Thursday, August 27, 2009

Swine Flu or Stomach Virus In US Schools?

There was a great article about the seeming increased outbreaks of 'possible H1N1 flu' throughout Alabama, and other southern states over at

My links won't get you all the information here (phone blogging is such a joy...) So get to TN Preppers and check it out for yourself.

Of course, most folks will immediately label me off as paranoid, which is fine with me :o). But it's rathering interesting to look ateverything happening and see some lines connecting. Pray I am just paranoid, because it's all about our children, our future.

The WHO and CDC stopped the straightline testing for H1N1 a couple months ago because it was just too overwhelming for individual county health offices to keep up to date.

As big a deal as they have made this entire past year about Tamiflu-resistant H1N1, the strength of the mutated virus after the southern hemishpere went through their winter season, etc. They decide as North American starts the traditional winter scope, to essentially halt the nitty-gritty testing?? We have been waiting for a YEAR NOW, watching the various outbreaks around the world to set a gauge for what we could potentially be up against here as we start flu season...and now they decide to change to rules of the game?

We stopped hearing about the worst cases striking elderly, chronically ill, and seemingly healthy young adults and all we hear now is how the children, those in schools, daycares, etc are hit the worst. And, of course, the lovely media blitzes about mandatory vaccinations in US schools being a very viable option.

I'm just paranoid, remember, but seems they have lined up exactly how it was intended in the first place...with the children. Without the proper testing to verify H1N1, there's little isolation being done to prevent outbreaks. Keeping a serious cloud of doubt as to what virus is actually hitting our schools works in their favor topush those mandatory vaccinations hard this year. And, of course, if they strike our heart strings using our children, there is far less argument involved.
Elderly don't count for much, just look at the ObamaCare plans.
And young adults sign their own consent.
But we will eagerly parade our youngest into shot clinics any time they put out a distress call.

But I'm paranoid.

Swine Flu or Stomach Virus In US Schools?
I found a very interesting article in my daily readings about the H1N1 Swine Flu today and wanted to share it with you all here, so you can have the most recent information at your fingertips.
From: Recombinomics - August 26, 2009
Link: Misinformation Linked to Explosion of Swine Flu in US Schools
Excerpt:A high number of students at Sylacauga city schools are reporting being sick, but it appears to be a stomach virus doing most of the damage right now instead of the H1N1 strain of influenza that has worried health officials around the world.

Lisa McGrady, the school system's registered nurse, said students are fighting off strep throat, the flu and a stomach virus which are all making the rounds right now.McGrady said her main complaint has been the stomach virus with students complaining of headaches and being nauseated but without any signs of fever.

The above comments describe a rapidly spreading pandemic H1N1 outbreak in Alabama (see map), but similar statements have been made by others regarding other swine flu outbreaks. 10-20% of the schools population is ill, and only a portion of the illnesses is attributed to swine flu.

However, swine flu causes sore throats, has a gastrointestinal component, and over 50% of infections have no fever. Consequently, the above comments suggest there is little swine flu, even though step throat and upset stomachs generally do not affect 10-20% of the student population in August.

In addition to the above outbreak, there are similar outbreaks throughout Alabama, as well as other states in the south (see map) where the school season started several weeks ago. These other outbreaks include students that are influenza A positive and have flu-like symptoms. However, even in those outbreaks officials are stating that swine flu hasn't been confirmed, even though there is little seasonal flu in August, and over 99% of influenza A positive infections are swine H1N1.

Thus, although it is clear that swine flu is spreading rapidly, the general public is confused by false statements by officials, testing limited to influenza A determinations, or the lack of any testing.

However, at this time of the year, it is clear that swine flu is accounting for the vast majority of absenteeism, and the infections include college as well as younger students. The older students are told to remain in their rooms and avoid health care centers because those facilities are being overwhelmed, and therefore cannot treat the more serious cases.

Because of the lack of testing, it remains unclear how many students are infected with Tamiflu resistant H1N1. Many schools are now recommending prophylactic Relenza, suggesting that Tamiflu resistance is more widespread than reported. Indeed the resistance may be contributing to the rapid spread and may be causing more significant problems in cases at risk patients.

The confusion caused by media broadcasts of misinformation should be addressed now, when diagnosis of swine flu can be accurately made in the absence of lab confirmation, and students lacking fever can be isolated

1 comment:

SouthernMom said...

Yeah it's going around down here. We live close to Sylacauga. Actually a county away. Infact I graduated from there. We have family in their school system. It is where we shop.

Derek and I have discussed locking down the hatches for a while.

Our county school has had their first confirmed case. My siblings go there. Clay county(I think you are fimilar with some folks there)has 9 cases(or so they say).

Our middle son has a doctor's appointment to have a rash looked at but we are skipping! No since in catching the flu getting a rash looked at. And I'm not risking the twins.

We may even skip church. Sick people like church for some reason. Oh and I just remembered that a boy we attend church with goes to Sylacauga High.


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