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100,000 in U.S. have swine flu; youth hospitalization rate "very unusual". Would border security have reduced spread? - 05/19/09

... the U.S. are infected with the swine flu (link). While it's currently a mild disease, it's affecting more young people than usual, with Dr. Anne Schuchat saying: "That's very unusual, to have so many people under 20 to require hospitalization, and some of them in (intensive care units)... We are now experiencing levels of influenza-like illness that are higher than usual for this time of year...

Dr. John Carlo is withholding public health information about swine flu (Dallas County medical director) - 05/05/09

... previously discussed article about the swine flu and immigration included this: Careful not to fuel any backlash, Dr. John Carlo, Dallas County medical director, avoided characterizing any link to immigration. In other words, Carlo is withholding potentially vital information about the source of a potential public health emergency. If some or many of those who are infected in Dallas are visitors...

Dianne Solis /DMN more interested in enabling illegal immigration than helping avoid swine flu pandemic - 05/04/09

... concerned with the possibility of a swine flu pandemic, they're more concerned with enabling illegal immigration.

Mexico epidemiology chief: WHO ignored concerns about swine flu for over a week - 05/02/09

... crisis that turned into a global swine flu scare and called for an investigation. [He] told The Associated Press late Thursday his center alerted the Pan American Health Organization on April 16 about alarming occurrences of flu and atypical pneumonia in Mexico. But no action was taken until eight days later when the World Health Organization said it was "very, very concerned" the outbreak could...

Jesse Washington /AP mainstreams MMFA smears, shows no regard for protecting U.S. from epidemic - 05/02/09

... of illegal aliens bringing the swine flu into the U.S. The MMFA article used some admittedly offensive - and counter-productive - comments from radio hosts in order to attempt to prevent discussion about this topic, and it formed the basis for several posts at blogs and the like. Now, efforts by the George Soros-funded MMFA to play fast and loose with public safety are being mainstreamed by the...

Low-wattage radio, TV hosts say dumb things about Mexicans and swine flu; leftwing attacks in order to support illegal activity - 04/30/09

... of the Huffington Post offers "Swine Flu A Mexican Immigrant Conspiracy: Conservative Media (VIDEO)" (huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/30/swine-flu-a-mexican-immig_n_193707.html), linking to a Media Matters for America video apparently containing instances of conservative radio and TV hosts discussing the issue of Mexicans - specifically illegal aliens from that country - bringing the swine flu into...

Swine flu is combination of two pig flu strains; avian, human strains not involved - 04/30/09

From this: The deadly H1N1 influenza virus that’s fueling fears of a global pandemic is a hybrid of two common pig flu strains [North American and Eurasian pig flu], scientists who have studied the disease told Wired.com Tuesday. Earlier reports called it a combination of pig, human and avian influenza strains... "The new neuraminidase gene that came in from Eurasian swine is one we’ve never...

John McCain calls for closing the Mexican border over swine flu, but only "if it would prevent further transmission" - 04/29/09

... Mexican border over the potential swine flu pandemic, you know it's serious. Except, he left himself an out indicating that he might just be blowing smoke (link): "At the same time, many questions still remain, including the question of why the cases of the H1N1 influenza in Mexico appear to be more severe and deadly than the cases seen in the U.S. I continue to believe that all available...

World Health Organization raises threat level to 5: imminent risk of swine flu pandemic - 04/29/09

... second highest and means that the swine flu is in imminent danger of becoming a pandemic. From this: Raising the threat to level 5 means that there is sustained human to human spread in at least two countries and that people who have not visited Mexico have fallen ill and passed on the virus... ...Robert Madelin, Director General for Health and Consumer Protection at the European Commission,...

Napolitano: swine flu can be spread by infected visitors, but closing the border won't contain the virus; says actively questioning visitors - 04/29/09

The prepared remarks of Janet Napolitano of the Department of Homeland Security to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee are here. Among many other things, she says: ...As infected travelers can lead to the spread of this virus, DHS is taking a number of precautions in light of the scope and nature of the threat... The actions we are taking regarding international...

Napolitano, Vilsack: call it the "H1N1 virus", not "swine flu". More concerned about pork industry than public safety - 04/28/09

... of Agriculture want us to call swine flu the "H1N1 virus" instead (link). They have somewhat of a point: if you really can't get it from eating pork then perhaps we should grit our teeth and not wish for the demise of the pork industry. The problem is that while they're rushing to the aid of pork producers, they're keeping the borders as open as ever. Per Vilsack: "This is not a food-borne...

El Paso: visitors waved through border, little or no screening, just like normal day - 04/28/09

... screening for Mexico’s deadly swine flu - a far more muted reaction than the extreme caution elsewhere around the world. At the main pedestrian border crossing between El Paso and Mexico’s Ciudad Juarez, a handful of people wore protective masks and officials handed out a swine flu flier. But there were no extra screenings for swine flu, and it mostly looked like a typical day at the border....

Tom Allison /MMFA downplays threat of Mexicans bringing swine flu across the border (+Olbermann, HuffPost) - 04/28/09

... Conservative media baselessly blame swine flu outbreak on immigrants" (mediamatters.org/items/200904270037). He quotes various rightwing commentators but offers little analysis of his own, never attempting to refute any of their points. While I understand we're supposed to be shocked and mortified by their statements, I don't exactly understand why because Allison doesn't tell us. Apparently we'...

Janet Napolitano refuses to close or even tightly secure the border despite health risks (+Eric Massa) - 04/27/09

... ...Noting that those infected with swine flu may not show symptoms for a few days, Napolitano said border closure is "a very difficult judgment to make." ..."We are simply in preparation mode... We do not yet know how widespread this flu will be within the United States." ..."We believe at this level the appropriate precautions have been taken." The disease is certainly already here, but if...

Good news: "Mexicans take swine flu lightly on U.S. border" - 04/27/09

From this: Many Mexicans crossing into the United States on Monday at one of the busiest crossings on the border shunned advice to wear surgical face mask to curb the spread of a deadly new flu. Most Mexican immigration officials at the Tijuana-San Diego crossing were using masks and surgical gloves, but Mexicans crossing by car and foot seemed unconcerned by the influenza scare and only a...

As flu pandemic threatens, Obama admin still doesn't have HHS Sec'y, Surgeon General, FDA head - 04/27/09

... emergency” Sunday to confront the swine flu - but is heading into its first medical outbreak without a secretary of Health and Human Services or appointees in any of the department’s 19 key posts. President Barack Obama has not yet chosen a surgeon general or the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. His choice to run the Food and Drug Administration awaits confirmation. Obama...

John Nichols /The Nation pushes bogus flu pandemic preparedness issue; distraction from Obama admin, Dem failures - 04/27/09

... federal efforts to address the swine flu outbreak have been hampered by a lack of funds.

Swine flu in Mexico: U.S. will not close border (nor secure it) - 04/24/09

... 1000 are infected with a new swine flu strain (H1N1) in Mexico, and it's spread to California and Texas (link). Despite that, don't expect the Department of Homeland Security or the Barack Obama administration to do anything regarding reducing flows of people and goods into the U.S.