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02 May 2009 @ 01:08 am
H1N1 update and a testing option  
So, a quick State of the Flu...

New name - H1N1 is a more scientific, more accurate descriptor than "swine flu." All the health orgs are using it and I agree with the change - it's not just pork-industry propaganda, it is more precise and provides real, true information about the virus.


Current levels -
  • WHO (World Health Orgainization) level = 5
  • Worldwide confirmed cases = about 500
  • Nationwide confirmed cases (as of late this morning) = 141
  • Nationwide confirmed H1N1 death (as of late this morning) = 1 (the one death is a toddler. Tragic, but expected.)
  • Probable (but unconfirmed) cases in Wisconsin = 14 (http://pandemic.wisconsin.gov/)
  • EPL (Eithni Panic Level) = Nope, not yet


Testing option -

If you remain concerned, you can go to this website for testing information:
http://www.doihavepigflu.com/

ego_id_non_feci , perhaps you could recommend it to your munchkins' parents.

 
 
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JinglyMushroomjinglymushroom on May 2nd, 2009 06:24 am (UTC)
I was sorta curious to find out how a test like that is conducted... Good to know. ;P
eithni: darkladyeithni on May 2nd, 2009 06:27 am (UTC)
Well, statistically, it is probably as accurate or more accurate than most medical tests. ;)
Toki/Otes/Tonyotesmacke on May 2nd, 2009 01:38 pm (UTC)
It's sad, but I had a staff member who tried to play the "swine flu" card on me last week. She said she had been really sick, her mom had been to Mexico and she was tested that day for swine flu ... she was also seen at a bar the night before in a state that could only be called "really sick" or "really drunk."

I released her from her duties...
Julia Springjulia_spring on May 2nd, 2009 02:41 pm (UTC)
Out of curiosity, if she had said "I got stupid drunk last night and need to take one of my sick days" would she still be employed?
Toki/Otes/Tonyotesmacke on May 2nd, 2009 08:06 pm (UTC)
It would have been good to have heard from her, but that was not the case. She did not attend two mandatory meetings nor the mandatory training she was required to attend on Wednesday night. She did not inform us that she would not be at the meetings or her mandatory training.

She was supposed to take a paid position of some responsibility within a student organization. Over those two weeks, she failed in showing the responsibility required for the position.
Julia Springjulia_spring on May 2nd, 2009 09:32 pm (UTC)
Ahh, back story makes a difference. :) Just curious.
eithni: do I need to kill you?eithni on May 2nd, 2009 09:23 pm (UTC)
Nice.
frausenseifrausensei on May 2nd, 2009 03:34 pm (UTC)
Two schools were closed in San Diego yesterday due to confirmed cases of swine flu. Mine wasn't one of them. Although our students are all praying for a day off next week, the superintendent says all other schools will be open for "business as usual" on Monday.
eithni: greeneithni on May 2nd, 2009 09:22 pm (UTC)
Yeah, you folks in particular have more cause for concern, being so close to the major outbreak. But, still, concern, not panic.
DameJ: Moaidamej on May 2nd, 2009 06:05 pm (UTC)
The New York Times reported this morning that the size of the outbreak in Mexico has been overestimated. Of just over 900 people in Mexico City that were tested, just under 400 turned out to have the H1N1 flu virus.

I suspect that most of the deaths in Mexico that were assumed after the fact to have been caused by this virus were also caused by something else.

I think the WHO and the CDC were so freaked out by the unusual genetics of this virus and the fact that this year's flu vaccine offered no protection that they were anticipating a pandemic before they had any evidence of one.

There was a similar expectation several years ago that monkeypox would be the scourge of humanity if it ever left Africa. There was even an episode of E.R. where the hospital was quarantined because of a suspected case, and all of the health care workers expected to die. Then there was a real monkeypox outbreak in Milwaukee. No one died, and it didn't spread very far.

Being prepared for a pandemic is a Good Thing. However, there is a danger that people who spend a lot of time and energy (and money) preparing for a pandemic will see one where none exists.
eithni: peekabooeithni on May 2nd, 2009 09:21 pm (UTC)
Yup, awareness and preparation, not panic.
Mark Gordon: happymtgordon on May 2nd, 2009 11:00 pm (UTC)
News flash! Apparently a farm worker who had recently visited Mexico infected a herd of swine in Canada. Canadian bacon, anyone?
dread_exdread_ex on May 3rd, 2009 04:07 am (UTC)
New name - H1N1 is a more scientific, more accurate descriptor than "swine flu." All the health orgs are using it and I agree with the change - it's not just pork-industry propaganda, it is more precise and provides real, true information about the virus.

I call it "The Other White Meat Flu".