Connecticut Flu-Free For Now, But Hea...

Connecticut Flu-Free For Now, But Health Officials Are Prepared

There are 38 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Apr 27, 2009, titled Connecticut Flu-Free For Now, But Health Officials Are Prepared. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

The state has so far been spared the growing swine flu outbreak, but a top state health official said Monday that he does not expect Connecticut to remain free of the disease.

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Miss Anthropic

Manchester, CT

#21 Apr 28, 2009
Cough-Cough wrote:
In 1957 it was the "Asian Flu", in 1968 it was the "Hong Kong Flu" and today it's the "Swine Flu".
Wouldn't "Mexico Flu" be more appropriate to identify the origin or do we need to be PC?
Here is the latest from a report on the WHO website.
http://www.who.int/csr/don/2009_04_27/en/inde...
Mexico 26 confirmed -- no deaths
US 40 confirmed --no deaths.
Canada 6 confirmed -- no deaths.
Why is the NY times reporting 152 case in Mexico?
Who do we believe?( no pun intended)
Is this a crisis where there is none?
I share your frustration but you're misreading that page. WHO reports 7 deaths in Mexico confirmed from this flu virus. Read on for excerpt:
http://www.who.int/csr/don/2009_04_27/en/inde...
"As of 27 April 2009, the United States Government has reported 40 laboratory confirmed human cases of swine influenza A(H1N1), with no deaths. Mexico has reported 26 confirmed human cases of infection with the same virus, including seven deaths. Canada has reported six cases, with no deaths, while Spain has reported one case, with no deaths."

I am not at all pleased with how the news agencies are handling reporting of the outbreak and spread of the virus outside the Mexico outbreak areas.

What I'd like to see for news:
- A story which addresses why it is taking so long to confirm cases (death and not) in Mexico as opposed to in the U.S. even though the CDC sent personnel there days ago would be nice.
- An article on what top epidemiologists and virologists think are the reasons for the apparently high mortality in Mexico versus the apparently lower severity outside (seven deaths out of 26 cases, using only the confirmed Mexico numbers, is a high rate).

What we've got instead:
Recycled AP bits going into frankenstories updated every couple of hours whether new information is available or not. This sort of reporting has severely diminishing returns for informational content, and so after a certain number of iterations, all we can get out of the frankenstories is the EEEEeeeeeekkkkk! factor.
Nice job US Media.
Miss Anthropic

Manchester, CT

#22 Apr 28, 2009
Clavo Cruz wrote:
A le ader who cared for his people would err to the side of caution and close the borders and screen all of those who enter the country not play the politically correct game hoping that this does not turn into a pandemic influenza that will rival 1918
Ah...here it is:
Clavo Cruz wrote:
A responsible leader who cared about his people would close the borders and check all who enter this country in order to protect the people .... what we have is a government that cares more about being politically correct then the health of its people .... personally, I hope this is the pandemic that equals the influenza virus of 1918 so we can again take control of our government .... something that has not been done in decades .... the earth , in a natural cycle, is weeding out the unfit ..... and it is long overdue ...
Former Journalist

Orange, CT

#23 Apr 28, 2009
FEAR AND CONSUMPTION!
Bob

United States

#24 Apr 28, 2009
Let's slap a tax on it!
Crab

Durham, CT

#25 Apr 29, 2009
bam bam wrote:
I'll put my money on one of the sanctuary cities in CT (Hartford, New Haven) for reporting the first case(s) of swine flu.
Hahah, loser. THe first two cases are in East Haddam:

http://www.courant.com/health/hc-swine-flu-de...

You owe us all money and an apology for your bigotry. You've just been owned.
bam bam

United States

#26 Apr 29, 2009
Crab wrote:
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Hahah, loser. THe first two cases are in East Haddam:
http://www.courant.com/health/hc-swine-flu-de...
You owe us all money and an apology for your bigotry. You've just been owned.
"Schools in East Haddam and Wethersfield will close today for cleaning as a precaution against swine flu after students and an employee who traveled to Mexico became sick. None of the illnesses has been confirmed as flu."

If you read the first paragraph of the story, you will notice that it says "none of the illnesses has been confirmed as flu".

More information was released yesterday that the epicenter was most likely Cancun. Not many illegals coming up from Cancun, mostly tourists.

I owe you nothing.
Crab

United States

#27 Apr 29, 2009
bam bam wrote:
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"Schools in East Haddam and Wethersfield will close today for cleaning as a precaution against swine flu after students and an employee who traveled to Mexico became sick. None of the illnesses has been confirmed as flu."
If you read the first paragraph of the story, you will notice that it says "none of the illnesses has been confirmed as flu".
More information was released yesterday that the epicenter was most likely Cancun. Not many illegals coming up from Cancun, mostly tourists.
I owe you nothing.
Although no cases of swine flu have been confirmed in Connecticut, two "probable" cases have been identified in Stratford and Southbury.

Yes you have been owned. Stratford? Southbury? Are these the "sanctuary cities" you hate so much.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH
CONCERNED

South Dennis, MA

#28 Apr 29, 2009
WOW
I didn't think that deep!! I was more worried about when these poeple come back and go back into ours lives in public and in pubic retail how fast it could really spead here in the north east
Miss Anthropic wrote:
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Yeah...so my current theory on why the flu hasn't been as virulent in the US is that so far, the US residents who have gotten it are part of a set of people who have the $$$ to travel to Mexico. Those people also tend to have better health insurance and access.
Your Town Fair Tire example fits that quite well.
Miss Anthropic

Manchester, CT

#29 Apr 30, 2009
CONCERNED wrote:
WOW
I didn't think that deep!! I was more worried about when these poeple come back and go back into ours lives in public and in pubic retail how fast it could really spead here in the north east
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I'm worried about that too. I'm hoping that we are spared a hard impact on the flu. I wish I could feel more faith in my fellow humans to do simple things to reduce the likelihood of transmission (lower transmission rate means more time to develop and make available a vaccine before a high infection rate) but after seeing comments here and reading polls about how many people are washing their hands, staying home if sick, I'm not reassured.

Since: Apr 09

New Britain, CT

#30 Apr 30, 2009
Miss Anthropic wrote:
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I'm worried about that too. I'm hoping that we are spared a hard impact on the flu. I wish I could feel more faith in my fellow humans to do simple things to reduce the likelihood of transmission (lower transmission rate means more time to develop and make available a vaccine before a high infection rate) but after seeing comments here and reading polls about how many people are washing their hands, staying home if sick, I'm not reassured.
Yeah don't be, we use a fingerprint type lock system here and people actually lick their fingers to "clean" them off before using them. It's sooo gross.
Miss Anthropic

Manchester, CT

#31 Apr 30, 2009
pwn3d wrote:
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Yeah don't be, we use a fingerprint type lock system here and people actually lick their fingers to "clean" them off before using them. It's sooo gross.
I think I'd have to smack someone who did that in front of me. Ok, well I'd at least have to speak sternly to them.

Since: Apr 09

New Britain, CT

#32 Apr 30, 2009
Miss Anthropic wrote:
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I think I'd have to smack someone who did that in front of me. Ok, well I'd at least have to speak sternly to them.
Yeah I seriously nearly vomited a little in my mouth when I saw that. Now I just wait for people to open the door as obviously people are pigs.
Miss Anthropic

Manchester, CT

#33 Apr 30, 2009
pwn3d wrote:
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Yeah I seriously nearly vomited a little in my mouth when I saw that. Now I just wait for people to open the door as obviously people are pigs.
Here's an idea. Know anyone who works in a bio/path lab? Have them swab and culture the key pad, just for fun. You can have an office pool to make small bets on what grows out.
bam bam

United States

#34 Apr 30, 2009
Crab wrote:
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Although no cases of swine flu have been confirmed in Connecticut, two "probable" cases have been identified in Stratford and Southbury.
Yes you have been owned. Stratford? Southbury? Are these the "sanctuary cities" you hate so much.
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH
Crab(s)? Isn't that pubic lice? I believe your doctor can prescribe something for that. Don't you know you're not supposed to lay down with the dogs?

Maybe you have the swine flu also. You better have it checked out.

Yes, I hate any city that breaks Federal law and provides sanctuary and taxpayer funded services for free to illegal aliens. As a taxpayer, I'd be a fool not to.

Of course, we could just shut down the southern border and kill two birds with one stone; illegal aliens and swine flu.
Crab

South Windsor, CT

#35 May 1, 2009
bam bam wrote:
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Crab(s)? Isn't that pubic lice? I believe your doctor can prescribe something for that. Don't you know you're not supposed to lay down with the dogs?
Maybe you have the swine flu also. You better have it checked out.
Yes, I hate any city that breaks Federal law and provides sanctuary and taxpayer funded services for free to illegal aliens. As a taxpayer, I'd be a fool not to.
Of course, we could just shut down the southern border and kill two birds with one stone; illegal aliens and swine flu.
Hey BamBam, so you're telling me that you would prohibit travel from the U.S. to Mexico? Because that is what caused the swine flu outbreak in New York.

Sounds kind of socialist/fascist to me. I thought Americans were free to travel.
bam bam

United States

#36 May 1, 2009
Crab wrote:
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Hey BamBam, so you're telling me that you would prohibit travel from the U.S. to Mexico? Because that is what caused the swine flu outbreak in New York.
Sounds kind of socialist/fascist to me. I thought Americans were free to travel.
Duh, they're free to travel UNLESS there's a pandemic swine flu outbreak which is being hyped up by the usurper in chief. If this is a big problem like the usurper says it is, then I whole-heartedly agree to prohibit travel from the US to Mexico until the threat has passed.

If you want to talk socialism, just look to the oval office for talking points. You are now the proud owner of Chrysler and several investment banks, even if you would never have them in your private investment portfolio (which I never would).

I hope you don't have any children or grandchildren. They will be paying for this fiasco long after you & I are gone.

Now that's socialism.
bam bam

United States

#37 May 1, 2009
Crab wrote:
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Hey BamBam, so you're telling me that you would prohibit travel from the U.S. to Mexico? Because that is what caused the swine flu outbreak in New York.
Sounds kind of socialist/fascist to me. I thought Americans were free to travel.
If the thought of not being able to travel to Mexico from the US during a "pandemic" swine flu outbreak is too fascist for you, then you can always hike across the border through the desert to Mexico. Millions of Mexicans head north every year the same way.

See, you're free to travel.

Oh wait, one problem. The Mexican military will shoot you on the spot if they catch you.

Now that's fascism.
ricbee

United States

#38 May 1, 2009
Ron wrote:
The media is now telling us how Janet Napolitano is doing such a great job with homeland security and the flu, yet there is no more security at our southern border. Chris Mathews is comparing the Bush administration's response to hurricane Katrina with the current administration's response to the Swine Flu. On and on it goes...maybe we need a new government committee to study this..it would mean more jobs after all. Can't wait for the pres to be mugging for some more photo opps.
Jodi will come out in a face mask to make her next announcement.

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