People urged not to travel to the USA or Mexico-THOMAS COOK CANCELLED FLIGHTS NOW....

People have been urged not to travel to the United States or Mexico as senior officials held emergency talks over the deadly outbreak of swine flu.

The European Union's health commissioner, Andorra Vassiliou, advised people to postpone their travel plans unless "it is very urgent for them".

His warning came as Spain became the first country in Europe to confirm a case of the virus after a man who returned from a trip to Mexico last week was found to have the virus.

The unnamed man returned to Spain on April 22 and was put under observation on April 25 with chest problems, Health Minister Trinidad Jimenez said.

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1 suspected case near Manchester! aaargghh

Original Poster

news.sky.com/sky…rus

I'm off to spain on friday ....... should i re think that ?

Banned

Uh-oh,this is getting bigger.
Someone else yesterday said they were going on hol there end of May, I sure as hell wouldnt be going now!

smithyp1;5046545

http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/World-News/Mexico-Swine-Flu-Cases-Up-To-1600-Over-100-Mexicans-Die-From-Virus/Article/200904415269664?lpos=World_News_Carousel_Region_0&lid=ARTICLE_15269664_Mexico_Swine_Flu_Cases_Up_To_1%2C600%3A_Over_100_Mexicans_Die_From_VirusI'm off to spain on friday ....... should i re think that ?



no the weather here has been rubbish again recently...go while you still can!

is there a cure?

manchesterjim;5046542

1 suspected case near Manchester! aaargghh



How near . . . . . :oops:

I dont see what all the fuss is about.......

*sneeze oink!*

OH SHI-!

God, scary stuff!

Girlfriend is heading to NY in July, and we're heading to Costa Brava in September...

I reckon it'll be fine by then :P

mbgringo;5046598

How near . . . . . :oops:



Sale matey.
A Canadian national in her 60's who recently went to Mexico
Shes currently in a hospital in Manchester undergoing tests.

Slightly worried I'm flying to the US in 2 weeks.

ryancs;5046658

Slightly worried I'm flying to the US in 2 weeks.


Your being urged NOT to fly, and your only slightly worried? Personally i'd be on the phone trying to get what money i can back!

Artonox;5046593

is there a cure?



if treated early on, yes

manchesterjim;5046671

if treated early on, yes


Whats the symptons, don't tell me ya start to oink !!

manchesterjim;5046637

Sale matey.A Canadian national in her 60's who recently went to … Sale matey.A Canadian national in her 60's who recently went to MexicoShes currently in a hospital in Manchester undergoing tests.



Woah, work in Altrincham (off today) - will be taking my mask and gloves in tomorrow - I escape the country to the Canaries Saturday too, watch the cases over there explode before the weekend :x

Lulu'sMammy;5046679

Whats the symptons, don't tell me ya start to oink !!



not sure about symptoms, but i think its very similar to normal flu..Anyone who has fluey symptoms that get rapidly worse, are supposed to call their GP and will be investigated if they are believed to be infected.

mbgringo;5046704

Woah, work in Altrincham (off today) - will be taking my mask and gloves … Woah, work in Altrincham (off today) - will be taking my mask and gloves in tomorrow - I escape the country to the Canaries Saturday too, watch the cases over there explode before the weekend :x



lol you might be safer over there than here if that woman comes up positive!

Artonox;5046593

is there a cure?



It's a virus, so no cure as such. Maybe I'm wrong, but is it not just a more sever version of the flu you usually get, so it's mainly people with weaker immune systems that are at risk, i.e. over 65's/kids?

civms47;5046734

It's a virus, so no cure as such. Maybe I'm wrong, but is it not just a … It's a virus, so no cure as such. Maybe I'm wrong, but is it not just a more sever version of the flu you usually get, so it's mainly people with weaker immune systems that are at risk, i.e. over 65's/kids?



many of the people who died in mexico (over 100 now) were between the ages of 25 and 45 and were all very healthy people

Original Poster

Q: What is swine flu?

A: It is a contagious respiratory disease that usually affects pigs caused by the type A influenza viruses. Pigs are hit by regular outbreaks. There are many different types of swine flu and the current cases involve the H1N1 strain of type A influenza virus.

Q: How do humans catch it?

A: While people do not normally catch it, humans can contract the virus, usually if they have been in close contact with pigs.

It is also possible for the constantly mutating virus to spread from person to person, which has happened in the latest outbreak.

Experts believe it spreads in the same way as seasonal flu - through coughing and sneezing.

Q: What are the symptoms?


A: The symptoms of swine influenza in people are similar to the symptoms of a regular human seasonal influenza infection and can include fever, fatigue, lack of appetite, coughing and a sore throat. Some people with swine flu have also reported vomiting and diarrhoea.

I'm taking my gammon back to Tescos...i ain't risking it!

Lulu'sMammy;5046787

I'm taking my gammon back to Tescos...i ain't risking it!



lol youve started something now!
they dont reckon this strain was caught from pigs, as there have been no reports of outbreaks. Its still unclear where it started.
So get that gammon in the oven!

Lulu'sMammy;5046787

I'm taking my gammon back to Tescos...i ain't risking it!



Calm down, don't worry. You're not going to catch a virus from dead meat. A parasite maybe, if it's poorly cooked, or you might get poisined by a toxin if it's improperly handled, but not a virus. By needlessly stressing yourself out, you're only going to impede the efficiency of your immune system, and that's going to do no good for you. Relax.

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/swine_flu.png

If it goes pandemic, you'll have cancelled a holiday for nothing smithy!!

The H1N1 virus can be treated with the anti-viral drugs Tamiflu and Relenza. These have proved very effective in the US cases, I believe. At present the UK is very well stocked - having enough doses for 25% of the population and they said today tht production will be increased.


civms47 . Maybe I'm wrong, but is it not just a more sever version of the … civms47 . Maybe I'm wrong, but is it not just a more sever version of the flu you usually get, so it's mainly people with weaker immune systems that are at risk, i.e. over 65's/kids?


That's the case with 'usual' flu but pandemics tend to work the other way and affect younger fit people, under 50 , like in the WW1 pandemic.

dxx;5046961

Calm down, don't worry. You're not going to catch a virus from dead meat. … Calm down, don't worry. You're not going to catch a virus from dead meat. A parasite maybe, if it's poorly cooked, or you might get poisined by a toxin if it's improperly handled, but not a virus. By needlessly stressing yourself out, you're only going to impede the efficiency of your immune system, and that's going to do no good for you. Relax.


LOL, oh you did make me laugh, firstly i don't eat meat! (its for the mother in laws visit at the weekend) and secondly, i am very calm, i am playing mega bloks and watching Fraggle rock!!

Great, I'm supposed to be taking a vip to a conference in the US on the 20th of May !!

If it wasn't already hard enough getting someone who hates flying over there . . .

Original Poster

[QUOTE=chesso;5046986]If it goes pandemic, you'll have cancelled a holiday for nothing smithy!!

QUOTE]

I will still be going, no doubt about that.

The sun is shining and the golf course and swimming pools are waiting for me .... :thumbsup:

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civms47;5046734

It's a virus, so no cure as such. Maybe I'm wrong, but is it not just a … It's a virus, so no cure as such. Maybe I'm wrong, but is it not just a more sever version of the flu you usually get, so it's mainly people with weaker immune systems that are at risk, i.e. over 65's/kids?



Because of the reaction in the body it's actually healthy people aged 25-45 most severely affected.

Just heard the EU mention the large stocks of Antiviral drugs in UK,Does this mean we are expected to hand them out to other countries in the EU who havent stockpiled ?.

smithyp1;5047021

I will still be going, no doubt about that.The sun is shining and the … I will still be going, no doubt about that.The sun is shining and the golf course and swimming pools are waiting for me .... :thumbsup:



What's this one, the third holiday this year?
My next one is several weeks away - France. Hope it's sunshining there as well, but no golf!!
It's not you spreading this flu throughout the world, is it? :roll:
(That was a joke for the paranoid amongst you:w00t: )

Lulu'sMammy;5047007

LOL, oh you did make me laugh, firstly i don't eat meat! (its for the … LOL, oh you did make me laugh, firstly i don't eat meat! (its for the mother in laws visit at the weekend) and secondly, i am very calm, i am playing mega bloks and watching Fraggle rock!!



You don't eat meat? Why? Is there something wrong with you?

Lulu'sMammy;5046679

Whats the symptons, don't tell me ya start to oink !!



No, you get all sex-crazed and fascinated by men's genitals, so don't worry.

No wait ...

dxx;5047232

You don't eat meat? Why? Is there something wrong with you?


Nothing wrong with me, i just don't like it? I know you eat it, you proved that when we were talking about munching womens "meat"!

Liddle ol' me;5047242

No, you get all sex-crazed and fascinated by men's genitals, so don't … No, you get all sex-crazed and fascinated by men's genitals, so don't worry.No wait ...


Good, i'm clear then......coz to be honest they ain't much else thats uglier!

Lulu'sMammy;5047255

Good, i'm clear then......coz to be honest they ain't much else thats … Good, i'm clear then......coz to be honest they ain't much else thats uglier!


except for a half cooked pork chop.:whistling:

I think they caught the swine flu from Gordan Brown and his minions!

Lulu'sMammy;5047248

Nothing wrong with me, i just don't like it? I know you eat it, you … Nothing wrong with me, i just don't like it? I know you eat it, you proved that when we were talking about munching womens "meat"!



Oh, jesus. Totally no need to bring that up. Seriously. You know that warm saliva you get shooting into your mouth when you're about to vomit? You just gave me that. Ickkk.

I received the below from my father in law who is one of the top AIDS researchers in the world: -

"We have to wait and see. The deaths in Mexico are worrying. However, its unclear how efficiently this virus is spreading. I think it could all fizzle out from this point. On the other hand, it may gain in efficiency for spread and there could be trouble. Going on the last century, we are overdue a flu pandemic. However, there may be a dozen or more false alarms before it happens. The good news is that this strain is sensitive to the two types of influenza inhibitors and I believe (could be wrong) that they both have been stockpiled in Britain. The vaccine should also be ready before winter.

So don’t worry yet."

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chesso;5047104

What's this one, the third holiday this year?My next one is several weeks … What's this one, the third holiday this year?My next one is several weeks away - France. Hope it's sunshining there as well, but no golf!! It's not you spreading this flu throughout the world, is it? :roll:(That was a joke for the paranoid amongst you:w00t: )



Not guilty ............. :oops:

1st one this year.....but got vegas in july and florida in oct .......if i'm still alive :w00t:
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