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April 27, 2009 – Comments (3)

I have been following the swine flu story since it broke on Friday.

Of major concern is that it killed so many in the 25 to 45 age group, however, although it is of concern with the WHO, it is still rated at a concern level of 3 on a scale of 1 to 6.

What is quite interesting about it to me is that all the other countries that have found cases of it are reporting mild symptoms in the people who have caught it.  Why is it killing 25 to 45 year olds in Mexico and behaving like a mild flu for people from other countries?

I did a bit of research on pandemic response and the US has spent something like $1.5 billion stockpiling anti-viral drugs.  Somewhere else I read that there is enough stockpiled for 50 million people and 25% is being strategically deployed ready to respond in case this thing gets serious.

 

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#1) On April 27, 2009 at 10:10 AM, Babachrono (81.59) wrote:

Yes, the US keeps a strategic stock pile of many different multipurpose meds and can deploy large amount in a limited time.  Specifically the problems with fatalities in Mexico vs. US or Europe is purely the level of medical care and culture of the people.  In Mexico many people try to self heal at home, while in the US and Europe many people can flock to medical care, and more advanced that is more readily accessible.  Also, the theories that I've heard is that they think there's several different strains, and one may be worse than another.

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#2) On April 27, 2009 at 10:10 AM, Babachrono (81.59) wrote:

Yes, the US keeps a strategic stock pile of many different multipurpose meds and can deploy large amount in a limited time.  Specifically the problems with fatalities in Mexico vs. US or Europe is purely the level of medical care and culture of the people.  In Mexico many people try to self heal at home, while in the US and Europe many people can flock to medical care, and more advanced that is more readily accessible.  Also, the theories that I've heard is that they think there's several different strains, and one may be worse than another.

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#3) On April 27, 2009 at 11:00 AM, Entrepreneur58 (36.53) wrote:

A virus mutates very quickly.  It either gets more deadly or less deadly.  If it gets more deadly, and this is the paradox, you're better off getting it now than later.

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