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Swine Flu. Are we in big trouble with this then?

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Meglet Sat 25-Apr-09 21:20:34

This sounds worse than the bird flu that thankfully never really happened.

Sky news have a press conference on now about possible cases in new york. When do we start panic buying wink.

boredwithmyoldname Sat 25-Apr-09 21:22:13

and SARS, that never really happened, and West Nile virus..

I'm quaking in my boots

HecatesTwopenceworth Sat 25-Apr-09 21:22:52

Well, we're about due for a pandemic that wipes a few million out.

<dresses entire family in hazmat suits>

Meglet Sat 25-Apr-09 21:30:28

It seems to be moving frighteningly fast.

boredwithmyoldname Sat 25-Apr-09 21:36:37

Meglet you do seem worried.. I don't think you need to start panicking.

MsMargotBeauregarde Sat 25-Apr-09 21:44:03

I just saw this on the Spanish news, outbreak in Mexico. Blimey. Looks bad. There's no vaccine either.

Sidge Sat 25-Apr-09 21:45:33

I mentioned this to DH after I had heard about it on the radio news.

HIs answer - "don't answer the door to anyone wearing a sombrero".

Flightattendant25 Sat 25-Apr-09 21:46:42

I am scared too but I get scared about everything. It looks like not that many people have died.

boredwithmyoldname Sat 25-Apr-09 21:47:01

lol Sidge grin

AmazingMabel Sat 25-Apr-09 21:47:24

New York now chaps.

AmazingMabel Sat 25-Apr-09 21:48:15

And my contact in America is saying it's in Kansas too. (Though I never trust an American wink )

Meglet Sat 25-Apr-09 21:49:18

boredwithmyoldname I worry about everything grin.

boredwithmyoldname Sat 25-Apr-09 21:53:34

well i will bet my trousers you won't catch swine flu grin

go and eat a bacon sandwich that will cheer you up

Flightattendant25 Sat 25-Apr-09 21:55:32

really? Do you know about these things Bwmon?

(thought I saw you on other thread but can't function well enough to have a search..)

boredwithmyoldname Sat 25-Apr-09 21:58:58

hi flight
yes i posted about this happening a month after sanofi pasteur announced they were building a big plant in Mexico to manufacture flu vaccine and prepare for a pandemic

very serendipitous

i lived through sars and face masks and schools closing and was impressed by the level of panic -- perhaps I am a bit too cynical about these things

llareggub Sat 25-Apr-09 21:59:15

Better activate that zombie plan then.

Meglet Sat 25-Apr-09 22:00:20

flightattendant just saw your other thread. Go to bed and don't keep reading scary stuff! smile I hope some sleep helps.

BWMON they would have to be Quorn bacon sarnies.

Habbibu Sat 25-Apr-09 22:00:52

Is there evidence of sustained human-to-human transmission yet, or is it contact with pigs only? I think it's impossible to produce a vaccine until there is h-to-h transmission, as that involves a virus mutation.

Anyway, latest WHO update is here.

Ivykaty44 Sat 25-Apr-09 22:04:16

Yes I do beleive there is evidence of transmition between humans and 60 people have died already and 1000 people have been effected with the illness - so a high death rate if caught.

They seem to think that some flu jabs will combat the illness - who knows the vulnerable may still get by as they have had jabs.

The last big one was after WW1, ore died of the flu than in the war.....

Meglet Sat 25-Apr-09 22:04:34

Radio 4 news just said it is human to human.

Ivykaty44 Sat 25-Apr-09 22:07:10

We will be fine... nothing to worry about

merlinthehappypig Sat 25-Apr-09 22:12:55

I read there have been, (non-fatal), cases in Texas where my brother lives, and even though I know Texas is HUGE I am worried. Even more worried since dh pointed out that all it takes is for someone infected to travel on a plane, (we live near Gatwick). He was joking but I know I will worry about it now.

AmazingMabel Sat 25-Apr-09 22:13:58

merlin, why would he be joking? It's true. It probably arived at Heathrow/Gatwick this morning.

TwoIfBySea Sat 25-Apr-09 22:14:23

Don't mean to put the wasp down the knickers here but NHS 24 have been doing extra training for a flu pandemic. So preparations have started then.

Wheres my hankies?

Flightattendant25 Sat 25-Apr-09 22:14:27

stop it you lot

really stop it

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