Friday, May 1, 2009

"Africa"; "SADC"; "South Africa": Local "expert" warns: "South Africa" not ready for any "pandemic" outbreak of "Swine Flu"

(Social Justice South Africa; c.f. "IOL" (Secular; Independent; South African) 01 / 05 (May) / 2009; "NCID" (South African; Governmental; Secular) 30 / 04 (April) / 2009)

Article by Marc Aupiais

With a "Swine Influenza A" (H1N1) virus causing concern around the world, a local "Expert", has warned the "Cape Argus": that "South Africa" would not be prepared for anything more than a few thousand cases.

According to the "Cape Argus" an "Independent Newspapers" ("IOL") service: "Stellenbosch University""Professor", and "head of virology" "Wolfgang Preiser", at the given institution, has warned that there is only enough stockpiles to deal with a few thousand cases. This hit the front page of the "Cape Argus", on today, the 1st of "May" "2009".

The Paper, also quotes: "Professor Ed Rybicki", who was also concerned that "South Africa" could not deal with a "Pandemic", if one spread here.

The "Government": is installing "thermal" ("heat sensitive") sensors in airports: to deal with drug mules, such should also be able to pick up "Swine Flu" sufferers, due to their high fever.

According to the "National Institute for Communicable Diseases" ("NICD"), a public health service: it has set out interim guidelines of who should be tested for the virus:

"Suspected case of swine influenza A/H1N1:
An individual with recent onset of fever ≥38 [degrees]C PLUS ONE OR MORE of the following acute respiratory symptoms
(sore throat, rhinorrhoea/nasal congestion, cough or myalgia) AND gives one of the following histories:
Travel within 7 days prior to onset of symptoms to Mexico or other countries with confirmed communitywide
Close contact** with an individual who is a suspected/confirmed case of swine influenza A/H1N1 in the 7
days prior to onset of symptoms
*For updates on countries currently reporting confirmed human cases of swine influenza A/H1N1 visit: http://
**Close contact includes: having cared for, lived in the same household with, or had direct contact within 2
metres of a suspected or confirmed case of swine influenza A/H1N1."

("NCID" (South African; Governmental; Secular) 30 / 04 (April) / 2009)

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)

It is advisable to wash your hands often, with soap and water, not to touch your nose, mouth or eyes (as the disease has been feared to spread from surfaces sufferers could have touched: which you could touch afterwards), and that if you sneeze, you cover both mouth and nose, with a tissue: and throw the said tissue out.

Please remember, we provide information, not medical advice. For such, visit your local doctor, and not us. This article is not to be taken as medical advice.

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