least justified in asking these people what they know and when did they know it.

See: http://nwoobserver.wordpress.com/2009/04/29/swine-flu-who-profits/

Czech newspapers are questioning if the shocking discovery of vaccines contaminated with the deadly avian flu virus which were distributed to 18 countries by the American company Baxter were part of a conspiracy to provoke a pandemic.

See: http://preventdisease.com/news/09/031109_baxter.shtml

It the virus won’t kill you, the vaccine will kill you for shure, because the creator is the same

See: http://www.infowars.com/baxter-to-develop-swine-flu-vaccine-despite-bird-flu-scandal/

According to Trade Alert, an options-flow analytics firm, Glaxo’s options are trading four-times more actively than usual with more than 7,300 calls trading, compared to 1,000 bearish puts.

See: http://online.barrons.com/article/SB124084703815259623.html

Our Mexico City source said a top scientist for the United Nations, who has examined the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Africa, as well as HIV/AIDS victims, concluded that H1N1 possesses certain transmission “vectors” that suggest that the new flu strain has been genetically-manufactured as a military biological warfare weapon. The UN expert believes that Ebola, HIV/AIDS, and the current A-H1N1 swine flu virus are biological warfare agents.

See: http://onlinejournal.com/artman/publish/article_4631.shtml

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