Mexico’s Response to the Swine FluPlease Rate This Article Health officials in Mexico first noticed unusual cases of flu and pneumonia in mid – late March, 2009. The World Health Organization in notified in late March, and again on April 9th. But the WHO did not take action until late April. Here is the article […]
On Yahoo News an article has been posted stating that the World Health Organization was slow to respond to notifications about alarming occurrences of flu and pneumonia in Mexico.
Cases in Mexico may have started as early as late March. The World Health Organization was notified on April 9th of the Swine Flu H1N1 outbreak. But the WHO did not take action until laboratories in the U.S. and Canadian identified the virus. Which was on April 24.
This means that almost a month pasted from first notification until the first response action was taken.
It seems that nothing has changed in the past 25+ years. In the early 1980s the Center for Disease Control was notified of a strange illness that was killing gay men in different parts of the USA, but mostly in California. Very little to no action was taken until the virus was isolated. During that time the HIV continued to spread. And today, more then 21 million people have been killed by HIV and the complications caused by AIDS.
The past few days have been a whirlwind of “Swine Flu” events.
April 25 – Texas closes the high school where the students tested posivite for swine flu. Around 75 – 100 people are dead in Mexico. The 75 – 100 varies because different news sites are reporting different numbers. So its a little confusing as to what the exact death toll is.
April 26 – Texas closes the entire school district where the positive students are from. Death toll in Mexico nears 100. Swine Flu is being reported in different parts of the world. Mexico has cancelled all public events and ordered public places closed.
April 27 – Death toll in Mexico Soars (as one news site states it) to well over 100. World Health Organization (WHO) raises threat level to 4, saying we are very near an pandemic. Mexico ordered schools all across the nation to close. The US Government advises against unnecessary travel to Mexico. New cases are being reported in – Canada, Spain and Scotland.
Before we get started, the author of this article (Kevin) is not a health care professional. Do your own research before making decisions that affect your health. Links in this article are being provided for information purposes only.
The flu is a viral respiratory infection – there is no real treatment or cure. Once someone catches the flu, there is little that doctors can do for the patient. One of the most important considerations about the flu, is to stop the spread of the disease.
The flu is spread through infected cough droplets. The infected person coughs, which spews forth maybe millions of droplets that carry the flu virus. Other people breath in those infected droplets. And as a result, they become infected with the flu.
Cover your cough – One of the most important considerations is for people to cover their cough. This can be done with your hand, shirt sleeve, cloth or tissue.