Berwaspadalah kita, virus babi menyerang! mungkinkah virus ini berasal dari dadah buatan manusia? Ataupun serangan racun biologikal?
Mungkinkah satu hari nanti manusia akan berubah genetik akibat terlalu banyak makan ubat dan akibat pencemaran alam sekitar yang teruk? atau manusia akan ‘lenyap’ di muka bumi ini(extintion)….
World on alert with swine flu outbreak
Mexicans huddled inside their homes while US hospitals tracked patients with flu symptoms and other countries imposed health checks at airports as the World Health Organisation warned the virus had the potential to become a pandemic.
Announced on Friday, the outbreak has snowballed into a monster headache for the country, already grappling with a violent drug war and economic slowdown, and has quickly become one of the biggest global health scares in years.
In New Zealand, 10 pupils from an Auckland school that had just returned from Mexico were being treated for influenza symptoms in what health authorities said was a likely case of swine flu.
“We are monitoring minute by minute the evolution of this problem across the whole country,” President Felipe Calderon said as health officials counted suspected infections in six states from the tropical south to the northern border.
The flu is spreading in the United States. Eleven cases were confirmed in California, Kansas and Texas, and eight schoolchildren in New York City caught a type A influenza virus that health officials say is likely to be the swine flu.
The new flu strain, a mixture of various swine, bird and human viruses, poses the biggest risk of a large-scale pandemic since avian flu surfaced in 1997, killing several hundred people.
A 1968 “Hong Kong” flu pandemic killed about one million people globally.
New flu strains can spread quickly because no one has natural immunity and a vaccine takes months to develop.
Health Minister Jose Angel Cordova said the swine flu had killed at least 20 and possibly as many as 81 people in Mexico, and more than 1,300 people were being tested for suspected infection.
Most of the dead were aged 25 to 45, a worrying sign because a hallmark of past pandemics has been high fatalities among healthy young adults.
In the crowded capital of 20 million people, museums were closed and public events scrapped, from concerts to a running race.
People hoarded bottled water and canned food, churchgoers were told to stay home and follow Sunday services on television and bewildered tourists were made to wear surgical face masks.
Trendy districts were quiet on Saturday night as authorities closed 70 per cent of nightclubs, along with stadiums and movie theatres. At least one open bar stationed medics at its doors to check clients’ throats and take their temperatures.
All schools in the city, Mexico State and San Luis Potosi are to be closed until May 6 and some companies planned to have employees work from home. — Reuters Governments around the world rushed yesterday to check the spread of a new type of swine flu that has killed up to 81 people in Mexico and infected around a dozen in the United States.