Sunday, April 26, 2009

What Next?

It seems we failed to learn much from 9/11. Rather than protecting our borders, we've thrown them open to be helpful and politically correct, but to what end? Our Chief of Homeland Security elects to use the phrase, "Man-made disaster," over "Terrorism," so have we now created a true man-made disaster by allowing ourselves to be exposed to a pandemic?

Latest news is that the US has declared a public health emergency because of the Swine Flu that has now invaded the US from Mexico. New York reports 8 possible cases and two have just been confirmed in Kansas. For years, conscientious medical officials have warned of the possible health risks imposed by allowing those from other countries who have not been inoculated inside our own borders. Are we liable to see the revival of the diseases from which we've ceased protecting ourselves because of their dormancy? Maybe we should listen to those who know medicine and stop trusting agencies who don't give health threats a second thought.

When do we start worrying more about ourselves and less about those who live in other countries? I know we are a humane race and we want to take care of the world, but do we want to die trying to do it?

Borrowed from

A new flu strain that has killed up to 68 people in Mexico could become a pandemic, the World Health Organization warned on Saturday, as health experts tried to track the disease’s spread.

Hospitals tested patients with flu symptoms for the never-before-seen virus, which has also infected eight people in the United States. No further deaths had come to light since Friday afternoon, but officials warned the person-to-person infections meant there was a risk of a major outbreak…

…Mexico has shut schools, cinemas and museums and canceled public events in its sprawling, overcrowded capital of 20 million people to try to prevent further infections. Weekend soccer matches were played in empty stadiums and people on the street wore face masks.

The strain of flu has spread fast between people and infected some individuals who had no contact with one another.

The WHO says the virus from 12 of the Mexican patients is genetically the same as a new strain of swine flu, designated H1N1, seen in eight people in California and Texas. All of the eight later recovered.

An emergency committee of WHO experts, convening on Saturday, will advise Chan on issues including possibly changing the WHO’s pandemic alert level, currently 3 on a scale of 1 to 6.

Scary stuff!

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