New flu virus emerged from pigs but spreads person to person
This new flu has been confirmed in three children from Iowa by The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. It appears the spreading of this new strange flu has been going from pigs to people in parts of the United States.
According to Dr. Arnold Monto, M.D., flu expert and professor of epidemiology at the University of Michigan Public Health, there is no reason to worry about a new start of a pandemic. He believes at this moment there is no need for worry. He states it is known that swine flu viruses do on occasion get into humans transmit for one or two generations and then stop.
Currently, the World Health Organization is evaluating what is needed to be done if the virus does continue to spread and a global response is required according to Dr. Keiji Fukuda, assistant director general for health security and environment.
According to Dr. Fukuda, WHO is very aware and do not want to under or over play they are just trying to get it right. The organization wishes to be ready to make recommendations and issue guidance to countries if the need does arise. Dr. Fukuda also stresses it is far from certain that this will be needed.
A total of 18 cases of this new flu has been counted by the CDC, influenza A strain S-OtrH3NZ, within two years.
Dr. William Schaffner, professor and chairman Department of Preventive Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and spokesman for Infectious Diseases Society of America, had remarked those numbers from the CDC indicates that the virus is not spreading quickly or easily.
According to Dr. Schaffner, the United States has increased its state medical labs which have more capability than they had before 2001, they have improved greatly at noticing novel viruses which in the past may have gone undetected due to the refinement of these labs scientists are now receiving a window into the inner workings of the flu which was not available in the past.
In 2009, the H1N1 flu pandemic had started after viruses had muted and developed a new strain that had never been encountered by humans prior which left everyone vulnerable to infections. That pandemic had proved to be fairly mild however, physicians are in fear of new flu strains due to their deadly history. A new flu strain in 1918 had killed over 20 million people.
Late Wednesday night a report had been released. The CDC had noted that in part of “routine preparedness” they have already developed a “candidate vaccine virus” that may be used against this new strain and has been released to vaccine manufactures.
Since July 10th, 10 Americans have become sick with this new flu virus. Among the seven new cases according to a report by the CDC in Wednesday’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, three cases had occurred in Pennsylvania and two cases in Maine and Indiana. In those cases, patients or close contacts had been recently exposed to pigs. However, due to absence of pig exposure in the three newest cases the virus now suggests it could involve person to person contact.
In the cases of the three Iowa children, patient A, a previously healthy girl had become ill during the second week of November. She had been tested by her physician as part of a routine surveillance, her respiratory sample had been sent to the Iowa state laboratory for further examination. Patient B, a boy, had developed flu like illness two days after patient A had fallen ill. One day after patient B had become ill his brother patient C also had fallen ill. Both boys tested positive for swine flu. All three children had been at the same gathering on the first day the girl had become ill.
Iowa epidemiologists upon completing a detailed investigation determined the only link between the children was the gathering. None of the children’s families had traveled recently or attended community events or had been exposed to pigs.
This new flu strain is resistant to two commonly administered antiviral drugs, rimantidine and amantadine. However, based on the genetic structure it would in all likelihood respond to Tamiflu and Relenza.
According to scientists from the CDC they do expect that this years flu vaccine would provide adults with limited protection from this new flu virus strain however, they will not aide children. The recommendation is physicians who are suspect of swine flu infections treat patients with Tamiflu where appropriate and take nose and throat samples to be sent to the state public health labs that should report them to the CDC.
The CDC is encouraging anyone that has been in contact with pigs and comes down with flu like illness to get tested.
In January, some top notable authorities had recommended some herbs to help with influenza.
North American Ginseng
The notable Dr. Oz, vice chair and professor at Columbia University and Director of the Cardiovascular Institute and Complimentary Medicine Program at Presbyterian Hospital in New York, highly recommends this herb to reduce the flu.
In a highly publicized trial the ability of ginseng had proved its effectiveness. The results had demonstrated that when taking COLD-fX (derived from ginseng) it had decreased the occurrence rate of upper respiratory tract infections, severity of symptoms and duration of illness.
Ginseng is safe for most people however, should not be taken if you are on anti-coagulants like Warfarin, pregnant, breast feeding or have liver or kidney problems.
Green tea holds the possibility to have anti-viral as effective as Tami-flu.
Black elderberry has demonstrated its effectiveness in studies to fight all strains of the influenza virus.
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