30 April 2009

Swine Influenza - Watch Out!

I am surprised when reading Kaltim Post newspaper (Monday, 27 April 2009) about the outbreak of Swine Influenza virus (Swine Flu). Immediately I browse the internet to find more information about these outbreak, and here of what I found for sharing.

What is Swine Influenza ?
According to World Health Organization (WHO), Swine influenza, or “swine flu”, is a highly contagious acute respiratory disease of pigs, caused by one of several swine influenza A viruses. Morbidity tends to be high and mortality low (1-4%). The virus is spread among pigs by aerosols, direct and indirect contact, and asymptomatic carrier pigs. Outbreaks in pigs occur year round, with an increased incidence in the fall and winter in temperate zones. Many countries routinely vaccinate swine populations against swine influenza.

Apprehensive Outbreak
On April 25th 2009, upon the advice of the Emergency Committee called under the rules of the International Health Regulations, the Director-General declared this event as Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

On April 26th 2009, the Government of United States has reported 20 laboratory confirmed human cases of swine influenza A/H1N1 (8 in New York, 7 in California, 2 in Texas, 2 in Kansas and 1 in Ohio). All 20 cases have had mild Influenza-Like Illness with only one requiring brief hospitalization. No deaths have been reported. Also as of 26 April, the Government of Mexico has reported 18 laboratory confirmed cases of swine influenza A/H1N1. Investigation is continuing to clarify the spread and severity of the disease in Mexico. Suspect clinical cases have been reported in 19 of the country's 32 states.

On April 27th 2009, on second meeting of The Emergency Committee, considered available data on confirmed outbreaks of A/H1N1 swine influenza in the United States of America, Mexico, and Canada. The Committee also considered reports of possible spread to additional countries. On the advice of the Committee, the WHO Director-General decided to raised the level of influenza pandemic alert from the current phase 3 to phase 4. The change to a higher phase of pandemic alert indicates that the likelihood of a pandemic has increased, but not that a pandemic is inevitable.

On April 28th 2009, seven countries have officially reported cases of swine influenza A/H1N1 infection. The United States Government has reported 64 laboratory confirmed human cases, with no deaths. Mexico has reported 26 confirmed human cases of infection including seven deaths. The following countries have reported laboratory confirmed cases with no deaths - Canada (6), New Zealand (3), United Kingdom (2), Israel (2) and Spain (2).

On April 29th 2009, the situation continues to evolve rapidly. Nine countries have officially reported 148 cases of swine influenza A/H1N1 infection. The United States Government has reported 91 laboratory confirmed human cases, with one death. Mexico has reported 26 confirmed human cases of infection including seven deaths. The following countries have reported laboratory confirmed cases with no deaths - Austria (1), Canada (13), Germany (3), Israel (2), New Zealand (3), Spain (4) and the United Kingdom (5).

Click here for daily updates from WHO about Swine Influenza and Click here to read frequently asked questions about Swine Influenza.

Meanwhile according to Minister of Health of the Republic of Indonesia, Dr. dr. Siti Fadilah Supari, Sp.JP(K) to the journalist in the press conference about Swine Influenza (Tuesday, April 28th 2009, in Jakarta), this virus usually only live in cold areas that have four seasons. Possibility, H1N1 virus will not be able to live in the tropics such as Indonesia. However, the Ministry of Health has undertaken vigilance steps and prevention in order not to spread to Indonesia.


  1. Sampeyan jaga kondisi kesehatan ya mas, ndak rela saya punya teman kena itu...

    Anehnya sekarang banyak peternakan babi yang ditutup di sini, aneh-aneh saja...

  2. take care. mudah2an kita semua terbebas dari swine flu. agak2 mengerikan juga virus ini

  3. walaupun di indo katanya ga bakal hidup virusnya, tapi tetep aja kita harus jaga kesehatan, saya juga lagi kena flu nih, mudah2an bukan flu babi nih yah...

  4. Let us just hope and pray that this swine flu does not become a pandemic that will kill people around the world. Thanks for featuring it. God bless.

  5. Emang macem2 tuh penyakit, meskipun ada pernyataan seperti itu ,..... kudu kite tetap harus be carefully.

  6. Swine influenza, hm.....that's why we must be carefull with our health, especially our food.

  7. This is already pandemic in Mexico. Let's hope and pray that it would not spread and affect more countries.

  8. Thanks for dropping by my site. Have a nice day!

  9. thanks for visit.

    i'm fine here :))

  10. Maybe like bird flu or SARS it will not be as bad as we fear, but governments are right to take things like this seriously. Better to be prepared for the worst.

    I wouldn't be so sure about it not being able to live in Indonesia though. Mexico isn't far from the equator.

  11. Mudah-mudahan benar ya pak virusnya tidak bs hidup di Indonesia... Dan mungkin ini peringatan bagi manusia untuk berhati-hati dalam mengkonsumsi makanan... Masih banyak makanan lain yang sehat dan halal selain babi.

    Trimakasih atas apresiasinya di blog saya

  12. It is pretty alarming!

  13. It is spreading in Asian countries and I am worried about our health's safety.

  14. I talked to my dad today and he said that its getting bad out there.

  15. rummuser02 May, 2009

    Mexico from where it has originated is not a cold country as you would expect. Better be safe than sorry.

  16. I think this only happens temporarily, the case is rising in Asia but in Mexico from what I read is slowing down already...

  17. Hi Tikno how are you, hope your doing well... Yes we are watching for the flu is has hit close to our area but I think it will be okay... Sorry havent been around much but just really havent felt like blogging for a while, lots weighing on my mind, sometimes I think my head will burts from all the so many things rushing through it... Thanks for stopping by, your friend JK...

  18. @Suryaden - Thank you very much for your attention to me. Be careful my friend.

    @Yendoel - Hopefully, but better prepare ourselves.

    @Bayu Nugroho - Agree. You better go to the doctor to make sure that is not swine flu.

    @Mel Avila Alarilla - WHO Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan decided to raise the current level of influenza pandemic alert from phase 4 to phase 5.

    @Setiawan Dirgantara - I agree with you.

    @Newsoul - What food that you mean. As I know, there is no risk of infection from this virus from consumption of well-cooked foods.

    @Rossel - We all hope like that. The most important is each government to take measures of prevention.

    @FilmAsia - I'm glad you fine but be careful.

    @Neil - You are right. As the bird flu virus also enters tropical countries including Indonesia. In the newspaper I read that a researcher from Indonesia also argue the statement of our Health Minister.
    How about Australia ?

    @Mulyati - I do not believe the virus can not live in Indonesia. Neil's comment is true.

    @Ryliej - Yes!

    @Chubskulit - Yes, I'm also worries here.

    @John - I pray for your family. Are public facilities such as schools are still open there?

    @Rummuser - I also disagree to our Health Minister statement.
    How about India ?

    @Benwl - I feels this is not about "temporarily". This has become pandemic.

    @JK - Glad to hear from you again. I pray for you, Nancy, and your family still in good health. Take care.

  19. Hi there. Don't let all of the media and hype scare you! In the US there are 36,000 cases of the "regular" flu every year that kill folks. THat means the "normal" flu kills 100 people a day.

    The H1N1 (they are calling it Swine Flu) isn't nearly that potent.

    Keep your eyes and ears open, but I'm wondering why they are being so crazy about all of the news. It's truly not as bad as they keep saying it seems.


    Stay well. :)

  20. hi Ely! blog hopping here. have a great week.

  21. Semoga dengan pengalaman mengatasi flu burung, penyakit dapat di atasi dengan baik.

  22. Monica Nichols,
    Your comment provide different color. But we better be careful. Nobody want to ill.

    Thank you.


  23. Even though the swine flu seems to be slowing down, experts are saying it could lay low over the summer and come back with a vengeance come the fall.

  24. wah... swaine flu emang bahaya bngt... jd ngeri nih semoga gak masuk ke indonesia :(

  25. Geez, I think things already cooled down recently. Media's continuous publication of swine flu scared me for awhile, ahaha, I wore mask on the day first suspected case of swine flu was found in Japan. :D

  26. Sapphire,
    Maybe. Thank you for your comment.

    Like Sapphire and Bung Tobing said, it seems has slowing down.

    Bung Tobing,
    How you feel by using mask? comfortable?

  27. Its good to see another blogger of my same category coz I seldom see bloggers of our category...

  28. Hannah,
    Seems we are same, write anything that we want to write. Thank you

  29. A(h1n1) just got here in our place, and Nueva Ecija is in-eye of it! thanks for your posts!

  30. Karla Marie,
    Be careful. I hope all going well. Thank you.


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