Monday, April 27, 2009

"Latin/South America"; "Mexico": "Catholic Churches" in "Mexico": close over "Swine Flu"

(Social Justice South Africa; c.f. "Reuters" (Secular; British; Independent) 24/ 04 (April) / 2009 ; 27 / 04 (April) / 2009; "Bloomberg" (Secular; Independent; American) 25 / 04 (April) / 2009; "CDC": "Center for Disease Control" (American; Governmental; Secular) 26 / 04 (April) / 2009 )

Article by Marc Aupiais

With the "Swine Flu"/ "Swine Influenza": ("Pig Flu": "Swine Influenza A": a variation of "H1N1") epidemic spreading, apparently the first of its kind: to spread from human to human: "Mexico"'s government has shut down many events and parts of cities: shutting down schools and stadiums: as those who could: such as those working in offices: were told to work from home.

"Feria San Marcos", was reportedly stopped in: "Aguascalientes", according to "Reuters": such may be seen as a good thing: by those who consider alcohol, "bull fighting", and folk music to be bad.

According to "Bloomberg": these emergency measures to stop the spread: were implemented with the powers gained after: "Mexico"'s "President": "Felipe Calderon": declared an "emergency"; shutting down schools and Major events. "Museums" and such things: closed voluntarily. The "Swine Flu", starting on "April 13", coincided with the visit of "American" President "Barak Obama": on the 16th of "April": according to "Bloomberg".

On the 25th of April: the "Mexican" "President": said in "Oaxaca", a state of "Mexico":

"The federal government under my charge will not hesitate a moment to take all, all the measures necessary to respond with efficiency and opportunity to this respiratory epidemic,"
("Bloomberg" (Secular; Independent; American) 25 / 04 (April) / 2009)

The "Roman Catholic" church has followed suite: Church doors, were reportedly closed: the "Mass" was broadcast over the airwaves: television and radio to be precise. Hit by a "war" with the "Drug Cartel", the "economic crisis"/"Credit Crisis", and now with what should be an "animal disease": killing their people: "Mexico"'s "Finance Minister": "Agustin Carstens" claims that the impact of the flu on the economy will only be: what "Reuters" quotes as "transitory".

"Animal diseases": have increasingly spread to human beings: some of the most fatal of these have been "Bird Flu" ("H5N1"), "HIV/AIDS", and now "Swine Flu" ("Swine Influenza A": a variant of "H1N1"). With only 6 ("Six") cases in "Canada", and 20 ("twenty") in the "United States of America" ("USA"): where "Reuters" reports there have yet to be deaths: "Mexico": is hardest hit, by what seems to have its epicenter there: with "Reuters" reporting 103 ("One Hundred and Three") deaths from "Swine Flu" in "Mexico".

The "Mexican" "Ministry of Health" : has noted that the disease usually only gets transmitted from the third week of February (02nd month of the year) to the end of the first week of March (03rd month of the year)("Reuters" (Secular; British; Independent) 24/ 04 (April) / 2009). This spread started in April. Right into the 4th month of the year.

From "Canada": "British Columbia Centre for Disease Control" ("BCCDC"): an agency of the "Canadian": "Provincial Health Services Authority" noted symptoms:

"Symptoms from those seriously ill in Mexico include high fever, headache, eye pain, shortness of breath and extreme fatigue with rapid progression of symptoms to severe respiratory distress in about five days,"
("Reuters" (Secular; British; Independent) 24/ 04 (April) / 2009)

The "CDC" ("Center for Disease Control") of "the United States of America": which has activated its "Emergency Operations Center": has been working with officials from the different infected countries: it notes that "Swine Influenza" is reacting to a certain treatment, and that there are some basic measures to prevent its spread:

"Laboratory testing has found the swine influenza A (H1N1) virus susceptible to the prescription antiviral drugs oseltamivir and zanamivir and has issued interim guidance for the use of these drugs to treat and prevent infection with swine influenza viruses. CDC also has prepared interim guidance on how to care for people who are sick and interim guidance on the use of face masks in a community setting where spread of this swine flu virus has been detected. This is a rapidly evolving situation and CDC will provide new information as it becomes available.

There are everyday actions people can take to stay healthy.

Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people.
If you get sick, CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them."
("CDC": "Center for Disease Control" (American; Governmental; Secular) 26 / 04 (April) / 2009)

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