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« on: Apr 26, 2009 02:01 AM »


Makes one not want to go out in public anywhere. I wonder
how the heck this got started, they say the people who are getting it aren't around pigs
and that one can't get it from eating pork and it is a weird strain including swine, human and bird.
Scary  Shocked and I live in an area where there are people coming and going all the time from many different countries and state. Undecided


http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/04/25/swine.flu/index.html

     
(CNN) -- A potentially deadly new strain of the swine flu virus cropped up in more places in the United States and Mexico on Saturday, in what the World Health Organization called "a public health emergency of international concern."

 
Women wearing masks wait at a health clinic Saturday in Mexico City.

 1 of 3  The most recent reports Saturday afternoon were of two confirmed cases of the virus in Kansas -- bringing the number of confirmed U.S. cases to 11.

Those joined nine confirmed cases in Texas and California and an apparent outbreak at a private school in New York City, where officials say eight children likely have the virus.

Mexican health officials say 81 deaths are now "likely linked" to the swine flu virus.

President Felipe Calderon on Saturday issued an executive decree detailing emergency powers of the Ministry of Health, according to the president's office.

The order gives the ministry with the authority to isolate sick patients, inspect travelers' luggage and their vehicles and conduct house inspections, the statement said.

The government also has the authority to prevent public gatherings, shut down public venues and regulate air, sea and overland travel.

The WHO's Gregory Hartl said the strain of the virus seen in Mexico is worrisome because it has mutated from older strains.

"Any time that there is a virus which changes ... it means perhaps the immunities the human body has built up to dealing with influenza might not be adjusted well enough to dealing with this new virus," Hartl told CNN.

In Mexico, otherwise young and healthy people have been hit by the virus -- "one of the pieces of the puzzle that is worrying us," he said.

Mexico City has closed all of its schools and universities because of the virus, and the country's National Health Council said all Saturday's soccer games would be played without public audiences.  Watch an alarmed Mexico City react with face masks, cancellations »

WHO has sent experts to Mexico at the request of the country's government, Chan said.

Dr. Jason Eberhart-Phillips, director of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, was expected to officially announce the two cases later Saturday, a written statement from the state said.

All of the eight U.S. patients in Texas and California have recovered, Dr. Richard Besser, the acting director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Friday. Two of the cases were in Texas, near San Antonio, and six of the cases were in southern California, the CDC said.

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U.S. health officials said Friday they were concerned that some cases of the swine flu virus, which has infected eight people in the United States, matched samples of a virus that may have killed at least 68 people in Mexico.  Watch for more on the U.S. cases »

More than 1,000 people have been sickened in Mexico, and officials are trying to determine how many of those patients have swine influenza, the country's health minister, Jose Angel Cordova Villalobos, said.

U.S. health officials said Friday that some cases of the virus matched samples of the deadly Mexican virus.

On Saturday, New York's Bureau of Communicable Diseases said preliminary tests from a Queens school suggest that eight out of the nine cases of the virus found there are probably swine flu.

Dr. Don Weiss said the samples will be sent to the CDC in Atlanta, Georgia, to determine the subtype of the strain. The results will likely come back either Sunday or Monday.  Watch news conference with NYC health department spokesman »

He said the samples, which were taken from oral and nasal swabs from nine students at St. Francis Preparatory School, came back positive for "Type A" flu and the tests will need to determine the samples' subtype -- which could be swine flu.

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He said up to 200 students at the school reported feeling ill.

"What's concerning about this is, first, that it's likely swine flu; second is that at this time it is spreading from person to person," Weiss said.  Watch author John Barry discuss potential for a pandemic »

When the flu spreads person-to-person, instead of from animals to humans, it can continue to mutate, making it a tougher strain that is harder to treat or fight off.

The people sickened in Kansas are a man who traveled to Mexico on business and his wife, Eberhart-Phillips said. The man had flu-like symptoms when he returned and went to his doctor, and his wife got sick about three days later, officials said.

Neither of them was hospitalized, and one is still sick, he said.

The United States had not issued any travel warnings or quarantines by Saturday afternoon.

The Canadian Public Health Agency had issued a travel health notice, saying, "The Public Health Agency of Canada is tracking clusters of severe respiratory illness with deaths in Mexico."  Watch CBC report on Canadian microbiologists' concerns »


Symptoms of swine flu include fever, lethargy, lack of appetite, coughing, runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, the CDC said.

Besser advised people with flu-like symptoms to stay home from work or school and to see a doctor.
CNN's Caleb Hellerman, Elaine Quijano and Susan Candiotti contributed to this report.

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« Reply #1 on: Apr 26, 2009 02:04 AM »

http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/04/25/swine.flu/index.html#cnnSTCVideo

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http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/04/25/swine.flu.family/index.html

(CNN) -- As Hayden Henshaw was being rushed to the doctor's office after becoming ill, his father heard that his son's classmates had been struck with the deadly swine flu virus like the one sweeping through Mexico.


Swine flu commonly affects pigs and occasionally infects people in contact with pigs.

 Patrick Henshaw called his wife immediately to have Hayden checked for it. Later, they received the bad news.

Hayden had become the third confirmed case of swine flu at his Texas high school. It is a virus that has killed 68 people in Mexico and infected at least eight people in the United States.

Health officials arrived at the Henshaws' house Friday and drew blood from the whole family, then told them to stay inside and away from the public, Henshaw told CNN.

The whole family is quarantined indefinitely, according to CNN-affiliate KABB. Henshaw said his family was shocked when they got the news about their son.

"Stunned. My wife was having a panic attack," Henshaw told the affiliate.

U.S. health officials have expressed concern about U.S. cases of a swine flu virus that has similar characteristics to the fatal virus in Mexico.

More than 1,000 people have fallen ill in Mexico City in a short period of time, U.S. health experts said.

"This situation has been developing quickly," Richard Besser, acting director of the Atlanta, Georgia-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said Friday. "This is something we are worried about."

Besser said all of the eight U.S. patients have recovered.  Watch for more on the U.S. cases »

New York health officials said Friday they were testing about 75 students at a school in New York City for swine flu after the students exhibited flu-like symptoms this week.

A team of state health department doctors and staff went to the St. Francis Preparatory School in the borough of Queens on Thursday after the students reported cough, fever, sore throat, aches and pains.

Test results are expected as early as Saturday.

The new virus has genes from North American swine influenza, avian influenza, human influenza and a form of swine influenza normally found in Asia and Europe, said Nancy Cox, chief of the CDC's Influenza Division.


Swine flu is caused by a virus similar to a type of flu virus that infects people every year but is a strain typically found only in pigs -- or in people who have direct contact with pigs.

There have, however, been cases of person-to-person transmission of swine flu, the CDC said.
CNN's David Alsup contributed to this report.

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« Reply #2 on: Apr 26, 2009 02:06 AM »

http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/04/24/swine.flu/index.html

CNN) -- U.S. health officials expressed concern Friday that a swine flu virus that has infected eight people in the United States matches samples of a virus that has killed at least 68 people in Mexico.


Swine flu is usually diagnosed only in pigs or people in regular contact with them.

 U.S. health experts also are concerned because more than 1,000 people have fallen ill in Mexico City in a short period of time.

"This situation has been developing quickly," said acting CDC director Richard Besser. "This is something we are worried about."

New York health officials announced Friday they are testing about 75 students at a Queens school for swine flu after the students exhibited flu-like symptoms this week.

A team of state health department doctors and staff went to the St. Francis Preparatory School in Queens on Thursday after the students reported cough, fever, sore throat, aches and pains.

There have been no confirmed cases of swine flu there. The tests results are expected as early as Saturday.

Of the 14 Mexican samples tested by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, seven were identical to the swine flu virus found in Texas and Southern California, Besser said at a news conference.

An eighth U.S. case was reported Friday. All of the eight U.S. patients have recovered, Besser said.  Watch for more on the U.S. cases »

As a precaution to avoid further contamination, schools and universities in Mexico City and the state of Mexico were closed Friday, said the national health secretary, Jose Angel Cordova Villalobos. He said the schools may remain closed for a while.

Sixty-eight people have died in Mexico City, Cordova said at a news conference. More than 1,000 other people have gotten sick, he said.

Mexican President Felipe Calderon canceled a trip Friday to northern Mexico so he could remain in Mexico City to monitor the situation, the state-run Notimex news agency reported. Calderon met with his Cabinet on Thursday night to discuss the outbreak.


Six of the U.S. cases were found in California, and two in Texas, near San Antonio, CDC officials said.

The Public Health Agency of Canada issued a respiratory alert for Mexico on Wednesday, recommending that health providers "actively look for cases" in Canada, particularly in people who've returned from Mexico within the last two weeks.

An alert issued Friday by the International SOS medical and consulting company said more than 130 cases of a severe respiratory illness have been detected in south and central Mexico, some of which are due to influenza.

"Public health officials in Mexico began actively looking for cases of respiratory illness upon noticing that the seasonal peak of influenza extended into April, when cases usually decline in number," the medical alert said. "They found two outbreaks of illness -- one centered around Distrito Federal (Mexico City), involving about 120 cases with 13 deaths. The other is in San Luis Potosi, with 14 cases and four deaths."

Authorities also detected one death in Oaxaca, in the south, and two in Baja California Norte, near San Diego, California.

There was no indication why the International SOS tallies did not match the Mexican health secretary's figures.

The majority of cases are occurring in adults between 25 and 44 years of age.

The CDC first reported Tuesday that two California children in the San Diego area were infected with a virus called swine influenza A H1N1, whose combination of genes had not been seen before in flu viruses in humans or pigs.

The first two cases were picked up through an influenza monitoring program, with stations in San Diego and El Paso, Texas. The program monitors strains and tries to detect new ones before they spread, the CDC said. Other cases emerged through routine and expanded surveillance.

The human influenza vaccine's ability to protect against the new swine flu strain is unknown, and studies are ongoing, Schuchat said. There is no danger of contracting the virus from eating pork products, she said.

The new virus has genes from North American swine and avian influenza, human influenza, and swine influenza normally found in Asia and Europe, said Nancy Cox, chief of the CDC's Influenza Division.

The new strain of swine flu has resisted some antiviral drugs.

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The CDC is working with health officials in California and Texas and expects to find more cases, Schuchat said.

A pandemic is defined as: a new virus to which everybody is susceptible; the ability to readily spread from person to person; and the capability of causing significant disease in humans, said Dr. Jay Steinberg, an infectious disease specialist at Emory University Hospital Midtown in Atlanta. The new strain of swine flu meets only one of the criteria: novelty.


History indicates that flu pandemics tend to occur once every 20 years or so, so we're due for one, Steinberg said.

"I can say with 100 percent confidence that a pandemic of a new flu strain will spread in humans," he said. "What I can't say is when it will occur
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« Reply #3 on: Apr 28, 2009 04:37 AM »



All You Need to Know About Swine Flu

By  IOL Health & Science Staff
 
Pigs

Swine flu spreads among pigs through direct and indirect contact.
What is swine flu?

Swine flu is an acute respiratory disease caused by type A Influenza virus which infects pigs. It spreads among pigs through direct and indirect contact. Its incidence increases in winter and fall, although present all year round. Swine flu normally infects pigs. However, the virus can cross the species barrier to infect humans.

What are the signs and symptoms of swine flu in people?

Symptoms of swine flu are similar to those of seasonal Influenza and range from asymptomatic cases to fatal pneumonia.

Symptoms might include, fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue, as well as diarrhea and vomiting in some cases. It can also worsen chronic diseases already present.

Is it transmitted by eating pork?

No. There is no evidence that it is transmissible to people through eating pork or any other products obtained from pigs. If pork is properly cooked, it will not transmit the virus, which is destroyed at a temperature of 160°F/70°C.

It is worth noting that consuming pork or any product derived from pigs is forbidden in Islam.

How do people catch swine flu?

People usually catch the infection directly from infected pigs and places contaminated with the virus.

Human to human infection is also documented. In this case, the infection is thought to spread the same way as seasonal flu, through airborne particles.
 

There is no evidence that it is transmissible to people through eating pork.
How long can an infected person spread swine flu to others?

The person should be considered potentially contagious as long as he/she is still symptomatic for a period of up to seven days. Children might be contagious for a longer duration than this.

What can I do to protect myself from getting sick?

Avoid direct contact with sick people.

Wash your hands with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing.

Always use a tissue to cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze, and discard the tissue immediately after that.

If you catch the flu, stay at home, and avoid contact with others. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth to prevent further spread of infection.

What are emergency signs?

According to the CDC:

In children, emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:

-Fast breathing or trouble breathing
-Bluish skin color
-Not drinking enough fluids
-Not waking up or not interacting
-Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
-Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
-Fever with a rash

In adults, emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:

-Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
-Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
-Sudden dizziness
-Confusion
-Severe or persistent vomiting

Are there available medications to treat swine flu?

Antiviral drugs can be of use by keeping the virus from reproducing in the body. It will make the patient feel better faster, and make the illness milder. It can also prevent serious complications. The sooner the antiviral drug is taken, the better the outcome.

Is there a human vaccine to protect from swine influenza?

Not yet. This is because influenza viruses mutate very quickly, which will not allow adequate matching between the circulating virus and the vaccine virus. Current flu vaccines based on WHO recommendations do not include the swine flu virus.

Sources:

"Q&A: Swine Flu." BBC News. 26 April 2009. Accessed 26 April 2009.

"Swine Influenza and You." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Accessed 26 April 2009.

"Swine Influenza Frequently Asked Questions." World Health Organization. 23 April 2009. Accessed 26 April 2009.
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« Reply #4 on: Apr 28, 2009 10:03 AM »

Salam . .yeah this is getting quite scary and being a medical student, having studied microbiology (not my strong suit though!) and learning how disease can spread, mutations and such things, I feel I'm blessed to be in the medical profession and also thankful for just gaining the knowledge, as this will be an important tool, both for the future and the long-term for our communities locally and of course, as we now see, for the world/human community at large.

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The Prophet Muhammad, realizing the consequences of infectious epidemics, advised his companions that, “When you hear about a break of plague in any area, do not enter there and when it has broken in a land where you are, then do not run way from it (and thus spread it elsewhere).”

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« Reply #6 on: Apr 29, 2009 06:32 AM »

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Anyone feel like this is a sign of the Day of J or something??  Shocked scaryy
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« Reply #7 on: Apr 29, 2009 02:16 PM »

I just put in a request to order material for kaffans.

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« Reply #8 on: Apr 29, 2009 03:53 PM »

http://www.google.org/flutrends/


http://www.google.org/about/flutrends/how.html

Google can predict flu's 2 weeks before CDC = by tracking searches for flu symptons... based on their link - New Mexico is starting to show an increase number of search (vs. all other States) in the last few days.

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« Reply #9 on: Apr 29, 2009 09:08 PM »

ws,

Anyone feel like this is a sign of the Day of J or something??  Shocked scaryy

Salam all, yes Sis Jannah, that was one of my first thoughts . . .as if it's another sign that we are getting much closer to that point, more than we may realize maybe, not that I'm an expert in the area of the Final Days. Also, its interesting to me, being a medical student and all. Microbiology isn't my strong suit, but its great to be among and involved with the medical/science field at this point in history, insha'allah, I hope we all stay safe from/are spared this and any other calamity that tests us, as humans. Ameen. Just my thoughts at the moment. . . . . . .
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« Reply #10 on: Apr 29, 2009 10:29 PM »

When I first heard of this virus and that is has the genes of 3 different species (human, swine and avain)
My first thought was 'I wonder who engineered this virus and turned it loose on the public.
Several folks I know think the same.
What are the chances of a naturally occuring virus having 3 species genes in it?

They have a flight coming into Seattle tonight from Mexico City
which I think if dumb to let them in since there is so much of the flu going around in Mexico City.

They just 30 mins ago raised the level (WHO) to #5 of 6 levels.
It is scary.
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« Reply #11 on: Apr 30, 2009 04:26 PM »

Salam - Sis Blessed - are you in Seattle? Man, I hope that they can somehow check those people out before letting them go out into the public, etc. I'm a Portlander, so I hope it doesn't reach there, although I just read the state will have the tools in hand by Monday, from the materials the WHO is handing out to each state.

As for the theory that the virus was engineered - its a possibility in this day and age, but I am always a bit skeptical of those until proven otherwise, afterall, they may be small, but as even the non-medical person knows,  a virus, as it passes through populations of any creature,  can pick up genes from its host as it goes along (through recombination, replication) and and maintain those as they move to another species over a period of time. Again, micro not my strongest field, so not 100% confident it could have 3 genes from different species, but just a thought. But yes, either way, SCARY.

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The hare also: for that too cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof. 7 And the SWINE, which, though it divideth the hoof, cheweth not the cud. 8 The flesh of these you shall not eat, nor shall you touch their carcasses, because they are unclean to you. (Book of Leviticus, Chapter 11 Verse 6)

 {He has forbidden you only the Maitah (dead animals ), and blood and the meat of SWINE and that, which is slaughtered as a sacrifice for others than Allah (or has been slaughtered for idols on which Allah’s Name has not been mentioned while slaughtering). But if one is forced by necessity without willful disobedience nor transgressing due limits, then there is no sin on him. Truly, Allah is Oft Forgiving, Most Merciful} Al-Baqarah 173

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Swine flu shuts 300 schools across the U.S.
About 172,000 students in 11 states are affected by closures, officials say
   
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  April 30: Across the country, hundreds of thousands of students are home from school – not because they’re sick, but because they hope not to become sick. NBC’s Janet Shamlian reports.

  Reports of swine flu skyrocket
April 29: Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius warned Wednesday the swine flu outbreak would spread – and predicted the virus’ first recorded death in the U.S., a Mexican toddler who traveled to Texas, likely will not be the last. NBC’s Robert Bazell reports.

April 30: The World Health Organization says the swine flu is likely to bloom into a pandemic and raises its alert level to phase 5. NBC’s Tom Costello reports.
Napolitano: 'If you feel sick, take responsibility'
Biden: ‘Wouldn’t go anywhere in confined places’
Swine flu is doctor's life-long nemesis
Wash. state doctor may have swine flu
   
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updated 7:36 p.m. CT, Thurs., April 30, 2009

Nearly 300 schools scattered around the country closed as the nation's swine flu caseload passed 120 Thursday, and U.S. authorities pledged to eventually produce enough vaccine for everyone — but said shots couldn't begin until fall at the earliest.

The Education Department's count stood at 298 on Thursday, tripling from around 100 on Wednesday. Most will be closed only for a few days. About 172,000 students are affected in 11 states, from every region of the country.

The outbreak penetrated over a dozen states and even touched the White House, which disclosed that an aide to Energy Secretary Steven Chu apparently got sick helping arrange President Barack Obama's recent trip to Mexico but that the aide did not fly on Air Force One and never posed a risk to the president.
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An estimated 12,000 people logged onto a Webcast where the government's top emergency officials sought to cut confusion by answering questions straight from the public: Can a factory worker handling parts from Mexico catch the virus? No. Can pets get it? No.

And is washing hands or using those alcohol-based hand gels best? Washing well enough is the real issue, answered Dr. Richard Besser, acting chief of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He keeps hand gel in his pocket for between-washings but also suggested that people sing "Happy Birthday" as they wash their hands to make sure they've washed long enough to get rid of germs.

It is safe to fly, U.S. officials found themselves stressing after Vice President Joe Biden got off message Thursday. Biden said he'd discourage family members from flying or even taking the subway. The White House insisted the vice president meant to say he was discouraging just nonessential travel to Mexico, the hardest-hit area.

"It is safe to fly. There is no reason to cancel flights," Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said. Not just planes but "all modes of transportation are safe in America," he added.

But anyone with flu-like symptoms shouldn't be traveling anywhere unless they need to seek medical care — the same advice that doctors give during the winter when regular flu kills 36,000 Americans each year.

"If you're ill, you shouldn't get on an airplane or any public transport to travel," CDC's Dr. Anne Schuchat told a congressional hearing. "If you're sick, stay home. I can't tell you how many times I've said that this week."

'Some pandemics look like a bad flu season'
So far U.S. cases are fairly mild for the most part, with one death, a Mexican toddler who visited Texas with his family — unlike in Mexico where more than 160 suspected deaths have been reported. In fact, Schuchat said most of the U.S. cases so far didn't need a doctor's care.

Still, the U.S. is taking extraordinary precautions, including shipping millions of doses of anti-flu drugs to states in case they're needed against what the World Health Organization has called an imminent pandemic, because scientists cannot predict what a brand-new virus might do. A key concern is whether this spring outbreak will resurge in the fall.

Remember, CDC's Besser cautioned, not every pandemic is like the disaster of 1918. "There are some pandemics that look very much like a bad flu season," he said.

Laboratory testing showed the new virus was treatable by the anti-flu drugs Tamiflu and Relenza. The government is shipping to states enough medication to treat 11 million people as a precaution. All states should get their share by Sunday.

The government is buying 13 million treatment courses of antiviral drugs to replenish the U.S. strategic stockpile and help fight the swine flu outbreak. The U.S. on Thursday also began sending 400,000 treatment courses of anti-viral drugs to Mexico to help fight swine flu there.

Vaccine could be ready by fall
Scientists are racing to prepare the key ingredient to make a vaccine against the never-before-seen flu strain, but it will take several months before the first pilot lots begin required human testing to make sure the vaccine is safe and effective. If all goes well, broader production could start in the fall.

"We think 600 million doses is achievable in a six-month time frame" from that fall start, Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary Craig Vanderwagen told lawmakers.

"I don't want anybody to have false expectations. The science is challenging here," Vanderwagen told reporters. "Production can be done, robust production capacity is there. It's a question of can we get the science worked on the specifics of this vaccine."

'Keep your young ones at home'
The number of closed schools more than doubled overnight to nearly 300 when the Fort Worth Independent School District in Texas announced it was closing its 140 schools, affecting about 80,000 students. High schools sports were suspended in Texas and Alabama.


"We do think it's very prudent to close schools when a case has been confirmed or is highly suspect," CDC's Schuchat told lawmakers Thursday.

But closing a school alone won't stop community spread.

"If a school is closed, it's not closed so kids can go out to the mall or go out to the community at large," Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said. "Keep your young ones at home."

That means businesses will have to handle parents who miss work, Biden reiterated: "And the hope is that the employers will be generous in terms of how they treat that employee's necessary action of taking that child home and not being at work."

Schools aren't the only focus. In California, dozens of Marines were under quarantine to see if they'll develop illness after contact with a comrade confirmed to have the new flu.

Also Thursday, a medical clinic in Everett, Wash., announced that a pediatrician who may have swine flu saw 22 patients — along with their parents or other adults — before she developed serious symptoms and went to the emergency room.

Dr. Yuan-Po Tu, medical director of The Everett Clinic, told a news conference that the pediatrician's husband and two children also became sick, but were doing well on antiviral treatment. Tu says the doctor, whose name hasn't been released, came to work Monday with what she thought were just seasonal allergy symptoms. She saw patients throughout the day but developed a fever that night and went to the emergency room, where she tested positive for what is assumed to be swine flu.

It's not clear where the pediatrician contracted the flu. She had not recently traveled out of the country.

The CDC and states have confirmed more than 120 cases in the U.S. Cases now are confirmed in New York, Texas, California, South Carolina, Kansas, Massachusetts, Indiana, Ohio, Arizona, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, Delaware, Maine, Colorado, Georgia and Minnesota.
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I was coughing earlier ( a nasty cough that came with a sore throat 2/3 days ago) and my father came inquiring about it, and he's like don't touch anything.. see a dr asap! .. you'll spread what you have to the younger kids =(

And now browsing through some of this stuff, I feel kind of paranoid :| ... I work in a place where I am sure there are a lot of germs.

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 - First Swine Flu Death Of US Resident Confirmed By Texas
CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN | May 5, 2009 10:40 PM EST | AP

McALLEN, Texas — Texas health officials on Tuesday announced the first death of a U.S. resident with swine flu, and said she was a 33-year-old school teacher who had recently given birth to a healthy baby.

The woman died early Tuesday and had been hospitalized since April 19, said Leonel Lopez, Cameron County epidemiologist.

Health officials stopped short of saying that swine flu caused the woman's death. State health department spokeswoman Carrie Williams said the woman had "chronic underlying health conditions" but wouldn't give any more details.

Lopez said the flu exacerbated the woman's condition. "The swine flu is very benign by itself," Lopez said. But "by the time she came to see us it was already too late."

Tuesday evening, cars filled the driveway and lined the quiet street in front of Judy Trunnell's home in a quiet, new Harlingen subdivision.

A woman who came to the door with tear-streaked eyes declined to give her name or to comment on the death, saying "we're grieving now."

The only other swine flu death in the U.S. was of a Mexico City boy who also had other health problems and had been visiting relatives in Brownsville, near Harlingen. He died last week at a Houston children's hospital.

There have been 29 other confirmed swine flu deaths, all in Mexico. Hundreds of cases of the disease have been confirmed in several countries, but mostly in Mexico and the U.S.
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The teacher was from Harlingen, a city of about 63,000 near the U.S.-Mexico border. The school district where she worked announced it would close its schools for the rest of the week, though officials said anyone who might have contracted the disease from her would have shown symptoms by now.

She was first seen by a physician April 14 and was hospitalized five days later. The woman delivered a healthy baby while hospitalized and stayed in the hospital until her death, said Lopez, who declined to give further details about the baby.

Doctors knew she had a flu when she came in, but did not know what kind, Lopez said. The area is undergoing a Type A influenza epidemic right now, of which the swine flu is one variety, he said. She was confirmed to have swine flu shortly before she died, he said.

Dr. Joseph McCormick, regional dean of the University of Texas School of Public Health's Brownsville campus, said the woman was extremely ill when she was hospitalized.

Mercedes Independent School District, where the woman taught, announced it would close its schools starting Wednesday and reopen May 11.

U.S. health officials changed course on their advice to schools Tuesday, saying they are no longer recommending that schools close for the swine flu. Last week, the government had advised schools to shut down for about two weeks if there were suspected cases of swine flu.

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Associated Press writers Alicia A. Caldwell in El Paso and Jamie Stengle in Dallas contributed to this report.
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