Swine flu or H1N1 as the Pork Producers would prefer us calling it seems to be spreading very fast. While people are a bit fed up hearing about it they should be very concerned and vigilant as more and more cases are being reported right here in Canada and close to Cornwall.
“The novel H1N1 virus accounted for 40 percent of flu viruses logged in the U.S. in the past week and helped propel an uptick in overall flu-like illnesses, said Dr. Anne Schuchat, a deputy director with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“I think the cases we’re confirming are the tip of the iceberg here,” Schuchat said in a press briefing Monday.”
“Adrian Gibbs, 75, who collaborated on research that led to the development of Roche Holding AG’s Tamiflu drug, said in an interview today that he intends to publish a report suggesting the new strain may have accidentally evolved in eggs scientists use to grow viruses and drugmakers use to make vaccines. Gibbs said that he came to his conclusion as part of an effort to trace the virus’s origins by analyzing its genetic blueprint.”
““We really want to get the word out about the likely benefits of prompt antiviral treatment” for pregnant women, she said. CDC officials recommend Tamiflu for pregnant women.”
Again, if you’re sick don’t spread it. Cough into your elbow even if you don’t have Swine Flu. Wash your hands properly and frequently and if you do get sick get lots of liquids into you and seek medical attention.
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