China Issues Swine Flu Travel Warning Ahead of Lunar New Year

by VR Sreeraman on  January 15, 2010 at 4:12 PM General Health News
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China's health ministry has urged vulnerable groups to get swine flu vaccinations or limit travel during the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year holiday due to the spread of the A(H1N1) virus.
 China Issues Swine Flu Travel Warning Ahead of Lunar New Year
China Issues Swine Flu Travel Warning Ahead of Lunar New Year

"Pregnant women, children, the elderly, obese people and those with chronic diseases should avoid public travel during the peak period of Spring Festival travel," the ministry said in a statement posted on its website late Wednesday.

Such vulnerable groups should also get swine flu vaccinations and steer clear of crowded public places and people showing obvious flu symptoms, it said.

The ministry also urged for prevention measures to be stepped up, including wearing face masks, frequently washing hands and getting early medical checkups for coughs and other flu symptoms, it said.

Tens of millions of people are expected to pack into trains, planes and buses during the upcoming Lunar New Year travel period when Chinese return to their hometowns and villages for annual family reunions.

This year's travel period extends from January 30 to March 10. Lunar New Year's Day, or the start of the traditional Spring Festival, falls on February 14.

Last week, the ministry announced it had recorded 659 swine flu deaths in China in 2009, nearly all of them in the last two months of the year, and warned that the danger of mass outbreaks still existed in certain areas.

The total number of A(H1N1) infections recorded in 2009 stood at 120,940, it said.

At the end of October, the reported death toll stood at just six. The number of recorded deaths then spiked, reaching about 180 at the start of December and 659 by the end of the month.

On Wednesday, the ministry said it had recorded 2,173 new cases of the swine flu and 51 deaths due to the disease from January 4 to 10.

Source: AFP

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However, the swine flu outbreak was a 'false pandemic'; said Wolfgang Wodarg, head of health at the Council of Europe (January 8, 2010). He has branded the H1N1 outbreak as 'one of the greatest medical scandals of the century'. However, swine flu is not the first time we have suffered this nonsense. See predictions about BSE/ vCJD by Roy M. Anderson. He has mathematically modelled the spread of new variant Creutzfeld- Jakob disease (v CJD), published in Nature (406, 583-584; 10 August 2000). There his team showed that the current mortality data are consistent with between 63 and 136,000 cases among the population known to have a susceptible genotype (about 40% of the total population), with on average less than two cases of vCJD arising from the consumption of one infected bovine. However, far fewer people are carrying the human form of mad cow disease than previously feared. There have been 168 definite or probable cases of vCJD since 1995, suggesting that the risk had been „overestimated“. WHY? Because in Britain, much of the alarmism about Mad Cow disease was never justified scientifically. It was pure, math-model-driven science fiction. But it was pushed very vigorously by the British science establishment, which has never confessed to its errors!. This led to an obscene £5 billion campaign of British cattle destruction and compensation. So this could be “more greatest medical scandal”... WHY? According to my opinion BSE (popularly called ‘mad cow disease') is not an infectious disease. See these relationships, according to my recent presentation at 29th World Veterinary Congress in Vancouver; Neurodegenerative Diseases and Schizophrenia as a Hyper or Hypofunction of the NMDA Receptors

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