Thursday, April 30, 2009

Swine Flu: Symptoms 'unbearably painful' [Vaccine 1/3rd ready + Advice on Kissing]

"We're about a third of the way" to that goal [a vaccine], said Dr. Ruben Donis of the CDC.
WHO's Thompson was noncommittal on the "don't kiss" advice, saying only: "There are different national circumstances that health officials are going to know far better than we will. It's up to them to make that call."
At a news conference announcing the elevated pandemic level, WHO chief Margaret Chan went further, suggesting it was time to rethink the traditional three kisses on the cheek popular in Switzerland and elsewhere in Europe. "Perhaps instead of having the traditional three hugs to say hello and welcome your friends, maybe you don't do that anymore," she said. "Don't hold each other and hug their face three times."
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"I could barely even catch my breath. I've never felt a pain like that before," Mele said. "My throat, it was burning, like, it was the worst burning sensation I ever got before. I couldn't even swallow. I couldn't even let up air. I could barely breathe through my mouth."

"I fully expect we will see deaths from this infection," said Richard Besser, acting director of the CDC.

A doctor wearing full body protective gear stand in the Naval hospital as

That was echoed by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

"It is very likely that we will see more serious presentations of illness and some deaths as we go through this flu cycle," she said.

Twelve teachers reported flu-like symptoms as well, said the principal, Brother Leonard Conway.

"It is here and it is spreading," Frieden said.

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