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State Labs Swamped with Test Specimens: US Swine Flu Cases Likely Higher

  • Fear is gripping the country. Many people are requesting to see the doctor and be tested and this has resulted in a flood of test specimens. Although, I think this is a bio-engineered weapon, I really hope I am wrong. A bio-engineered virus released into the population means someone wants to kill a lot of people. Pray that I am wrong.
     
  • Marilynn Marchione reports :
      
    Apr 30, 6:25 PM (ET)
    MILWAUKEE (AP) – A hundred cases of swine flu in the U.S.? Health officials say there are likely more. Just how many is not important, they say. As the world faces a potential pandemic, swamped labs are not testing all possible cases. Getting an exact tally has taken a back seat to finding new outbreak hot spots or ways to limits its spread, health officials said.
     
    “The specimens are coming in faster than they can possibly be tested,” said Dr. Jeffrey P. Davis, state epidemiologist in Wisconsin, where a lab helped spot the nation’s first known case, in a 10-year-old boy from San Diego.
     
    New York, which has more cases than any other U.S. location, also has had to limit the samples it tests, said Dr. Don Weiss of that city’s health department. “Sure, we’d want to diagnose every case, but we don’t have that resource,” he said. Instead of trying to confirm every sign of the virus, “we’re focused on where else is it going and how do we prevent it.”
     
    On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will start shipping kits so states can do their own swine flu tests. Until now, state labs could only rule out previously known flu strains and send suspicious samples to CDC. With the new kits from CDC, states will be able to declare presumed swine flu cases, allowing doctors to start treatment. Medicines to fight the virus, such as Tamiflu and Relenza, must be taken within 48 hours of first symptoms to do any good.
     
    Until now, many busy labs have been so overrun that they could do preliminary tests only on samples that meet a strict case definition or that involve people who traveled to Mexico. “The capacity of the state laboratories to test all the swabs is being exceeded,” said Dr. Paul Jarris, executive director of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials.
     
    Initially, labs just needed to detect the virus, he said. “Once it’s in the community, it’s not as important to detect every single case. You can actually treat based on the clinical picture.”
     
    Sending samples to CDC was “getting to be a challenge,” said Alabama State Health Officer Don Williamson. The first eight were negative, and the state lab had 29 more to test on Wednesday, he said. Without a confirmed case, state officials still took the precaution of ordering 1.5 million face masks and other supplies. “We are preparing for the worst while praying for the best,” Williamson said.
     
    CDC has had to be selective, too. The agency generally can process about 100 samples a night, said Michael Shaw, associate director for laboratory science. CDC has not said how many specimens they have received for testing.
     
    “As the number of specimens increases, the time slows down,” Shaw said. “It’s not just a matter of running tests. It takes time to unpack boxes, make a record of receiving, enter into the database.”
    The CDC added just 18 new cases to its official list on Thursday, and its acting director said it may stop doing confirmatory testing as the virus becomes more common in a community.
     
    “We may move away from case updates,” Dr. Richard Besser said. “The numbers become a little murkier, and we’ll focus more on where things are occurring and what that tells us about the spread of infection.”  The public may be surprised to know it’s not so important to have an exact tally, or to tell a person whether he or she has the germ, said Sharon Shea. She is director of infectious disease programs at the Association of Public Health Laboratories, the network of labs that work with CDC.
     
    “It’s not what people want to hear. As an individual, you want to know what’s making you sick,” she said. Each state’s epidemiologist will have to decide what samples should be tested, said Scott Becker, executive director of the lab association.
     
    The common cold and other viruses are also circulating and cause similar symptoms. In the last two days, the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene “had a huge spike,” about 150 samples of suspected swine flu cases, said its communicable disease chief, Pete Shult. Wisconsin has five probable cases awaiting CDC confirmation.
     
    Through a fluke, his lab helped confirm the nation’s first case. A private company doing a study of an experimental rapid flu test it wants to sell had agreed to send any samples that could not be typed to a more experienced lab – in this case, the Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation in Wisconsin. The clinic, in turn, had agreed to alert the state to any flu viruses that did not match a known strain.
     
    “I got a call on Good Friday. They had such a specimen,” he said. That was from the boy in San Diego who was the first known U.S. case of swine flu.
     
    The sample was tested on Monday, April 13, and shipped overnight to CDC, which confirmed it as the novel swine flu on Tuesday, April 14. The San Diego boy had fallen ill on March 30. Since then, the CDC and the public health lab association have suggested that state labs go back through samples since February to look for signs of the virus. At CDC, stored samples show no earlier sign of it, Shaw said.
     
    “That’s the odd thing about this. It just appeared out of the blue the last week of March,” he said. Shult said the hunt now is “an academic exercise” and a lower priority than testing the hundreds of samples that might help contain the outbreak. “I’m going to be trying to stay afloat” of the crush of current samples, he said.

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May 1, 2009 Posted by | Medicine & Health | , | 2 Comments

Fox News: Martial Law If It’s a Pandemic?

  • Something bad is about to happen to America. Americans need to wake up. Their government has been taken over by the Illuminati, New World Order ruling elite. America is now a corporatist fascist state. Will America be the military arm of this 4th World empire as prophesied in the Bible?? America will be sacrificed by these Satanic globalists to achieve their 1 World government. Wake up America!
     
  • Martial law soon??? The Big One that has been warned about by many for many years is INCOMING! Forced Vaccinations?? Summer of Hell is around the corner! America is being used as the testing ground for their planned implementation of a global police state. Micro-chipping, forced vaccination, state controlled propaganda MSM, state sponsored re-programming, re-education, eugenics cleansing, removal of undesirables…. people who don’t go along, who don’t comply….  .Paul J. Watson reports:
       
    A segment on Fox News’ Fox and Friends this morning explored the issue of whether a swine flu pandemic could result in a declaration of martial law in America and a suspension of constitutional rights.
     
    “If it becomes a pandemic, you could lose some simple rights – like going to the movies,” said host Steve Doocy, before introducing legal analyst Peter J. Johnson, Jr. “People in our government need to start thinking about how, if this actually becomes a pandemic, how it’s going to affect our daily life and our rights,” said Johnson, before asking if people who try to escape quarantines or refuse mandatory vaccinations would face jail time.
     
    Johnson added that Americans were willing to give up rights in order to “stay alive” but that an orderly discussion of how that would happen needs to take place. Closing schools, closing the border, forcibly quarantining Americans and eliminating the right to freely assemble, including preventing people from going to shopping malls, were all mentioned as possibilities.
     
    “What about legislatures? What about the U.S. Congress? What about courts of law? What about not impaneling juries because we don’t want to have public assemblies?” asked Johnson.
     
    “Plus the possibility of martial law, but that’s a whole other conversation,” added Doocy, with Johnson responding, “not going there”.
     
  • See also :
     
    Steve Quayle: Martial Law Coming This Summer?
    Alan Keyes: Government Will Stage Terror, Declare Martial Law!

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Dr. Sherri Tenpenny: Mexican Design Virus?

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Dr Rebecca Carley on Swine Flu Threat Level 5

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US Senator: Banksters “Own” the Congress!

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Texas Doctor Claims Swine Flu Cases Far Worse Than Reported, Level 6 Pandemic In Effect

  • We should always maintain a healthy skepticism in what we read. What is stated in this article is alarming. Alex Jones’ PrisonPlanet is a credible source. If anyone out there can confirm, clarify or give more factual confirmation or denial, it would be greatly appreciated. Trust but verify. In events that are very fast moving, it is often difficult to get a clear picture. There are also dis-information agents out to make good people look bad, to destroy their credibility. Paul Joseph Watson reports:
      
    Thursday, April 30, 2009
    Up to 25 times more victims than official figure, hospitals overwhelmed, virus already at level 6 pandemic phase
     
    A doctor in Texas claims that swine flu cases are at least ten times worse than officials are letting on, and that hospitals are becoming overwhelmed as the virus has already crossed the threshold to be considered a phase 6 global pandemic.
     
    Dr. Marcus Gitterle, an emergency medicine physician based out of New Braunfels, Texas, sent out an internal alert which contains several stunning claims about swine flu that, if true, officials have presumably sought to keep from the public.
     
    “After I returned from a public health meeting yesterday with community leaders and school officials in Comal County and Hays County, (name removed) suggested I send an update to my patients in the area, because what we are hearing privately from the CDC and Health Department is different from what you are hearing in the media,” writes Gitterle.
     
    The doctor claims that the actual number of confirmed cases of swine flu is 10 to 25 times worse than has been reported, and that people are not recovering easily, as has been claimed, but that many Americans are in fact seriously ill.
        
    “The way they fudge on reporting this is that it takes 3 days to get the confirmatory nod from the CDC on a given viral culture, but based on epidemiological grounds, we know that there are more than 10 cases for each “confirmed” case right now,” claims Gitterle.
     
    “This has not been in the media, but a 23 month old in Houston is fighting for his life, and a pregnant woman just south of San Antonio is fighting for her life,” he writes.
     
    Gitterle’s mention of a “23 month old in Houston” obviously refers to the Mexican toddler who died on Monday night and was announced as the first U.S. fatality on Tuesday morning.
     
    Quick access to drugs like Tamiflu and Relenza, as well as ventilators, is preventing fatalities on the scale of Mexico, but Gitterle warns that “within a couple of weeks, regional hospitals will likely become overwhelmed”.
     
    Gitterle warns, “ER’s south of here are becoming overwhelmed — and I mean that — already. It is coming in waves, but the waves are getting bigger.”
     
    The doctor states that the severity of the situation has already crossed the threshold of the definition of a WHO phase 6 pandemic. “This has not happened in any of our lifetimes so far. We are in uncharted territory,” he writes.
     
    Gitterle claims that President Obama is being advised to declare a national emergency and that this could happen within the next 48 hours. “This may not happen, but if it doesn’t, I will be surprised. When this happens, all public gathering will be cancelled for 10 days minimum,” writes the doctor.
     
    Gitterle advises people to avoid all public gatherings, especially those held indoors, to avoid going to their ER if they feel ill, and to take the nutritional supplements N-Acetyl-Cysteine and Oscillococinum. He recommends Relenza as a more powerful drug than Tamiflu but warns that supplies of both drugs are running out fast.
     
    The doctor states that swine flu is infectious for about two days prior to symptom onset and that the virus can spread for more than seven days after symptom onset. The symptoms are the same as normal flu, although it has been discovered that swine flu causes a distinctive “hoarseness” in many victims.
     
    “Since it is such a novel (new) virus, there is no “herd immunity,” so the “attack rate” is very high. This is the percentage of people who come down with a virus if exposed. Almost everyone who is exposed to this virus will become infected, though not all will be symptomatic. That is much higher than seasonal flu, which averages 10-15%. The “clinical attack rate” estimation from CDC and WHO may be around 40-50%. This is the number of people who show symptoms. This is a huge number. It is hard to convey the seriousness of this to those outside of the medical fields,” he writes.

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May 1, 2009 Posted by | Medicine & Health | | 1 Comment

Australian Government: Stock Enough Food for 14 days. But Don’t Panic!

  • This is good advice. Syney Morning Herald reports:
     
    AUSTRALIANS have been advised to stockpile food and water after the World Health Organisation raised its swine flu alert to phase five yesterday, indicating an imminent pandemic.The Federal Government’s pandemic plan, a 132-page manual issued to medics, media and the public, insists that once the world reaches phase five, Australians should stock their pantries with food and bottled water to last 14 days, check on elderly neighbours and put emergency numbers by the phone.
     
    But yesterday a spokesman for the Department of Health and Ageing called for calm, saying the Government did not want to spark panic buying – ignoring its own plan, already issued to hospitals across the nation.”I agree that is it confusing,” the spokesman said, admitting he had not read the pandemic plan despite being employed to answer questions about it from national media. “The manual may say people should be preparing but we don’t want a run at the shops,” he said.WHO’s updated alert, one step short of a full pandemic, was announced yesterday after a toddler in the US became the first to die of the disease outside Mexico.
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    No cases have been confirmed in Australia yet, but 40 million masks have been stockpiled for delivery to hospitals and medical centres. Mortuaries and clinical waste management services have been ordered to prepare for increased activity.
    The manual says health workers will be given extra gowns, gloves and anti-viral medications and front-line staff will be trained to deal with people who are frightened or panicked by the impending pandemic.If Australian cases are confirmed, elective surgery might be cancelled and some hospitals might be used exclusively for flu victims.
     
    Residents are advised to stock their pantries with drinks, including three litres of water for each person each day, dried and long-life food such as canned meals, toilet paper, batteries, candles, matches, manual can openers and water sterilising tablets. Analgesics, masks, gloves, a thermometer, disinfectant and prescription medications should also be stockpiled and people should have enough supplies to stay in their homes for 14 days.Householders should also have plenty of tissues, alcohol-based hand-wash dispensers in kitchens and bathrooms, and soap and disposable towels near all sinks, the manual says.
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    Australia’s chief medical officer, Jim Bishop, said people should be vigilant but not alarmed. Tests being carried out on 114 Australians, including 51 in NSW, were precautionary, he said. “They’re not people we think have swine flu.”
     
    Late yesterday, the WHO reported 151 confirmed cases in 12 countries. Up to 118 people in 16 countries are also suspected of having the disease.
     
    The management plan predicts that if this pandemic is as severe as that of 1918, 2.1 million people could be affected, 25,000 could die and up to 50 per cent of the workforce could be off sick. 

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