An Update About the H1N1 Virus in Wisconsin

You don't have to tell me that it's GROSS, but when you're a baby, you don't care; just cook your food well (Courtesy: Arbaks)

You don't have to tell me that it's GROSS, but when you're a baby, you don't care; just cook your food well (Courtesy: Arbaks)

If you look on the right side bar of this blog and scroll down, you’ll find a few changes. One is that there is an RSS feed to the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. I figure that for the moment, I am going back off of daily reports on the progress of the virus in Wisconsin, because none of the probable cases of H1N1 virus, also known as “swine flu” have been confirmed. That’s the difference between a late season outbreak, helped along by Spring Break, and an epidemic. And I already have a flu shot for this winter’s flu germs.

Associated Press science writer Michael Stobbe reported that:

Also Friday, an official with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the new swine flu virus lacks the genetic traits that made the 1918 pandemic strain so deadly.

CDC flu chief Nancy Cox said the good news is “we do not see the markers for virulence that were seen in the 1918 virus.” Nor does swine flu virus have the virulence traits found in the H5N1 strain of bird flu seen in recent years in Asia and other parts of the world, she said.

“However, we know that there is a great deal that we do not understand” about the strength of the 1918 virus and others that caused serious illnesses, she said. “So we are continuing to learn.”

The Associated Press in Milwaukee released a little report itself, dated 5:45 p.m. today:

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee County authorities now report 27 probable cases of swine flu, which would represent a fourfold increase over the number of cases the state has verified for the county.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said Friday afternoon most if not all of the new cases were in children, and most were considered probable based on testing at a local hospital, not at a state laboratory.

He says the city has closed several local schools and there’s always a possibility the entire Milwaukee school district could be closed if enough new cases are reported over the weekend.

The state currently lists Milwaukee County as having seven probable cases, along with three in Waukesha County and one each in Adams, Ozaukee, Rock and Sheboygan counties.

None of the 14 cases has been confirmed.

It’s going to be hot pretty soon, and winter cold and damp is more conducive to flu than spring and summer weather. So it may just be a matter of time. This gives the Feds and the State of Wisconsin time to look into getting more stockpiles of Tamiflu and Relenza, and really, speed up a vaccine against this swine/bird/human influenza.

If it begins to get a bit strange, count on it that I’ll be online blogging, and giving my take on things. But if you need further information, that RSS feed from the CDC will be there for the time being as well as my archives. Like I said before, the media and the hate pundits have been all over this, and they have been largely responsible for the stupid all week. Everyone needs to cool their jets.

Lastly, support your farmers in Wisconsin. Some of the people they need to seed and harvest and milk and slaughter are sitting in Mexico right now out of work because they don’t have okays from the American government to come up North as yet. If you are an able-bodied woman and man who can handle hard work for a few days, see how you can help and not hinder farmers until they can get their workers assembled for the season. I don’t know how you can do that, but your local 4H Club or day labor hall might be answers, or ask around your neighbors and family members.

Take good care out there.

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~ by blksista on May 1, 2009.

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