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H1N1 news from India. Read if interested. Would you please not bash me?
Mumbai: A preliminary study conducted by the state government into the deaths caused by the H1N1 influenza virus has revealed that the pathogen is now affecting patients more virulently and is producing newer reactions in the body. The study has also thrown up a perplexing fact--two-thirds of those suspected to have died of swine flu did not have the virus, despite showing all clinical symptoms.

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Asked by Anonymous at 2:24 PM on Oct. 28, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Pathologists at the state-run Sassoon General Hospital in Pune took tissue samples from the bodies of the deceased to study the effect of the virus that attacks the respiratory tract. "Our doctors have concluded that the virus has undergone some genomic changes," said Dr Arun Jamkar, dean, BJ Medical College, Pune. A key discovery is that the virus, which was initially causing a bacterial infection, is now causing a more potent viral infection.

    "The viral is now leading to a condition called hyalinisation of alvelar membrane, or thickening of the lung wall by deposition of proteins. Due to this, oxygen supply is severely affected, and even ventilators have been of little help," said Dr Pravin Shingare, joint director, Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER).

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:24 PM on Oct. 28, 2009

  • The state experts have found that the deaths between August 3 and 25 were largely due to formation of pus on the membrane lining the lungs. "During that period, deaths were caused mostly due to a secondary bacterial infection," said a professor who was involved in the study. But the deaths caused thereafter were the result of deposition of proteins on the membrane. "The deposition is more severe in the case of recent deaths. It leads to the thickening of the membrane, and therefore oxygen cannot not pass into the body at all," the professor said.

    This finding has led experts to conclude that the virus has indeed undergone some changes and its anti-antigenicity is changing. But, the National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune has a different opinion. Director of NIV, Dr AC Mishra, said that his team is yet to record any change in the behaviour of the virus. "We still cannot say conclusively that the virus has mutated," he

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:25 PM on Oct. 28, 2009

  • added. Jamkar said that another interesting finding of the state experts has been that two-thirds of the influenza H1N1 patients who died actually tested negative for the virus. "As many as 36 suspected cases who died were later found negative for the virus," he said.


    OP here, please understand that they are testing them for the virus, they are testing negative. ONLY BECAUSE THE TESTS ARE FAULTY.


    Answer by Anonymous at 2:27 PM on Oct. 28, 2009

  • I actually find this very interesting. It takes a different angle. While, It's only one article, but I think more needs to be discovered about H1N1. Which is basically what this article is saying. Thanks for sharing.

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 2:32 PM on Oct. 28, 2009

  • Wow is all I can say to that. It makes sense though. Thanks for the info.

    Answer by jenree33 at 2:34 PM on Oct. 28, 2009

  • Maybe I am just too medicated with cold medicine, but I don't see anything about the tests being "faulty."

    I am glad someone besides the US is seriously researching this. It is interesting the there is already a suspected mutation.

    I have heard that mosts of the deaths are not directly related to SF, but to the secondary infections. That doesn't surprise me though. A lot of serious illnesses like flu and strep cause the body to "catch" something else because of a weakened immune system.

    Keep us posted.

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 2:45 PM on Oct. 28, 2009

  • • Our choice doesn’t HAVE to be: getting the H1N1 shot or getting the H1N1 illness.
    Try this 3rd option:
    Here is some excellent advice about staying healthy against the H1N1 or any influenza. (Vitamins, herbs, staying warm and getting plenty of sleep are of course additional aspects of taking care of yourself)
    Love to everyone,

    The only portals of entry are the nostrils and mouth/throat. In a global epidemic of this nature, it's almost impossible to avoid contact with H1N1 despite precautions. CONTACT with H1N1 is not so much of a problem as is proliferation of the germs once they arrive.

    While you are still healthy and not showing any symptoms of H1N1 infection, in order to prevent proliferation, aggravation of symptoms and development of secondary infections, some very simple steps, not fully highlighted in most official communications, can be practiced (instead of focusing on (cont'd)

    Answer by waldorfmom at 3:00 PM on Oct. 28, 2009

  • (cont'd)
    some very simple steps, not fully highlighted in most official communications, can be practiced (instead of focusing on how to stock N95 or Tamiflu):

    1. Frequent hand-washing (well highlighted in all official communications).
    2. "Hands-off-the-face" approach. Resist all temptations to touch any part of face (unless you want to eat, bathe or stroke & your hands are clean).
    3. *Gargle twice a day with warm salt water (use Listerine if you don't trust salt). *H1N1 takes 2-3 days after initial infection in the throat/nasal cavity to proliferate and cause characteristic symptoms. Simple gargling prevents proliferation. In a way, gargling with salt water has the same effect on a healthy individual that Tamiflu has on an infected one. Don't underestimate this simple, inexpensive and powerful preventative practice.
    4. Similar to 3 above, *clean your nostrils at least once every (cont'd)

    Answer by waldorfmom at 3:02 PM on Oct. 28, 2009

  • (cont'd)
    4. Similar to 3 above, *clean your nostrils at least once every day with warm salt water. *Not everybody may be good at using a Neti pot, but *blowing the nose hard once a day and swabbing both nostrils with cotton swabs dipped in warm salt water is very effective in bringing down viral population.*
    5. *Boost your natural immunity with foods that are rich in Vitamin C. *If you supplement with Vitamin C tablets, make sure that it also has Zinc to boost absorption. Zinc gluconate also boosts your immune system.
    6. *Drink as much of very warm liquids (tea, coffee, etc) as you can. *Drinking warm liquids has the same effect as gargling, but in the reverse direction. They wash off proliferating viruses from the throat into the stomach where they cannot survive, proliferate or do any harm. And the hot liquid also kills them.
    Pass this on to your entire e-list; you never know who might be helped by it !

    Answer by waldorfmom at 3:04 PM on Oct. 28, 2009

  • THANK YOU WALDORFMOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Answer by jlizgar at 4:07 PM on Oct. 28, 2009

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