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 swine flu?!?!?!!?!?!?!?!?!!?
OK so is this whole "swine flu pandemic" going to tunr into some i am legend crap? because its all over the news,internet,youtube...etc is it really that serious to be worried so much about ...

 What is the risk of contracting HIV if you kiss someone with blood in their mouth?
Let's say you both have cuts in your mouth and you kiss, what is the chance what you can get infected by someone who has HIV?...

 Can we all pray for my 12 year old niece infected with swine flu today?

 How long after swine flu infection do symptoms start?
How long after you get exposed to swine flu do you start getting the symptoms? Also does anyone know when the epidemic started in Mexico?...

 not sure if i have the swine flu?? Help?
i'm freaking out cause i don't know if i have the swine flu.....
My throat hurts, i've been coughing a lot, i have a headache and my stomach hurts. i'm kind of nauseous.

 I Seriously Think I Have Swine Flu ?!?!?!?!?!?!? :S?
Im Fourteen Years Old and I Live In Tyrone Which is In Northern Ireland And There Had Been No Cases In N.Ireland Yet But I Have A Bad Cough and A Runny Nose!!!! I Feel So Week and I Keep Sneezing!!! I...

 Is the swine flu actually serious?
No one seems that worried about it... just think it'll blow over like bird flu did. But now it's come to the UK I do feel kinda worried. Should I be? And what should I do to prepare?...

 Swine flu pandemic - what does it mean if it gets to this stage?
If the WHO says that swine flu is a pandemic, what will change in the way countries are reacting to it? Is it just a label or will it actually affect our lifestyles until swine flu is under control?...

 I am terrified about having my TB vaccination?
I am petrified about having my TB done

I was wondering if anyone could try to take my nerves away as i have heard so many roumers that it absolutely kills, they have to put fruit behind ...

 I have headlice, how do i get rid of them? Please help!?
PLEASE HELP, THEY ARE HORRIBLE! I am 13 and have leadlice, omg yuck! I thought i'd got rid of em in primary school, but they have returned! My mum's not very good at getting them out, and i ...

 104 fever in 2 year old. Help!?
My son had a 104 fever yesterday morning and we went to the ER. Blood tests revealed low WBC's of "3" which MD's said was indicative of viral infection. Chest x-ray, ears, and ...

 I think i have Swine flue. Help?
Im realy sick and im kind of getting worried because today at school they gave a notice out about swine flue and if it comes to my town their probebly going 2 shut down the schools. I have allot of ...

 Could the swine flu be the end of human race?
They say the world will end in 2012.
Could there be a possibility of this influenza being the "end of the world"?
It seems to be spreading pretty fast..and is very contagious so ...

 Are you worried about Swine flu?
To be honest Iam not I think it has been completely blown out of proportion
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am so glad majority people agree with me for once!!...

 do i have the flu thing?
im NOT from mexico but "supposibly" it alreadyyy spread to MANY places!!
itz already spreading in CALIFORNIA [i live there]
and i dont know if i have th flu cuz my head hurts ALOT...

 Where did Swine Flu start Mexico or in the US.?
My friend is telling me it started here.
-I heard that it started in Mexico. I need answers,
cause I want to prove her wrong so she can kiss my feet..lol
its a bet.

The flu ...

 Why are people so scared of the silly swine flu?
The media is making people freak out over this. It is treatable and so far only one American has died from it and 200 Mexicans are suspected of dying from it. I'm not worried at all about ...

 I have swine flu should i do this to resolve it?
should i strop drop and role?

im not sure :(...

 do I have to go to the doctor for swine flu?
So as it turns out I was in Mexico City for nearly a week over easter (returned April 14th). My last day there I got sick - with what I will euphemistically refer to as "stomach flu". I ...

 If you had the Swine Flu would you admit it to your girlfriend or would you just go ahead and pork her?

Why is swine flu spreading quicker in Australia than other countries?
We're now up to 147 cases and it's increasing huge amounts each day. There are more cases of swine flu here than any other country in the world apart from Mexico. Why are there so many?
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Ok maybe not more cases than in the US or Canada but we're definitely up there and we're on the other side of the world.

Aussies are Brain DEad
Propaganda by the RUD Government to take the emphasis off the 315 BILLION dollar debt. Fact remains that every year there is a different strain of the flu. The fact remains people every year die from the flu, and yes, people this year will die from this flu. The countries experiencing the worst effects are obvious by geography and economic status not well equipped to handle even basic out breaks of any kind so of course they would experience worse death results.
To say this flu is a major threat to us is just scare mongering and I’m sure that the RUD LABOUR government is milking this. They may fool some but they won’t fool us all. $315 billion debt will be around a lot longer than this flu outbreak MR PRIMEMINISTER.

Coz We're Aussies, and always want to win the race!

Bring Sarah The Horizon !
If our government and people were doing everything they could to minimise cases, we would not have over 100 cases.
Instead of letting people infect the airports when they get off the plane, why not screen them before they get ON the plane?
'No, we must spread it all over the world, and when half of the population is dead, then we might sit up and take notice....' seriously, the carelessness really irks me.
How's the infected Perth man, whose family and him were told to stay indoors with protective measures, and his family jumps into their car to go out, there's a cameraman nearby, and the person rolls down the window and spits out! They could have just infected the cameraman, who then infects his colleagues, then all of their friends and family....
Erm, you get my point.
Is it really so hard to be careful?!

In Australia Pigs fly.

Nicky L
We are too complacent in this country. People tend to think Australia can never experience a pandemic. We need to be more vigilant and use common sense.

Basically,Aussies are generally very dodgy or "blahzaye"with most things.Bathroom/toilet hygiene is something I've noticed that y'all take far too lightly i cant believe how many men i see dont wash their hands after toilet visits. Then they wanna shake someones hand,get the picture it goes on and on and on mate.WASH YA BLOODY HANDS!!! PERSONAL HYGIENE IS OF UTMOST IMPORTANCE!!!! end of story.


Because we are to proud and arrogant and whenever we go overseas we show a total lack of respect to other peoples customs, laws and cultures.

because we are a nation of martars and our bosses want us to work sick or not just get on with the job dont worry if you are sick or spreading germs the job comes first thats why
and we all think it cant happin to me

Because it is winter in the southern hemisphere right now, and flu always spread faster in colder weather. US and the northern hemisphere countries have just come off their flu season.
And on another note, the flu is going to spread no matter what quarantine/condition you have on. I believe 40% of population will be affected because there is no natural immunity to the swine flu as yet (being new exposure), but some will only have very minor symptoms whereas someone else can have a much more serious effect.
Stock up on food, avoid going to crowded confine places, e.g. shopping centres, cinemas, take care of personal hygeine are the best defences you can have.

denys g
One answer could be that those idiots on that P&O liner should have used there brains and notified the health department and had the liner put under instant quarantine, Instead they let the passengers off. The passengers went and caught flights home, just unbeknown s to them they were sharing that virus every were they went. As P&O were aware that some of there passenger had swine flu, they must where the blame. I strongly suggest a joint class action law suit against them... they P&O were aware of the situation. so they must where the legal consequences of there actions

John Y
i think it is because quite a few are pigs

There is now 164 in Australia... and I think the biggest reason is from lack of concern. It seemed like nobody even took any notice of it when he first hit Mexico....

By the way, we don't have to second most amount of cases, we have the eighth most.

because it's a fabricated disease. checkout infowars.com for further info on this.

What has spread so fast is not swine flu..it's just normal flu.
But it's good to scare the population..it sells more vaccines.

Our government have just let people jump off that infected ship off Queensland. We haven't taken much notice of the virus anyway. I mean i'm not exactly freaking out about it.

It's probably because we're heading in to the flu season for Australia (Winter). And people are bound to spread germs more & faster by coughing & sneezing etc.

Easy because Australia is in Winter mean flu season

Because we view it as a competition & we want to win?

This swine flu is spreading quicker due to mis information that been handed out by our government to be a distraction from whats really happening in this world.Every year people get the flu and die(people with weak immune system).Yet no major deaths have been reported unlike the influenza in the 1920s where millions died.Its a crock of sh%$. Watch the film "the tail that wags the dog" then you might understand how the media clowns are manipulated by spin doctors.

The Reason it spread so fast, was Incompetence and Lack of concern.
However it may be a good thing that its spreading so fast in its present state.
Its when you start attacking the Virus with a vaccine, that it will evolve and fight back. wait til its next swing around the world. we will be partly immune next time. Same pattern as the Spanish Flu. Was penicillin that evolved it to a deadly strain.

Because families who have been tested for the flu (coming off a cruise ship) wander around visiting tourist centres and Paddy's market while they wait for the results which turn out to be positive. Too late for all the people they came into contact with the day before!!! That and we are coming into winter here - flu season and the US/Canada are leaving flu season. wait till next autumn (fall) over there and there will be lots more cases.

truth teller
Because our politicians are "like pigs at a feed trough" seeing who can get the most benefits for nothing.
The politicians are spreading swine flu through the hot air they expel daily about having to "sacrifice to help australia through this recession while giving themselves pay increases !!
Arrogant PIGS !!

Queen RuBee
Here here - Jenifer G. Yours in one of the only sensible replies!

We think the swine flu is spreading quicker here because that is what the media/big pharma would have us believe. It is in our face 24 hours a day so it's a subtle form of brainwashing. Most of us are not prepared to do some research and make an informed decision in this regard.
As to vaccinations do you really believe that a squirt of dead animal cells, mercury, formeldehyde, preservatives and various other ingredients will protect you from getting the flu? I think not. Our diets/lifestyles are not conducive to a healthy body therefore your immune system is going to struggle with any germ, virus, etc.
Another point that the media "forget" to mention is that the deaths are usually the old/frail/sick/babies - so not mentioning that the mainstream will actually just get the flu and get on with it is totally misleading.
Before you dismiss my sentiments just check out the websites and make your own decision.

Uhh... I go to St. Monica's College in Epping and that has just been closed down due to the Swine Flu, an this is after the first diagnosis of Swine Flu a week ago. I think that the further spread to two other students was due to the fact that the school remained open. This shows, i think, that people are showing disregard for the virus, and they aren't treating it with the care and caution that is necessary, hence the rapid spread.

Jessica W
haha actually just came home from school, its like. 167 now. its cause those people from the contaminated cruise ship lived all around australia. and we are a smaller country i guess hayy.

jenifer g
I can't believe how everyone is buying into this scare mongering, every single year thousands of people world wide die from some strain of 'flu, this so much remainds me of the panic over avian 'flu and also back in the 80's when HIV raised it's ugly head. They are saying that people who are a bit older have better immunity to this bug because we haven't been whacked with anti-viral and anti-biotic medications whenever we sneeze, cough or pass gas.

Just the beginning in Australia

Many other countries have been way ahead on transmission of virus..

Yes it looks bad in Australia, your flu season is just beginning if my memory serves me correctly.
Just follow precautions and the truth is if you are young or pregnant and or have underlying health conditions do be careful. take good care of yourself.
This is the first wave,so lets hope this novel virus dies out, not come back with a full wrath on the second wave.


luko b
Why? Simple!

Take a read of some of the answers to the question you have posted. Nobody cares and a lot of people think it is one big hoax, it is these people or like-minded people which are spreading the virus around.

The world has been overdue for a major flu pandemic for many many years, just because it is overdue doesn't mean it won't happen. The high mutation rate of the Influenza virus makes it a serious threat, and it is really frustrating being an educated person, to read comments such as those posted here, in newspapers basically everywhere.

I mean come on, nobody really cares about anybody else today anyway. Everyday I catch a train into Sydney city I have people sneezing on me, coughing on me, spitting on me, blowing their noses into their hands then touching railings on the train. And there of course are particular age groups and racial groups more likely to do this, but I will leave that for you to figure out for yourself.

People are disgusting and just don't care about each other anymore, basically sums it up.

Paul R
we ourselves are heading into our seasonal flu season, unlike america which was officially out of its flu season, as we head into the colder months we will start to see more swine flu cases.

i might be that history is about to repeat itself and this flu might do the same thing as the spanish flu. but there is one major difference. back in 1918-1920 they naver had the anti viral drugs tamiflu and relenza. our medical advancements have become far greater then it was in that period.

but if that is the case as well and the second wave occurs the people that survived the first outbreak will most likely gain immunity from swine flu.

this might be stupid but letting your immune systems experience swine flu might be beneficial. that is called addaptaion, that same thing occured in the spanish flu outbreak after WW1. in which during the first wave people that survived had a certain amount of immuity to the spanish flu. there immune systems addapted to the strain of spanish flu

EDIT: people blaming the government are idiots seriously the government cannot do everything. they cannot contain a swine flu outbreak on its own that is not their job, their job is to run the country. it is our job to take the proper precautions to make sure this flu doesn't get out of hand.

if you do have flu like symptoms call the doctor to come to your house don't go to the surgury you will only infect other people, good personal hygiene, a ready supply of medication (tamiflu, relenza). these are some of the things you can do not only to protect others but to protect yoursef as well

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