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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Swine Flu Information

Swine Flu is one of the major topics these days and many may like to have some more information on it. Well, here you go:

A public health emergency has been issued by the US department of Health and Human Services. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared that the outbreak of the Swine Flu has reached phase 4. This is only one step away from a pandemic. So far this flu type has caused 1,995 hospitalizations and an estimated 149 deaths in Mexico. It claimed its first victim in the US today.

The swine flu is caused by the influenza A virus which normally results in respiratory infections in pigs. . This type is not the same as the already identified human form of influenza A virus and the vaccination for the human form is not expected to protect very well against the Swine Flu. This is the reason for the concern that this may be the beginning of a serious and wide spread influenza outbreak and a repetition of the influenza pandemic of 1918-1919 which killed about 50 million people globally.

The U.S. cases of swine flu have been less severe than in Mexico, although it claimed one life as was reported today. Some hopeful news is that we are at the end of the natural influenza season and the seasonal factors that lead to enhanced transmission of the virus are no longer present.

If you like to learn more about the swine flu virus and the potential for a widening outbreak of influenza in the U.S., here are some good links:
Wellsphere: http://www.wellsphere.com/wellpage/swine-flu
HealthCentral: http://www.healthcentral.com/cold-flu/swine-flu.html
The Center for Disease Control (CDC): http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/
World Health Organization (WHO): http://www.who.int/csr/swine_flu/swine_flu_faq.pdf

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) also provides information and recommendations about who should be given preventive treatments and what symptoms to look for. You can find those here: http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/recommendations.htm.

Special Considerations for Children
Aspirin or aspirin-containing products (e.g. bismuth subsalicylate – Pepto Bismol) should not be administered to any confirmed or suspected ill case of swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection aged 18 years old and younger, due to the risk of Reye syndrome. For relief of fever, other anti-pyretic medications are recommended such as acetaminophen or non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

There is no vaccine for this disease yet and it could take months before it finally would be developed. There is One however, who can stop this. Let's pray that God will bring this flu to an end before it claims many more victims.

Psalm 103:2-4
2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: 3 Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases,


Anonymous Ellen said...

Hi - was trying to read this post about swine flu & RA, and it was partially obscured (covered up) by the "Top Health Blogger" overlay. That kind of defeats the purpose of writing, doesn't it? There must be a better way ...

May 11, 2009 8:45 AM  
Blogger Corry said...

Thanks for telling me this, I had no clue. It looks fine in Internet Explorer, but you are right, it defeats the purpose.

I moved it to the bottom of the page and I hope the posts are readable now. Please let me know if it still is causing a problem?

Thanks so much.

God's Grace.

May 11, 2009 9:05 AM  

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