Tuesday, April 28, 2009 Posted by Shattered Paradigm
Comments from Mexican eyewitnesses on a BBC News website tell of a much bleaker situation in Mexico than we have been told in the mainstream media. These chilling reports should put a chill up your spine.....
*Antonio Chavez, a medical doctor from Mexico City:
I’m a specialist doctor in respiratory diseases and intensive care at the Mexican National Institute of Health. There is a severe emergency over the swine flu here. More and more patients are being admitted to the intensive care unit. Despite the heroic efforts of all staff (doctors, nurses, specialists, etc) patients continue to inevitably die. The truth is that anti-viral treatments and vaccines are not expected to have any effect, even at high doses. It is a great fear among the staff. The infection risk is very high among the doctors and health staff.
There is a sense of chaos in the other hospitals and we do not know what to do. Staff are starting to leave and many are opting to retire or apply for holidays. The truth is that mortality is even higher than what is being reported by the authorities, at least in the hospital where I work it. It is killing three to four patients daily, and it has been going on for more than three weeks. It is a shame and there is great fear here. Increasingly younger patients aged 20 to 30 years are dying before our helpless eyes and there is great sadness among health professionals here.
*Alvaro Ricardez, Oaxaca City, Oaxaca, Mexico:
In the capital of my state, Oaxaca, there is a hospital closed because of a death related to the porcine influenza. In the papers they recognise only two people dead for that cause. Many friends working in hospitals or related fields say that the situation is really bad, they are talking about 19 people dead in Oaxaca, including a doctor and a nurse. They say they got shots but they were told not to talk about the real situation. Our authorities say nothing. Life goes on as usual here.
*Migdalia Cruz, Phoenix, Arizona:
I have a sister-in-law from San Luis Potosi state in Mexico and we were told that in San Luis Potosi there have been at least 78 deaths, just in that city alone, not 68 in all of Mexico, as is being reported. Schools have been closed until 6 May in this state and in other areas in Mexico. Also, many public venues are being closed, so this makes it more deadly and dangerous than has been stated.
*Yeny Gregorio Dávila, Mexico City:
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.
Hopefully reports like this will get out there and will make people realize how serious this all could become.
One independent reporter has even captured stunning footage of a packed emergency room full of patients wearing masks and coughing like crazy near the U.S./Mexico border.
In the United States things are starting to become quite frightening as well. There is now a report that North Carolina officials are involuntarily isolating swine flu patients. Please note the "involuntary" part of that. Imagine if this happens all over the nation and Americans who show symptoms of the swine flu start getting ripped away from their families and sent to isolation facilities and camps.
Reports of new swine flu outbreaks are coming in almost constantly now and the World Health Organization has raised the threat level from a Phase 3 Global Outbreak to Phase 4, which has never been done before. Meanwhile, scientists are completely puzzled how such a powerful strain that combines elements of swine flu, bird flu and human flu could have appeared seemingly out of nowhere.
So is this going to be the big one?
Is this the one that is going to kill millions of people?
It is too early to tell, but here is what we do know at this hour.....
First of all, this "swine flu" is not just run of the mill swine flu. It contains elements of the following.....
*European swine flu
*Asian swine flu
Now how in the world did an incredibly strong combination of these viruses appear seemingly out of nowhere?
Scientists are baffled.
Meanwhile this "swine flu" is popping up all over the U.S. and Mexico.
In Mexico alone, there are already over 1600 suspected cases and 152 suspected deaths from the swine flu so far. Most public events have been canceled, and millions of Mexicans are hiding indoors in an attempt to escape the swine flu.
67 cases of the swine flu have been confirmed in the United States, and the CDC says that it is too late to contain the swine flu outbreak in the United States.
In fact, some public schools in many areas all over the United States are being closed due to fear over this swine flu.
These outbreaks in the U.S. and Mexico are already causing panic reactions from other parts of the world.
EU health commissioner Andorra Vassiliou has asked Europeans to postpone nonessential travel to the United States or Mexico. In addition, China has banned the import of hog and pork products from Mexico and parts of the United States.
However, the truth is that the swine flu is now spreading all over the world. Just today new reports of swine flu cases have come in from Canada, Israel, France, New Zealand, Costa Rica and South Korea.
Google actually has a great tool that you can use to track the spread of this swine flu. You can follow the progress of the swine flu on Google maps right here.
So what can we expect to see going forward?
The next few days are going to be key.
If only a few hundred people end up dying from this swine flu that is not that big of a deal. Hundreds of people die from many different causes every day.
But if this disease starts sweeping the globe and thousands of people start dying, then that could indicate that this IS the big one.
The reality is that we have been warning of a coming flu plague for quite some time.
What is even more disturbing is the possibility that this new flu may be engineered. We recently reported on the unlabeled bird flu/human flu mixture that Baxter International "accidentally" sent out to other labs.
Why would our scientists mix these dangerous viruses together so recklessly? The CDC was mixing human flu and bird flu together as far back as 2004. This is incredibly dangerous to do. One mistake and a pandemic virus can be released that could kill millions of people.
So how many people will this "swine flu" virus kill?
Is this going to become a massive pandemic that bring the world to a standstill?
Nobody can say for sure yet, but it is getting frightening out there. Be sure to take the necessary precautions to keep your family safe.