H1N1 Flu facts/fiction.
April 30, 2009, 10:37 AM
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With the stupidity of my last two posts, I figured I would try to educate a few of my readers to regain some brain cells after watching/listening to those videos.

I was reading USA today, today, haha, and I found out some pretty interesting things. First of all, the feds, and others around the world aren’t referring to it anymore as the “swine flu”, but as the H1N1 flu (notice the title).  This is because the term “Swine flu” is hurting the pork industry for no reason at all.

USA Today went on to describe the stupidity of certain precautions country’s are taking.

“China, Indonesia, South Korea and a dozen other nations have closed their borders to either all U.S. pork products or those from certain states.  Russia went a step furthur, banning all meat and poultry imports from certain states…Egypt, has gone so far to start slaughtering the nation’s 300,000 pigs. ”

If any of these countries had any competence, they would understand that you cannot get this virus by eating pork.  It is spread through the respiratory tract, not the digestive tract.  Thus banning meat products is pointless.  The only thing that you wouldn’t want to do is import a mexican pig.  Slaughtering 300,000 pigs for just no reason…is kind of animal cruelty in my opinion.  Of course I believe that human safety is always more important over animal safety, but base a mass killing on some sort of knowledge.

Whatever though, its a good form of propoganda for these countries, showing their citizens they are taking measures to protect their people’s safety.

**If you are interested there is a informational site that will let you know if your symptoms match the swine flu, take a minute to read whether or not you have the H1N1 virus.

DKA out.

Follow the flu pandemic in real time.
April 28, 2009, 12:58 AM
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This is interesting to me, maybe because I am a microbiology major.

” A spike of infections of the H1N1 Swine Flu—a mutation of a pork virus that jumped from pigs to humans—happened in the city of Mexico (103 dead already) and it is quickly spreading through the world now, thanks to airline connections.

Reading the map is very simple: We are all going to dieThe pink markers are suspect, the purple markers are confirmed, and deaths don’t have a black dot in the marker. The yellow markers are negative.” -gizmodo

If you goto MSU, you probably also got a email from the University’s physician.  Eitherway, its not the worst case scenario, it seems as though this virus isn’t thaaaat deadly, considering thousands of people die every year from the regular flu b/c of complications.  Although the media is going to have a frenzy on it and make you think the apocolypse is upon us.

This just shows how quickly a virus can spread in today’s world.  This would be alot worse if the bird flu jumped vectors by mutating genes to create new surface proteins/receptors and made human-human transfers possible.  If memory from my education is correct, I believe that is the H1N5 or H5N1 virus, which has the potential to be A LOT more deadly.  I don’t know, google it.  Bottom line, if you have flu like symptoms… try to avoid me and find a doctor.

Anyway, here is the link to google’s map or just look below.

Have fun watching.

Here is a picture of the outbreaks thus far at 2am on Tuesday, April 28th.  I’ll try to remember to post another picture in a few days to view the viruses progress, because I’m not sure this one will self refresh.

Microbiology FTW. (smh at myself)

DKA out.