Archive for Thursday, August 20, 2009

Kansas governor sets flu summit

August 20, 2009


— Gov. Mark Parkinson and health and emergency management officials announced Thursday that they will convene a summit on the global swine flu pandemic.

The meeting will be from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday at the Maner Conference Center in Topeka, and broadcast to six more locations in the state.

In addition to Parkinson, those who will participate in the summit are Kansas Department of Health and Environment Secretary Roderick Bremby, Kansas Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Tod Bunting, and Kansas Education Commissioner Alexa Posny.

Other state and local officials also will speak at the meeting, which in an invitation-only event.

The summit will be broadcast to facilities in Garden City, Hays, Kansas City, Salina and Wichita.

In a briefing earlier this week, State Health Officer Dr. Jason Eberhart-Phillips said officials must take precautions.

“It’s just a reality we all have to awaken ourselves to,” he said.

The H1N1 flu has already killed 1,400 people worldwide since it was discovered earlier this year.

Some health officials have estimated between 20 percent and 40 percent of the world’s population may catch the infection within the next two years.

In Kansas, cases have been confirmed in 49 of 105 counties, resulting in 29 hospitalizations and one death.

The outbreak has been most frequent among school-age children.

Health officials say they want to be aggressive in keeping people with the flu separated as much as possible from well people to contain the spread.

They said closing schools has not been successful because children have simply congregated in other settings.

“Our goal is to do everything possible to keep schools open and functioning,” Eberhart-Phillips said.

He said a vaccine for the virus will probably start to be available in Kansas in September.


Boston_Corbett 8 years, 6 months ago

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Boston_Corbett 8 years, 6 months ago

Since when is poking fun of Marion's self-designated expertise on flu, of which he has none, a violation of the usage agreement?

Since when is reminding the readers that Marion fear-mongered on these boards about the H1N1 outbreak, a violation of the usage agreement?

Since when is reminding the readers of Marions usage of the term "trade routes" to a trip which ended Herrington, Kansas, as pretty stupid, a violation of the usage agreement?

Since when is reminding Marion, after his suggestion that thousands would soon die from H1N1, when incorrect and without basis, a violation of the usage agreement.

A little itchy on the trigger finger, eh John. Maybe you need another cup of coffee?

Boston_Corbett 8 years, 6 months ago

Kansas deaths to date attributed to H1N1 over past 5 months - one.

Annual US fatalities from normal seasonal flu - 36,000.

Marion Lynn posts here from last spring about H1N1 outbreak: _ I think we're in for it with this one. -- I concur but also expect that one or the other of the flus or hemoragic fevers is going to take care of that matter for us and in the not too distant future. _ Boston, were I you, I would be out trying to find some masks and thinking about preparation as this situation is going downhill fast. _ If you get locked out, no one may let you in. _ And if things do go South, don't knock on my door if you don't know my Rottweiller's name! _ Got YOUR masks yet? _ Why is the US/Mexican border not closed? _ Get your N95s while you still can. _ There are still N95s on a few store shelves. _ Essentially, you are on your own _ See, the thing is about flu and other diseases is that they can run and run hard. _ Duck and cover, folks! _ N95 masks are still available but will most likely be sold out in a few days

I think this says it all about a guy who now just cut-and-pastes actual information from Google searches on the topic.

Boston_Corbett 8 years, 6 months ago

And Marion, you quote the following statement:

“One of the big reasons for the 'mother of pandemics' in 1918 was that the virus had mutated so it could pass easily among people. And that is a feature of the current virus, which has infected over a thousand people in 21 countries since it was first reported..”

This is a myth.

No scientific basis exists for the popularly believed notion that the 1918 pandemic became more lethal after its first "wave" of infections.

Read this again: No scientific basis exists for the popularly believed notion that the 1918 pandemic became more lethal after its first "wave" of infections.

By definition, all flu "mutates." Virtually all flu particles exiting infected cells contain errors in RNA sequencing. The RNA replication process creates many errors, and is not self-correcting.

The notion that a single genetic change fundamentally transforms the character of a typical flu strain is not generally how it happens.

A gradual genetic "drift" is what generally occurs. The genetic drift of the current H1N1 has been quite typical.

This H1N1 is highly efficient in its communicability, hence more infections are expected this winter.

This H1N1's mortality rate however does not appear to be appreciably different than than other seasonal flu strains, despite the reporting which occurred initially around the Mexican outbreak.

Marion just makes the issue worse, predicting mass burial sites and all. He is just playing his sicko role.

Boston_Corbett 8 years, 6 months ago

Marion quotes: “The 1918 pandemic circled the globe in a few months, following trade routes and shipping lanes.”

And in 2009, driving to Herrington, Kansas does not consist of following 1918 trade routes or shipping lanes. Transportation is more ubiquitous.

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