Friday, February 03, 2012

Blog #3 Mexico health sec: Swine flu way up after low year

It appears that the season of swine flu has come around earlier than expected this year. Well at least that seems to be the case for Mexico. It appeared in the U.S. in April 2009 and never went away, and it was only three years ago when the world almost broke out in complete hysteria due to the widespread of the infectious disease. By January of 2012 Mexico had already reported more cases of the virus then they had in all of 2011. Unfortunately this is not unusual and is a normal number of cases within the flu season for Mexico. The rapid pace of the outbreak seems to be causing a great amount of deaths fairly soon. Thirty-two people have already died from the flu and only three of them were from things other than H1N1. Because there was such a low number reported of the virus just last year, the country was not properly stocked for this pandemic. Private schools and pharmacies were forced to close due to shortage of the antiviral drugs. Due to the high number of deaths from the initial outbreak in 2009 Mexican authorities have already begun to work more diligently to attempt to keep the flu under wraps. Because this was such a global pandemic the swine flu is now included in the flu vaccine that people are encouraged to get yearly. I feel as if the swine flu only became an issue when the outbreak started to affect more people than expected. Mexico was not really prepared for their most recent outbreak and I believe that it was something that could have easily been prevented. Due to the outbreak in the previous year, that should have set the precedent for them as to what was to come in the future. The severity of swine flu cases varies from mild to severe but there is no definite way in determining just how serious any particular outbreak may get. For this very reason is why we must take safety precautions, plan ahead, and take note of the history of diseases to ensure the safety of the world, Mexico included, from prevalent respiratory diseases such as the swine flu. 

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