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The Jodie Flu

Posted: Tue Apr 28, 2009 1:00 pm
by Jetstar3D
Ok, so we're hearing more and more about this swine flu. I just want to know if anyone else is freaked out or concerned, as I just heard there are two suspected cases now in my state (MI).

What do you guys think about this? I need your opinions so I can calm down. I read Stephen King's The Stand! :lol:

Posted: Tue Apr 28, 2009 2:11 pm
by Dan the Damned
I think I might have it. I suspect this because I've been snorting a lot lately and have an uncontrolable desire to wallow in the mud.

Also, I never noticed before just how attractive Porky Pig really is! :love:

Posted: Tue Apr 28, 2009 2:31 pm
by VampireKen
It's in the tri-state also. I heard on the news it's not as bad in the U.S as it is in Mexico. There's a vaccine also.

Posted: Tue Apr 28, 2009 2:59 pm
by Jetstar3D
Hastily done, but yeah...
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Posted: Tue Apr 28, 2009 3:58 pm
by BillyCigars
When a thousand people die from it, then it's time to start worrying. I know I seem like I'm wearing a tinfoil hat by saying this, but it's all too familiar:

Y2K anyone?

Terrify the masses with a potential medical apocalypse. Then the masses will consume. What are the vast majority of commercials that air during the "news"? Pharmaceuticals and food...

Just sayin.

Posted: Tue Apr 28, 2009 4:57 pm
by Ruby Tuesday
At this point, I think it's just sensationalism from the media. The WHO has it at an alert level of 4 which basically means it's beginning to spread "more" easily between human to human in community settings.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8021827.stm

We still have a ways to go before it becomes a serious issue, IMO. That being said, I think it's a great excuse not to go into work tomorrow. :wink:

Posted: Tue Apr 28, 2009 5:23 pm
by Dan the Damned
I think its like with hurricane predictions. These things come along with great potential, but you never know how serious it will become.

Posted: Tue Apr 28, 2009 5:36 pm
by eber3
I've been thinking, the cases of the Swine flu have been rather small and far spread... I think maybe the cases match up with the people who've bought the Jodie bacon pops!!!

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I think that accounts for both the small number of cases and the wide spread factor.

Posted: Tue Apr 28, 2009 5:55 pm
by VampireKen
:puke: It's the Jodie pops! :wink:

Posted: Wed Apr 29, 2009 4:10 am
by Brendan72
I'm starting to feel the symptoms already .... just yesterday I wanted to wallow in my own filth ... rather than flush the toilet ... lmao

Posted: Wed Apr 29, 2009 1:35 pm
by eber3
Brendan72 wrote:.... just yesterday I wanted to wallow in my own filth ... rather than flush the toilet ...
Eeeeeeeewwwwwwwwwwwwwww! :puke2:

Re: The Jodie Flu

Posted: Wed Apr 29, 2009 2:36 pm
by # 13
Jetstar3D wrote:Ok, so we're hearing more and more about this swine flu. I just want to know if anyone else is freaked out or concerned, as I just heard there are two suspected cases now in my state (MI).

What do you guys think about this? I need your opinions so I can calm down. I read Stephen King's The Stand! :lol:
I wouldn't freak just yet Jet. I mean we have to be cautious, but it's not as bad in the States as it is in Mexico for some reason. Did anyone hear that in Egypt, they ordered all pigs to be slaughtered? Here is the article:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090429/ap_ ... _swine_flu

Re: The Jodie Flu

Posted: Wed Apr 29, 2009 2:51 pm
by Chichibcc
# 13 wrote:
Jetstar3D wrote:Ok, so we're hearing more and more about this swine flu. I just want to know if anyone else is freaked out or concerned, as I just heard there are two suspected cases now in my state (MI).

What do you guys think about this? I need your opinions so I can calm down. I read Stephen King's The Stand! :lol:
I wouldn't freak just yet Jet. I mean we have to be cautious, but it's not as bad in the States as it is in Mexico for some reason. Did anyone hear that in Egypt, they ordered all pigs to be slaughtered? Here is the article:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090429/ap_ ... _swine_flu
That's crazy...I know they're just trying to take preventative measures, but I think they're going a little too far...

Posted: Wed Apr 29, 2009 4:21 pm
by Ruby Tuesday
I just received an email saying that the state of Texas has canceled all UIL activities (high school sports/ academics governing body) until mid May. Incredible!!!!!

Posted: Wed Apr 29, 2009 4:21 pm
by Chichibcc
Sadly, the swine flu has claimed its first U.S. victim, a one-year-old toddler:

Little boy, far from home, 1st US swine flu death

HOUSTON — He was not yet 2, far from home and dying. The first victim of swine flu in the U.S. was a Mexican toddler who struggled to survive for weeks in Texas hospitals — long before it was known doctors were dealing with an international outbreak.

Now the hunt is on to find anyone who came into contact with the little boy while he visited relatives in the border city of Brownsville from his home in Mexico City.

The state's health director, Dr. David Lakey, at an Austin news conference, called it "highly likely" that the boy contracted the disease in Mexico before his trip to the U.S. None of his family has shown any symptoms.

Officials in Brownsville are trying to trace his family's trip to find out how long they were in the area, who they visited and how many people were in the group, said Cameron County Judge Carlos Cascos.

The boy, who was 23 months old, had "underlying health issues" before he flew to Matamoros, Mexico, on April 4 and crossed into Brownsville to visit relatives, state health officials said.

He developed flu symptoms four days later and was taken to a Brownsville hospital April 13 and transferred the following day to Texas Children's Hospital in Houston, where he died Monday night.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday confirmed that he had been infected with the swine flu virus. The cause of the death was pneumonia caused by the virus, Cascos said.

Health officials insisted the boy posed no contagion threat to Houston. He had no contact with other patients at Texas Children's Hospital and none of the staff was exposed, said Dr. Jeffrey Starke, the hospital's director of infectious disease.

This case "shouldn't trigger any undue alarm in the community," Starke told a news conference. "The child did not acquire the virus in Houston, Texas."

Although the boy wasn't initially identified as a swine flu case, Starke said concern grew over the last several days as news of the virus intensified.

Officials refused to release any further information about the boy or his family, including his name or any details on his other health issues, citing privacy laws.

Starke said the child was "critically ill the entire time the child was under our care," and that he was transferred to Houston because the hospital in Brownsville, an impoverished border city of 140,000, couldn't provide the kind of care he needed.

Swine flu is suspected of killing more than 150 people and sickening over 2,600 in Mexico, Canada, New Zealand, Britain, Germany, Spain, Israel and Austria.

The virus has spread to at least 10 U.S. states from coast to coast. Total American cases surged to nearly 100, including a Marine at the Twentynine Palms base in southern California.

According to the CDC, more than 20,000 children younger than age 5 are hospitalized every year because of seasonal flu. In the 2007-08 flu season, the CDC received reports that 86 children nationwide died from flu complications.

Authorities have confirmed at least 93 swine flu cases in the United States. They've identified 16 cases in Texas, 51 in New York, 14 in California, three in Maine; two in Kansas, two in Massachusetts, and one each in Indiana, Ohio, Arizona and Nevada. The CDC also said Michigan had two, but state officials maintained only one was confirmed.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced a disaster declaration Wednesday for the entire state. The declaration will allow officials to begin emergency protective measures and seek reimbursement from the federal government.

Texas officials also are postponing all public high school athletic competition until May 11. Schools serving more than 50,000 kids across Texas were closed.

As for future action, Perry said closing the border with Mexico is an option, but he doesn't want to play a "what-if game."

"There's no need to panic," Perry said. "I urge our citizens to act responsibly in the course of this situation. Heed the advice of local and state health officials."

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On the Net:

CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu


Article originally found here:

http://www.comcast.net/articles/news-na ... Flu.Death/

Posted: Wed Apr 29, 2009 4:24 pm
by Chichibcc
Ruby Tuesday wrote:I just received an email saying that the state of Texas has canceled all UIL activities (high school sports/ academics governing body) until mid May. Incredible!!!!!
Really?

I'm thinking this is because of the proximity of Texas to Mexico, where the swine flu epidemic started.

Posted: Wed Apr 29, 2009 5:07 pm
by Ruby Tuesday
chichibcc wrote:
Ruby Tuesday wrote:I just received an email saying that the state of Texas has canceled all UIL activities (high school sports/ academics governing body) until mid May. Incredible!!!!!
Really?

I'm thinking this is because of the proximity of Texas to Mexico, where the swine flu epidemic started.
Yeah, I think so too. I heard on the news they've closed a couple schools in San Antonio too. We're doing our state standardized testing this week and I'm crossing my fingers we can get through Friday- I want to get them over with for the year! Apparently some schools have had to cancel classes and the state is going to reschedule the test dates.

Posted: Wed Apr 29, 2009 5:19 pm
by sherbetbizarre
I just phoned the Swine-Flu hotline... but all I got was crackling. :?

Posted: Wed Apr 29, 2009 5:39 pm
by Dan the Damned
I've always hated the emphasis that employers had on attendence. At Disney I kept trying to reason with them not to reward people for coming to work when they are sick, because they just spread their germs to other employees and cause others to miss work. So instead of having the first person miss a few days, now they had maybe 4 people miss a few days.

Posted: Wed Apr 29, 2009 5:41 pm
by UFAlien
sherbetbizarre wrote:I just phoned the Swine-Flu hotline... but all I got was crackling. :?
At least the phone didn't melt like ice cream :)

Posted: Wed Apr 29, 2009 6:05 pm
by blueroc85
Dan the Damned wrote:I've always hated the emphasis that employers had on attendence. At Disney I kept trying to reason with them not to reward people for coming to work when they are sick, because they just spread their germs to other employees and cause others to miss work. So instead of having the first person miss a few days, now they had maybe 4 people miss a few days.
I agree....and inevitably I am the one that ends up getting sick from those who come to work sick! Last year my husband caught the flu from his 3 of his co workers who came to work sick and he ended up getting sick during our first vacation in 7 years!!!! (Coincidentaly we went to Cancun)