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Flu news

Of course behind a cut to protect those not interested in my particular obsessions...

Illinois has taken the lead away from NY.   Over 200 more cases today than yesterday. 

Alabama      4       
Arizona     48      
California     67      
Colorado     17      
Connecticut     4      
Delaware     33      
Florida     5      
Georgia     3      
Hawaii     3      
Idaho     1      
Illinois     122      
Indiana     15      
Iowa     1      
Kansas     2      
Kentucky*     2      
Louisiana     7      
Maine     1      
Maryland     4      
Massachusetts     45      
Michigan     8      
Minnesota     1      
Missouri     2      
Nebraska     4      
Nevada     5      
New Hampshire     2      
New Jersey     7      
New Mexico     3      
New York     97      
North Carolina     7      
Ohio     5      
Oklahoma     1      
Oregon     15      
Pennsylvania     1      
Rhode Island     2      
South Carolina     16     
Tennessee 2     
Texas     61
Utah     1      
Virginia     3
Washington 9     
Wisconsin 6
TOTAL (41)     642 cases     2 deaths


 6 May 2009 -- As of 06:00 GMT, 6 May 2009, 22 countries have officially reported 1516 cases of influenza A (H1N1) infection.

Mexico has reported 822 laboratory confirmed human cases of infection, including 29 deaths.

The following countries have reported laboratory confirmed cases with no deaths - Austria (1), Canada (165), China, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (1), Colombia (1), Costa Rica (1), Denmark (1), El Salvador (2), France (4), Germany (9), Guatemala (1), Ireland (1), Israel (4), Italy (5), Netherlands (1), New Zealand (6), Portugal (1), Republic of Korea (2), Spain (57), Switzerland (1) and the United Kingdom (27)


There is talk that this flu will be back to visit us in the fall.  We now have a case of our own in Boise, ID (still in the probable category, which I don't have the numbers for).  It's a small child.



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May. 6th, 2009 05:09 pm (UTC)
Three of our local schools were closed, but two of them are open now today. We've had one confirmed case in the county north of here and at least three "probable" cases in the county here... it's interesting (and kind of scary for a person like me with a horrible immune system).

It's certainly keeping my co-workers on their toes!
May. 6th, 2009 05:14 pm (UTC)
Now that it's finally gotten here, I am thinking of starting taking the standardized elderberry capsules I bought...it does have some clinical test results that show it helping agains influenza, and start carrying the hand sanitizer for those moments I know handwashing will be a problem...
May. 6th, 2009 05:22 pm (UTC)
*nods* I'm getting ready to go on a trip to Chicago and I'm bringing hand sanitizer with me on the plane - that's all I need is to catch H1N1!
May. 6th, 2009 05:28 pm (UTC)
And if I were flying right now, I'd be thinking about wearing a mask...Maybe even an N95, but N95s buggers get hot when you wear them very long...(I sometimes get chemical sensitive...I learned all about masks when I had a real bad episode...I couldn't walk down the laundry soaps/air freshener aisle unless I had a charcoal mask on without triggering a coughing bout.)
May. 6th, 2009 05:30 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm debating it
We're flying (two different flights both ways UGH) and my immune system is absolutely horrible.
Seriously, I think my immune system throws welcome parties for diseases -_-;;
But I'm thinking as long as I'm careful (and use a looooot of sanitizer and don't touch people) I should be okay.
The CDC pointed out that it's a lot more mild right now than they originally expected (though the fall might be a different story) so I'm hoping this should be good. I'm awful with masks.
May. 6th, 2009 05:45 pm (UTC)
Right before I got my problem corrected, I bought a honeycomb mask...they were the best of the bunch. Lightweight, with carbon filters...and you could get them with different skins, like lace...Then I found out what I had was vocal chord dysfunction, which had been misdiagnosed as asthma, and the asthma medicines irritated my vocal chords making it worse and giving me a yeast infection on top of it.

Odd thing to happen to learn about the masks. But I learned a breathing technique that relaxed the vocal chords, cleaned up the yeast infection, switched to gum and mints instead of Abuterol and steroid sprays and in two weeks I could walk around without the masks.

I always get the weird stuff....
May. 6th, 2009 05:48 pm (UTC)
Then I found out what I had was vocal chord dysfunction, which had been misdiagnosed as asthma, and the asthma medicines irritated my vocal chords making it worse and giving me a yeast infection on top of it.

Huh... what a crazy combination!

I used to get pneumonia and bronchitis each yeah (bronchitis in February/March, pneumonia in March/April) but then I passed out in March my freshman year of high school. After tests, they found out I have a mild mitral-valve prolapse and figured that was it
Then I had a seizure my junior year of high school and we tried to mess with meds and stuff, but nothing ever happened... until two years later.
Now I'm on meds and we've discovered that being sick and sleeplessness are my two main triggers, so I do my best to avoid both.

It's certainly got to be nice not having to walk around with masks, though! I'll look into honeycomb masks - are they available at regular stores?
May. 6th, 2009 05:52 pm (UTC)
Usually at places that deal with Asthma supplies, but here is their homepage:

May. 6th, 2009 05:55 pm (UTC)
Hmmmm... neat! Thanks!
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