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  • sharon sanders
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    Thank you and welcome!

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  • curiosity
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    If you have a chance, re-read this post from beginning to end. The ability of this site to recognize an event thru media before mainstream is amazing. The history of this century's first pandemic influenza, in the communication age, is an exemplary event and an opportunity to learn for the future.

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  • sharon sanders
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    Thank you to everyone around the world who helped us publicly disseminate this information more than a year ago.




    Also please see:

    April 24, 2009

    Mexico Confirms 16 Deaths Due to Swine Flu - 60 Others Being Investigated

    http://www.flutrackers.com/forum/sho...d.php?t=100069

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  • Laidback Al
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    Originally posted by Shiloh View Post
    Source: http://knightcenter.utexas.edu/blog/?q=en/node/3959

    JOURNALISM IN THE AMERICAS
    A News Blog
    Crusading Mexican Newspaper Discovered Swine Flu Crisis Before Emergency Was Declared

    Queries from a newspaper in Oaxaca state founded only a year ago, Diario Despertar (“To wake up”), forced state health officials to publicize a fatal “atypical pneumonia” an entire week before officials declared a national swine flu emergency, The Los Angeles Times reports.

    The paper’s police reporter got a tip from a source about strange happenings at the state-run hospital, where the woman who became the first person to die from the outbreak had sought medical care, Tracy Wilkinson reports for The Times.

    “Not above dressing its journalists up as paramedics, the paper sent two people to investigate,” Wilkinson says. “They quickly realized that the hospital was seized by alarm.”


    Despertar’s publisher, Alfredo Martinez de Aguilar, prides himself on his “intelligence unit” of reporters who are willing to go undercover if needed. He wonders whether local health officials would have told the public of the emergency if his reporters hadn’t dug up the truth, Wilkinson writes. “We made them come to us,” the publisher says.
    See post #6 from April 20th in this thread for first notice of the Diario Despertar stories.

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  • Shiloh
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    Source: http://knightcenter.utexas.edu/blog/?q=en/node/3959

    JOURNALISM IN THE AMERICAS
    A News Blog
    Crusading Mexican Newspaper Discovered Swine Flu Crisis Before Emergency Was Declared

    Queries from a newspaper in Oaxaca state founded only a year ago, Diario Despertar (“To wake up”), forced state health officials to publicize a fatal “atypical pneumonia” an entire week before officials declared a national swine flu emergency, The Los Angeles Times reports.

    The paper’s police reporter got a tip from a source about strange happenings at the state-run hospital, where the woman who became the first person to die from the outbreak had sought medical care, Tracy Wilkinson reports for The Times.

    “Not above dressing its journalists up as paramedics, the paper sent two people to investigate,” Wilkinson says. “They quickly realized that the hospital was seized by alarm.”


    Despertar’s publisher, Alfredo Martinez de Aguilar, prides himself on his “intelligence unit” of reporters who are willing to go undercover if needed. He wonders whether local health officials would have told the public of the emergency if his reporters hadn’t dug up the truth, Wilkinson writes. “We made them come to us,” the publisher says.

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  • AlaskaDenise
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    Originally posted by niman View Post
    <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.recombinomics.com/News/05080901/Swine_H1N1_Mexico_Fatalities.html">Commentary</a>
    Commentary

    Swine H1N1 Fatalities in Mexico

    Recombinomics Commentary 16:27
    May 8, 2009

    The official noted that the highest peaks (for deaths) of the days of the epidemic were 25 and April 26. Cordova reiterated that the age at which most deaths were recorded between 20 and 29 years.

    The above comments are from an update on cases in Mexico. The samples are being retested for swine H1N1 and the testing is reconfirming earlier reports. In addition, sequences are being generated from outbreaks worldwide (see updated map), and these sequences match those from Mexico (well over 99% identical).

    These data suggest that the number of cases is much higher than reported in official numbers and raise concerns that similar fatality levels will be recorded as the swine H1N1 <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.recombinomics.com/News/04290901/H1N1_Pandemic_5.html">spreads worldwide</a>. The country reporting the most cases in the United States, but new cases are appearing in the southern hemisphere, raising concerns that the virus will expand and evolve.

    The targeting of previously healthy young adults repeats data from 1918, as does the movement of swine H1N1 into a human population (as seen in the list below).

    Concerns that the virus will recombine with seasonal flu and acquire key changes such as oseltamivir resistance (H274Y), as well as PB2 E627K highlight the importance of sequence surveillance.

    The continuing spread of H1N1 remains a cause for concern.

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  • Giuseppe
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    Despite the continuing spread of the novel H1N1 influenza virus among young people and the temptation to renew the spectre of the 1918 great pandemic of ''spanish flu'', I continue to think that this parallel is not possible at this stage of knowledge.

    The claim of several individuals that the novel H1N1 virus will actually cause a pandemic mimicking the 1918 ''spanish flu'' remains cause of great concern if the aim of media sources (even the ''new media'') is to gain trust among general population.

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  • HenryN
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    <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.recombinomics.com/News/05080901/Swine_H1N1_Mexico_Fatalities.html">Commentary</a>

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  • gsgs
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    Besser doesn't seem to believe it


    http://www.flutrackers.com/forum/sho...d.php?t=103156

    So far we are not seeing any signs of this petering out," said Dr Richard Besser, acting director of the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. "We are on the upswing."
    Though Mexican officials said they were over the worst, Besser said the country still had significant transmission.

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  • HenryN
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    http://translate.google.com/translat...history_state0=
    Federal Health Secretary Jose Angel Cordova explained that analyzed a larger number of samples, 452 about three thousand, three thousand 59 are useful, which resulted in 42 cases fully confirmed deaths from influenza A-H1N1 of 112 thousand cases. With the new evidence, were discarded and 94 cases in total, was dismissed yesterday 17. The official noted that the highest peaks (for deaths) of the days of the epidemic were 25 and April 26. C rdova reiterated that the age at which most deaths were recorded between 20 and 29 years. Also, in a press conference the head of Health, insisted that most of those infected who died lived in the DF (68%), followed by the state of Mexico (7%), San Luis Potosi (7%), Tlaxcala, Oaxaca and Chiapas (3% each)

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  • Giuseppe
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    Reuters AlertNet - Most suspected flu patients in Mexico now healthy
    Most suspected flu patients in Mexico now healthy

    26 Apr 2009 18:42:33 GMT
    Source: Reuters

    (Adds quote, detail)

    MEXICO CITY, April 26 (Reuters) -

    Two-thirds of the roughly 1,300 people in Mexico suspected of being infected with a fatal new strain of swine flu have been given a clean bill of health and sent home from the hospital, President Felipe Calderon said on Sunday.


    Calderon said more than 900 people had been declared healthy and nearly 400 others with flu-like symptoms were in hospitals being checked.

    Fears of a global swine flu pandemic are growing with new infections cropping up in the United States and Canada.

    Millions of Mexicans hid indoors to avoid a virus that has killed up to 81 people across the country.

    Calderon reassured Mexicans that the flu is curable with drugs and said Mexico has ample stocks of antiviral medicine.

    "It's very important to act fast and take this seriously, but it's also very important to stay calm, cooperate with authorities and inform them of any cases that arise," he said during a meeting of health officials.

    (Reporting by Mica Rosenberg and Catherine Bremer)
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    <cite cite="http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N26489623.htm">Reuters AlertNet - Most suspected flu patients in Mexico now healthy</cite>

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  • LSL
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    If this swine flu follows a mild first wave then a more virulent second wave, hopefully that will buy time for the development and production of an efficacious vaccine! Not to mention production of antivirals. Just hope it doesn;t mix with this years human H1 strain and acquire oseltamivir resistance....

    The question of how much of the reports out of Mexico are due to swine flu, and howmany may be something else, or whether there are other factors at play to account for the reported differences between the swine flu in Mexico and the states still remains to be answered.

    Be nice to know how much above the expected flu morbidity and mortality the number we are hearing out of Mexico fall.

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  • Science Teacher
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    Those are my thoughts, too. A first wave of a pandemic can be mild in comparison to other waves. People relax and can let their guards down.
    I hope the government launches an excellent program in helping people prepare.

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  • LMonty
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    what I think is a good possibility- that this will modulate and decrease until late fall early winter, when the next wave hits. thats when the fit really hits the shan. just my best guess, not a prediction, just following other pandemic timelines it seems really possible. so if it doesnt go ballistic into a full blown pandemic this spring and summer, please, please dont let your guard down on this- its just extra time to get ready...please uses that wisely! There are some special items that a flu pandemic preparedness list contains, besides our usual all hazards type preps. I'd bet they will dry up quick- all kinds of masks, gloves, flu meds, certain supplements and OTC meds, etc. Get em while the getting is good

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  • JetStuuby
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    From the bbc http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/talking_point/8018428.stm Please remove to another thread if this is not the correct place.

    The highlighted section is worrying.......

    Mexico flu: Your experiences


    Mexico City residents are being told to wear protective masks
    Readers in Mexico have been emailing the BBC describing the sense of fear gripping the country as a result of a flu virus outbreak, which has so far claimed up to 60 lives.

    The World Health Organization says the virus has the potential to become a pandemic.

    Read a selection of BBC readers' comments below.

    I work as a resident doctor in one of the biggest hospitals in Mexico City and sadly, the situation is far from "under control". As a doctor, I realise that the media does not report the truth. Authorities distributed vaccines among all the medical personnel with no results, because two of my partners who worked in this hospital (interns) were killed by this new virus in less than six days even though they were vaccinated as all of us were. The official number of deaths is 20, nevertheless, the true number of victims are more than 200. I understand that we must avoid to panic, but telling the truth it might be better now to prevent and avoid more deaths.
    Yeny Gregorio Dávila, Mexico City


    The situation in Mexico City is really not normal. There is a sense of uncertainty that borders on paranoid behaviour in some cases. At this very moment, Mexican TV is showing how military forces are giving masks to the people in the streets. Moreover the news is sending alarming messages for the audience. Really, the atmosphere in the city is unsettling, a good example: pubs and concerts are being closed or cancelled and people don't haven thorough information. In this city (and country) there is an urgent need for assertive information, no paranoid messages from the government or the Mexican media.
    Patricio Barrientos and Aranzazu Nuńez, Mexico City
    Massive events have been cancelled at the National Auditorium - Mexico City's largest indoor venue with capacity of 10,000 - which has been closed. Two soccer games have been cancelled at the Olympic Stadium. A sold out game with 70,000 expected attendance will be played behind closed doors. Another game at the famous Azteca Stadium that would draw an attendance of 50,000 will also be played behind closed doors.

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