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Another big rise in swine flu cases

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There were 78,000 new cases of swine flu in England in the past week, up from 53,000 the week before, new estimates show.

However, the data provided by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) show that the number of new weekly cases is still lower than the 100,000 reported during the peak of the pandemic in July.

A total of 137 people have died in the UK from swine flu - with 97 deaths in England, 25 in Scotland, eight in Northern Ireland and seven in Wales.

Hospital admissions from the disease in England stand at 751, with the number of people in intensive care rising to 157 from 99 the week before.

Chief medical officer, Sir Liam Donaldson, noted a “very substantial increase” in the number of patients in intensive care.

He said the pattern had an “eerie similarity” to that in Australia where nearly a quarter of people in hospitals with swine flu ended up in intensive care.

The Government says high-risk groups, such as pregnant women and frontline NHS staff, as well as people with conditions including heart problems, cancer asthma and diabetes, would hopefully receive their vaccinations by mid-December.

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  • With the sudden increase in just the last 7-days of over 700 deaths worldwide from swine flu, are we at the start of something really serious it has to be asked?

    For one thing is a certainty according to Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization, a highly virulent killer stain of swine flu/bird flu will emerge eventually. In this respect it has 100% probability based upon the past and whether it arrives this year, in the next decade or over the next 50-years, it will in due course come to pass. But it has to be stated that the drugs strategy is totally flawed and will not save 100s of millions (maybe in fact over a billion lives lost) from their eventual deaths worldwide. For the timing of the drug’s strategy is far too long from the creation of an effective vaccine to manufacture, distribution and inoculation – some 9-18 months even in rich western economies. In this respect the Spanish Flu (a variant of Swine Flu) killed between 20 million and 100 million people in 1917/18 and did its lethal worst between weeks 16 and weeks 24. If you do not believe me, just look at the present situation where it has already taken over 6 months to isolate, create a vaccine, manufacture limited supplies for only 10% of the total requirement, sparsely distribute and with limited inoculation of people numbers. Indeed, according to statistics and logistics, it will take a further 12-months before everyone has had the inoculation if everything runs smoothly. Therefore this 2nd test-run of the swine virus that we are just starting to go through currently should show that the drugs strategy will do very little to save us all and our loved ones when the real nightmare emerges – a pre-runner hopefully. So if we are intelligent people and use our common sense, we should see that the only real way to defeat this killer virus is to address it at source and never let it happen in the first place. This is the thinking of some of the most eminent virologists in the world, but where the power of the mighty pharmaceutical companies, who cannot make 10s of billions out of this field strategy, are stopping this happening. Governments are brainwashed by their influence and therefore will not listen to the only definite ‘cure in town’. Time will tell but where it has to be said that this is possibly now something that is not on our side, as this alternative preventative strategy that will definitely stop the killer virus in its tracks and at source, will take 5-years to implement globally. Therefore we have to start today to change from a drugs led strategy that will totally fail us all eventually, to a preventative strategy at source that will never let it happen in the first place. Common sense really, but something presently that governments do not have. The death count will be enormous.

    Dr David Hill
    World Innovation Foundation Charity
    Bern, Switzerland

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