Should I be worried about this swine flu in mexico and is now in california?

Looks like this is not a very big problem thus far, but the world health organization said it has pandemic potential, and if so, it is too late to contain the outbreak. If this should cause worry, what steps should people take to "guarantee" their health?

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  • paul l
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago
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    Mexican swine flu?

    Flu Pandemics occur when a new influenza virus emerges in the human population and spreads rapidly. With no immunity this results in a world wide epidemic with great numbers of illness and death.

    With overcrowded conditions, urbanization and an increase in global traffic, new influenza viruses can take hold quickly around the world.

    Governments, communities and industries are trying to prepare for and respond to an outbreak of a influenza pandemic.

    So what are the challenges and characteristics of a flu pandemic?

    The Rapid Spread Globally

    The worldwide spread is considered probable when a pandemic virus emerges.

    The entire world population would be susceptible and governments should prepare accordingly.

    Border closures and travel restrictions will be instituted by countries, but this will not stop the virus from spreading but only delay it.

    The Overloaded Health Care System

    With no immunity to the pandemic virus, illness and infection rates can get out of hand.

    With a good percentage of the world's population affected, most will require some form of medical attention.

    Governments will not have enough staff, facilities, hospital beds or equipment to cope with the large numbers of patients who fall ill.

    High death rates are determined by these factors, the number of people infected, the effectiveness of preventative measures, the strength of the virus and the vulnerability of the affected population.

    The spread of past pandemics have come in two and sometimes three waves.

    Inadequate Medical Supplies

    Vaccines for the virus may not have been produced yet.

    Any supply of vaccines are likely to be insufficient due to the demand.

    Early in the pandemic, if available, antiviral drugs are also likely to be depleted.

    The pandemic will create a shortage of hospital beds and all other medical supplies.

    Due to the rapid spread of the disease non-traditional sites, such as schools, government buildings and other locations may be used as medical facilities due to the demand.

    The problem of who shall receive the antiviral drugs and vaccines and who won't will be a difficult decision to make.

    Social and Economic Disruption

    Major impacts to communities and citizens may occur due to closings of schools, bans on travel, cancellation of events and business closings to name a few.

    The primary reason for days missed from work or school will be due to fear of exposure to the virus and or caring for ill family members.

    What Should Communities, Businesses and Individuals Do?

    Implement prevention and controls recommended by public health officials.

    Develop emergency preparedness plans.

    Develop plans on how to function with a significant loss of the workforce and school population.

    Encourgage sick employees and students to stay at home.

    Wash hands with soap and water frequently.

    Cover your mouth and nose or cough into your sleeve when you cough or sneeze.

    As much as possible, stay away from others if you are sick.

    Stay informed and be prepared to respond to a pandemic flu.

    Get frequent updates from National and International sources.

    Listen to the radio, television and other media sources so you can be aware of any possible outbreaks


  • 1 decade ago

    Three weeks back Bird flu was reportedly transported by the Department of homeland Security in USA

    Who benefits from Swine Flu Pandemic?

    The swine flu outbreak is likely to benefit one of the most prolific and successful venture capital firms in the United States: Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Thomson Reuters Private Equity Week reported on Friday.

    Shares of the two public companies in the firm's portfolio of eight Pandemic and Bio Defense companies -- BioCryst Pharmaceuticals (BCRX.O) and Novavax (NVAX.O) -- jumped Friday on news that the swine flu killed a reported 60 people in Mexico and has infected people in the United States.

    And here is more ....

    Baxter: Product contained live bird flu virus

    The company that released contaminated flu virus material from a plant in Austria confirmed Friday that the experimental product contained live H5N1 avian flu viruses.

    And an official of the World Health Organization’s European operation said the body is closely monitoring the investigation into the events that took place at Baxter International’s research facility in Orth-Donau, Austria

  • scott
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    It is possible that Swine Flu was a virus created by man and that it either escaped the facility that created it, or was deliberately released by some country to experiment with biological weapons.

    The US said that they had proof that SARS was linked to China and their biological release on the public in Taiwan as punishment for Taiwan breaking away from China.

    The chance that its Swine Flue is man-made is 95% because:

    1. It appeared suddenly this month.

    2. It is a genetic mix of swine-bird-human

    3. It is spreading on a non-flu time of the year

    4. It is spreading rapidly, more so than regular flu

    End of world...probably not, but always a possiblity. This disease was probably released as a statement to America from Russia or Korea....most likely Korea...for Americas recent protest of their missile launch. They do alot of genetic manipulation with DNA and such....famous for it.

  • 1 decade ago

    It is in Cali, Texas, Mexico and potentionally New York. There are 75 sick kids from ONE school.

    Nothing you can do to guarentee your health. Stay away from crowds. Wash your hands. Pray for the best.

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    1 decade ago

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