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babsbunny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-15-09 09:18 PM
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Swine flu will be biggest pandemic ever, warns world health chief
Swine flu will be biggest pandemic ever, warns world health chief

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/jul/16/swine-flu-p...

As swine flu sweeps the planet, Margaret Chan, head of the World Health Organisation, tells how she is leading the battle against it and the personal price she is paying

Although she would no doubt point out that swine flu should properly be called H1N1, there is something pleasing in the fact that the first thing Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organisation, does when I enter her office is pick up a cut-out of a pig that has fallen on its face and carefully place it upright. A pink and gilt confection, it's left over from celebrating the Chinese year of the pig in 2007: it was so cute, she says, that she couldn't bear to throw it out.

A year earlier, Chan had been a surprise candidate in a surprise election (the previous incumbent died halfway through his term), but she won with a clear majority to become the first Chinese national to run a major UN agency. A rule change in 2005 (the WHO no longer has to beg states for information about threats to global health, but can just demand it) also makes her the most powerful public health official in history.
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HughMoran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-15-09 09:21 PM
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1. Nah, it's nothing
I've read repeatedly on DU that this pandemic is nothing to worry about and just being used to scare people.
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LisaM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-15-09 09:25 PM
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2. Aside from doubting DUers....
didn't some experts predict that (if I am remembering this correctly) there would be a second wave of the flu that would be far worse than the first - and that this was also exactly how it occurred during the 1918 epidemic?
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csziggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-15-09 09:28 PM
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3. Yes - the 1918 epidemic had a mild wave in the spring then returned with a vengence in the fall
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Botany Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-15-09 09:33 PM
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4. Once it is airborne then there is no stopping it
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BeHereNow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-15-09 10:01 PM
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6. CULLING THE HERD...
The more of us they can kill, the more NR left for THEIR
future generations.
My 2 cents on the matter...
BHN
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timeforpeace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-15-09 09:59 PM
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5. Nothing says pandemic like a pink and gilt cut-out pig.
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dixiegrrrrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-15-09 10:18 PM
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7. wonder what the previous incumbent died of?
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newfie11 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-15-09 10:39 PM
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8. Isn't this what they said last time about the swine flu.
When was that 10 years ago or so.......
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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-15-09 10:57 PM
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11. 1979
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newfie11 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-17-09 07:39 AM
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14. Thanks madrchsod
My sister was one of the people that acquired Guillain-Barr syndrome after the shot. I think I would rather take my chances with the flu.
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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-15-09 10:52 PM
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9. samples taken across the world are responding to two vaccines.
Edited on Wed Jul-15-09 10:53 PM by madrchsod
will it come back in the fall and winter in the usa in a more virulent strain? at this time no one knows.

very interesting article...preventable conditions will lead to more deaths in the future than the flu.
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InvisibleTouch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-15-09 10:57 PM
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10. "Pandemic" in and of itself doesn't necessarily mean "deadly."
It just means that the disease has spread worldwide. How virulent the second wave will be, remains to be seen, but I suspect those who survived a mild bout of the first wave will be immune.
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elocs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-15-09 11:08 PM
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13. Right, but so many believe it will be because the 1918 pandemic is constantly brought up.
That is the comparison being made--not just that it will be spread throughout the world, but with the 1918 pandemic being held up as the example of what might be expected.
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Strong Atheist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-15-09 10:58 PM
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12. THE SKY IS FALLING!!!!!!!!!!!
Edited on Wed Jul-15-09 11:04 PM by Strong Atheist
Edited: We're all DOOMED!


Run for the hills!!!!!!!






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