The swine flu outbreak in Mexico is caused by a deadly new strain, or variant, of a particular strain of influenza virus that is naturally occurring among pigs. This strain mutated over time and jumped from pigs to humans. It is now transferred easily from human to human through coughing, sneezing, touching and through contact with the nasal and oral mucosa.

Swine flu transmission cannot occur through eating pork. There is no known cure for a virus other than a vaccine, which is usually made from a part of the virus itself. There is no vaccine for swine flu, and antibiotics are ineffective against a virus.

Swine flu kills relatively quickly, and it affects mainly the young and healthy. The mean age range of the 149 deaths reported in Mexico is between 20-40 years old.

So far outbreaks are being reported in New York (28 cases), California (7), Texas (2), Kansas (2), Ohio (1). Canada is reporting 6 cases, and there are 19 cases reported worldwide — not including Mexico.

The signs and symptoms of swine flu to look out for are similar to the flu:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Runny nose
  • Cough
  • Fatigue (feeling unusually tired)
  • Sore throat
  • Joint pain

The symptoms progress quickly to nausea, vomiting, disorientation and confusion ending in death.

Information on the web:

http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/

Flu cases in the United States – USA Today

Here’s a little cheerful news to lift our spirits amidst all of this gloom and doom, thanks to loyal reader Oneal Riley!

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There’s no need to ring the alarm Bey Stans: socialite and TV personality Kim Kardashian didn’t bleach her tresses blond to overthrow Beyonce. According to loyal reader Kat, Kim K took to her blog (or Twitter) and admitted she was wearing a quick weave (wig) around New York as part of a photo shoot:

“It’s a wig! Did I have you fooled? I did a fabulous photo shoot this weekend and they put this hair piece on! I haven’t taken it off since, because I’m really loving the look. I’ve been wearing it around New York and everyone thought it was my real hair! It’s making me want to dye my hair and maybe go lighter for the summer. What do you think? Should I dye it for real?”

We don’t believe that bit about the photo shoot. We think she did it to be evil and fool the paps, who can’t tell Beyonce from any other blond weaved out chick in New York unless she’s being followed closely by an entourage of gay hair dressers and stylists.

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Quick! How many of you thought Kim Kardashian was Beyonce in these pics? Socialite/TV personality Kim K debuted her new hair color over the weekend in Manhattan to the delight of the paparazzi who thought she was Beyonce promoting her new movie. When are pseudo celebrities going to start being more creative with their personal style and stop jacking others?

Even Sanaa Lathan couldn’t contain her laughter at the sight of Kim K jacking Beyonce’s style.

Meanwhile, former model/TV personality and 3 Brown Girls member Kim Porter shined at the Malibu Lumbar Yard Grand Opening last week in Malibu, CA. Kim and her twins D’Lila Star Combs and Jessie James Combs were in Atlanta last week after spending last weekend with her mom in Columbus, GA. Don’t you LOVE Kim’s fashion sense? The world is her catwalk!

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I can’t, and I won’t. So I’ll let Toya do it for me:

Ciara performed at nightclub G-A-Y Heaven in London on Saturday night (April 25th) and tore the whole entire house DOWN. This performance meets the end of the road for her London promotional stint as she returns to New York this week to kickstart her U.S. promotional tour. Meanwhile, check out a couple of flicks of her performance. READ MORE…

When Usher’s wife, celebrity stylist Tameka Raymond, took to her Twitter account this weekend to announce that she was packing a bag for her and Usher’s son Cinco so Ush could take the 17-month-old to L.A. with him on Saturday, I knew the paparazzi were also reading, and would be ready to grab the cute pics.

Speaking of Tameka, quite a few fellow twitterers are questioning whether it’s even her tweeting at all. Rest assured that it is Tameka Raymond tweeting. Should Tameka put her Twitterberry down and back away slowly? You be the judge:

    TamekaRaymond: @harveysan look queen whore #20094, leave my twits.. nit twit. go find Mike… lol so old I’ll put your bitchass over my knee..

    harveysan: @tamekaraymond you talk mad shit bitch but it’s funny that you don’t got it in you to stand by your mouth, deleting messages…For shame.

    TamekaRaymond: @JohnnyACE562 fuck you bitchass cat.. I’ll bitch slap you like one..haaa now here come the queen boys.

Barack Obama attempted to quiet the swell of criticism about his open borders policy by diminishing the worldwide concern about a new strain of swine flu coming out of Mexico. Obama states the swine flu hysteria that’s sweeping the nation is “not a cause for alarm.” What is wrong with him?

Although swine flu has been around for decades, this is a deadly new strain of the virus that this country has not seen before. What part of ‘deadly’ is he not understanding?

This virus has been known to kill healthy people within 24 hours. The new strain has already caused over 1,600 infections and 68 deaths in Mexico. New cases are sprouting up in the United States and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has matched the strain to the one in Mexico.

If that’s not a cause for alarm then I don’t know what is. Why doesn’t Obama just step down now since he is clearly in over his head?

From AJC.com:

    President Barack Obama said Monday that the threat of spreading swine flu infections is a cause for concern but “not a cause for alarm” as the United States undertook close border monitoring to contain it.

    “The Department of Health and Human Services has declared a Public Health Emergency as a precautionary tool to ensure that we have the resources we need at our disposal to respond quickly and effectively,” Obama told a gathering of scientists, amid increasing worries worldwide about a possible pandemic.

    The quickening pace of developments in the United States in response to some 1,600 swine flu infections in neighboring Mexico was accompanied by a host of varying responses around the world. The European Union advised against nonessential travel to the United States and Mexico, China, Taiwan and Russia considered quarantines and several Asian countries scrutinized visitors arriving at their airports. READ MORE…

Thanks to loyal reader Christine for sending this link to a review for Beyonce’s movie “Obsessed” which opened nationally in theaters this weekend. I went to see “American Violet” at Atlantic Station last night and I didn’t see anyone going to see “Obsessed”. The theater staff I spoke with blamed the lack of interest in the movie on Beyonce — despite the fact that critics say actor Idris Elba shines in the movie.

From UK Metrolife:

    Beyoncé Knowles is standing tall at the top of the US box office but her plans to become a giant of the big screen have been blasted as a joke by critics. Knowles latest on screen efforts took a pummelling from naysayers despite her stalking thriller Obsessed amassing an impressive £19.6million ($28.5m) at the weekend. The singer was blasted ‘laughable’, after her flick was dubbed a b-rate re-run of 1987’s Fatal Attraction. One acid-tongued reviewer said: ”Obsessed’ is your typical stalker thriller, but is horrifically written and terribly overacted. Beyonce Knowles’ performance is completely laughable.’

    Another stepped up to put in the blows, telling: ‘It’s doubtful that ‘Obsessed’ will stick in the popular imagination for more than two weeks, because the movie is borderline ludicrous.’ The floundering Destiny’s Child singer, 27, plays the wife of a successful asset manager who has just received a promotion. But things go horribly wrong when a temp work turns on the screws and starts stalking him. [LINK]