Archive for the ‘News – Swine Flu H1N1’ Category
Scientists have recently discovered and confirmed the fact that in the event a person does die from the infamous H1N1 virus, their lungs have been taken over and damaged severely. This is eerily similar in damage to the flu pandemics that killed millions of people back in 1957 and 1918. The New York Office of Chief Medical Examiner had reviewed the many “medical records, autopsy reports and microscopic slides of 34 people with H1N1 who died between May 15 and July 9, 2009, during the early days of the pandemic.” (CNN) The reports claimed to have found inflammation and damage in the lungs that went all the to the alveoli. The alveoli are tiny sacs in the furthest reaches of the lung’s airways that are vital to gas exchange with the blood. In the typical flu, only the upper part of the body’s airways are attacked. This new finding demonstrates the voracious nature of the H1N1 flu virus. It has the ability of “infecting and causing inflammation and destruction of cells from the trachea, all the way down into smaller cells of the lungs. The cells of the lung get directly attacked by the virus.” (CNN) The damage prevents the lungs from functioning properly and end up contributing to a secondary infection. Most people end up dying from a secondary infection of bacterial pneumonia.
British scientists studying a strain of swine flu responsible for the outbreak of respiratory diseases in Ukraine are suspicious that it may have mutated. Some of the symptoms, doctors say, are reminiscent of the infamous “Spanish flu” that broke out in Europe after the First World War and took on the most conservative estimates, more than 20 million lives. In particular, the lungs of the victims of the virus are black as coal, said one of the doctors in western Ukraine, describing the manifestations of the virus. “We conducted an autopsy of the two victims and found that their lungs are black as coal. They look as if they were burnt. It’s terrible,” – quoted Ukrainian doctor British edition The Daily Mail. Chief doctor of the Lviv Emergency Hospital Miron Borisevich identified the diagnosis as viral pneumonia. “We do not believe that this is swine influenza A/H1N1. But we do not know what kind of pneumonia it is” – he added. This is acting at the time the virus “Spanish flu”. As established scientists, it caused an uncontrolled reaction of the immune system, causing the immune cells to attack the organs of the respiratory system. Such a reaction, as shown by experiments on animals, in a few days destroyed their lungs and lead to death. The death total in Ukraine during the flu epidemic is 299 people.
President Barak Obama announced today that the swine flu is now a National Emergency. This announcement was because of the number of increasing people who have become affected with the virus. But shipments of the H1N1 vaccine are not flowing like originally planned. Death numbers have reached nearly 1000 due to the virus. While the regular flu vaccine is readily available the swine flu vaccine have doctors across the country in an uproar. The original plan was to produce and ship out 20 million doses of the vaccine. Many cities have only received 10 percent of the total number that they were due to receive. The troubling news that the producers of the vaccine have shipments ready to leave but somehow the product is not reaching their destinations in a timely manner. Many are confident that there will be plenty for all that want it can receive it eventually be available. Health officials have reported that the regular flu season has been mild and most recover within 2 weeks. The most vulnerable people are at risk for the swine flu are pregnant women, health care workers, people care for young children, and those with chronic medical condition.
Even though the swine flu has hung around when many offices expected it to fizzle out, there has been an increasing number of infections this month and unprecedented number of deaths associated with the illness. 11 more children died this past week. But on Friday health officials announced that the supply of vaccines will be delayed, as an increasing number of people are seeing the real threat of the disease and want to get the shot. The H1N1 influenza infections is mysteriously killing more children than another demographic, the CDC said 86 children have died since April and this is not even flu season, most winters the flu kills about 40-50 children during an entire season. “These are very sobering statistics,” said Dr. Anne Schuchat, the CDC’s director of immunization and respiratory diseases. Instead of the 40 million doses projected by the end of October, only 28 million to 30 million doses may be available, said Schuchat. They are not expecting widespread availability until the end of the month or until November.
In Atlanta, Health officials said Friday that 76 United States kids had recently died because of H1N1 flu. Usually the regular flu kills within the range of 46 to 88 children in a year. This is reported by the Centers for Disease Control, also stating that this H1N1 virus can dramatically outpace a child’s death from seasonal flu if this keeps on going. The CDC says that 10 more states totaling up to 37, now have the widespread of this swine flu. There was a prediction in the number of deaths and hospitalizations, and there has been a total of 600 deaths and 9,000 hospitalized in America. Also there was a recent virus first discovered in April, being a global epidemic. Now there are about a million of U.S. citizens have caught the virus. Young people have been getting hit hard with the virus, but the older people are not affected from swine flu, as much as the young. The real cases that parents should look out for are symptoms that children are having including difficulty breathing and bluish skin. The swine flu can be cured, but it may come back with another infection.
The Swine flu is a major threat to many people. But honestly there are some myths about the swine flu, that can put your mind to rest. Is the Swine flu very serious? The Swine flu isn’t as bad as the seasonal flu some reports say. It should be taken as the same importance as any disease. The next myth is whether it is okay to go to school or work after having the Swine flu. The study shows that after the fever goes down to wait 24 hours before returning to public places. The final major myth is to go to the ER if you get the Swine flu. Some actually say to just treat the symptoms at home, and if get worse go to your doctor. This is because being in the ER risks your chances of getting exposed to sicker people and you can actually spread the flu to other people there. The Swine flu isn’t much different than the regular flu, there are many myths associated with the Swine flu.
There was a meeting in South Florida on Monday. The Officials were discussing about how they should distribute the swine flu vaccine. It was held in Broward County with the County Manager. Well first they set out the vaccine as a nasal spray, then followed by the injection. Then they decided to bring it to the school children first. Also in day-care centers and health care workers. Later a Pediatrician tells the local 10 news she refers interested people to hospitals. As more people find about the vaccines availability, the South Florida leaders plan to increase the distribution. Depending upon the desired demands, the county will resort to large areas as of where the people will receive the vaccines. As the process goes on, Health officials say that the pregnant women should get the vaccine in the form of injection instead of nasal variety. The vaccine will be given to schools for free, and they will be expected by mid-October.