As most of us are aware by now there has been a widespread swine flu epidemic on the rise in severalUS states. As concerned parents we can't help but worry a little more about diseases like this spreading and infecting our kids, especially if you have young children in school. Earlier today they confirmed at least eight students in NYC came down with the swine fluvirusafter returning from a trip toMexico.
Right now the best we can do is to stay informed and avoid large crowds, especially with small children, while also making sure we wash our hands regularly. Surprisingly, the CDC hasn't put any travel restrictions to Mexico in place.
The scary thing is there is no vaccine available to prevent this strain. Thankfully, the US cases have not been as severe as the over 80 in Mexico which have resulted in death already, while over 1000 have already been infected in Mexico alone. Just tonight, I learned viaabcnewsradio.comthat at least10 students from New Zealand returning from a trip to Mexicomay be infected with the swine flu virus as well.
WHO Director-General Margaret Chan said the outbreak of the never-before-seen virus has "pandemicpotential." But she said it is still too early to tell if it would become a pandemic. WHO lays out three criteria necessary for a global epidemic: The virus is able to infect people, can readily spread person-to-person and the global population has no immunity to it. Early detection and treatment are key to stopping any outbreak. WHO guidance calls for isolating the sick and blanketing everyone around them with anti-viral drugs such asTamiflu. Now, with patients showing up all across Mexico and its teeming capital, simple math suggests that kind of response is impossible.