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China Investigates Deaths After Swine Flu Shot

November 16, 2009 - Chinese health officials reported on Friday the first deaths in people who received the H1N1 vaccine. The Ministry of Health announced that the two people, including one teacher from Hunan province, died hours after receiving their inoculations. Since September, when the Ministry began its H1N1 immunization program, 12 million Chinese have received the pandemic flu shot.

A preliminary autopsy revealed that the teacher died of an apparent heart attack while playing basketball, and a Ministry spokesperson told the China Daily newspaper that the death was "a coincidental medical incident" and not related to the vaccine. No details on the second victim have been released so far.

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Cannabis Could Decrease Lethality Of H1N1 Flu

Good News: Cannabis could help decreasing risk of death from some influenza strains.

Bad News: Smoking it will not work and may even make things worse.

According to Cannabis Science Inc., which specializes in research and development of cannabis for medicinal purposes, the world may have at their disposal a mean of combating the deadly effects of some influenza strains (including H5N1 avian flu and H1N1 swine flu).

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Can Astragalus Help You Prevent The H1N1 Bug?

Sept. 11, 2009 - Just found this morning in the Examiner an article titled Calming H1N1 fears that was mentioning Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus) among supplements to fight the H1N1 flu.

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Conspiracy Nation v. The Swine Flu Vaccine

I wanted to write an article about the paranoia around the Swine Flu Vaccine when I found this article written by Emily Gertz in H+ Magazine, and thought "what else could I add?".

Nice debunking work, Emily.

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Influenza A(H1N1): World At The Start Of 2009 Pandemic

June 12, 2009 - Update: Influenza pandemic alert raised to phase 6
On the basis of available evidence and expert assessments of the evidence, the scientific criteria for an influenza pandemic have been met. The Director-General of WHO has therefore decided to raise the level of influenza pandemic alert from phase 5 to phase 6. "The world is now at the start of the 2009 influenza pandemic," she said at a press conference today.
Read Dr Chan's statement to the press

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WHO Fears Genes Exchange Between H1N1 and H5N1 Avian Flu

As the Influenza A/H1N1 virus continue to spread worldwide at a fast pace, WHO experts express concerns about possible genetical interactions with other Influenza virus, particularly with the deadly H5N1 (Avian Flu).

Health Ministers from 193 countries of the World Health Organization are meeting in Geneva (Switzerland) to draw up plans to fight the epidemic.

"We have reasons to fear an interaction of the virus A (H1N1) with others, including the H5N1, the avian flu, with has a high mortality rate among birds, but little effect in humans. This interaction would result in a much more dangerous influenza A" declared today Margaret Chan, the director of the WHO.

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Baconic Plague: Much Ado About Nothing?

In a press briefing on Friday 1 May in Stockholm, scientists at the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) estimated that 80% of the European population could be affected by the Influenza A/H1N1 virus (new "politically correct" name for the swine flu) but that in most cases, it would be only a "mild form of flu".

Only the eldery and patients with chronic diseases, who have a weaker immune system, would be at risk of developing a more serious illness, and so the Health Authorities had to focus on protecting these vulnerable people.

A mild form of flu? Does it mean just another type of seasonal flu among others? And in this case have WHO, the media and politics been over reacting and exaggerating the thread?

At the same time, Mexican authorities report that the situation is improving and have reduced the number of confirmed cases.

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WHO Raises Swine Flu Pandemic Alert To Level 5

Seems that we have never been so close to an influenza pandemic since the Hong Kong Flu pandemic in 1968, as the World Health Organization raised the pandemic alert level to phase 5, just one level below phase 6 (declared pandemic).

WHO and other Health Authorities around the world were expecting that the next pandemic would come from a mutant strain of H5N1 (or other avian strains like H7N1 or H9N2)and laboratories were working on developing a vaccine against these candidates.

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Debunking The Swine Flu Conspiracy Theory

Less than a week after the fist report of the deadly swine flu outbreak in Mexico, the Conspiracy Theory has gone viral too and is spreading over the Internet much faster than the H1N1 around the world.

The way the official Health Services communicate and how the information is then relayed in mainstream media do not help hindering the propagation of bioterrorism or biological warfare rumors.

Journalists are using complex medical or genetical terminology without enough explanation, while some of these informations can only be understood by virologists or physicians.

Confronted with such an overwhelming mass of contradictory messages, the natural tendancy is to adhere to the first story that seems coherent. And Conspiracy storytellers are masters in the art of building coherent fables.

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WHO Raises Swine Flu Pandemic Alert Level

On Monday, the World Health Organisation (WHO) raised the level of influenza pandemic alert from phase 3 to phase 4 (on a scale of 6), indicating that efforts to contain the spread of the virus had failed.

Keiji Fukuda, Head of the WHO Global Influenza Programme, said that outbreaks in Mexico, the U.S. and Spain demonstrate that the H1N1 virus expansion can't be hindered but does not require to close the fronters or to restrict travels, but "it is considered prudent for people who are ill to delay international travel and for people developing symptoms following international travel to seek medical attention".

Epidemiological data demonstrate human-to-human transmission and the ability of the virus to cause community-level outbreaks.

Although not yet a pandemic, the situation has to be considered very seriously worlwide.

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