Tuesday, April 28, 2009

On point, Stayin ahead of the Curve 2.0

Did you say Flu? Is that Swine Flu? Avian Flu? What Flu? Did I get a flu shot? Yeah, but according to health officials it seems that they don't know if that inoculation has any affect on this new flu. OMG. They've started using the "P" word, Pandemic and I don't like it. The reports are filing in from Mexico and all points north with cases popping up all over the place. On Sunday, the US declared a public health emergency and by golly I hope that the government is ready to react swiftly and soundly. This might be a test that will really test our Nations ability to deal with a mass situation within the population. Especially all those individuals who have been throwing down those antibiotics as a catchall for anything and everything. It's been widely sourced that some viral strains or infections have now become resistant. Whew, I hope no one is asleep at the switch on this one. Stay alert and On point as we monitor what's really going on! We've got more of what you are looking for!!!

Pride in the City: I've been waiting and asking about this years Pride Festival that was suppose to be "bigger and better," than ever. Well, people, it looks like a bust. "Sources," you know those people who know but don't want anybody to know that they spoke about it," have began leaking the info that LRCP is unable or incapable to produce the event. Even though I'm posting this item, I'm still waiting for the official word from current president Ari C. or that media person or anybody who will speak on the record. Now, let's have a refresher for clarity. Last year, elections were held, several fundraisers at local outlets(how much is anybody's guess?), and assorted info pieces created. To date on their website, no mention of any additional meetings, no budget reports, no progress posted, or updates. I've been chided about airing the community dirty laundry but, if we are going take bold positions against lawmakers then, we must also hold our own with the same vigor. I'm asking all of you to e-mail or call the LRCP President asking for confirmation about Pride 09. The question: "Will their be a Pride Festival in the Rivermarket and if not, why not?" Here's the info e-mail: arichagoya@gmail.com or reach out an touch at the Hotline: 501.476.1375 Tell em you heard about it here and then feel free to share your findings with me.

Here's to Your Health:
I grabbed this info from the CDC website(http://www.cdc.gov/) for your consideration:
Swine Influenza (Flu)
Swine Influenza (swine flu) is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A influenza that regularly cause outbreaks of influenza among pigs. Swine flu viruses do not normally infect humans, however, human infections with swine flu do occur, and cases of human-to-human spread of swine flu viruses has been documented. See General Information about Swine Flu.
From December 2005 through February 2009, a total of 12 human infections with swine influenza were reported from 10 states in the United States. Since March 2009, a number of confirmed human cases of a new strain of swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection in the U.S. and internationally have been identified. An investigation into these cases is ongoing. For more information see Human Swine Flu Investigation.
General Information about Swine FluQuestions and answers and guidance for treatment and infection control
Human Swine Flu Investigation April 26, 2009 11:30 ETInformation about the investigation of human swine flu in the U.S.
CDC Health Advisory April 25, 2009, 3:00 EST (03:00 PM EDT)Investigation and Interim Recommendations: Swine Influenza (H1N1)Distributed via Health Alert Network
Swine Flu website last updated Sunday, April 26, 2009 01:00 ET
Links to non-federal organizations are provided solely as a service to our users. These links do not constitute an endorsement of these organizations or their programs by CDC or the federal government, and none should be inferred. CDC is not responsible for the content of the individual organization Web pages found at these links.


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Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
Stay home when you are sick.
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Cover your mouth and nose.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
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Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
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Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

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