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Hybrid flu kills Mexican child in US 
29th-Apr-2009 07:10 am
First U.S. swine flu death confirmed

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2-year-old child in Texas is first fatality from swine flu in United States

World Health Organization says at least 105 cases confirmed worldwide

More than 159 deaths in Mexico are thought to have been caused by swine flu

(CNN) -- A 2-year-old child became the first swine flu fatality in the United States, while more European countries announced confirmed cases of the disease on Wednesday.

"Flu is a very serious infection and each virus is unique, and so it's hard to know what we're going to be seeing," Besser said. "But given what we've seen in Mexico we have expected that we would see more severe infections and we would see deaths."

Germany and Austria became the latest European countries to report swine flu, while the number of cases increased in Britain and Spain.[...]


The first hybrid-flu related death in the US was a 2 year old Mexican child that traveled to Houston for treatment. So far, no US citizens have died. This is not a US death, but a death IN the US by a child that would have died in Mexico if she hadn't been taken to the US. The media is selling doom again by sensationalizing this child's death. No doubt CNN and other media were giddy to learn of a US body count starting. Again, it is a MEXICAN DEATH, not a US one.

Bans on US pork by China and Russia serve three purposes: they placate the fears by their population that don't understand the transmission vectors (note 1), it causes people to buy locally which supports their economy, and it harms the US. That is a win-win situation for them. The US can say nothing as it makes us look like greedy industrialists with no concern for the health of others. The WHO is the only legitimized organization that can say anything about this stupid disease-related embargo.


note 1: I was listening to talk radio (Hugh Hewitt) on the commute home last night and one caller had decided to stop buying Mexican produce since he believed it was a way to catch the flu. Hugh was unable to convince the caller otherwise. Grand ignorance and a panic fueled by media that capitalizes on the ignorance of its audience leads to people making stupid decisions. No mention of the threat of salmonella! This is the "Swine Flu" and people are dying!

FYI: "About 36,000 Americans die on average per year from the complications of flu." That is in the USA, alone. Globally, the number is much higher. Also, that is SEASONAL flu. I fail to see the need for panic here other than it makes for "good press".

EDIT: fixed CDC link
29th-Apr-2009 02:51 pm (UTC)
Yes! Between the media fanning the flames to get viewers/readers and a public just dying for a reason to panic... we have people making some ill-informed costly choices. A little more common sense from the common man would help.
29th-Apr-2009 03:33 pm (UTC)
I don't know...the nes reports I'm hearing say things like 'this is a trlatively mild strain of flu', and 'so far, no deaths have been reported n the US''don't be alarmed, but do take some simple steps to protect yourself'. It's the government agencies who seem to be freaking out - school in some districts have been closed for up to a week (Hays ISD is one.)
29th-Apr-2009 04:20 pm (UTC)
That may be, but just wait. Their panties are in a knot waiting for the first US citizen body counts. A pandemic would sell lots of advertisement spaces. To see what they are hoping for, all you have to do is read the first sentence of the above article.

What you are probably seeing are the niche reports as different reporters try for a different take. I am just waiting for the interviews with the grieving family. Eventually, that will get tied in with the US immigration policy and how it prevented them from getting the early care they needed from the US and the child's death could have been prevented... yadda yadda yadda

When it comes to the press, I am huge cynic.
29th-Apr-2009 04:27 pm (UTC)
Oh, I am well aware of the press' need to sell ad space. It is a for-profit business after all.

But I wonder if anyone will turn that first US citizen death around and say that if the immigration policies were stricter, it would have taken longer to happen/the death toll would have been lower. All od the cases here seem to be in people with links to Mexico, and they don't usually come here on planes.
29th-Apr-2009 04:39 pm (UTC)
That won't work since the first US cases were all US citizens that traveled to Mexico for vacation. Now... if the hypothetical first US citizen death can be attributed to a Mexican National who came across the border illegally, then the press is gonna go CRAZY.

I gave thought to that and anyone infected with the H1N1 flu is gonna have a REALLY hard time making it across the border desert areas alive. Crossing in 100+ weather with a 102 fever? Yeah. Not gonna last.
30th-Apr-2009 01:11 am (UTC)
But during flu season (now) it's not so hard - the temps don't get that high.
30th-Apr-2009 03:14 pm (UTC)
It is already in the 90s in the desert. In a couple of weeks or so, AZ should make the low triple digits.
30th-Apr-2009 07:59 pm (UTC)
How many cases has AZ had so far?
30th-Apr-2009 09:58 pm (UTC)
Four confirmed cases as of three hours ago. All children.

One has recovered. Another is recovering.


So... still no body count to feed the media. How disappointed they must be.
1st-May-2009 04:36 am (UTC)
We've had at least 10. Probably more since I last paid attention. They keep saying it's a mild form of flu.
4th-May-2009 08:20 pm (UTC) - FYI
It shall breech the 100 degree mark this Thursday.
5th-May-2009 12:54 am (UTC) - Re: FYI
Yeah, we're going to be within 5 of it. Buut the flus outbreak is already winding down now.
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