Monday, November 30, 2009

CDC connects H1N1, severe bacterial infections - Denver is Hotbed 11/30/09 8:50pm

CDC connects H1N1, severe bacterial infections - Denver is Hotbed

It seems there are all kinds of mutations or something going on in the Midwest of the United States. I have made a couple of calls to places, but so far no medical examiner is talking to me yet.


Federal health officials on Wednesday linked the H1N1 flu epidemic to a sharp rise in the number of severe bacterial infections.

Anne Schuchat, a physician at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the national trend was "worrisome" but not unexpected.

"In previous pandemics, there has been an increase in pneumococcal infections in younger people," she said.

The illnesses are caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae, a microbe often carried in the nose and throat. While often benign, the bacterium can cause bloodstream infections, fatal pneumonia and meningitis.

The clearest sign of the marked rise is coming from the Denver area, which usually records about 20 cases of "invasive pneumococcal disease" each October. This year, it has had 58, Schuchat said in a briefing for reporters.

Most invasive pneumococcal infections normally occur in the elderly, but in the Denver cases 62 percent were in people age 20 to 59, Schuchat said. Serious cases of influenza are also primarily hitting younger age groups.

When flu causes pneumonia, it can damage cells deep in the lungs, opening a portal for bacteria. In an analysis of about 75 fatal H1N1 cases earlier this year, autopsies showed that about one-third had bacterial pneumonia.

Pneumococcal infections are largely preventable with a vaccine that is given once or twice depending on a person's age. It is recommended for smokers and for people with asthma, kidney or liver problems, heart disease and other chronic ailments. Only about one-quarter of people with those conditions, however, have been vaccinated.

CDC officials have urged physicians in recent months to offer the vaccine to patients who qualify for it. Schuchat urged patients Wednesday to seek it out, adding she had been assured by the vaccine's manufacturers there is enough of it to go around.

"I strongly urge people to sort out whether you're in one of those high-risk groups and talk to your doctor or ask your pharmacist whether you can be vaccinated," she said.

Schuchat also addressed during the briefing the CDC's monitoring of severe reactions to the H1N1 vaccine. The agency's reports thus far have been "extremely reassuring," she said, with the pattern and severity of problems "pretty much what we see for seasonal flu vaccines." About 94 percent of reactions reported to the government are classified as "not serious," with soreness at the injection site the most common.

In particular, there has been no increase in Guillain-Barré syndrome, a rare, usually reversible form of paralysis. That condition rose slightly during an emergency vaccination campaign in 1976, after a strain of swine influenza, different from this year's H1N1, was detected among troops at Fort Dix, in New Jersey. That outbreak did not spread to the civilian population.

CDC is investigating 10 proved or suspected cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome among people who have gotten the vaccine, which is no more than would normally be expected in that number of people. About 80 to 160 cases of the condition occur each week in the United States, usually after an infection.

Have you noticed any article always reverts to the Swine Flu vaccine and how safe it is! The facts are proven they are ignoring the fatalities from the vaccine and most of the serious side effects, as they say there is no connection. I also find it interesting they are saying the bacterial pneumonia is from a Virus! That the Swine flu is causing those deaths. Those facts are not correct either - we already know there is something Much more happening than the Swine flu.


  1. I live about an hour north of Denver. My 19-yo niece, who is a smoker, just got over this very nasty combination of H1N1 and strep. She used three items to knock it back... A vibrational elixir called ORMUS from, colloidal Silver and MMS. The rest of the family has now had to follow this regiment as well to keep this combination of bugs at bay. FYI this is her THIRD bout with H1N1 and its companion opportunistic infections. Plus, she really needs to quit smoking...

  2. Interesting you said that. I have been trying to figure out how to find out, if the people who have died have been non smokers or smokers.

    I have read things before about smoking actually prohibits the virus from embedding in the lungs.

    I would love to know the percentage of people who have died that are non smokers.

    Was all three bouts of H1N1 confirmed through test? I have only heard about one person getting it twice. Your neice having it 3 times - it seems medical professionals would want to investigate that more.

  3. Each time the 'infection' gets progressively worse, higher fever, more days 'down under the weather' and the like. Hers is a household of five. She is the only one smoking in the house and not drinking the ORMUS regularly, and as a result, seems to get the brunt of it each time the school kids bring it back home. Smoking is never a good thing!

  4. I love it when they push the vaccines for pneumonia and measles, etc. in the presence of crisis. Like that is going to keep our immune systems on top alert for this virus. No they have already messed that up. Adding to it now will not help. What do they think we are computers that can be rebooted everyday and just keep on keeping on? We are fine tuned works of God and the ones that delivered these vaccines with the known low reactor hot spots in them should be punished to the furthest extent of the law.

  5. Hmmm...I don't smoke anymore, but I do "vape" (electronic cigarettes). Unfortunately, there aren't enough people vaping for me to ask if any of them have gotten the flu.

    Anybody have any info on this?