Posted by: medicblog999 | April 25, 2009

Waiting for it all to kick off!!

Worrying times again!!

Driving in to work tonight listening to the Radio 4 news and hearing all about the potential pandemic swine flu that has started in Mexico.

The scientists have been warning us all about the impact of a pandemic flu for the past few years following on from the avian flu outbreaks. This one seems to have the initial potential to be “the one” according to the W.H.O (World Health Organisation) spokesman on the radio who also said that they were “extremely concerned” about the outbreak in Mexico which has caused 850 cases in humans so far with 60 deaths.

As far as I can gather, the outbreak of swine flu in Mexico is down to a mutation of the H1N1 virus which was  previously only seen in pig farmers and through direct contact with the pigs who were carrying the virus. Following the mutation, where it has been suggested that it has also merged with avian and human flu viruses,  it now appears to be able to be spread from human to human, which is the big worry!

Taken from the W.H.O website today:

“The Committee nevertheless agreed that the current situation constitutes a public health emergency of international concern. “

I really feel its a time for fingers crossed! It was always going to be  a case of when is it going to happen rather than if. Lets just hope its not now.

One other slight concern, since international air travel is still free to all to and from Mexico, you would think that some of the first medical staff to receive any official guidance would be the emergency services. However, all I can get my hands on is that which is freely available on the internet.

The only thing I know for certain though, is that the number of 999 calls for flu-like symptoms is likely to go through the roof!

Keep safe!



  1. I heard that some of the deaths were young adults in the 18 to 28 age group. I wonder why it hits young adults the hardest.

  2. I know it is a serious subject but couldn’t stop myself laughing out loud when I misread the first sentence as

    Driving in to work tonight listening to the Radio 4 news and hearing all about the potential paramedic swine flu that has started in Mexico.

  3. Swine flu, bird flu, whatever. we won’t know what happened until it’s too late.
    We have a large chinese community where I work and we got 3rd party drive by SARS calls a few years back, but no one ever got sick.

    Don’t worry 999, America’s private healthcare system is ready for it. That’s what I pay them, for right?

  4. At least your post is a little bit more sensible than mine on this subject…
    On a serious note, in London we’ve been issued with an internal bulletin of how to deal with potential Swine flu… However, none of it tells us what to do if they find out our patient is a confirmed carrier. I hope I don’t have to find out…

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