With swine flu threat, MCG considers selective testing

Monday, April 27, 2009 4:01 PM
Last updated Friday, Jan. 8, 2010 1:19 PM
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The emergence of swine flu cases in other parts of the country is prompting meetings at Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics to discuss re-starting selective testing of patients, said James Wilde, a member of the health system pandemic planning committee and a member of the state pandemic flu task force.

While he is taking it seriously, much about what is happening with the outbreak in Mexico is undetermined and could be skewing how deadly the virus actually is, Dr. Wilde said.

"What we've got in the U.S. so far is not any more serious than our typical seasonal influenza outbreaks," he said.

Still, as a regional coordinating hospital for the state, MCG Hospital and Clinics hopes to hold a teleconference with the hospitals and physicians in the 13-county region surrounding Augusta to update them on pandemic plans, including how medications and resources would be allocated in light of a serious outbreak.

There have been no confirmed swine flu cases in Georgia and South Carolina and Dr. Wilde said testing of suspected flu cases at MCG Hospital ended about a month ago when the last several tests came back negative. While there is no plan in place yet, testing will likely be re-started only on those with flu-like illness who have traveled to an area where there is known swine flu outbreak, such as Mexico or New York City, he said. And then testing will be "probably only for the most suspect cases," Dr. Wilde said.

The vast disparity between the reported deaths in Mexico and the relatively mild cases in the U.S. raises questions about whether pneumonia patients with other causes are being mixed in with swine flu cases, he said.

"Something so far is not adding up in Mexico," Dr. Wilde said.

Experts have long warned of a coming pandemic and in order to do that, it usually requires a previously unseen virus, a population without immunity to it, and a virus that transmits easily from person to person, he said. While the swine flu virus may be new, what is unclear how easily it could jump from person to person, he said. This is also not clear from the reports from Mexico, he said.

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FallingLeaves 04/27/09 - 05:56 pm
It is so odd that "swine flu"

It is so odd that "swine flu" has surfaced about the same time Refrigerator Perry gets hospitalized with symptoms of Guillain-Barre syndrome, which several years back was thought to be sometimes triggered by "swine flu" vaccine. Has Refrigerator Perry been in contact with anyone that had been visiting in Mexico, or been there himself recently? Just curious.

soldout 04/27/09 - 07:37 pm
Dr. Robert O. Young made some

Dr. Robert O. Young made some comments about this situation today. He said the following, “He doesn’t believe the Mexican Swine Flu Virus is a potential pandemic that can kill you.
This is a scientific illusion. Viruses do not kill, acids kill. All viruses are nothing more than dietary and/or metabolic acid. The word virus in Latin means poison or acid. All flu's or acids by definition effect only the gastrointestinal tract due to acidic foods and drinks ingested - not viruses. So the Mexican Swine Flu Virus that has been reported by the CDC to have killed over 1000 Mexicans is the result of an excess of gastrointestinal acid from the ingestion of acidic foods and drinks that have not been properly buffered by the stomach with alkaline salts or eliminated through the four channels of elimination - lungs, bowels, bladder and/or skin. For these unfortunate Mexicans or others in the US or around the world that have died, the cause of death was due to an excess of acidic foods and drinks, including Tequila, beer, beans, rice, corn, peanuts, yeast, soy sauce, high sugar fruit”.

soldout 04/27/09 - 08:12 pm
those trained in NAET

those trained in NAET shouldn't have a problem handling the swine flu situation.

Fiat_Lux 04/28/09 - 03:42 pm
If only, just once, SOLDOUT

If only, just once, SOLDOUT would cite a PEER REVIEWED research report or journal article that lent the slightest credence his/her claims... Without that, at best this is anecdotal information, and may be complete and very misleading hogwash. If this were real, especially as simple as you make it sound, it would be unbelievably easy to test, even from just retrospective date mining.

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