H1N1 Global Pandemic Message

I received the following email message from Lic. Wee-Mingh Fung (President of the Chamber of Tourism of Chiriquí). If you have been watching the news on TV, this will not be any surprise, but I felt it was important to let you know that Panama is not ignoring the situation. Below is my English translation, followed by the original Spanish message.

Hello All, I am forwarding a story of importance.

The World Health Organization is declaring that H1N1 is now a global pandemic. This is the first time this has been done in 41 years. This disease has already affected over 74 countries and more than 27 thousand people in other countries and apparently has not been contained and continues to grow.

This statement can further negatively affect the state of the global economy ….

View news in:
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/who-declares-swine-flu-pandemic-report-20096111017440?siteid=bnbh

Abdiel, please forward this story to the other members of the Chamber of Tourism of Chiriquí.

Greetings,

Lic. Wee-Mingh Fung
Presidente
Cámara de Turismo de Chiriquí
David, Chiriquí, Panamá
Office: 507-775-0253
Fax: 507-775-7115
Mobile: 507-6677-5261

The original Spanish version follows:

Hola a Todos, les reenvío una noticia de importancia.

La Organización Mundial de la Salud está declarando la H1N1 como pandemia mundial, es la primera vez que se hace esto en 41 años. Esta enfermedad ya ha afectado a más de 74 países y a más de 27 mil personas y aparentemente en otros países no ha sido contenida y sigue creciendo.

Esta declaración puede afectar negativamente aún más el estado de la economía mundial….

Ver la noticia en:
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/who-declares-swine-flu-pandemic-report-20096111017440?siteid=bnbh

Abdiel, por favor le reenvías esta noticia a los demás miembros de la Cámara de Turismo de Chiriquí.

Saludos,

Lic. Wee-Mingh Fung
Presidente
Cámara de Turismo de Chiriquí
David, Chiriquí, Panamá
Office: 507-775-0253
Fax: 507-775-7115
Mobile: 507-6677-5261

7 thoughts on “H1N1 Global Pandemic Message

  1. A couple of days ago I heard, on NPR, the head of the World Health Organization advising people not to “over panic” about the swine-flu pandemic. That’s all well and good, I suppose, but my question is: what level of panic is acceptable?

  2. What a crock…
    Many, many physicians are saying this whole sham is very suspect in its origins & simultaneous seeding in so many locations. I’m not saying this, they are. You do your own research if you care to, reader.

    Within the last week I saw the worldwide flu stats broadcast on the local news station. I believe the *total* number of ‘suspected’ infected numbered approximately 28,000 *worldwide* with a total worldwide death toll of about 130 (approx) = .00464% mortality rate.

    Hmmm. Lots of hoopla over just about nothing I would say.
    In addition, have you noticed that it is a RARE occasion that any medical history of the victims are made known. I have seen in a few cases where it’s been mentioned that the deceased was, in fact, suffering from other immune system suppressors (ie: diseases) at the time the ‘flu’ got ‘em.

    At border crossings & some airports, you will notice an increased interest in your recent whereabouts by ‘health’ officials. Also, you may be asked to fill out a symptoms questionnaire. It’s all for your safety, you can rest assured..

    If anyone here has been paying attention at all, you’d have to call this whole exercise suspect. In the US, the ‘Model States Health Emergency Act’ was passed ’round about 2006. Check it’s provisions out if you really feel like making yourself sick.

    Anyhow [COUGH COUGH, sniffle], $pend it if you got it and enjoy your freedom of movement for now..

    KK

  3. KK,
    That was an excellent and thought provoking post. I had been swallowing the ‘media’ blitz ‘hook, line & sinker’.. Then, as I began to think about it and look into the nature of these type illnesses along with the absolute rabid hype that has accompanied what amounts to another ring in the circus, the thought crossed my mind:

    ..Are we being duped again?! Obviously not. There seems to be no life left out ‘there’! I believe folks are much more concerned with their 401k balances than a case of the sniffles. Somebody’s gonna have to try harder! LOL!

    Speaking of riches, I found this interesting tidbit early this AM: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/money/investment/article6521486.ece

    KK

  4. Hi KK. My viewpoint is that this is a serious problem. With the world becoming smaller and transportation allowing someone to move across continents in a matter of hours, I believe that education is a necessity.

    There are already mutations of the virus that have been found. To this point there is no vaccine for the virus. I believe that reason that it has had as little effect in the US is that the population has been vaccinated for previous viruses enabling the population to be more resistant.

    However, in the poorer parts of the world, the same cannot be said and the populations are much more at risk. There is also a tendency of a tourist country to try to minimize the problem because so much of the economy depends on tourists.

    This increases the world potential problem. I believe Panama is doing a reasonably good job in educating the population to wash hands and cover mouths.

    I further believe it is better to be too concerned about this problem rather than to poo poo it.

  5. Soy de Guatemala y necesito comunicarme con el Lic. Wee Mingh Fung, nos conocimos en Lousville Kentucky en 1992. Por casualidad entré a esta página, si es posible una respuesta, muy agradecida y en caso contrario, me disculpo. Atte.

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