Just a little over two months since a full pandemic was declared by the World Health Organization (WHO), the swine flu has traveled throughout nearly 180 countries and territories.
Although experts have stated the real number of cases to be in the millions, official tallies have now established 237,129 cases, of which 2,144 have been fatal.
In the US, where nearly 500 people have now perished from the illness, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that preparations are being made for various worst case scenarios, urging every family to have a plan in case their child falls ill.
The surge of swine flu outbreaks in US summer camps demonstrated the virus’ quick spread from child to child.
Speaking of vulnerable groups such as expectant women and those in regions already plagued by malnourishment, malaria and other grave diseases, WHO Director-General Margaret Chan stated that the northern hemisphere’s developing countries, which are now entering the flu season, would be given priority for vaccine supplies.
In the meantime, the demand for Tamiflu has raised concerns among experts such as Professor Emeritus Hugh Pennington of Aberdeen University in the UK, who has warned that the British government’s decision to widely distribute the Tamiflu could increase the chance of virus-resistant strains to develop by as early as autumn.
Many thanks, Professor Pennington, World Health Organization and all governments for your protective efforts, as we also sorrow for the world’s families who are afflicted or fear for their loved ones due to this tragic epidemic.
May people everywhere awaken to its root cause in farmed animal confinement, bringing a natural end to such deadly viruses through a switch to the health-assuring vegan fare.