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    Posted: June 30 2016 at 5:40pm
So - just because it is not in the news - in fact as they have stopped tracking the flu in the U.S. doesn't mean things are okay.  Here is what you haven't been told.

http://www.newkerala.com/news/2016/fullnews-73929.html

A total of 764 people have died of H1N1 influenza virus, also known as swine flu, in Brazil so far this year, the Ministry of Health said.

This epidemic has claimed 85 lives in the last week across the country, far outpacing the 36 deaths from the virus registered in 2015, the ministry said on Tuesday, Xinhua news agency reported.

A total of 3,978 cases of the severe respiratory infection have also been registered this year, as opposed to just 141 last year. According to the Ministry of Health, 460 new cases have been discovered last week.

comment: are we so wrapped up in Clinton, Trump and Isis that we have forgotten what could take the world out?  A Pandemic.

Who is in the disease watch towers as we agonize about issues which have little to do with our immediate survival? One thing is for certain. They haven't seen activity like this in
Brazil for years. It makes Zika look like a mild cold.

Flu can be lethal - especially Swine Flu.

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http://medicalxpress.com/news/2016-06-swine-flu-deaths-year-brazil.html

June 22, 2016

With the Rio Olympics just two months away, health officials reported 1,003 deaths so far this year from swine flu—also known as H1N1 virus.

That number is the most fatalities linked to the disease in Brazil since 2009, when 2,060 people died.

Government health officials said they have recorded 5,214 total swine flu cases between January 3 and June 11 of this year.

More people tend to fall victim to the disease in May and June, when the weather starts to get cooler. The uptick began earlier than usual this year, catching health authorities off-guard.

"Vulnerable, unvaccinated populations have been left unprotected," Caio Rosenthal of the Emilio Ribas infectology Institute told the Brazilian news website G1.

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The majority of those cases have come from the Sao Paulo region, Brazil's political and economic epicenter, where 2,197 cases have been recorded, 434 of them fatal.

comment: The question is - has it mutated once more?

This is a fatality rate of about 20%. We would be hard pressed to deal with a flu with 5% death rate much less 20%.

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This is an older news release - but are we being "diverted" with the Zika threat when there is a health crisis in Brazil?


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Certainly covering up outbreaks, even epidemics is not new. WHO is barely even reporting this and the infections - now in Bolivia as well may number into the millions.

http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Swine-Flu-Outbreak-Bolivia-Launches-Anti-H1N1-Campaign--20160627-0003.html

To date, 18 people gave died from H1N1 in Bolivia and more than one million cases of acute respiratory infections have been recorded.

If these are H1N1 - there is a serious epidemic not only going on in Brazil - which has not reported much in almost a month - but maybe much of Latin America as well.

Vaccination campaigns are also being pursued elsewhere in Latin America.

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According to local media reports, the Ecuadorean Ministry of Health (MSP) has confirmed a total of 527 cases of the virus. A vaccination campaign to combat deadly flu viruses, including H1N1, was launched in early June, with the health ministry acquiring 300,000 doses to be distributed at medical centers throughout the country. At least 60 people have died from swine flu so far this year.

In Brazil, 2016 has been the worst year since the 2009 pandemic of the virus, where 1,003 have already died from H1N1, with 122 deaths reported in just the past week.

Isn't it amazing when this is not happening in the U.S. or Russia but in poorer third world countries it is hardly reported.

The worst part of this is this is becoming more lethal and could have mutated - and we know for sure it does mutate. Has anyone run sequences on this strain that is killing record numbers of people in Brazil?

Not going to let this one go. Su casa es mi casa - what happens down there - especially in Mexico where it is being spread - could soon happen here. It will come to America and Europe in the new improved form and now is the time we should be preparing. Not when it has arrived and our clinics and ERs are swamped.

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