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Hong Kong Orders Quarantine of Hotel

HONG KONG — Hong Kong’s government imposed a controversial full quarantine on approximately 300 guests and staff of a hotel in the territory after a guest was found to have the A/H1N1 flu virus, an extreme measure to control the spread of the disease.

The move appears to be the first imposition of an involuntary quarantine in the global effort to beat back the new flu strain, which so far has sickened hundreds and is believed to have killed 176 people in Mexico and one in the U.S.

The order came as Chief Executive Donald Tsang announced late Friday that lab tests confirmed a visitor from Mexico, who transited through Shanghai, had the disease. It was Hong Kong’s first official case. Coupled with a confirmation Saturday in South Korea, the cases are the first known in East Asia.

The quarantine of the Metropark Hotel in Hong Kong’s Wanchai district, a four-star hotel popular among business travelers and tourists, requires guests and staff to stay inside for a week. As police in protective masks prevented people from entering or leaving, some guests waved to a growing crowd outside from their rooms. Other guests returning to the hotel ran into a scene of confusion.

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Swine Flu Martial Law Bill Clears In Massachusetts

April 29, 2009

It took corporate media swine flu hysteria to ram through a martial law bill in Massachusetts. S18 gives the Governor the power to authorize the deployment and use of force to distribute supplies and materials and local authorities will be allowed to enter private residences for investigation and to quarantine individuals. To watch a related video go here.

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The Associated Press reports:

The Massachusetts Senate has unanimously passed a pandemic flu preparation bill that has languished in the Legislature before the recent swine flu outbreak.

The 36-0 vote today sends the measure to the House. Both branches have taken it up in past years, but have not been able to agree on the details.

The new Senate version would allow the public health commissioner — in a public health emergency — to close or evacuate buildings, enter private property for investigations, and quarantine individuals.

The bill specifically mandates the following:

(1) to require the owner or occupier of premises to permit entry into and investigation of the premises;
(2) to close, direct, and compel the evacuation of, or to decontaminate or cause to be decontaminated any building or facility, and to allow the reopening of the building or facility when the danger has ended;
(3) to decontaminate or cause to be decontaminated, or to destroy any material;
(4) to restrict or prohibit assemblages of persons;
(5) to require a health care facility to provide services or the use of its facility, or to transfer the management and supervision of the health care facility to the department or to a local public health authority;
(6) to control ingress to and egress from any stricken or threatened public area, and the movement of persons and materials within the area;
(7) to adopt and enforce measures to provide for the safe disposal of infectious waste and human remains, provided that religious, cultural, family, and individual beliefs of the deceased person shall be followed to the extent possible when disposing of human remains, whenever that may be done without endangering the public health;
(8) to procure, take immediate possession from any source, store, or distribute any anti-toxins, serums, vaccines, immunizing agents, antibiotics, and other pharmaceutical agents or medical supplies located within the commonwealth as may be necessary to respond to the emergency;
(9) to require in-state health care providers to assist in the performance of vaccination, treatment, examination, or testing of any individual as a condition of licensure, authorization, or the ability to continue to function as a health care provider in the commonwealth

Any person who knowingly violates an order of the commissioner or his or her designee, or of a local public health authority or its designee, given to effectuate the purposes of this subsection shall be punished by imprisonment for not more than 6 months, or by a fine of note more than one thousand dollars, or both.

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  • CDC Laboratories Revealed as Incapable of Accurate Count of H1N1 Influenza Infections, Deaths

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    (NaturalNews) Much to the annoyance of some critics, NaturalNews has been publicly questioning the “official” statistics reporting infections and deaths from H1N1 influenza. In stories published this week, we noted that the CDC’s official numbers are suspiciously low — the agency claimed only 7 deaths from H1N1 even while Mexico had officially announced 161 deaths.

    Today, NaturalNews has learned why the CDC numbers are so low. It turns out that CDC labs are inadequate testing facilities that are utterly overwhelmed with too many influenza samples to test. Thus, the reason why official CDC “confirmed” H1N1 death numbers are so low is simply because the CDC laboratories can’t test very many flu samples in the first place.

    And remember this: The CDC doesn’t count any death unless its own lab confirms the infection. But its own lab can only test 100 flu samples a day, we’ve learned!

    CDC labs are “swamped,” reports the Associated Press. “The specimens are coming in faster than they can possibly be tested,” reports epidemiologist Dr. Jeffrey P. Davis, according to AP.

    Other astonishing facts worth noting:

    • New York has had to limit its testing of influenza because too many samples are coming in. “Sure, we’d want to diagnose every case, but we don’t have that resource,” said Dr. Don Weiss.

    • U.S. states have no way to test for H1N1 on their own. They must send samples to the CDC, and the CDC lab can only test about 100 samples a day. (Source: Michael Shaw, associate director for laboratory science at the CDC.)

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    Aussie, Kiwi Dollars Risk Flu Fall-Out

    May 1, 2009 – 3:40PM

    The Australian and New Zealand dollars are the ”most exposed” among major currencies to declines because of the global swine flu outbreak, Barclays Capital said.

    The World Health Organization may soon declare the first influenza pandemic since the 1968 outbreak that killed 1 million people across the globe. The WHO raised its six-tier alert to 5 on April 29. Swine flu has reached 11 countries, including Mexico, the US, Germany, Israel, the UK and New Zealand.

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    Texas Doctor Claims Swine Flu Cases Far Worse Than Reported, Level 6 Pandemic In Effect

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    Up to 25 times more victims than official figure, hospitals overwhelmed, virus already at level 6 pandemic phase

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    Thursday, April 30, 2009

    A doctor in Texas claims that swine flu cases are at least ten times worse than officials are letting on, and that hospitals are becoming overwhelmed as the virus has already crossed the threshold to be considered a phase 6 global pandemic.

    Dr. Marcus Gitterle, an emergency medicine physician based out of New Braunfels, Texas, sent out an internal alert which contains several stunning claims about swine flu that, if true, officials have presumably sought to keep from the public.

    “After I returned from a public health meeting yesterday with community leaders and school officials in Comal County and Hays County, (name removed) suggested I send an update to my patients in the area, because what we are hearing privately from the CDC and Health Department is different from what you are hearing in the media,” writes Gitterle.

    The doctor claims that the actual number of confirmed cases of swine flu is 10 to 25 times worse than has been reported, and that people are not recovering easily, as has been claimed, but that many Americans are in fact seriously ill.

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    “The way they fudge on reporting this is that it takes 3 days to get the confirmatory nod from the CDC on a given viral culture, but based on epidemiological grounds, we know that there are more than 10 cases for each “confirmed” case right now,” claims Gitterle.

    “This has not been in the media, but a 23 month old in Houston is fighting for his life, and a pregnant woman just south of San Antonio is fighting for her life,” he writes.

    Gitterle’s mention of a “23 month old in Houston” obviously refers to the Mexican toddler who died on Monday night and was announced as the first U.S. fatality on Tuesday morning.

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    Quick access to drugs like Tamiflu and Relenza, as well as ventilators, is preventing fatalities on the scale of Mexico, but Gitterle warns that “within a couple of weeks, regional hospitals will likely become overwhelmed”.

    Gitterle warns, “ER’s south of here are becoming overwhelmed — and I mean that — already. It is coming in waves, but the waves are getting bigger.”

    The doctor states that the severity of the situation has already crossed the threshold of the definition of a WHO phase 6 pandemic. “This has not happened in any of our lifetimes so far. We are in uncharted territory,” he writes.

    Gitterle claims that President Obama is being advised to declare a national emergency and that this could happen within the next 48 hours.

    “This may not happen, but if it doesn’t, I will be surprised. When this happens, all public gathering will be cancelled for 10 days minimum,” writes the doctor.

    Gitterle advises people to avoid all public gatherings, especially those held indoors, to avoid going to their ER if they feel ill, and to take the nutritional supplements N-Acetyl-Cysteine and Oscillococinum. He recommends Relenza as a more powerful drug than Tamiflu but warns that supplies of both drugs are running out fast.

    The doctor states that swine flu is infectious for about two days prior to symptom onset and that the virus can spread for more than seven days after symptom onset. The symptoms are the same as normal flu, although it has been discovered that swine flu causes a distinctive “hoarseness” in many victims.

    “Since it is such a novel (new) virus, there is no “herd immunity,” so the “attack rate” is very high. This is the percentage of people who come down with a virus if exposed. Almost everyone who is exposed to this virus will become infected, though not all will be symptomatic. That is much higher than seasonal flu, which averages 10-15%. The “clinical attack rate” estimation from CDC and WHO may be around 40-50%. This is the number of people who show symptoms. This is a huge number. It is hard to convey the seriousness of this to those outside of the medical fields,” he writes.

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    Swine flu: Companies impose travel ban on staff

    Telegraph.co.uk

    Honda, the Japanese car company, said it was suspending all overseas trips for employees, while the FTSE 100 listed mining company Fresnillo said it was postponing “non-urgent” travel

    Nokia, Samsung Electronics, Hon Hai, Swiss Re and Adidas were among other companies to place restrictions on travel. If the trend continues it could pose a serious threat for airlines – already hit by the global recession – many of whom rely on business class travel for a large proportion of revenue.

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    YouTube: Swine Flu-Pandemic or Propaganda?

    This YouTube clip includes an enlightening commentary from Congressman Dr Ron Paul, who can remember what happened when swine flu was declared as a serious problem in the US in 1976.   More people died from taking the flu shot than died from swine flu.  He says that people who love big government are taking advantage of this situation.

    Swine Flu Smoking Gun? CDC was Combining Flu Viruses in 2004

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    (NaturalNews) Last week, when what is now called a “swine flu” was first reported to be infecting and killing some people in Mexico, health officials noted it was a strain of flu never before seen. In fact, it is technically incorrect to call this simply a “swine” flu. Analyses showed it’s a mixture of swine, human and avian viruses, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Moreover, it is genetically different from the fully human H1N1 seasonal influenza virus that has been circulating globally for the past few years. Bottom line: the new flu virus contains DNA from avian, swine viruses (including elements from European and Asian viruses) and human viruses.

    So did this curious mixture just develop naturally, out of the blue? Is it the result of inhumane farming practices, as the Humane Society of the United States (https://www.hsus.org/) has suggested, that exposes immune-compromised pigs to all sorts of animal and human feces?

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