Saturday, April 25, 2009

Swine Flu Fears

Mexico is the suspected source of a deadly swine flu with 68 reported deaths. 800 cases have been reported by the World Health Organisation in recent weeks, most among healthy young adults. WHO has supplies of Tamiflu available although there appear to be doubts about its effectiveness for this strain of flu.
Latest news from the New York Times indicates a possible outbreak in a private school in Queens where dozens of students reported symptoms of the flu yesterday..
Symptoms are similar to seasonal influenza - fever, cough, sore throat with the rare possibility of vomiting and diarrhea. Other symptoms may be swelling, headaches and vision problems. The virus is considered to be a strain of swine flu, but also combines genetic material from birds and humans in a way that taxes research knowledge.
In Mexico the official response has been to cancel large gatherings and events, while the public are resorting to the use of face masks..

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