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For those of you amongst the three possible regular readers I think I have who may have been wondering what the “thing” I’ve been alluding to in my Pharma is your Phriend series, with comments of “only a month to go”, you may have guessed it. I have resigned from my job in medical communications. My official last day is Thursday next week.
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I think we are getting to the stage where it’s pretty hard to deny that the current A/H1N1 Mexican Flu is a pandemic strain of flu. This made a lot of what I was planning to blog a bit obsolete (that’s why you should blog direct).
This week in Australia confirmed cases have been pretty much doubling each day. When I was putting together my flu resources for blogging on Tuesday, it was in the 20s. On Wednesday it jumped to just over 50. Yesterday it was near 100. Ten Late News just told me it’s 209. Will it be 1000 by the end of the weekend, or maybe it’ll hit a peak by 500?
The good(?) thing about the current form of the virus is that while it appears highly infectious, it doesn’t seem particularly lethal or morbid. But it doesn’t change the fact that influenza is a potentially lethal disease – so the less people who get infected in the first place the better (that’s directed at you anti-vax wingnuts and idiots planning swine flu parties). It also isn’t reassuring that the Spanish Influenza pandemic in the early 20th century was initially mild(-ish) and became increasiningly virulent.
Some stories from the past week of pandemic emergence:
- Diagnosed Canberra man claims, “I’ve had worse paper cuts“
- Investigative reporter Sarah Collerton goes a bit far for her job. After her flatmate is diagnosed with H1N1, she is thrown into quarrantine with her other flatmates, at least she has a laptop and can still write stories. Raises the question of whether quarantining potentially flu-free individuals with potential flu-infected ones is an appropriate action.
- Club Wah politely points out that people whinging about the lack of information available about swine Mexican flu, should possibly try looking for it.
- On the other hand some are woried that Health Minister Roxon is mentioning the possibility of cancelling football matches. Nice to see Australia has priorities.
- First case in Tasmania was identified tonight.
- Seven clinics have been set up to deal with Mexican flu in Victoria – I’ve read about clinics opening in Gold Coast, Brisbane and Adelaide as well.
To follow the Australian governments official pandemic phase alert, visit here.
For global information – I recommend the Google-Rhiza Labs interactive map project by Dr Niman.
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I have a few posts lined up about swine flu. With Australian cases of A/H1N1 Mexican influenza have been steadily creeping up, I should try and get them out before we all die or something.
But i’ll take my chances and post them tomorrow, it’s getting quite late.
However I just loved that one of my friends back home pasted this on facebook. The local paper is panicking that some cruise ship that dropped of some infected passengers in Sydney (more about them later) has detoured so that instead of being distantly offshore of the Queensland coast in the Great Barrier Reef, it is now slightly less distantly offshore of the Queensland coast in the Great Barrier Reef. [Insert dramatic tone].
I’m struggling to work out how exactly it could travel along the east side of Australia without at some point being “off the coast of Rockhampton” (I’m going to just ignore the Bully momentarily forgetting that Rockhampton is not on the coast).
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Terrestrials must remain united against the aquatic threat.
Look at the size of this stingray! (We all know what stingrays do to Australians…*)
Remain alert but not alarmed land-dwellers. If you know or suspect anyone of being a sympathiser to the marine cause, report them immediately to your local authorities.
This menace will not be allowed to affect our way of life.
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