Sunday, April 26, 2009

Swine Flu!

I work in the medical field and this outbreak news were all over our industry since late last week. Pork as the source of the virus transmitted to human, now it spreads from human to human which carries a rare strain/subtypes that can or cannot be treated by the common influenza antiviral medicine(like the human influenza vaccines).So folks, refrain from eating pork for now until the outbreak is contained. Husband of my direct supervisor is a military doctor working here in San Antonio military hospital informed our laboratory that CDC(Center for Disease Control)sent a jet here in SA to pick up sample from one of the patients who got infected with the disease.

Here's an excerpt from yahoo news:

Mexico closed schools, museums, libraries and theaters in a bid to contain the outbreak after hundreds were sickened there. In the U.S., there have been at least 11 confirmed cases of swine flu in California, Texas and Kansas. Patients have ranged in age from 9 to over 50. At least two were hospitalized.

Believed to originate from Mexico. Tourists and local exhibiting the symptoms are now quarantined. We have at 3 cases here in SA, and for sure more in the state of Texas and statewide including New York. It could be potentially a "pandemic flu" where number of countries around the world banned meat/pork import for the time being. For you people at home, avoid contacts with sick people and avoid any public places(like hospitals) as a good precaution for you and your family.


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