SÝminn hringdi seint Ý gŠrkv÷ldi. Ein mˇirsystir Anelar (ein af m÷rgum) hafi sÚ Ý frÚttunum a infl˙ensufaraldur hafi brotist ˙t hÚr Ý MexÝkˇborg. B˙i sÚ a loka ÷llum skˇlum, allt frß leikskˇlum upp Ý hßskˇlana, og fˇlk hvatt til a vera ß varbergi. Ůetta kom nokku ˇnotalega vi mann, sÚrstaklega ■ar sem Úg kann mÝna veirufrŠi ßgŠtlega og nř tilfelli af banvŠnni infl˙ensu eru alltaf ßhyggjuefni. SÚrstaklega ■egar ■au koma upp ■ar sem Úg bř!
HÚr er meira um svÝnaflensuna:
A novel flu virus has struck hundreds of people in Mexico, and at least 18 have died. It has also infected eight people in the US, and appears able to spread readily from human to human. The World Health Organization is calling an emergency meeting to decide whether to declare the possible onset of a flu pandemic.
Ironically, after years of concern about H5N1 bird flu, the new flu causing concern is a pig virus, of a family known as H1N1.
(via reddit - hÚr eru frˇlegar umrŠur), m.a. ■etta FAQ:
- Why is this flu killing mostly younger adults? New and virulent strains of flu have the potential to cause a cytokine storm (an overreaction of the body's immune system). Younger adults have stronger immune systems and thus this overreaction can be deadly.
- Will the seasonal vaccine protect against this strain of swine flu? It is unlikely, if likely at all, that the seasonal vaccine will confer any protection. Despite that the seasonal vaccine has an H1N1 component, it appears that this strain is far too distant from that targeted by the seasonal vaccine. It will be a minimum of 3 months before a vaccine against this strain is widely available.
- Is there treatment for this strain of swine flu? Right now both Tamiflu (tablet) and Relenza (inhaled powder) are effective; however, there is a chance that the swine flu virus will mutate and become resistant.
- Why is this called swine flu? The particular virus normally infects pigs; however, if the pig virus and a human strain of influenza infect the same human cell, they can recombine making a virus capable of transmitting from human-to-human. It is very clear that human-to-human transmission is occurring now.
Lesendur BBC segja frß, ■.m.t. lŠknir Ý MexÝkˇborg:
I work as a resident doctor in one of the biggest hospitals in Mexico City and sadly, the situation is far from "under control". As a doctor, I realise that the media does not report the truth. Authorities distributed vaccines among all the medical personnel with no results, because two of my partners who worked in this hospital (interns) were killed by this new virus in less than six days even though they were vaccinated as all of us were. The official number of deaths is 20, nevertheless, the true number of victims are more than 200. I understand that we must avoid to panic, but telling the truth it might be better now to prevent and avoid more deaths.
Ůetta lÝtur ekkert rosalega vel ˙t!