Archive for Swine flu

Blackout

Posted in crisis, death with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 27, 2009 by Qritiq

 

Rumor has it that a Morningside Heights public elementary school student has died from swine flu.  The child was apparently known to be in critical condition for days before the mayor finally decided to close the school.  If the city and the media continue the news blackout on swine flu deaths, the rumors will continue to fly.

The Post has finally identified one of the dead as Danita Lee, 55, of Queens, who attended the FEGS career placement center in the Bronx.

City Councilman John C. Liu of Queens says the Bloomberg administration has failed to disclose enough information. “The cloak of secrecy is not alleviating anyone’s fears, whether they’re real or perceived,” he said.

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I Answer Random Tweets

Posted in censorship with tags , , on May 25, 2009 by Qritiq
Q: ThatGirl911: Why r ppl from Queens dying of Swine Flu?????? hmmm should I be worried
A: Because the mayor won’t close the schools and the media won’t report accurately on the spread of the virus. Yes.

Q: robertmolinaro: If the NYC Health Department is saying that if you have flu you probably have swine flu then shouldnt everyone that has flu be tested?
A: No, because many people who have the swine flu have a relatively mild case and do not require hospitalization.

 
Q: tessie909: How serious is da swine flu really?
A: It probably won’t kill you. But it could. Especially if you’re younger than 61 years of age
 
Q: yvettedownunder:wonders why schools get closed for swine flu but adult workplaces aren’t?
A: Because kids are a lot better at spreading disease than adults are. And kids have less immunity to viruses. And government readily has the ability to close public schools, but not workplaces in the private sector.
 
Q: CassieST: Is it just me, or is this Swine flu hysteria getting out of hand? Don’t we want natural immunity in the population anymore?
A: It‘s just you. But I was thinking that maybe the CDC wants people to catch the virus now, so we can get immunity before it mutates into a more dangerous version. But my mother says that is too Machiavellian a viewpoint.
 
 

Wrongful Death Suit

Posted in death with tags , , on May 14, 2009 by Qritiq

Steven Trunnell, the husband of the first U.S. resident to die from swine flu, has sued the owner of the Mexican pig farm where the virus reportedly originated.

Trunnell said that his wife, Judy Trunnell, 33, did not have underlying ailments that contributed to her death, despite Texas health officials reporting that she had a respiratory condition.

“She was in perfect health,” attorney Marc Rosenthal said.

Judy Trunnell taught special education at an elementary school. She was eight months pregnant when she was admitted to the hospital with flu symptoms. Doctors were able to save her baby daughter after Judy slipped into a coma.

Her death came about a week after that of a Mexico City toddler who became the first person to die in the United States from swine flu.

News reports traced the first cases of swine flu to the Mexican town of La Gloria in the state of Veracruz, the location of the world’s largest pig farm.

Smithfield Farms Brownsville wrongful death

Flu Still Spreading

Posted in crisis with tags , , , on May 11, 2009 by Qritiq

 

The link below brings up a map of concentrations of confirmed cases of Mexican/swine flu.  Use the slider to see how the disease has spread.  The disease has caused 5 deaths outside of Mexico.  It seems to be spreading quickly now in the midwest.  (The map shows ONLY confirmed cases; there are actually far, far more cases of flu than are depicted.)

Flu graphic