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  •  Thank you -- good work, good diary. But (2+ / 0-)
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    Catte Nappe, Peace Corps Mexico

    can you answer a few questions?

    1. Have you been there all spring?
    1.  Are you aware of many deaths having taken place there?
    1.  Or people having been seriously ill (maybe sent to DF?)
    1. Or lots of people having been "kind of sick?"
    1. Are many people sick there now?

    In other words, can you give us some layperson's ground's eye view of what went on there, or is going on, from an epidemiological perspective?

    It would be really helpful, since the info from DF is so equivocal and incomplete...

    "So, Pal, now tell me: What did YOU do to help the least among your people?" "Well, ummm, Mr. God, Sir..."

    by lurkersince03 on Thu Apr 30, 2009 at 11:18:55 AM PDT

    •  I can try, but it is just a laymans view. (2+ / 0-)
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      KimD, Aquagranny911

      We had a terrible flu season. March was overwhelming for the local clinic. I cannot say if any fatalaties resulted, or if anyone was shipped to more specialized hospitals, (most likely in Xalapa, the capitol of Veracruz, about an hour and a half downhill from here).

      I did see overt sickness in March, but am not seeing it now. My suspicion is that the hazard has mainly passed out of town now, but is ramping up elsewhere.

      From the tracking data I`ve seen, there are a lot of mixed messages. I wish I could give you reliable info, but I`ll have to suggest you use the linked dKos resources. The flu wiki is a good one, for example.

      I hope that helps.

      •  But not LOTS of deaths? (1+ / 0-)
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        Aquagranny911

        You would have noticed that, no? You seem like a sensitive person, and would have noticed lots of mourners, people in black, etc.

        As a Ground-Zero source, could you ask your Grocer/MD friend?  I bet he would know.  And it might be really important information that is being overlooked...

        You might find my diary
        http://www.dailykos.com/...
        interesting.

        I suspect that the 150+ deaths in DF were the tip of an unknown iceberg composed of sick people who eventually recovered.

        If your town had lots of sick people, but few deaths, that would confirm this suspicion...

        "So, Pal, now tell me: What did YOU do to help the least among your people?" "Well, ummm, Mr. God, Sir..."

        by lurkersince03 on Thu Apr 30, 2009 at 11:50:51 AM PDT

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        •  Absolutely I would know, and so would you. (2+ / 0-)
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          silence, Aquagranny911

          150 deaths in Mexico City made the global news, and that is one of the largest cities in the world, (I think it is over 25 million people). So a lot of deaths in a small cluster of communities like Perote would be a statistical outlier, and cause a huge response, (as the sicknesses in La Gloria id, in fact).

          That said, I have only read one confirmed case of swine flu here...but that seems odd. Regardless, the UN health team from Rome is on coming to look at it in depth. I`ll post another diary when I know more. I do not want to repeat rumors...this isn`t the traditional-media here ;)

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