Swine Flu Sickens 2,000 at University

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  1. Crabtownboy

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    By DAVID KNOWLES

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    (Sept. 4) - More than 2,000 students at Washington State University have come down with swine flu symptoms in just the first week of classes, school officials said Friday.
    Classes at the Pullman, Wash., campus began little over a week ago, demonstrating how quickly the H1N1 virus can spread.
     
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    I'm on a task force for our church about how to anticipate dealing with this.

    Not sure if this is overhyped media or just being cautious. As a policy, when it comes to church, we are always cautious. :)

    From what I've read this is just an older version of the common flu. Not so much with the pigs.
     
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    Common flu, whatever that is, or swine flu ... it sure has spread fast. I hope all the kids and others will come through this with no fatalities.
     
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    So what is your task force suggesting?
     
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    Lots of blankets.

    Get it...pigs ins a blanket!
     
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    it says symptons, not confirmed cases.
    all flu speads rapidly in the right conditions.
    our local university has had no swine flu so far. but if they get any flu they will also get swine flu.
     
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    The issue is that, while it's not confirmed to be swine flu, it's not flu season for the regular seasonal flu. That's one of the characteristics of the swine flu - it continues to spread even when it's not in 'season'. So most likely this IS swine flu at the college.
     
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    WSU is about 90 miles away from me. 2000 cases of "Type A flu" (which is the "family" that the H1N1 swine flu is part of) have been reported. It is not yet known if it really is "swine flu". However, they are recommending certain people (those who are most likely to have adverse results) NOT attend the football game this weekend.

    We need to pray for all involved. Any illness that reaches this many people this quick is bad.

    Are any other colleges/universities having similar outbreaks of flu (any variety)? I have not heard anything on the news.

    Bill :godisgood:
     
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    A person I know died from Swine flu a couple days ago. He was a piano player in local Southern Gospel Group.. (In the Charleston/Huntington area)

    I got my reg flu vaccine Wednesday...

    And we were talking to our Dr.. and he said that one reason Swine Flu may not be as bad in America (Death wise) as in other countries is because the of way the Swine flu is built... It is built by using the RNA (or DNA) of older flu viruses, that most Americans are immune to... because of back vaccinations.
     
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    It is interesting that the worst strains of influenza infect mostly young adults who are supposed to be the healthiest. Anyone read why? There are some good aspects about being older than dirt.
     
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    Strange there should be a flu "outbreak" right after the WHO admitted to using "mock up vaccines" to "greatly expedite regulatory approval".

    Fast-track procedures for approval

    Regulatory authorities have shown great flexibility in developing procedures for fast-tracking the approval and licensing of pandemic vaccines.

    In some cases, pandemic vaccines are not regarded by regulatory authorities as entirely “new” vaccines, as they build on the technology used to produce vaccines for seasonal influenza, established procedures for testing and regulatory control, and an extensive body of safety data.

    In such cases, approval procedures are similar to those applied to “strain changes” made each year when seasonal vaccines are modified to match circulating viruses in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres.

    Specific regulatory procedures have been devised to expedite the approval of pandemic vaccines. In the USA, for example, fewer data are required when the manufacturer already has a licensed influenza vaccine and intends to use the same manufacturing process for its pandemic vaccine.

    In the European Union, the European Medicines Agency uses a rolling review procedure whereby manufacturers can submit sets of data for regulatory review as they become available, without having to wait until all data can be submitted together in a single formal application.

    Also in Europe, some manufacturers have conducted advance studies using a so-called “mock-up” vaccine. Mock-up vaccines contain an active ingredient for an influenza virus that has not circulated recently in human populations and thus mimics the novelty of a pandemic virus. Such advance studies can greatly expedite regulatory approval.


    Taken from the WHO website.
     
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    I ask again -- are there any problems, similar to those at Washington State University, happening anywhere? Over 2200 WSU students have flu symptoms in the first 2 weeks of school. Some have been confirmed as H1N1, but most have NOT been confirmed (as yet).

    Another nearby university, Gonzaga University in Spokane, has reported 40 cases. None of our local news outlets seem to be reporting any outbreaks at Whitworth or at Eastern Washington. Why is the concentration in one school?

    Any reports from other areas?

    Bill :godisgood:
     
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    Obama and his ilk are hoping for something they can tout as a pandemic. They want him to declare martial law and suspend elections.

    If there is a 2010 election, it will be a conspicious act of divine intervention.
     

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