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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2009 12:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Darqcyde wrote:
Swine flu: Colombian president Alvaro Uribe contracts virus

Alvaro Uribe, the Colombian president, has contracted swine flu, prompting officials to contact other South American governments whose leaders attended a summit last week with the Colombian leader.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/swine-flu/6116339/Swine-flu-Colombian-president-Alvaro-Uribe-contracts-virus.html

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Mr Uribe, 57, began feeling unwell on Friday, the same day he attended a meeting of South American presidents in Bariloche, Argentina. He was confirmed to have swine flu after returning home, Diego Palacio, the social protection minster, said.

"This isn't something that has us scared," Mr Palacio said at a news conference. Mr Uribe, a key US ally in Latin America, is not considered a high-risk patient and will continue working from his computer, officials said.

Gilberto Alvarez, public health director, said that there was no need to put the president in isolation and that his condition would monitored for three days to a week.

No family members or close associates of Mr Uribe had shown swine flu symptoms, officials said.

During a Union of South American Nations summit of the region's presidents on Friday, Mr Uribe spent hours defending his plan to give US troops more access to Colombian bases as part of his government's fight against drug traffickers and leftist rebels. Many of his colleagues have voiced concerns about the idea.

Some justice finally. Uribe is a drug dealing fascist, there's no need to mince words.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 03, 2009 1:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lord knows you're usually a model of understatement and restraint.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 03, 2009 8:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i love you, kilgore.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 03, 2009 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kilgore is mine, I saw him first.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 03, 2009 5:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

but did you call dibs on him?

DIBS!

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 04, 2009 4:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sam the Eagle wrote:
Kilgore is mine, I saw him first.


I think I saw him first.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 04, 2009 4:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually, Sam, Op3l beat you, but he probably isn't going to show up to say anything about it.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 04, 2009 4:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heh, too easy
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2009 3:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

2,000 students at US university report swine flu symptoms

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SAN FRANCISCO, California (AFP) Some 2,000 students at Washington State University have reported symptoms of swine flu, university officials said, in one of the largest reported outbreaks of the virus on a US college campus.

The west-coast school last week instituted a blog to help provide information to students about the sudden and dramatic spread of the A(H1N1) virus on campus just days into the new school term.

"We estimate that we have been in contact with about 2,000 students with influenza-like illness in the first 10 days of our fall semester," the latest online posting said.

"At this time of year, we would typically only see a handful of patients with influenza-like illness. Health care providers in the local community have also seen WSU students with influenza-like illness, but we have no way of knowing how many.

"We also have no way of estimating how many students are self-caring at home without contacting us," school officials said.

They also said they had been asked by the county health department "to track numbers in this way to give us a better idea of how many students at WSU actually have influenza-like illness."

The university of about 19,000 students added that it is following guidelines issued by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in advising students how to avoid catching and spreading the virus.

WSU said it has begun handing out flu self-care kits to students.

"Two hundred of these kits have already been distributed with 1,000 more in process," university officials said, adding that none of the cases of swine flu so far has required hospitalization.

"The overwhelming majority of our patients have had mild symptoms and are usually better in three to five days," the university said.

None of the WSU cases have been fatal. There have been 593 swine flu-related deaths in the United States, however, second only to Brazil which has recorded 657 deaths.


*Sniff* I'll miss you Russ!
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2009 2:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

pig pig pig pig pig pig pig pig pig pig pig pig pig pig pig
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2009 3:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dogen goes to university on the safe side of the state, at Western Washington University. WSU (pronounced "wazoo") is on the other side of the mountains, on the east side of the state. he's pretty much safe. my nephew, however, is at WSU. )-: i think i'd better send him an email.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 2009 9:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i wouldn't start planning his funeral yet, jwing.

the thing about something like this is, you don't know how many of those students, the overwhelming majority of whom are experiencing mild symptoms, would have gone to the health service if there wasn't all this publicity, including a blog. there's been so much publicity about this, i suspect people who normally would have just stayed in bed a couple of days (and maybe not even that) are running off to the doctor, and inflating the statistics.

i'm thinking this may turn out like west nile - there was a big hoo-rah about it a few years ago, when a few people died and every one started having fits whenever they saw a dead bird - and then it turned out that large numbers of people had caught it, and it was so mild they didn't really even notice.

(actually, i shouldn't be so cavalier. as a good aunt, you should _definitely_ email your nephew, and naturally you can fuss at him to be careful of the flu. but i'm sure he'll be fine.)
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 2009 11:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i asked him if i needed to send him a care package with ham, spam, bacon and hospital masks, but he declined. said the only thing he's coming down with is senioritis. (-: and school just started.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 09, 2009 5:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've come down with flu recently and I'm dreadful curious if it's swine flu or not. Guess I'll never know.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 09, 2009 7:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You've got a mild cold. Quit whining.
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