It is Official: Swine flu is a worldwide pandemic

After holding an emergency meeting, the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a global swine flu pandemic, and raised the Pandemic watch out level to Six, according to reports by BBC.

This declaration means that while swine flu virus is still not causing more severe illness or more deaths, it is rapidly spreading in at least two regions of the world with rising cases being seen in the UK, Australia, Japan and Chile. Actually the current pandemic seems to be moderate and causing mild illness in most people.

WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl said it had been expecting something more like the deadlier bird flu.

“It was believed that the next pandemic would be something like H5N1 bird flu, where you were seeing really high death rates, and so there were people who believed we might be in a kind of apocalyptic situation and what we’re really seeing now with H1N1 is that in most cases the disease is self-limiting,” he told the BBC.

The WHO will have to manage the global anxiety the declaration of a pandemic will generate, BBC correspondent says.

Egyptians are starting to buy masks for fear of the flu!

Egyptians are starting to buy masks for fear of the flu!

Meanwhile, in Egypt, the Ministry of Health announced a new confirmed swine flu case, raising the overall recorded number of infections in Egypt to 11 cases.

The latest case was that of the Colombian wife of the petroleum engineer who was found infected yesterday. This was confirmed by the Ministry official spokesman Abdel Rahman Shahin, and the she is being treated at “Al Homyat” hospital in Abbasiyah. Shaheen added that screening of all contacts of the afflicted couple – about 20 people – came back negative for H1N1 infections.

Yet the Public Panic continues to rise, today a rumor circulated about the surfacing of a Swine flu case in a fast food outlet in Maadi, which caused the district’s residents to panic and start messaging to boycott the rumored food chain. Reports that a high demand for medical masks is rising were found true, and a lot of pharmacies reported that their stocks of masks have ran out.

The governmental handling of the outbreak is still not up to the public expectations, despite the constant confirmation of the Ministry of Health, that the situation is still under control.

1+2+5+2 = 10 H1N1 !!!

Al Youm Al Sabea’ (The 7th Day) reports:

“In a rapid development of the spread of swine flu virus in Egypt, the Ministry of Health announced on Wednesday the discovery of two new confirmed swine flu infections, bringing the number of people infected with the disease to ten cases and moving the infection reach to Alexandria.

Epidemic ahead?

Epidemic ahead?

The first case is an engineer working for an oil company in Cairo (Probably GAPCO, Maadi). He was suffering symptoms of the flu after arriving from the United States on June 7, he began to suffer symptoms on June 9,  he was tested and upon the confirmation moved to quarantine.

The second case an Egyptian citizen and resident of the United States of America, who arrived to Alexandria on June 4, and began suffering from flu symptoms on June 8, upon which he was admitted to a hospital in Alexandria, where he was tested for the new virus and found positive, the test results were confirmed by the central labs of the Ministry of Health in Cairo.

The announcement f the new cases came in an official statement by the ministry, bringing the total infected cases in Egypt to 10 cases.”

Outbreaking news: 5 new Swine flu cases in AUC!!!

Al Youm Al Sabea’ (The 7th Day) reports:

“The Ministry of Health announced early Tuesday, 5 new infections of swine flu in contact with 2 American students quarantined yesterday, after verification of the result of tests conducted on 234 students of the contacts of the two students injured.

El Gebali: London Baby!!!

El Gebali: London Baby!!!

The announcement of the 5 new infections and the suspicion of others, prompted wide Panic, particularly after the Departure of  Minister of Health Dr. Hatem el-Gabali to London today to discuss the health insurance plans, leaving an escalating threat of a Swine flu outbreak behind!!!”

Breaking News: Swine Flu (H1N1) in AUC Campus

Al Arabiya have confirmed the circulating news that two cases of Swine flu appeared among the students of AUC and that the AUC campus will be under quarantine for seven days.

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“The Ministry of Health in Egypt Monday announced the infections of two students in the American University in Cairo with the Swine flu.  
Dr. Abdul Rahman Shaheen – the official spokesman of the Ministry of Health – announced the emergence of 2 new cases of H1N1 virus, noting that the 2 students have just arrived from a visit to the United States of America, where they were isolated for suspicion of Avian flu infection, and the tests undertook by the central laboratory proved it was Swine flu instead.

 Shaheen also announced to Egyptian television that the ministry is  examining all the contacts of the students to make sure they are free from the H1N1 virus. On the other hand, Shaheen also announced in an official  statement late Sunday, the isolation of 13 people suspected of being infected with the Swine flu, 7 of which were quarantined in Abbasiyah hospital, samples are being taken to the central Ministry of Health labs to verify if the isolated persons are in fact infected or not.


Shaheen said in a statement late Sunday that the ministry of cases that have been seized, including 7 hospital fevers Abbasiyah”
 
 
“The dorms of the American University in Cairo has been put under quarantine for seven days Monday after two U.S. students were diagnosed with swine flu, health and university officials said.
The two cases were discovered Sunday night after the students exhibited flu-like symptoms and tested positive for the virus, they were hospitalized, said a Health Ministry statement.

“The building and the people inside it have been put under supervised quarantine, their temperatures are being been checked, and swabs have been taken from their throats and mouth and sent to laboratories,” said Nasser el-Sayyed, an assistant health minister in the statement.

“Some others have exhibited high temperatures and sore throats,” he added. The ministry said that there were 234 people in the dorm, including 110 students from 10 different countries and they would be checked daily over the coming week.

AUC issued a statement saying that classes will be suspended until Sunday while the graduation ceremony scheduled June 16 and 18 will be held as planned.”

Below are some useful links:

The BBC new article about the AUC swine flue outbreak.

The BBC center of Swine flu Live coverage.

The BBC Q&A about Swine flu, containing useful advice and facts.

The “BBC Health” section dedicated to Health precautions to avoid the epidemic.

(This page is constantly bening updated, visit back soon for more news updates)

The Swine flu arrives to Egypt

Despite the massacre of the pigs! Hatem el-Gabali announced today, the ARRIVAL of swine flu to Egypt

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Minister of Health Dr. Hatim al Jabali announced the discovery of the first case of swine flu (h1n1) in a 12-year-old girl Egyptian with American citizenship, arriving from the United States through one of the European airports, he said she reached the Cairo airport on Monday 1/6/2009 at dawn on, via a global airline company, with her mother who is also a U.S. citizen to spend summer vacation in Egypt.

“The first case of swine flu is a 12-year-old Egyptian girl holding US citizenship. She arrived in Egypt via a European airport on June 1,” al-Jabali announced.

The airport authorities quarantined the girl, after Suspecting she has the flu, because of her high temperature. Initial examination showed that the child was suffering from runny nose since 30/5/2009, and therefore the authorities transported the girl and her mother to an isolation facility in a hospital in Cairo.

At the hospital, samples taken from the girl and her mother and sent to the central labs of the Ministry of Health and the NAMRU -3 laboratories, confirmed the girl’s infection with the virus, while the mother’s tests shown no sign of infection. The girl’s body temperature was 39 degrees Celsius, and suffered from a sore throat, but did not suffer any symptoms of respiratory disorders. She was given the Tamiflu drug, and is now in stable condition

Dr. Hatim al Jabali announced the case in an emergency press conference held by the Ministry of Health on Tuesday.

He asserted that the airport security have taken all measures to check all passengers on the same flight, for signs of an outbreak, and while all 145 passengers were found free from any symptoms, they will be kept under close surveillance and at their residences.

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The Minister of Health refused to make any further comments about the infected girl, but outside sources have affirmed that the child came from the United States on a flight that stopped in the Dutch capital Amsterdam more than 12 hours where she was checked, but she did not show signs of infection.

The Minister of Health called on all citizens to take extra care of sanitation and personal hygiene and to follow all precautions announced previously by the Ministry, to avoid infection of the Swine flu. Adding that the current situation does not require taking any extraordinary measures.
So far, WHO identified  62 countries as having Swine flu cases, with the addition of nine more countries; Venezuela, Vietnam, Paraguay, Libya, Austria, Bahamas, Cyprus & Hungary.

Entertainment Tonight!

APTOPIX Mexico Swine Flu

The BBC quoted a top UN health chief as Saying: “The world is well prepared for virus” in response to the new swine flu virus Outbreak!!!

What is this crap?! When was the world ever prepared for an outbreak?! And How is the world “prepared”??? By wearing sanitary masks to work?

I for one, being part of the world, am not prepared for a virus, I usually like my viruses well done and this one seems like medium rare!

But the virus couldn’t care less about the world’s preparation levels! It comes along anyways!

So how, may I ask, did the world get prepared for this epidemic, MR. UN TOP HEALTH OFFICIAL? Did the collective body of the world get a vaccine? Or did NASA inject the planet with anti bodies via a massive space syringe?

I was not notified about these “preparations”!!!

A virus outbreak is a natural disaster, followed usually by massive human causalities, Global panic, and an abundance of tragedies on both National and personal levels!

How is anyone prepared for that? No one is ever prepared for that, and it doesn’t need a “Top UN Health Official” to figure that out!

Let me enlighten you about some facts:

Spanish flu memorial

Spanish flu memorial

In 1918 a new strain of flu virus broke out, the Spanish flu pandemic, which is considered the most devastating outbreak of modern history. It infected up to 40% of the world’s population and killed from 20 to 100 million people!!!

In 1957, the Asian flu killed two million people. Caused by a human form of the virus, H2N2, combining with a mutated strain found in wild ducks.

And again in 1968, another outbreak caused by a strain known as H3N2, killed up to one million people globally.

So far the new-never-before-seen version of the H1N1 strain might prove deadlier than all the above!

So to say that the world is prepared for it, is to say that the world is prepared: to lose a couple of 10 million lives! And although the world can do without some of the morons out there, still we are never prepared for this type of massive life loss!

But it occurs nonetheless!

So I say: Relax, don’t panic, sit down and enjoy the show!

Economic meltdowns, Recession, Earthquakes, Suicide bombings, Somali Pirates (YES, real pirates, in the 21st century, filthy aggressive pirates and not cool ones like Johnny Depp and the Diseny pirates), Nuclear threats, Epidemics and Pandemics!  It just keeps getting better and better… it is way better than Armageddon type movies! Becuase it’s all happening at once! Imaginative, shot in real time, and not to mention REAL suffering (and let’s not forget the soundtrack by Susan Boyle)!!!

The World is not prepared for anything, the World is falling apart! and since you can’t do anything to stop it… well, then enjoy it!