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April 27, 2009

Be Prepared...H1N1 Swine Flu

I wanted to wait until some more information came out to make a post about the swine flu outbreak. I'm sure most out there are aware of the situation, and are keeping up with current outbreak locations. Basically we have 3 strains of flu from 3 different parts of the world that have combined and created a human transmitted virus. It's not impossible for something like this to happen naturally, but it is extremely unlikely.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have already announced that this is uncontrollable. The number of deaths so far from the virus is over 200 and over 1,600 infected. It's interesting to note that the deaths were all from Mexico, no reported deaths in the US yet. This has popped up in a number of states including Ohio, Kansas, Texas, Indiana, New York, and California. Other than the US and Mexico, a number of countries have confirmed reports of swine flu as well as, New Zealand, Canada, Australia and Israel.

This isn't something to panic about just yet, there are around 36,000 people (according to the CDC) that die from the flu each year in the US alone. As a prepper, we need to prepare for the worst and hope for the best. Your best precautions are to wash your hands regularly, avoid contact with people who might be sick with flu-like symptoms, if you don't already have some, get some N95 respirator masks, and latex gloves if things get really bad. I purchased 42 N95 masks a few weeks ago on clearance for $12, I knew those would come in handy!

Keep a sharp eye on this one, and stay safe.