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Swine Flu in the NYC Area

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Passengers from an international flight are pictured on a thermal scanner monitor as they have their temperatures checked upon arrival at the Sukarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta on April 28, 2009 as the region steps up its checks on travellers due to the outbreak of swine flu in Mexico.  Indonesia suspended pork imports and increased body-temperature scanners at airports as senior officials tried to calm fears that swine flu had spread to the country.   (BAY ISMOYO/AFP/Getty Images)

Passengers from an international flight are pictured on a thermal scanner monitor as they have their temperatures checked upon arrival at the Sukarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta on April 28, 2009 (BAY ISMOYO/AFP/Getty Images)

Local officials say there will be more updates on the swine flu outbreak today. The New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Richard Daines will hold a press conference later this morning, and his New York City counterpart this afternoon. So far, all the cases -- 28 confirmed by medical testing, 17 listed as 'probable' -- have been linked to St. Francis Preparatory School in Queens.

Yesterday, city officials said other cases are being investigated, but they refused to say how many or where they were. They also said federal authorities are shipping 'thousands' of additional doses of Tamiflu to New York City to 'pre-position' a stockpile in case the outbreak spreads. Tamiflu is one of the only medications considered effective against the H1N1 strain of swine flu.

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Comments [10]

steve's wife

Tracking disease is not new. In 1938-Nazi Germany targeted one segment of society they thought responsible for spreading disease, the JEWS. A law was passed that ALL JEWS had to register their every piece of property they owned into a massive database. IT worked. The Gestapo knew exactly who to raid by the value of their art and jewelry. We know the rest of the story, a minor event called the Holocaust!

In the same time period, the Russian Communist Govt under Stalin starved millions in the most fertile part of the country because the law stated that ALL the grain they grew and their lands belonged to the govt! They were not even allowed to eat what they grew!

Jul. 08 2009 09:03 AM
Jerry Cunningham

NAIS is bad for America. Period. It is good for BigAg and bad for sustainable agriculture.

Educate yourself on CAFO's - Confined Animal Feeding Operations. This is where almost all disease outbreaks occur, not on family farms with pastures for their animals.

May. 01 2009 05:14 AM
Barbara S

Tim,
Swine flu is being spread by people, not swine, and NAIS is not a food safety program. Even USDA admitted that in their 2006 User Guide.
IF....swine flu originated on a factory farm in Mexico, NAIS will actually make this type of scenario more likely by wiping out small farms and concentrating more food production in CAFOs (factory farms) where the animals are stressed and living in close contact - a perfect recipe for spreading disease. Why do you think they feed antibiotics to apparently healthy animals? This is one reason why we are seeing more and more antibiotic resistant bacteria. NAIS isn't useful for disease control, only damage control. The small farmers will pay the price for Big Ag's disasters.

Apr. 30 2009 03:59 PM
Tim

This is why we need nais,to help pinpoint and stop the spread of outbreaks related to animals.Wake up people we need to be able to track our food supply.

Apr. 29 2009 08:45 PM
jublez

I have been checking on this swine flu tracking website http://www.swine-flu-tracker.com/ on and off for the last couple of days now and its kinda scary seeing how it this strain of flu is spreading.

Apr. 29 2009 09:50 AM
esbee

Thanks Mike for alerting people to the NAIS...it is such a ridiculous program and designed to help big ag but the rest of us have to pay/support it yet we get no benefits nor profits. How does my telling the govt where i ride my horse ensure the Japanese are eating safe American beef?

Apr. 28 2009 06:08 PM
Tom Twitty

Like Karen said, we were too at the Marriot in the month of March celebrating the carnival season, we too had the new flu that Karen referred to. But in our case we went to the doctor and resulted that we all had food poisoning. We commented that to the hotel, and according, not only us, but a whole group that also suffered from the food poisoning in several levels, got compensations, from free drinks, breakfast to dinners at the Ruth Steak house located on their propery.

I called today some friends who have condos over there and they assured me that there are no cases of the new flu in Aruba and some of their friends when they got in, had to go though inspections and had to filled special forms regarding their health and if had any contact with sick people and locations. When I told them about the situation back in March, I was told that during that rainy season there were around hundred reported cases of Dengue, which has the same symptoms as the flu.

Tom Twitty
AL

Apr. 28 2009 06:06 PM
Mike Murphy

Interesting information from the neighbors of a factory farm in Mexico who believe it to be the cause:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090428/ap_on_re_la_am_ca/lt_swine_flu_mexico_ground_zero

Yet another reason it is unethical to enable a handful of big agribusinesses to profit at the expense of the rest of us.

For those following the swine flu story concerned about a possible pandemic, you should be concerned about a program being fought by many small farmers in the US right now that can have a direct affect on your family's health. The program, National Animal Identification System (NAIS), falsely labeled as a disease control program, is designed to help big agribusiness at the expense of small farmers and every person who owns even one animal.

It is hard to believe that most people still don't know that factory farms concentrating animals in confinement spread diseases while small family farms with animals on grass in the sunshine minimize diseases by allowing manure to be spread out in small amounts quickly utilized by the soil. What kind of farm would you rather live next to?

NAIS will encourage the wrong kind of farms while shutting down the right kind. NAIS takes agriculture in the wrong direction, against nature. But remember, nature always bats last.

Allowing NAIS to go through will enable the factory farms with manure lagoons breeding the next pandemic, exposing millions to increased risk of death from disease.

Contact your representatives and tell them to stop NAIS. (now watch the apologists for factory farms and proponents of giving up your rights come out of the woodwork)

Remember, an eartag never stopped a disease.

Mike Murphy
Michigan

Apr. 28 2009 12:16 PM
Karen

Revised

A friend of mine who developed the flu last month in Aruba sure that what she had was swine flu. She had had a flu shot, yet along with many, many other tourists at her Aruba Marriott hotel, came down with a disease whose symptoms were high fever, headache, body aches, loss of appetite etc. She told me that she is absolutely certain, having heard the symptoms of the new "swine flu,." that this is what she and everyone else had in Aruba in March. (The fact that many others, including those who, like my friend, had gotten flu shots, became ill is another indication that what they had was a “new” flu virus.) The disease lasted four days and ended with a lingering cough. She’s now fine.

If my friend is right — and she is adamant, and also very smart — then, as WHO spokepersons have suggested, this flu may have been around for months, and is generally not lethal. I don’t know what is going on in Mexico. My friend thinks that there may have been a mutation in Mexico City of a "new" bug that has been traveling around the world for several months. If so, then that would explain why the NY kids who went to the Yucatan on spring break did not get very sick; they got the OLD new flu, whereas there is now a NEW new flu in Mexico city.

Apr. 28 2009 11:55 AM
Karen

A friend of mine who developed the flu last month in Aruba sure that what she had was swine flu. She had had a flu shot, yet along with many, many other tourists at her Aruba Marriot hotel, came down with a disease whose symptoms were high fever, headache, body aches, loss of appetite etc. She told me that she is absolutely certain, having heard the symptoms, that this is what she and everyone else had. (The fact that many others, including those who, like my friend, had gotten flu shots, became ill, is another indication that what they had was a "new" flu virus.) The disease lasted four days and ended with a lingering cough. She's now fine.

If my friend is right -- and she is adamant, and also very smart -- then, as WHO spokepersons have suggested, this flu may have been around for months, and is generally not lethal. I don't know what is going on in Mexico. My friend thinks that there might have been a mutation in Mexico of a bug that has been traveling around the world for some time. If so, then that would explain why the NY kids who went to the Yucatan on spring break did not get sick; they got the OLD new flu, whereas there is now a NEW new flu in Mexicao city.

Apr. 28 2009 11:52 AM

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