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    Welcome to New York, Swine Flu

    8 kids at St Francis Prep have it.

    A BA flight crew just arrived in London from MEX may have it.

    And President Obama may have it.

    Bloomberg:
    The outbreak coincided with the President Barack Obama’s trip to Mexico City on April 16. Obama was received at Mexico’s anthropology museum in Mexico City by Felipe Solis, a distinguished archeologist who died the following day from symptoms similar to flu, Reforma newspaper reported. The newspaper didn’t confirm if Solis had swine flu or not.
    Given the number of flights between NY and Mexico I'm guessing there's a fair number of other people here walking around with it. Awesome.
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    Re: Welcome to New York, Swine Flu

    Oink, Oink...

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    :shock: QUICK, QUARANTINE MOOSE!
    Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. We have a small problem.
    All four engines have stopped. We are doing our damnedest to get them under control.
    I trust you are not in too much distress. —Captain Eric Moody, British Airways Flight 9

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    Re: Welcome to New York, Swine Flu

    We really do need to stop all transportation and passage between Mexico and the States. I never understood why when there's a case of Mad Cow disease, or the like we'll immediately stop all shipping and practically burn animal and fields alike, but when it comes to SARS, swine-flu, etc, we go on about our business. Political correctness is going to get everyone killed.
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    Re: Welcome to New York, Swine Flu

    Quote Originally Posted by Idlewild
    Political correctness is going to get everyone killed.
    unfortunately, you're right. :?
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    Re: Welcome to New York, Swine Flu

    How life-threatening is this to us around here? I would think, or hope, that this isn't too big of a deal for those who aren't elderly.

    I also keep reading about this, and I don't see what the US is actually doing to combat this.
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    Re: Welcome to New York, Swine Flu

    Quote Originally Posted by Phil D.
    How life-threatening is this to us around here? I would think, or hope, that this isn't too big of a deal for those who aren't elderly.

    I also keep reading about this, and I don't see what the US is actually doing to combat this.
    The U.S has ample supply of antibiotic against the swine flu however it was mentioned that this strain is a mutant form of the bacteria, and it wasn't mentioned if this strain is resistant or not. As with other types of flu's the elderly, young, and sickly will be more prone to not recovering as well as a healthy adult.

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    Re: Welcome to New York, Swine Flu

    So if I got it, I'd just be sick for couple weeks?
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    Re: Welcome to New York, Swine Flu

    Supposedly if you're a teenager you're able to fight this thing pretty effectively. What they say is weird is that in parts of Mexico where it's prevalent 20-40 somethings have succumbed to the virus. Usually it's old and/or sick people who keel over. So even though a bunch of high school kids have it they're safe because they're teens. There is no vaccine yet for this strain, from what I understand the CDC still needs more building blocks (?) of the virus to send off to manufacturers for an effective anti-virus just to get a idea of how to make inoculations. So keep washing those hands people....vigorously.
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    I guess I cant do spotting at JFK Airport for a little while..until this flu situation stabilizes.
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    Re: Welcome to New York, Swine Flu

    I think that immunal strength of Mexicans between 20 and 40 is probably significantly less than that of Americans, so that part doesn't worry me.

    I don't think spotting locations are affected.....you don't come into contact with people arriving from Mexico.
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    Re: Welcome to New York, Swine Flu

    Quote Originally Posted by Phil D.
    I think that immunal strength of Mexicans between 20 and 40 is probably significantly less than that of Americans, so that part doesn't worry me.

    I don't think spotting locations are affected.....you don't come into contact with people arriving from Mexico.
    Actually, I think it would be the opposite. My guess is the populace in poverty stricken nations die more from parasites and diseases related to sanitation and poor nutrition. If I'm correct, and I'm playing armchair Marcus Welby, MD, a virus is a natural mutation, it mutates to survive and propagate. Remember, SARS and the Influenza outbreak of 1918 killed ricj & poor alike. If there's a doctor or health expert on this board I'd like to know if I have it right or wrong.
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    Re: Welcome to New York, Swine Flu

    What's ricj?

    Since we DO have better doctors, cleaner cities and have access to proper nutrition, I would think that we are able to fight this off much better than those in Mexico. I haven't heard of any of the St. Franics Prep high-schoolers dying from this.
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    Swine flu confirmed in NYC high school students

    NEW YORK – New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed that students at a city high school were infected with swine flu.

    New York officials previously had said they were eight "probable" cases, but tests later confirmed that it was indeed swine flu. Bloomberg stressed that the cases were mild and many are recovering.

    The city is awaiting the tests of additional samples to see if more St. Francis Preparatory School students were infected.

    About 100 students complained of flu-like symptoms at the school. Some students went to Cancun on a spring break trip two weeks ago.
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    Re: Welcome to New York, Swine Flu

    Why are high schoolers going to spring break in Mexico anyway?
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