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Wow, this is really scaring me now.
Hopefully all you guys will be okay lol.
Just giving heads up.


http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-sci-swine-flu12-2009jun12,0,2158258.story











The World Health Organization this morning acknowledged what many health experts have been saying for weeks: The outbreak of novel H1N1 virus is now a pandemic.

"The world is now at the start of the 2009 influenza pandemic," Dr. Margaret Chan, director-general of the WHO, said at a Geneva teleconference. "This virus is now unstoppable."

In a letter sent to its member countries, Chan said she is officially raising the agency's infectious disease alert to Phase 6, its highest level, in recognition of the fact that the virus is now undergoing communitywide transmission in Australia as well as in North America. Such spread in two distinct regions of the world is the primary criterion for raising the alert level.

But the agency said that the pandemic is only "moderate in severity" and cautioned against overreactions to the increased alert level.

The announcement marks the advent of the first global influenza epidemic in 41 years. The last one was the Hong Kong flu epidemic of 1968, which killed an estimated 1 million people worldwide.

So far, the H1N1, or so-called swine flu, pandemic this year has accounted for 28,774 laboratory-confirmed cases and 144 deaths in 74 countries, although health officials believe many times that number of people have been infected but have not been tested because their illnesses have been mild.

A normal seasonal flu outbreak kills about 250,000 to 500,000 people worldwide.

In most industrialized countries, the rise in the alert level will have little practical effect because health authorities were already behaving as though a pandemic had been declared. In the United States, where there have been more than 13,000 cases, more than 1,000 hospitalizations and at least 27 deaths, "We have been reacting as though it were a pandemic already," said Dr. Anne Schuchat, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Disease.

But it will accelerate the production of a vaccine against the new virus. Several nations have signed contracts with manufacturers that call for vaccine production if a pandemic is declared. Most of the manufacturers have received so-called seed stock viruses from the CDC in the past two weeks, allowing them to begin the lengthy process of growing the virus in eggs and producing vaccines. But vaccines will not be available until September, at the earliest, and even then the supply will be limited.

But Schuchat cautioned that use of the vaccine is not a foregone conclusion.

"The decision on whether or not to use a vaccine is a separate decision from whether or not to make it," said Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, who became CDC director Monday.

The announcement will have more impact on Third World countries, freeing up additional funds for treatment and prevention and helping to make stocks of antiviral drugs more readily available.

Chan said the agency had already distributed more than 5 million doses of the antiviral drug Tamiflu to 121 developing nations, which will stockpile the medicine for use "should the virus arrive at their doorstep." The agency will now begin distributing another 5.65 million doses that have been donated by Tamiflu's manufacturer, Roche Holding of Geneva.

The World Health Organization had hesitated to raise the alert level out of concern that such an announcement would be misconstrued as an indication that the virus has become more pathogenic. The declaration "does not mean that there is any difference in the level of severity" of the virus, Frieden said. "This is not at this point a flu that is anywhere near as severe as the 1918 Spanish flu. There is no change in the behavior of the virus, only that it is spreading in more parts of the world.

In fact, all evidence to date is overwhelming that the virus is mild in its effects. About 2% of victims have been hospitalized, Chan said. Most infections have been in people under the age of 25, which is a marked difference from the seasonal flu, which has its greatest impact in the elderly and frail. About one-half to two-thirds of deaths have occurred in people with chronic underlying conditions, such as respiratory problems like asthma, cardiovascular disease and autoimmune disease. Those who are obese or pregnant are also at increased risk.

Experts fear, however, that as it passes through populations, it could mutate to become more lethal and return with increased force in the winter influenza season. That may have been what happened with the Spanish flu.

"The virus writes the rules and this one, like all influenza viruses, can change the rules, without rhyme or reason, at any time," Chan said.

Officials had previously said they feared that the announcement would lead frightened people who are not seriously ill to overrun hospital emergency rooms, impairing the healthcare system's ability to treat the truly sick. That has happened in past outbreaks, and there is already some evidence that it is happening in South America, particularly in Argentina, where the numbers of infected have been growing.

Chan and United Nations Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon also urged member countries to avoid the imposition of travel restrictions, border closings and bans on imported food import -- all of which have already happened in the earlier stages of the outbreak.

"We must guard against rash and discriminatory actions such as travel bans or trade restrictions," Ban told a news conference at U.N. headquarters. "Our response to any pandemic must be grounded in science."
 

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Oh shit I got the flu Im going to be zombie. <----Resident Evil 6: Curse of the Flu.....Sheva!!!? Come here!! Chris?! Chris??! --California is now Umbrella Project...<story goes on>
 

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Am I the only one that thinks this is a total load of crap? Its the freaking flu, nothing more nothing less
+1 on this, the Swine Flu has been existing since the 70's, and what did our goverment do at the time??...well they mandated a vacccine, which killed hundreds of people, and the vaccine alone killed more people than the DaMm desease..."WOW"..so its not that im a non believer, but common deseases are part of LIFE, and the more and more way we find to fight them, the stronger and stronger they come back, so just chill, dont panick its just a dam FLU...!!
 

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No reason to trip out over the swine flu. Just drink your orange juice and eat your vitamins and everyone is gonna be okay!!
 

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Oh shit I got the flu Im going to be zombie. <----Resident Evil 6: Curse of the Flu.....Sheva!!!? Come here!! Chris?! Chris??! --California is now Umbrella Project...<story goes on>
A good shot from the Magnum to the head will solve alot of this issue.
 

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A good shot from the Magnum to the head will solve alot of this issue.
I need herb! (Sheva)
Here you go! (Chris)
Thanks Partner! (Sheva)

GGRRRaagghhAA! (Zombie from hell)

Oh shit!! (Sheva & Chris)
 

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I need herb! (Sheva)
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Oh shit!! (Sheva & Chris)
Max the upgrades on the magnum + infinite ammo = problem solved. enuff said.
 

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No reason to trip out over the swine flu. Just drink your orange juice and eat your vitamins and everyone is gonna be okay!!
*applause*

But alot of people dont know this, and they just stick to their fucking fat fucking foods which kills wayyyy more people world wide. People are just too damm ignorant to see shit. Flu is just a flu, nothing more and nothing less.
 

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Yes, and the bottom of the food chain are the unhealthy fat people who dont eat vegetable and healthy food, just fast/fat food. Not being a dick, just reality.
Correction:
-Some people's metabolism work different from others, Ex.) Although i may eat the same meals and same amouts everyday, as you, that doesnt mean i will be digesting it as quickly as you(taking in consideration that we would do the same exercise and same activities day by day with you)..!!..so therefore their are many skinny people who eat alot of junk food, and can eat a whole pizza, but although they dont gain the weight, does not mean that they are healthy, if they go for check ups they will come up with many deseases and be deemed as UnHealthy...!! :bigok:
 

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No sense in drinking orange juice. That's a common misconception. Strawberries actually have a lot more vitamine c than orange juice does. And Joey is right, however you do have the ability to increase your metabolism. There's a great book on this called The Abs Diet. ;)
 

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Chewing Bubble Gum is a great way to get you Meatbolism Going, the only down fall is that your tricking your brain into believe its eating so it wants to diguest food thats not their (In Stomach)..!!
 
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