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May 8, 2009

1918 flu pandemic commonly referred to as the Spanish flu

1918 flu pandemic

1918 flu pandemic

Influenza 1918 Click to see a Robert Kenner Documentary Film from 1991

DOCUMENTARY

In September of 1918, soldiers at an army base near Boston suddenly began to die. Doctors found the victims’ lungs filled with fluid and strangely blue. They identified the cause of the death as influenza, but it was unlike any strain ever seen. It would become the worst epidemic in American history, killing over 600,000 — more than all the nation’s combat deaths this century combined.

Drawing on remarkable archival photographs and film footage, and interviews with survivors and medical historians, Influenza 1918 tells the powerful story of America’s worst health crisis. Despite recent triumphs over many infectious diseases, medical science proved powerless against the killer virus. In desperation, people turned to folk remedies: garlic, camphor balls, sugar cubes soaked with kerosene. Frantic officials closed schools, factories, and churches, and everyone was required to wear a mask. But the virus was unstoppable. Relentless. Lethal. Curiously, this painful event has nearly faded from our national memory. But as this gripping medical thriller proves, it is a story that deserves never to be forgotten.

REVIEWS

“Producer/Director Robert Kenner has devised an artful interpretation of this grim episode from our history, combining archival film footage and still photos with stylistic devices that re-create the mood, tone, and settings of the times.”
—New York Daily News

“Influenza 1918 errs on the side of mood and artsiness, but it plays like a bio-thriller straight out of Hollywood.” —New York Post

“It’s one of the finest programs I have ever seen.” — Orlando Sentinel
“Chilling…intensely moving” — Wall Street Journal

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World in Pictures 07-08 May 2009 from Reuters

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Vesak or Visakah Puja is the most holy time in the Buddhist world.   It takes place the birth, enlightenment and entrance of to the nirvana of the historical Buddha Sakyamuni.

Vesak or Visakah Puja is the most holy time in the Buddhist world. It takes place the birth, enlightenment and entrance of to the nirvana of the historical Buddha Sakyamuni.


Indonesian Buddhists monks walk along a busy street to collect donations ahead of a Vesak Day procession in Magelang, central Java, May 7, 2009.

Buddhists in Indonesia will celebrate Vesak Day on Saturday to honour the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha more than 2,000 years ago. (Picture Right) REUTERS/Dwi Oblo

Worshippers carry a holy red cloth towards men standing atop a pagoda, a domed temple, during a ceremony at the Kelaniya Buddhist Temple located in Colombo May 8, 2009. (picture Below)

During the ceremony, the cloth is wrapped around the pagoda.

Sri Lanka’s majority Buddhist followers make offerings and pray at thousands of temples across the country during the three-day religious festival known as Vesak which marks the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha.
REUTERS/David Gray

Vesak or Visakah Puja is the most holy time in the Buddhist world, it takes place always on the full moon of the taurus.   This year, 2009, It will take place on Friday, May 8.

Vesak or Visakah Puja is the most holy time in the Buddhist world, it takes place always on the full moon of the taurus. This year, 2009, It will take place on Friday, May 8.



Tombs are partly submerged during a flood in the city of Esperantina, in the northeastern Brazilian state of Piaui May 7, 2009.

According to Brazilian Civil Defense, floods and mudslides from months of heavy rains in northern Brazil have driven more than 214,000 from their homes and killed at least 33 people.
REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker

Brazil flood death toll rises -  Brazilian authorities say at least 33 people have been killed and 214,000 driven from their homes during flooding caused by heavy rains over the last two months.

Brazil flood death toll rises - Brazilian authorities say at least 33 people have been killed and 214,000 driven from their homes during flooding caused by heavy rains over the last two months.



Police try to stop Maoist protesters from reaching the President House in Kathmandu May 7, 2009.

The Maoist supporters and activists were protesting after their leader, Prachanda, quit as prime minister on Monday because Nepal’s President Ram Baran Yadav had stopped him from removing the Himalayan nation’s army chief, General Rookmangud Katawal. REUTERS/Gopal Chitrakar

The political impasse in Nepal spells doom for the Indian firms which have operations in the Himalayan nation.    According to a survey carried out by apex business chamber Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industries (Ficci), Indian investors and businessmen in Nepal are living in mortal fear as they see a threat to life and property looming large with the country drifting towards a growing political uncertainty.

The political impasse in Nepal spells doom for the Indian firms which have operations in the Himalayan nation. According to a survey carried out by apex business chamber Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industries (Ficci), Indian investors and businessmen in Nepal are living in mortal fear as they see a threat to life and property looming large with the country drifting towards a growing political uncertainty.



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First Canadian death from H1N1 flu in Alberta


Alberta reports first Canadian death from H1N1 flu

CALGARY, Alberta, May 8 (Reuters) – A woman from the Canadian province of Alberta has died from the H1N1 flu, a provincial medical official said on Friday, making her the first Canadian fatality attributed to the virus.


Dr. Andre Corriveau, the province’s chief medical officer said the woman was in her thirties and had not traveled to Mexico, the center of the flu outbreak.

“We have our first fatality in Alberta that’s associated with the H1N1 flu,” Corriveau told reporters.

The victim, who died on April 28, had a number of unspecified pre-existing medical conditions. Officials tested for the presence of the virus after a family member who attended her funeral contracted a mild case of the disease.

Alberta has reported 42 cases of the H1N1 virus. Most of those cases have been mild and until the reported death, only one case, a young girl from the provincial capital of Edmonton, was considered severe enough to require hospitalization.

Mexico, which has been at the center of the outbreak, has reported 45 deaths from the virus while the United States has reported two deaths from the disease.

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Daily updates will be posted on this site.

Source : logo_reuters_media_us Fri May 8, 2009 2:34pm EDT
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(Reporting by Scott Haggett; Editing by Will Dunham and Jackie Frank)


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WHO’s Influenza A(H1N1) Updated 22 Status 8 May 2009


2009 H1N1 Flu Outbreak Map
This is a map depicting confirmed and suspected cases of the 2009 Influenza A/H1N1 outbreak.
Link to this map: http://swinemap.org/
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Influenza A(H1N1) – update 22 16:00 GMT, 8 May 2009
Influenza A(H1N1) – update 21 06:00 GMT, 8 May 2009

As of 16:00 GMT, 8 May 2009, 25 countries have officially reported 2500 cases of influenza A (H1N1) infection.

Mexico has reported 1204 laboratory confirmed human cases of infection, including 44 deaths.
The United States has reported 896 laboratory confirmed human cases, including two deaths.


The following 23 countries have reported laboratory confirmed cases with no deaths




Austria (1),
Brazil (4),
Canada (214),
China, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (1),
Colombia (1),
Costa Rica (1),
Denmark (1),
El Salvador (2),
France (12),
Germany (11),
Guatemala (1),
Ireland (1),
Israel (7),
Italy (6),
Netherlands (3),
New Zealand (5),
Poland (1),
Portugal (1),
Republic of Korea (3),
Spain (88),
Sweden (1),
Switzerland (1) and
the United Kingdom (34).


Update 22 Big Map – As of 8 May 2009, 16:00 GMT
Map of the spread of Infuenza A(H1N1): number of laboratory confirmed cases and deaths [jpg 548kb]
As of 8 May 2009, 16:00 GMT


WHO is not recommending travel restrictions related to the outbreak of the influenza A(H1N1) virus.


Individuals who are ill should delay travel plans and returning travelers who fall ill should seek appropriate medical care.
These recommendations are prudent measures which can limit the spread of many communicable diseases, including influenza.

Further information on the situation will be available on the WHO website on a regular basis.

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Influenza A(H1N1) web site
Daily updates will be posted on this site.


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