Flu deaths continue to increase

Flu deaths continue to increase

There are 2 comments on the BBC story from Dec 30, 2010, titled Flu deaths continue to increase. In it, BBC reports that:

Thirty-nine people in the UK have now died with flu-like illnesses this winter, figures show.

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Since: Nov 10

Warrington, UK

#1 Dec 31, 2010
Several British tabloids and news organisations have exaggerated the effects of the H1N1 virus, and have associated the disease solely with pigs. The press and the media have no right to alarm the public with such trivial information in relation to approximately thirty H1N1 influenza related deaths.

According to CNN.com , regular influenza causes 36,000 deaths in the United States each year, and that the H1N1 virus would have a long way to go to match the regular influenza yearly mortality rate.

US population 310,548,000 in 2010
UK population 61,792,000.00 in 2010
World population 6,891,000,000 in 2010

36,000 people in the United States die from REGULAR INFLUENZA each year, and that figure may not include other respiratory related illnesses, or complications such as meningitis etc.

The new strain of H1N1 virus caused about 17,000 deaths WORLDWIDE from around April 2009, to the beginning of 2010. On August 10, 2010, the WHO declared the H1N1 influenza pandemic over, and said that flu activity had returned to typical seasonal patterns.

Direct transmission of an influenza virus from pigs to humans is occasionally possible, and is called zoonotic swine flu. 50 human cases are known to have occurred since the virus was identified in the mid-20th century, and 6 deaths as a result. The H1N1 virus has been transmitted to animals, including household cats, ferrets, turkeys, swine, a cheetah and at least one dog.

Influenza can be spread in 3 main ways, by direct transmission, the airborne route, and direct contact with contaminated surfaces. The virus can survive for up to two days on surfaces such as plastic or metal, fifteen minutes on dry paper tissues, and up to five minutes on the skin. If the virus is present in mucus, then it can survive for much longer periods. Some influenza viruses can survive indefinitely when frozen, and are inactivated by heating to a temperature of 56 degrees centigrade, or by acids (at PH<2).

In 2009, a swine-origin H1N1 virus strain, commonly referred to as “swine flu,” caused the 2009 flu pandemic. There is no evidence that it is endemic to pigs,(i.e. actually a swine flu) or of transmission from pigs to people, instead, the virus is spreading from person to person. This strain is a REASSORTMENT OF SEVERAL STRAINS OF H1N1, that are normally found separately in HUMANS, BIRDS AND PIGS. Not just pigs.

The information in this article was obtained from Wikipedia.org and several other medical websites.

Winnipeg, Canada

#2 Mar 31, 2011
I was really hoping they would decrease, but I guess thats impossible. Thats addition for ya!

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