Posts Tagged ‘swine flu’

Stossel & Fumento on the swine flu hysteria

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

John Stossel has an article on Swine Flu Hysteria which points out what Michael Fumento has been saying all along:

Michael Fumento writes that the facts on swine flu hardly live up to the months of hype

What Michael has been saying is,

Hidden within the latest edition of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s
FluView was this sentence: “The proportion of deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza was below the epidemic threshold”…

You may recall all those additional deaths we were supposed to suffer as a result of swine flu – 30,000 to 90,000, according to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (a number I previously disputed)…

But like New Zealand and Australia, the United States can actually expect considerably fewer overall flu deaths because of the swine flu…

Only 161 new infections were reported to CDC-monitored labs last week, compared to 11,470 at the epidemic’s mid-October peak.

Michael adds,

in addition to the usual bureaucratic desire for growth in power and budget, the WHO was seeking to cover its tracks for an earlier hysteria – that of avian flu. Moreover, it has been remarkably open (Even if I’m the only one to report on it) about seeking to exploit swine flu to engineer hard-left political change including the redistribution of wealth between countries and instituting “social justice.”

That‘s what the fuss is really about.

Mexicans shanghaied in China over swine flu

Monday, May 4th, 2009

The latest headline on the swine flu: China Forces Dozens of Mexican Travelers Into Quarantine

The A/H1N1 flu outbreak is leading to a potential diplomatic row between China and Mexico, as Chinese health authorities round up and quarantine scores of Mexicans — only one of whom is thus far reported to be sick — as they fly in on business and holiday trips.

Mexico’s foreign minister said Mexican citizens with no signs of infection had been isolated in “unacceptable conditions” in China. Patricia Espinosa told a news conference Saturday that such measures were “discriminatory and ungrounded” and that the government is advising Mexicans to stay away from China.

She also criticized four Latin American countries — Argentina, Peru, Ecuador and Cuba — for suspending flights coming from Mexico against the recommendation of the World Health Organization.

More than 70 Mexicans are in isolation around China, according to Mexican officials, and that number is rising as Mexican travelers call in to their embassy to report their plight.

China has been rounding up all travelers aboard an AeroMéxico flight that arrived Thursday in Shanghai from Mexico with a 25-year-old Mexican man, who is now ill with human swine flu in Hong Kong. He is the only known Mexican sufferer in China to date. However, Mexicans on other flights say they have been singled out for harsh treatment.

Gustavo Carrillo, a 36-year-old manager of a Mexican technology company in China who lives in Beijing, was taken off his Continental Airlines plane Saturday and rushed into quarantine at a Beijing hotel. He had traveled to the U.S. from China on a business trip and hadn’t visited Mexico.

Mr. Carrillo said health officials took the temperatures of other passengers after the plane landed, but didn’t check his after they saw his Mexican passport. Instead, they led him down the aisle past gawking passengers. “It was embarrassing and humiliating,” he said.

Mexicans who were on the flight to Shanghai with the 25-year-old flu victim complain about how China has enforced its quarantine, offering little information and only basic medical testing. Among them is a family of five, including three young children, who transited to Beijing. They were roused from their hotel room in the Chinese capital in the early hours of Saturday and whisked to an infectious diseases hospital. There, according to the father, Carlos Doormann, AeroMéxico’s finance director, they were isolated in a room with bloodstained sheets and what appeared to be mucus smeared on the walls.

While this is happening, James Fallows reports that

the relief flight to take stranded Chinese citizens back home from Mexico, announced yesterday, has been canceled because of trouble reaching “landing agreements” with Mexican airport authorities.

The hysteria continues.

And no, I couldn’t resist that post title.

In today’s podcast at 11AM Eastern Michael Fumento talks about his article, The Price Of A Porcine Panic: A gut punch to the economy.

Michael, who has written several books on pandemics, has kept an eye on the swine flu news:
Early Calculations Show Swine Flu Hard to Transmit
Mexico’s Devastating Failure to Compare Swine Flu to Seasonal Flu
So just how lethal is swine flu?
More posts at Fumento.com

You can listen to the podcast here, and it’s archived for your convenience.

He said, he said

Friday, May 1st, 2009

Biden said,

Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy

Gibbs says Biden said,

Doug Ross has the threat level alert (click on image):

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The swine flu Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Yes, everybody is talking about the Mexican swine flu, and ironically I had to delay this Carnival since I was down with a cold.

No need to panic over this flu, but make sure to take any flu seriously.

LATIN AMERICA
Final declaration of the Summit of the Americas

No mas venas abiertas para America Latina

The war on mining: Fighting back

Obama goes south: An analysis of the Summit of the Americas

Alvaro Vargas Llosa: The Idiot’s Bible

Selenium Overdose Caused Deaths of Polo Horses

FARC guerrillas charged with conspiracy to aid foreign terrorists

BOLIVIA
Chabad House in Bolivia raided by police

Croatia: Morales murder plot suspect ‘wanted to form separatist army’

Biometric Voter Registration: the Ace Up the Sleeve of Evo Morales

BRAZIL
Ahmadinejad to Visit Latin America Next Month

Ahmadinejad no Brasil (link in Portuguese)

COLOMBIA
FARC guerrillas charged with conspiracy to aid foreign terrorists

Finnish connection found on computer of Colombian guerrillas

Kidnapping in Colombia How many hostages? More than the government claims

CUBA
The short night of the long knives

Venezuela names new envoy to Cuba

The Right Deal on Cuba

How Fidel Snookered Everyone: The summit exposed Castro’s peers in Latin America, not Obama, as the real innocents abroad. Jorge Castañeda is an idiot – Part 2

Mijail Capote Aranda, Cuban Political Prisoner of the Week, 4/26/09

Castro brothers’ power struggle may doom Obama’s overtures

ECUADOR
Ecuador president claims poll win

Ecuador’s election: Revolution! Please give generously. Rafael Correa has his country’s politics firmly under control, its economy much less so

JAMAICA
Strangeways here we come

MEXICO
Is that an anti-aircraft gun in your pocket?

Experts probe deadly Mexico flu

The flu and the festival

Swine flu started at Vera Cruz pork processor?

Plan Would Deploy Guard Near Mexico
$350 Million Effort Aimed at Drug War

NICARAGUA
Judge throws out Dole “bananeros” cases, citing fraud

PARAGUAY
Lugo pide perdón por escándalo de paternidad

Paraguay President asks for forgiveness over paternity claim scandal
Fernando Lugo, the President of Paraguay and a former Roman Catholic bishop, has asked for forgiveness over a scandal in which he is facing paternity claims.

La telenovela que desconcierta

Fernando Lugo pede perdão por escândalo

Le président du Paraguay, Fernando Lugo, confesse avoir eu un enfant quand il était ecclésiastique

Bayly on Lugo (in Spanish):

And then Fernando Lugo’s brother, Pompeyo, on the rumors about Fernando and the Argentinian chorus girl, plus Alan Garcia’s poncho:

PERU
Peru grants asylum to Venezuelan opposition leader

TRINIDAD
The Fifth Summit of the Americas – Ego vs Cuba vs Rhetoric

VENEZUELA
Venezuela – Iran Foreign Relations

In praise of Rosales

In Defense of Appeasement

Government shows its true colors now that Rosales has been neutralized

No 10′s Venezuelan ‘workie’ could write next Budget

Obama and the Pundits: Wrong on the handshake, wrong about Chavez

Surprise!… HuffPo Blogger Sean Penn Defends His Buddy Hugo Chavez

Interpol seeks arrest of opposition leader

Heroes

Red Notice for Rosales

Fist-bumping with despots

CULTURE
Poland ‘to ban’ Che Guevara image
The iconic image of Che Guevara found adorning students’ walls and t-shirts across the world could be banned in Poland under a government proposal to outlaw materials that incite “fascism and totalitarian systems”.

IMMIGRATION
Cyber Attacks and Our Southern Border

Special thanks to Ada, the Baron, Eneas, Irish Spy, Larwyn, Maggie and SamK.

UPDATE
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The PC flu

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Infecting health authorities in our government, the politically-correct flu:
U.S. officials want ‘swine’ out of flu name

What’s in a name? U.S. pork producers are finding that the name of the virus spreading from Mexico is affecting their business, prompting U.S. officials to argue for changing the name from swine flu.

At a news briefing, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack took pains to repeatedly refer to the flu as the “H1N1 virus.”

“This is not a food-borne illness, virus. It is not correct to refer to it as swine flu because really that’s not what this is about,” Vilsack said.

Israeli authorities are not victims of PC-flu-ness, however, calling it the Mexico flu,

Israel has already rejected the name swine flu, and opted to call it “Mexico flu.” Jewish dietary laws forbid eating pork.

But the French don’t want to blame the pigs,

The Paris-based World Organization for Animal Health also objected to the name, saying the virus contains avian and human components and no pig so far has been found ill with the disease.

But hey, some farmers want to call it the North American flu. That way Mexicans, Americans and Canadians (hey!) deflect blame from the piggies.

Clearly one can not catch the flu from eating bacon, which is exactly what I had for breakfast. M’m bacon!

But I digress.

Any variety of flu is a serious illness. Severe cases attack organs of the body and can lead to death. I found out the hard way twelve years ago when I came thisclose to buying the farm from a very severe flu. If you have the flu, this is what you must do:
1. stay home, get in bed and stay there.
2. Continue to take fluids.
3. If you have a high fever, go to the doctor. Insist on Tamiflu.
4. Get back in bed. If you live alone make sure to have a friend or relative drop by every day and check you out in person (Skype phone calls won’t do, thank you).
5. Don’t expect that, no matter how lousy you feel, the flu “will run its course.” You must seek medical attention.

Again, no need to panic over swine flu, H1N1 or whatever name you want to call it. Just know that any kind of flu must be cared for.

UPDATE
More government spending coming up:

In case anyone missed the implication, the announcement then decreed: “The spending bill currently traveling through Congress should again ensure the CDC has the resources it needs.”

UPDATE 2
As always, Scott is only a day or two ahead of the headlines.

Swine flu, drug wars, earthquake, and death?

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Mexico’s version of the four horsemen, only without an Apocalypse?

Not quite as bad as that. The photos at El Universal show that office workers had to evacuate buildings but there were no damages to people or property, according to their article.

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Indeed, the photo above shows office workers gathered outside their building while a staff member holds a sign, “First floor”, so the employees can be located and accounted for.

More from the Beeb,

Map

Earthquake hits southern Mexico

A strong earthquake has struck south of Mexico’s capital, Mexico City, causing buildings to shake and prompting workers to rush out on to the streets.

The quake had a magnitude of 5.6, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

The USGS said the quake had hit 240km (150 miles) south of the capital. There were no reports of injuries.

I’ll be posting the Carnival of Latin America either later today, or tomorrow. Right now I’m under the weather with a cold.

Swine flu, and other swine: 15 Minutes on Latin America

Monday, April 27th, 2009

In today’s podcast at 11AM Eastern,
An update on the Mexican swine flu, and more on Paraguay’s priapic padre, Fernando Lugo.

More links on the flu:
El Universal has a map of the most affected areas in Mexico and up-to-date coverage.
Swine-flu outbreak linked to Smithfield factory farms
Mexican Lawmaker: Factory Farms Are “Breeding Grounds” of Swine Flu Pandemic

But the industry statement that this disease was not transmitted from pigs to people contradicts virtually all Mexican government statements so far, including Mexico’s Health Minister, Jose Angel Cordova, who said the virus, “mutated from pigs, and then at some point was transmitted to humans.” Whether they were Mexican pigs or not remains a mystery, of course.

Captain Marlow has more links on the flu.

More links
Swine flu started at Vera Cruz pork processor?
The Truth Is The First Victim Of Swine Flu
Why they blame Republicans for the swine flu

Mexican schools shut down due to swine flu

Saturday, April 25th, 2009

Just in time for cinco de mayo,

Fighting Deadly Flu, Mexico Shuts Schools

Mexican officials, scrambling to control a swine flu outbreak that has killed as many as 61 people and infected possibly hundreds more in recent weeks, closed museums and shuttered schools for millions of students in and around the capital on Friday, and urged people with flu symptoms to stay home from work.

The new strain contains gene sequences from North American and Eurasian swine flus, North American bird flu and North American human flu, said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A similar virus has been found in the American Southwest, where officials have reported eight nonfatal cases.

Most of Mexico’s dead were young, healthy adults, and none were over 60 or under 3 years old, the World Health Organization said. That alarms health officials because seasonal flus cause most of their deaths among infants and bedridden elderly people, but pandemic flus — like the 1918 Spanish flu, and the 1957 and 1968 pandemics — often strike young, healthy people the hardest.

How bad is it?

Because of the situation, the World Health Organization planned to consider raising the world pandemic flu alert to 4 from 3. Such a high level of alert — meaning that sustained human-to-human transmission of a new virus has been detected — has not been reached in recent years, even with the H5N1 avian flu circulating in Asia and Egypt, and would “really raise the hackles of everyone around the world,” said Dr. Robert G. Webster, a flu virus expert at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.

And here in the US,

There is no point in trying to use containment measures in the United States, he said, because the swine flu virus has already appeared from San Antonio to San Diego, without any obvious connections among cases. Containment measures usually work only when a disease is confined to a small area, he said.

Have a nice weekend.

Post updated to show photo and link to BBC article.