Was The Swine Flu Pandemic Done By Design? - And What’s In The Government Vaccines?
April 25th, 2009 in Breaking News, Commentaries
Mexico Races to Stop Deadly Flu Virus - WSJ.com.
A deadly new type of flu has led to 20 deaths in Mexico in the past few weeks and may have infected more than 1,000 people across the country, raising concerns about a much broader outbreak, Mexican health officials said.
Officials believe it is the same strain that sickened eight people in Southern California and Texas, all of whom survived.
The Mexican government was taking the threat seriously, shuttering schools and museums in Mexico City and canceling all government-sponsored gatherings for the weekend. More than six million children were kept out of school. Officials were urging residents to avoid crowded public places like the subway and movie theaters.
Lab tests confirmed that 20 people who’ve died were struck by a mysterious new strain of swine flu, said Mexican Health Minister José Ángel Córdova. “Up to last night, there had been 60 deaths with similar characteristics. Of these, it has been confirmed that 20 were caused by this disease…and the other 40 are still being analyzed,” he said.
Mr. Córdova added, however, that the death rate appeared to be slowing, suggesting the worst of the outbreak could be over.
International health officials are concerned about the strain because it is new and appears to be spreading from person to person — two criteria for a potential “pandemic” flu, or virus that could spread rapidly around the world. Calling the developments “of high concern,” the World Health Organization said the bug is also disproportionately affecting young adults in Mexico. That is a pattern seen in the deadly 1918 pandemic that killed millions. Ordinary seasonal flu normally takes its heaviest toll on children and the elderly, but those groups haven’t been heavily affected in Mexico, the WHO said.
Both the WHO and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention activated round-the clock emergency operations to monitor the outbreak. The WHO noted it isn’t at the point of raising its pandemic alert level.
Both Tamiflu and Relenza work against the mystery bug, the CDC said. Mr. Córdova said Mexico has plenty of antiviral medicines on hand.
Source: Mexico Races to Stop Deadly Flu - WSJ.com