p2pnet news view | Off Topic:- The caption to the Wikipedia Library of Congress pic on the right reads: “Two American Red Cross nurses demonstrate treatment practices during the influenza pandemic of 1918.”
Called the Spanish Flu, the pandemic lasted from March 1918 to June 1920, says the story, going on:
“It is estimated that anywhere from 20 to 100 million people were killed worldwide, or the approximate equivalent of one third of the population of Europe, more than double the number killed in World War I.”
Are we now facing another pandemic from Swine Flu, aka A-H1N1, which appears to have started in Mexico?
“The World Health Organization hasn’t yet declared swine flu a global pandemic – but already news of the unusual bug that began in Mexico is leaving people panicked and uncertain,” says the Globe and Mail, going on:
“There is still much that experts don’t understand about the epidemiology of the outbreak. They cannot say why those infected in Mexico, where the outbreak is known as la gripe porcina, are between the ages of 20 and 50 – not a population normally vulnerable to flu. Infectious disease specialists also don’t yet know why the six confirmed cases in Canada and the 40 in the United States appear to be more mild.”
The story has Donald Low, medical director of Ontario’s public health laboratories and chief microbiologist at Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital, saying, “This flu has never before been seen in pigs or humans, which means we don’t know its capabilities. We are seeing this flu in its very early stages and we must continue to monitor it. We don’t have the epidemiology to define whether it’s seasonal flu or more like the flu of 1968, where one in every 100 people died.”
Is the Swine Flu is a leaked military weapon? – asks Online Journal, continuing:
“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.”
True or not, the World Health Organisation, “warned today that swine flu can no longer be contained, as the virus spread to Asia and the Middle East, with the first cases confirmed in New Zealand and Israel,” says The Guardian.
“The virus, an apparently new strain of the H1N1 flu, has now been confirmed in seven countries, and suspected outbreaks are being investigated in other places including Ireland, Germany, Italy, Sweden and Denmark.,” says the story, adding:
“The WHO’s deputy head, Keiji Fukuda, warned countries to consider urgently how best to deal with a possible mass outbreak, given that closing international borders would have little impact now. ‘At this time containment is not a feasible option,’ he said.”
Globe and Mail – How to prepare for a pandemic, April 28, 2009
Online Journal – New swine flu feared to be weaponized strain, April 27, 2009
The Guardian – Swine flu unstoppable, WHO warns, April 28, 2009
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