A 26-year-old from the Cape and islands with no history of underlying medical problems has died from swine flu, the 11th death in Massachusetts attributed to the novel virus, state public health authorities announced this morning.
It was reported today that 3 more Massachusetts residents died as a result of the swine flu; a 53 year old, a 20 year old and a 21 year old. The Boston Globe has said they all had “serious underlying health conditions,” but the deaths of such young adults have me alarmed.
“The virus has proven especially dangerous to people already coping with respiratory ailments such as asthma, heart disease, diabetes, and conditions that impair the body’s ability to fight invading germs. And as the deaths of the 20- and 21-year-olds demonstrate, the germ known by the scientific name H1N1 has also proven to be a particular threat to young adults, as well as children.
A federal advisory panel yesterday recommended that children and young adults be among the groups that are at the top of the list to receive a vaccine against swine flu, which could be available as early as October.”
A school in Rockville, Maryland has been closed due to a suspected swine flu case that appears to have been acquired in the community.
“In all the other cases, the patient had some link to a person who had recently traveled to Mexico, where the disease seems to have begun. But in this case, officials said, neither the student nor his immediate family had traveled recently, which makes it more worrisome…”
The number of possible swine flu cases at the Harvard Dental School has risen to 9.
8 students at Amherst College have been isolated due to possible infection.
A man in the UK has been confirmed as the first person to have contracted the virus without visiting Mexico.
Around 300 people staying at a hotel in Hong Kong have been quarantined after a guest was confirmed to have the swine flu.
The CDC says it’s “good news” that this current strain lacks the genes of the 1918 virus that was so deadly, but the fact that “the new virus is a very unusual four-way combination of human genes and genes from swine viruses found in North America, Asia and Europe” does not make me feel warm and fuzzy inside.
People are still wearing those ridiculous masks around as if they help. They only really help if you’re sick in not spreading around all the germs that come out of your mouth.
Tonight seems like a good night for zombie movies.
It seems the Boston Herald is a good place to go if you want to be (even more) alarmed and panicky.
This is a little ridiculous, obviously.
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