The World Health Organization (WHO) has begun investigating the potential spread of what appears to be a new form of the swine flu that is resistant to the antiviral medication Tamiflu. A woman arriving in Hong Kong, China from California, USA is now the third person known to have been confirmed with this antiviral-resistant form.
At least 124 countries globally have now been affected by the illness as Macedonia reports her first two cases ever, with afflicted persons that have surpassed 94,500 in number and over 425 lives lost to the disease as reported officially.
However, British Health Secretary Andy Burnham has stated he expects swine flu cases could reach 100,000 per day in the United Kingdom alone by the end of August. In Asia, cases have been growing by dozens in places such as Hong Kong and Âu Lạc (Vietnam). The Philippines’ Department of Health announced that nearly half of the country’s confirmed 1,709swine flu victims are between the ages of 10 and 19.
Concerns are also being raised in Muslim countries about the November Hajj pilgrimage, which is forecast to bring three million people to the Saudi city of Mecca from 160 countries. Meanwhile, Tunisia’s health officials have forbidden all but the main Hajj pilgrimage this year, to help reduce the risk of swine flu.
Our continued thankfulness for the myriad governments, organizations and individuals cooperating to further understand and prevent the spread of the swine flu. It saddens us to know of the most recent losses and pray for the recovery of sufferers. We look forward to the day when all animal agriculture as the source of this illness has been eliminated, and the vitality-building organic vegan diet is the norm for all.