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Old 04-25-2009, 02:03 PM
 
Location: Houston
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What I don't understand is why people in Mexico are dying from it, but people in the U.S. aren't.
Could it be because Mexico is a Third World country and the healthcare there is not as good as ours. Also that is where it started and as more people catch it here there will probably be an eventual death here in the U.S. from it.
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Old 04-25-2009, 02:28 PM
 
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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Could it be because Mexico is a Third World country and the healthcare there is not as good as ours. Also that is where it started and as more people catch it here there will probably be an eventual death here in the U.S. from it.
Yeah I was thinking the same thing.
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Old 04-25-2009, 03:22 PM
 
Location: Chicago- Lawrence and Kedzie/Maywood
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Mexico is 3rd world?
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Old 04-25-2009, 03:47 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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It is not yet clear that all of the illnesses/deaths in Mexico are swine flu. The latest word (I think) is that 7 out of 14 people tested had the swine ful. That is a very small sample size. There is a lot we simply don't know yet.
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Old 04-25-2009, 05:27 PM
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Location: Ohio
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Mexico is 3rd world?
The Wikipedia article says it was. "Third World" is an archaic term that is no longer used officially to label countries.
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Old 04-26-2009, 06:15 PM
 
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At this point they are stating that those in Mexico who died came in for treatment too late. Remember, they were the first cases, so they did not know that they may be fatally ill. You bet anyone w/ flu symptoms now will run to get checked.
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Old 04-26-2009, 06:18 PM
 
Location: from houstoner to bostoner to new yorker to new jerseyite ;)
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At this point they are stating that those in Mexico who died came in for treatment too late. Remember, they were the first cases, so they did not know that they may be fatally ill. You bet anyone w/ flu symptoms now will run to get checked.
Ah, good point. Makes sense. Those poor people... very scary.
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Old 04-26-2009, 11:23 PM
 
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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What I don't understand is why people in Mexico are dying from it, but people in the U.S. aren't.
Theories:

1) People in Mexico typically don't rush to the doctor or hospital as quickly as Americans do here. When at home they rely more on home remedies, etc, and in smaller cities or villages there may not even be adequate medical facilities anyway. We have better medical facilities, and we tend to go for treatment more readily when a serious illness hits.

2) We have regular "flu seasons". They do not. Most Americans have immunities or partial immunities to any number of viruses because we're more often exposed to them. While no one (human) has an immunity to this new virus, one theory is that because we have other "parts" from previous illnesses in us, it might slightly lessen the impact of this one if it hits. You still get it, but it doesn't pack the same "wallop" as when it hits people who live in Mexico, which does not have regular flu seasons - their people do not have the same level of immunity to certain viruses due to exposure that we do.

They are stressing that people do not panic. Until you hear the President say "pandemic and U.S." in the same sentence, don't rush out to Costco to buy 80 cases of bottled water and toilet paper in anticipation of being quarantined in your homes or try to bribe a doctor to prewrite you a prescription for Tamiflu.
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Old 04-26-2009, 11:51 PM
 
Location: 602/520
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Good thing we don't attract tons of Mexicans here. (Only because of the disease, we already have a rather Mexican part of the city though.
Because only Mexicans travel from the Mexico into the United States .

There are plenty of Americans who regularly travel to Mexico who a perfectly capable of contracting the flu and spreading it wherever they go. Even in Omaha.
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Old 04-27-2009, 12:36 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, USA
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A Texas family who all had this flu were interviewed on the news yesterday. They said the symptoms and feeling is the same as a normal flu we might get... sniffles and some aches and pains. There just isn't a fix for it yet. They looked like they were doing fine.
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