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Severe Respiratory Problems with H1N1

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WHO reported that a new strain of H1N1 such that it will attack the respiratory system. This is really bad! Initially I was not too scared if this pandemic as it is only a normal flu.

Now that it has evolve to sonething similar to SARS, it’s extremely important for all of us to take precautionary measures. Sigh. Anyway, this is the cut out from WHO

Perhaps most significantly, clinicians from around the world are reporting a very severe form of disease, also in young and otherwise healthy people, which is rarely seen during seasonal influenza infections. In these patients, the virus directly infects the lung, causing severe respiratory failure. Saving these lives depends on highly specialized and demanding care in intensive care units, usually with long and costly stays.

During the winter season in the southern hemisphere, several countries have viewed the need for intensive care as the greatest burden on health services. Some cities in these countries report that nearly 15 percent of hospitalized cases have required intensive care.

Preparedness measures need to anticipate this increased demand on intensive care units, which could be overwhelmed by a sudden surge in the number of severe cases.

WHO Article

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