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Old Apr 26th, 2009, 05:23 PM   #1
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Old Apr 26th, 2009, 05:25 PM   #2
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Swine flu in Canada

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Old Apr 26th, 2009, 05:33 PM   #3
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And just when we were busy slaughtering all those pesky birds, the pigs move in and sideswipe us!

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heard them detain a guy at YVR airport last night due to bad coughing and other people ..........think they let them go after quarintine of a few hours....man
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Old Apr 27th, 2009, 02:08 AM   #5
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The tinfoil hat types are convinced that this is a genetically engineered variety of flu.

The fact that Al Gore and good old Rummy have big time investments in Tamiflu could lend just a bit of credence to the theory. Rummy in particular would look at a few million deaths as just a side benefit.
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Chicken Little and the gang are hard at work promoting a pandemic.
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Old Apr 27th, 2009, 09:11 AM   #7
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Chicken Little and the gang are hard at work promoting a pandemic.
SINC, I agree with you on this one.

I've been reading both the NY Times and The Toronto Star, and The Star is blowing it hugely out of proportion to both the NY Times and the WHO. For example, there were only 22 confirmed deaths, and 86 believed deaths. The Toronto Star says that there were 86 confirmed deaths.
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Old Apr 27th, 2009, 09:23 AM   #8
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More people probably dies of common colds during the same period.
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A pandemic has nothing to do with the number of deaths...

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Pandemic: An epidemic (a sudden outbreak) that becomes very widespread and affects a whole region, a continent, or the world.
There could be zero deaths and it's still a pandemic.

Some 50,000 die every year of influenza anyways.

The risk they are guarding against is a mutuation.

Swine flu is normally not transmitted between humans so this has already mutated once and is composed of human, bird and swine flu and so far does not have a high death rate after infection - even in Mexico where there may be complicating factors.
SARs was 20% death rate
H51 bird flu kills 60% but has almost zero spread.

The wider the spread - the greater risk of mutation into a deadlier form - that's the goal is to halt the spread so reduce the risk of mutation to a deadlier version.
There is no over- reaction - WHO has not raised the classification above Phase 3.
This flu is not prevented by the current flu shot.
Tamiflu does work if taken within an early period.

A real concern is that this varient does kill healthy young adults in Mexico which is what the 1918 flu did so a mutation to a more virulent form poses risk of that...the wider the exposure the greater the risk of that mutation occurring particularly in SE Asian where pocket of H51 are still present..

The positive aspect is that a mild pandemic provides an immunity pool.....that may help against a more virulent form down the road.

Your knee-jerk anti-science nonsense gets wearisome.
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The tinfoil hat types are convinced that this is a genetically engineered variety of flu.

The fact that Al Gore and good old Rummy have big time investments in Tamiflu could lend just a bit of credence to the theory. Rummy in particular would look at a few million deaths as just a side benefit.
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