Obama, swine flu, H1N1 virus, CDC, United States, 1918 H1N1, Germany latest country, US scientists race to prepare a vaccine against new strain of flu

From ABC News, Friday, May 1, 2009:

“Overreaction? Will Swine Flu Become a Run-of-the-Mill Outbreak?

More Schools Continue to Close, Even if They Don’t Have Confirmed Cases of Flu”

“President Obama said today that while the United States is still preparing for the worst in the wake of the swine flu scare, the outbreak could end up falling short of a pandemic and run its course just “like ordinary flus” that pass through the country every winter.

“I’m optimistic that we’re going to be able to manage this effectively,” Obama said.

“We don’t know for certain that this will end up being more severe than other flus,” he said. “It may turn out that H1N1 runs its course like ordinary flus.”

The head of the CDC’s influenza division Dr. Nancy Cox, said today that preliminary research suggests that the make up of this current virus is lacking some key components of the 1918 flu pandemic that killed between 30-50 million people and to which the new strain has recently been compared.

“What we have found by looking very carefully at the sequence of the new H1N1 virus is that we’re not seeing the markers for virulence that we saw in 1918 virus,” she said. But she added that scientists still may not know all they need to know about the 1918 H1N1 strain and are “continuing to look for virulence markers.”

Dr. Julie Gerberding, former head of the CDC, said on ABC’s “Good Morning America” that we “have to be careful not to over-rely on that kind of information because these flu viruses always evolve.”

“Officials still remain cautious about the outbreak. Friday afternoon a United Airlines flight from Germany to Washington D.C. was diverted to Boston after a passenger complained of flu-like symptoms.

Meanwhile, as more schools across the United States close in response to the swine flu outbreak, some estimate that a quarter of a million schoolchildren were out of school this morning.”

The CDC reports a total of 141 cases and one confirmed death in the United States, with more flu cases likely to come as state and federal health officials analyze samples.

 

The latest state to join the list of state-confirmed cases as of this afternoon was Florida, where Gov. Charlie Crist said two cases of swine flu — an 11-year-old boy and the 17-year-old girl in different counties — had been verified.

On Friday, Germany became the latest country to report a swine flu infection. A total of 11 countries now have at least one case, and the number of confirmed cases is 331, according to the World Health Organization, up from 257 Thursday.

U.S. authorities have promised to produce enough swine flu vaccine for the country, but the it won’t be available until fall at the earliest.”

“U.S. Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary Craig Vanderwagen told lawmakers that it would take several months before pilot tests on humans could ensure that any vaccine would be safe and effective against the flu. Assuming that everything goes well, mass production of the vaccine could begin in the fall.

“We think 600 million doses is achievable in a six-month time frame” from that fall start, he said, adding, “I don’t want anybody to have false expectations. The science is challenging here.”

Until then, the government has stockpiled anti-viral medicines to help ease symptoms of the flu and prevent further infection. So far, the medications are said to have worked effectively.

In the midst of concerns that the current outbreak could resurface as a new flu strain in the fall, U.S. authorities are now shipping millions of doses of anti-flu drugs to all states.”

“Did an Obama Staffer Bring the Virus to the U.S.?

The Obama administration may have had a brush with the swine flu outbreak after a member of the White House advance team on Obama’s recent trip to Mexico apparently came down with the disease.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said the staff member, whom he did not identify, began to feel ill April 16 after he accompanied Secretary of Energy Steven Chu to Mexico in advance of Obama’s arrival. Two days later, Gibbs said the staff member returned to the United States on a United Airlines flight to Dulles International Airport outside Washington, D.C.

On April 28, the individual’s wife, son and nephew tested positive for H1N1, Gibbs said, adding that samples had been sent to the CDC to determine if it is the same strain of H1N1 that now threatens to spark a global pandemic.”

“The first death from swine flu in the United States occurred Wednesday, when a 22-month-old baby boy in Texas died.

The worst hit state so far is New York, with 51 confirmed cases.”

“Swine Flu Ground Zero

With the flu spreading quickly in the United States and across the globe, the actions of Mexican health officials are under the microscope. Many health experts question whether the government has done enough to contain the flu.

Oscar Barrera, who was diagnosed with the flu Monday and prescribed Tamiflu, said he was sent home by medical officials and simply told to keep away from other people.

Barrera claimed that health officials did not test his pregnant wife and three-year-old son, or anyone in the cell phone shop where he worked, for the flu.

“What worries me most is if the officials don’t do enough to protect my family,” Barrera told ABC News.

According to Mexico’s health ministry, there now have been 12 confirmed deaths of the swine flu in Mexico, but roughly 176 deaths are suspected of having been caused by the virus. There are nearly 3,000 suspected cases.”

Read more:

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/SwineFlu/story?id=7477216&page=1

24 responses to “Obama, swine flu, H1N1 virus, CDC, United States, 1918 H1N1, Germany latest country, US scientists race to prepare a vaccine against new strain of flu

  1. Did anyone see this?

    While Massachusetts residents were sleeping our Legislature rushed through a bill- in response to the recent Swine flu outbreak. This bill has been on the shelf but our state government felt this was the perfect time to slip this bill through. What is the big deal about the bill- S18? It gives the Governor power to authorize the deployment and use of force to distribute supplies and materials. It gives local authorities the permission to enter private residences for investigation and to quarantine individuals. Basically during an “emergency” our state can and will declare martial law; you lose your Constitutional rights

    http://massachusettsforhuckabee.blogspot.com/2009/04/massachusetts-martial-law-bill.html

  2. And,

    Obama seeks new gun treaty:

    — EVERY aspect of the treaty introduces major required gun controls, most of which will affect average citizens (as well as the targeted criminal syndicates, dictators and other bad actors).

    — The controls go way past anything EVER attempted by gun-control groups in the United States.

    — NONE of the proposed gun controls are likely to pass by themselves through Congress. If the treaty is enacted they don’t have to — they become law when the treaty is ratified.

    http://www.gunlaws.com/GunLawUpdate5-CIFTA.htm

  3. And,

    Washington, DC — The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has done it again! They have issued a booklet to every law enforcement agency in the nation entitled “Domestic Extremism Lexicon” that defines who they see as “Extremists.”

    Click to access domestic-extremism-lexicon.pdf

  4. Kim,

    I don’t like the Turner guy at all. Is this the place that you heard this?

  5. Needed – All Christians to start a II Chronicles 7:14 prayer vigil in Homes and Churches in order to call our nation to repentance. The leaders in Congress are too blind to see that our spiritual condition is the root of all our problems. The Church must take the lead in calling this nation to repentance:

    2 Chronicles 7:14-15 NKJV

    14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 15 Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer made in this place.

    Even though this prayer was specifically for the children of Israel and for the city of Jerusalem where the temple stood, it has application to our times for God is the one who created the nations and placed them in their habitations.

  6. kitty, this was only one of many sites that had an article about this, but Turner’s had the pdf file.

  7. GB:

    2Ch 7:14 and My people, on whom My name is called, shall be humbled, and shall pray, and shall seek My face, and shall turn back from their evil ways, then I will hear from Heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

    Note that’s who his NAME is called…

    And if you’ll study what “name” means in the Hebrew, it means this: it means his honor, authority, his character, but it also means an APPELLATION!

    What does “appellation” mean?

    According to Merriam Webster’s it means:

    1 : an identifying name or title : DESIGNATION
    2 archaic : the act of calling by a name…

    I.e., those called by his name, which his name is Yahweh.

    He says…and My people, ON WHOM MY NAME IS CALLED…

    It’s all there, and he has only ONE name, Yahweh! He doesn’t have many names. The satan has many names, BTW.

  8. Oldsalt76,

    Have you ever tried using Collodial Silver for your shingles?

    I’ve been studying up on the CSilver, and i’ve read about a hundred reviews today from people who had shingles, and start taking CSilver, and it…

    Disappeared almost overnight.

    If you haven’t researched it buddy, you might give it try.

    This stuff looks like a miracle drug!

  9. Influenza information from an email by Alexander Jones

    Subject: The unthinkable has now been done.

    As I have warned about for months, the unthinkable has now been done. A recombinant virus has been unleashed upon mankind. This is a crime of unthinkable proportions — committed by international criminals operating under the auspices of the Executive Branch of our government, the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as Baxter Pharmaceutical.

    Some of you may be aware of my background at National Institutes of Health in Virology. I worked in the Laboratory of Structural Biology Research under the NIAMS division of NIH from 2002 – 2004.

    Since February and March I have been warning about an entirely contrived pandemic due to the criminal activity of Baxter Pharmaceutical, an international pharmaceutical corporation based in the 10th District of Chicago, a corporation which I have maintained is involved in international biological weapons programs. People wanted to laugh and ridicule. Now the pandemic has materialized and threatens our lives and the lives of our children. People *must* begin taking what I am saying seriously.

    Many of you will no doubt be concerned about the ‘swine flu’ which is circulating.

    For over a week the media and government have been covering up the spread of this LAB CREATED virus. They say “Everything is fine, wash your hands etc”. Unfortunately these are malicious lies, and our government should be sued for propagating such lies and deliberately endangering the lives of millions.

    The government and their corrupt henchmen within the corporate media assert only several hundred cases of North American flu have occurred. This is a blatant lie. A quick search of Twitter (http://search.twitter.com) using the search term of “fever” indicates the virus is widespread and growing exponentially. Indeed, today an email was leaked from a Texas doctor on Wednesday April 29th, who stated that actual cases were at least 10 times to 25 times higher than what was reported in the media. (see document below).

    My estimate is there are 50,000 – 100,000 cases of North American flu within the United States RIGHT NOW — as I write this email.

    What needs to happen here is: 1) people must be aware of the danger, 2) they must stop listening to their corrupt government and their assorted minions, 3) they must take responsibility for themselves and their families and 4) they must hold these criminals within governments and corporations responsible. There is no more time to choose what is “convenient” or “easy”, people must begin choosing what is right.

    We are literally 72 – 96 hours away from a martial law type scenario, where the government will attempt to ban public gatherings, enforcing travel restrictions, and so on. Should this materialize, people should *refuse* any forced vaccination or forced quarantine. There is no Constitutional basis for this power. The government has done NOTHING for a week, lied to the public, and has deliberately let this virus spread everywhere. The inaction is disgusting and outrageous, no doubt criminal, and absolutely genocidal.

    For those of you interested in what you can do, listen closely:

    GENERAL:

    1) Have a supply of food and water

    2) Have a means of self-defense

    3) An N95 or P100 mask (obtainable at Lowe’s or Home Depot).

    INFLUENZA SYMPTOMS:

    1) High Fever (100.5 and higher)

    2) Dry Cough

    3) Stuffy Nose

    INFLUENZA PREVENTION / THERAPY:

    First, for those of you thinking Tamiflu will save you, you are living in a dreamworld. Hospitals will be overwhelmed within another week, and are already overwhelmed in southern Texas. Dr. Marcus Gitterle, an emergency medicine physician in New Braunfels, Texas, has already stated that neuraminidase inhibitors (ie Tamiflu) were not very effective. Resistant strains will emerge within another 2 weeks. You need to be prepared to stay at your home, rather than a hospital, should you get sick.

    1) Diet – Good organic food, use as much garlic, onions, tomatoes, tumeric, cumin as possible, do not eat fast food or other metabolic poisons, these will only corrupt your immune system when you need it most.

    2) Colloidal Silver Hydrosol – Drops placed in eyes and nose at least 3x a day. Brands: Sovereign Silver, Super Silver, APAP, Silver Biotics etc. You can get Sovereign Silver at Whole Foods and you can get Silver Biotics at GNC. Colloidal silver may also be nebulized into the lungs to prevent and treat infection. Source: http://sovereignsilver.info , http://nutrimedical.com , http://silverlungs.com

    3) Atomic (nascent) iodine – 5 – 20 drops, administered in 0.5oz of water, sublingual, once every 3 hours. Source: http://nutrimedical.com , http://purebulk.com

    4) Allicin, Medical Grade: 2 capsules per day, once in the morning, once at night. source: http://nutrimedical.com

    5) NAC (N-acetyl-cysteine): >5g/day as treatment. NAC can be purchased at GNC. It is a broad spectrum antiviral, normalizes lung glutathione and prevents tissue damage.

    Most of all, there is no reason to be afraid, but people must take responsibility for their own lives and the state of the world.

    Feel free to contact me on my cell phone.

    Sincerely,

    Alexander S Jones / 703-371-9410

    Jones.alexander39@gmail.com

  10. Fernley Girl

    The South,
    I suggested MesoSilver to OldSalt because my son had used it for his shingles. I don’t think he saw my post.

  11. Kim // May 1, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    Did anyone see this?

    While Massachusetts residents were sleeping our Legislature rushed through a bill- in response to the recent Swine flu outbreak. This bill has been on the shelf but our state government felt this was the perfect time to slip this bill through. What is the big deal about the bill- S18? It gives the Governor power to authorize the deployment and use of force to distribute supplies and materials. It gives local authorities the permission to enter private residences for investigation and to quarantine individuals. Basically during an “emergency” our state can and will declare martial law; you lose your Constitutional rights

    http://massachusettsforhuckabee.blogspot.com/2009/04/massachusetts-martial-law-bill.html

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Hi Kim,

    I can’t seem to pull up this link, but I think I can explain this.

    I believe that this is the plan written for H5N1 (bird flu) a few years ago. Since that pandemic didn’t materialize, it was never put into effect. In light of A-H1N1, it seems that the time was right.

    Every state writes preparedness plans for a host of natural and man-made disasters-it’s not at all unusual.

    I will keep trying to retrieve that link and see what it’s all about.

    The thing is that if a virus or bacteria is contagious, each state must take steps to contain the outbreak. I don’t think that this is any kind of conspiracy rather, a plan to prepare for a potential catastrophe; it’d be horrible if something were to happen and no one had a plan to address it.

    I can’t say too much more about this until I’ve read the bill, but thanks for the post and good night!

  12. Air Force Brat

    Good morning all — I hope you’ll forgive a slightly off-topic post. Oklahoma has re-introduced the sovereignty issue, in a form that doesn’t require the signature of Gov. Henry:

    http://www.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2009/05/01/new-oklahoma-sovereignty-resolution/

    I was so excited and pleased by this development that I couldn’t wait to post it.

  13. FernlyGirl,

    Was the MesoSilver very effective at relieving your sons shingles?

    If so, how fast did it work?

    I hope Oldsalt76 sees these posts, as i know he’s having a hard time with his shingles.

  14. truthbetold11

    This massachusetts law makers are sooooo bored they invent ways of making new laws and think that they are doing a service to the people. All these politcal hacks need a new line of work because they couldn’t write laws for little league organization never mind a state. They need to resign asap

  15. Also, off topic post. Letter on Dr. Orly’s site by a black woman. Great read. Here’s the letter,

    No He Can’t
    by Anne Wortham
    Fellow Americans,

    Please know: I am black; I grew up in the segregated South. I did not vote for Barack Obama; I wrote in Ron Paul’s name as my choice for president. Most importantly, I am not race conscious. I do not require a black president to know that I am a person of worth, and that life is worth living. I do not require a black president to love the ideal of America .

    I cannot join you in your celebration. I feel no elation. There is no smile on my face. I am not jumping with joy. There are no tears of triumph in my eyes. For such emotions and behavior to come from me, I would have to deny all that I know about the requirements of human flourishing and survival – all that I know about the history of the United States of America , all that I know about American race relations, and all that I know about Barack Obama as a politician. I would have to deny the nature of the “change” that Obama asserts has come to America . Most importantly, I would have to abnegate my certain understanding that you have chosen to sprint down the road to serfdom that we have been on for over a century. I would have to pretend that individual liberty has no value for the success of a human life. I would have to evade your rejection of the slender reed of capitalism on which your success and mine depend. I would have to think it somehow rational that 94 percent of the 12 million blacks in this country voted for a man because he looks like them (that blacks are permitted to play the race card), and that they were joined by self-declared “progressive” whites who voted for him because he doesn’t look like them. I would have to wipe my mind clean of all that I know about the kind of people who have advised and taught Barack Obama and will fill posts in his administration – political intellectuals like my former colleagues at the Harvard University ’s Kennedy School of Government.

    I would have to believe that “fairness” is the equivalent of justice. I would have to believe that man who asks me to “go forward in a new spirit of service, in a new service of sacrifice” is speaking in my interest. I would have to accept the premise of a man that economic prosperity comes from the “bottom up,” and who arrogantly believes that he can will it into existence by the use of government force. I would have to admire a man who thinks the standard of living of the masses can be improved by destroying the most productive and the generators of wealth.

    Finally, Americans, I would have to erase from my consciousness the scene of 125,000 screaming, crying, cheering people in Grant Park, Chicago irrationally chanting “Yes We Can!” Finally, I would have to wipe all memory of all the times I have heard politicians, pundits, journalists, editorialists, bloggers and intellectuals declare that capitalism is dead – and no one, including especially Alan Greenspan, objected to their assumption that the particular version of the anti-capitalistic mentality that they want to replace with their own version of anti-capitalism is anything remotely equivalent to capitalism.

    So you have made history, Americans. You and your children have elected a black man to the office of the president of the United States , the wounded giant of the world. The battle between John Wayne and Jane Fonda is over – and that Fonda won. Eugene McCarthy and George McGovern must be very happy men. Jimmie Carter, too. And the Kennedys have at last gotten their Kennedy look-a-like. The self-righteous welfare statists in the suburbs can feel warm moments of satisfaction for having elected a black person. So, toast yourselves: 60s countercultural radicals, 80s yuppies and 90s bourgeois bohemians. Toast yourselves, Black America. Shout your glee Harvard, Princeton , Yale, Duke, Stanford, and Berkeley. You have elected not an individual who is qualified to be president, but a black man who, like the pragmatist Franklin Roosevelt, promises to – Do Something! You now have someone who has picked up the baton of Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society. But you have also foolishly traded your freedom and mine – what little there is left – for the chance to feel good.

    There is nothing in me that can share your happy obliviousness.

  16. Air Force Brat

    I agree, Rocknee — that is truly a great read. Very sobering and thought-provoking. If there are more like that woman out there, then maybe this great country does indeed stand a chance.

  17. Bookmark this website so that we can all check from time to time to see where the American Recovery and Investment Act money is really going………………………..

    All Federal departments and agencies receiving Recovery Act stimulus funding have established their own Recovery Act web pages. These agencies must submit reports on funding, major actions taken so far, and those actions planned for the near term. Use the links below to learn more about how the different agencies and departments are spending the funds allocated to them by the ARRA. But keep in mind, many more pages will come online – with much more information – in the weeks and months ahead, so check back often for updates.

    http://www.recovery.gov/?q=content/agencies

  18. Air Force Brat

    What I don’t get is how Obama’s followers can keep touting him as the first “black” to occupy the White House — isn’t he, genetically, only about 7% truly black, 43% Arab and 50% white?

  19. citizenwells

    AFB
    You are correct.

  20. He should be called the white, arab, black president (wab president).

    What’s that latest true data on the flu?

  21. Lame Cherry’s Sunday School Lesson for tomorrow: The 4 Eyes of Obama.

    http://lamecherry.blogspot.com/2009/05/4-eyes-of-obama.html

  22. Rocknee // May 2, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    He should be called the white, arab, black president (wab president).

    What’s that latest true data on the flu?
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Hi Rocknee,

    Are you looking for flu numbers, or what?

  23. Kim // May 1, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    Hi Kim,

    I was able to read the bill via another source.

    I can’t get my dander up about this because it’s like many other bills in many other states written to prepare for an emergency.

    Local and state officials must have some sort of plan to deal with emergency situations, for example, if someone were to be diagnosed with Ebola or Marburg viruses (killer viruses and transmissable), would anyone *not* want precautions to be taken to stop the spread of the disease?

    I’ll research it further and post anything I can find out. The only thing I question is the filing date of this bill: **January 7, 2009**?????

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