Flu and Respiratory Illnesses 2011-2011 (Part One)
Dateline: August 2011 – North American Respiratory Viral Illnesses
Flu season is beginning early on the West Coast, which means that the westerly winds will bring new resistant strains toward the Midwest, South, and East Coast. The Deep South had more viral infection cases per capita in 2010-2011 than any other geographical region.
Citizens should be better prepared. Health care practitioners must do a better job during the 2011-2012 season.
Newly developed viruses are very contagious, not particularly deadly, but most uncomfortable.
Pneumonia and bronchitis may be a consequence of these virulent viruses that some blame on “The Yellow Dragon” – namely Communist China. Shitloads are shipped via the Pacific Ocean in container cargo along with consumer goods arriving along the coast of California.
Should public health officials take responsibility for conducting comprehensive epidemiological studies, the results may yield answers that can be accounted for and prevented in the future by safer controls on Chinese imports.
U.S. dock inspectors are more likely to take a laiseez fair attitude rather than a concerted one to protect residents from health concerns.
Acute catarrhal infection of the respiratory tract is characterized by irritated nasopharynx, coryza, sneezing, lacrimation, chilliness and malaise lasting two to seven days. The illness may be accompanied by bronchitis and predispose one to more serious complications like sinusitis and otitis media (earache).
Mode of transmission is presumably by inhalation of airborne droplets, dirty hands, freshly soiled discharges from mucous membranes from an infected person. There are many more than a hundred identified rhinoviruses. The incubation period is usually 48 hours but may be a short as 12 hours.
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