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  1. by   AtomicWoman
    From the MSNBC story:

    "It may be too late to contain the sudden outbreak, warned the CDC, which has stepped up surveillance across the United States. "We are worried," said the CDC's Dr. Anne Schuchat.

    “We don’t think we can contain the spread of this virus,” said Schuchat, Interim Deputy Director for Science and Public Health Program. “We are likely to find it in many other places.”"


    I really wonder about officials making statements like that right now. People are going to feel really panicky or more panicky than they do already. The CDC must really, really be worried for an official to make a statement like that.
  2. by   coola
    POSSIBLE pandemic...the new CNN scare-athon!
  3. by   Multicollinearity
    If this is true, it is frightening:


    http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?p...efer=worldwide
    The first case was seen in Mexico on April 13. The outbreak coincided with the President Barack Obama’s trip to Mexico City on April 16. Obama was received at Mexico’s anthropology museum in Mexico City by Felipe Solis, a distinguished archeologist who died the following day from symptoms similar to flu, Reforma newspaper reported. The newspaper didn’t confirm if Solis had swine flu or not.
    eta: This sounds fishy. Sixty-eight people have died of swine flu in Mexico. And we are to believe one of them shook Obama's hand? Unless Mexico's stats regarding the dead are incorrect.
    Last edit by Multicollinearity on Apr 25, '09
  4. by   featherzRN
    I'm not worried unless Randall Flagg starts showing up in my dreams telling me to move to Vegas.

    (anyone who doesn't get that, go read/watch The Stand).
  5. by   ♪♫ in my ♥
    Quote from featherzRN
    I'm not worried unless Randall Flagg starts showing up in my dreams telling me to move to Vegas.

    (anyone who doesn't get that, go read/watch The Stand).
    Definitely read, don't watch.

    No walking dude for me, I'm heading to Mother Abigail's farm in Nebraska.

    Thanks for the reminder, featherz... one of my all-time favorite books.
  6. by   ♪♫ in my ♥
    The good thing is that this strain (Swine, not Cap. Trips) evidently responds to Tamiflu.
  7. by   WhiteShadows
    I have to say all the news about a possible swine flu pandemic scares the living daylights out of me. I had a friend call me and say she is getting food, water, everything imaginable (face masks!) together. I wonder if this is all being blown out of proportion or just how worried I should be....Just wondering if anyone is preparing and what you are doing exactly?
  8. by   Sarah Hay
    I just heard about it. I really do not know what to think about it other than I will be washing my hands every five minutes and taking strict isolation percautions everywhere. Other than that, I am not going to go purchase food and stockpile it in my house to keep out of the public until this blows over, if it does or does not occur. How about you?


    :redpinkhe Sarah Hay, SN
  9. by   azhiker96
    I get the flu shot every year. I try to eat a balanced diet and take a MVI daily. I wash my hands often and read the news. Otherwise I'm not doing much special. I don't plan on hiding out at home so there's not much else I need to do. I bet I have enough food at home for a couple of months and there's a canal running behind my house ( I have a filter and also chemical treatment options) so water is not an issue.
  10. by   Ms.RN
    how is this virus transmitted? is it from infected pork? via not cooking enough or via feces ? is it transmitted by contact, airborn or what?
  11. by   oramar
    The thing that I find very reassuring is that all the US cases have been mild. I think it is going to be a while before we find out what exactly is going on here.
  12. by   Sarah Hay
    Quote from ms.rn
    how is this virus transmitted? is it from infected pork? via not cooking enough or via feces ? is it transmitted by contact, airborn or what?

    just the way any viral disease is transmitted -- person to person contact, or by touching something someone with a virus has already touched, or from droplets in the air which come from a sneeze or a cough of a person who has the swine flu.
    reference: about.com

    :redpinkhe sarah hay, sn
  13. by   lpnflorida
    Until the CDC says I need to worry I am not going to worry. I also get flu shots yearly. No the virus is not spread by eating pork as best as I have read.

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