Health Care professionals are concerned about the risk of flu pandemic strains emerging in the region.
One concern is the potential for H1N1 influenza viruses to be transported in to the US, but more importantly the potential is for a H1S1N7 pandemic strain to make it to the west coast.
“As a community, we are going to need to be prepared for the threat of an influenza pandemic,” said Dr. Scott D. Fuchs, a senior infectious disease physician and assistant professor at the University of Southern California.
“If you’re outside of California, you’re at increased risk.”
“We have had no confirmed H1Ns in the United States,” he added.
Dr. Fuch believes that a pandemic pandemic could potentially spread rapidly through the West Coast and Northeast.
“We could see H1s spread very rapidly, particularly in the coastal areas of the United Kingdom, the U.S. and Europe,” he said.
As for whether the H1-P, H1E2 and H1Q viruses will continue to spread, Fuchs said there is a lot of debate about that, especially in the US.
He pointed to a study from the U of L’s Vaccine Research Institute that found there are at least a dozen different H1 strains circulating in the West.
“The risk of H1 viruses making it into the United Sates is higher than the risk they make it into other parts of the world,” he explained.
“This is because H1 is a more infectious strain and it’s more easily transmitted.”
Fuchs says that the most immediate concern is that the H2N1 virus, which has been circulating for more than a decade in Europe, could make it through the US to the U-K.
That could be bad news for California residents.
However, there is also a risk of the virus making its way back to the UK.
Dr. J. Paul Watson, the head of the British Flu Vaccine Advisory Committee, said there’s a concern about how the H5N1 pandemic has been managed.
“It is possible that the UK may have a similar situation as the United states, with the H6N1 circulating,” Watson said.
“What we have observed in the UK is that people are becoming more susceptible to these strains.
Dr. Watson said that if H1 was found in the US., it could be a serious problem for the state. “
But we need to make sure that we are not spreading these strains throughout the UK.”
Dr. Watson said that if H1 was found in the US., it could be a serious problem for the state.
“The H1 virus has been detected in the northern states of New York and New Jersey, as well as the northern coastal areas,” he noted.
“It is very possible that we could be seeing the spread of the H7N1 strain.
We are concerned because of the risk that these two viruses pose to California, and if they do spread we will be in a situation where we have to get our vaccines up and running very quickly to ensure we can keep California safe.”
However Dr. Watson noted that it is still too early to tell if H2S1, H3, and H4 viruses will make it across the border.
H2S strains, he said, are more likely in the eastern US, which is in the midst of a major pandemic.
“The H2 virus is not very common in the western states, and the H3 is not as prevalent in the west,” he observed.
“So the likelihood that we might see H4, H5, H6 or H7 is pretty high.”
“If we get a pandemic in the middle of this we will likely be in the situation where people will be vulnerable to an H5 virus and then we will have a very high infection rate, which we would not want to see,” he continued.
“That would be very unfortunate.”
H4 strains are a different matter.
If you are in a location where you have a high concentration of H4 strains, you could be at a greater risk of getting a pandemaker, according to Dr. David P. Krieger, professor emeritus of infectious disease and virology at the Massachusetts General Hospital.
Krieger has been tracking H4 infections in the Pacific Northwest, which he says is particularly vulnerable to the H4 strain.
“I would be concerned about these H4 isolates from the western state of Washington,” he told Health Care News Today.
For the most part, he says, the strain that makes it into California is very different from the strain it makes into New York City.
However, he added that the West has also been hit hard by an H1 pandemor.
The number of new H1 cases in the state is up substantially over the