Quote: Originally Posted by Sparrow
WASHINGTON - Many people who have died of swine flu infections in the United States have also had bacterial infections, health officials reported on Wednesday.
A study of 77 patients who died of the new pandemic H1N1 virus showed 29 percent of them had so-called bacterial co-infections, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.
About half of these had Streptococcus pneumoniae, which can be prevented with a vaccine, the CDC said.
The CDC has already reported that H1N1, declared a pandemic in June, has become more active as weather cools and schools return from summer breaks. Cases are reported in all 50 states.
They will find something that will help. There are probably some other bacterial infections that react like the Streptococcus. For instance it is a fact that SARS bacteria remain in the intestines for years after you have had the disease. Due to lingering bacteria our immune systems are compromised and lack the strength to fight off new diseases.
For instance it is a fact you are completely in error.
SARS is a coronavirus and not a bacterium.
There is a huge difference.
Secondary bacterial infections are extremely common after a viral infection.
Roughly speaking what happens is the virus infection can cause some cell damage when it reproduces (by hijacking the cell itself).
This causes our immune system to fire up and we tend to get the itchy scratchy throat, the sneezing and the watery eyes or the upset stomach and burned out feeling.
There is no cure for a viral cold infection.
It usually just burns itself out.
Antibiotics will not help.
Immunization against a virus simply alerts and tunes up our immune system in preparation for a particular virus.
However, sometimes bacterium will take advantage of the weakened immune defences as well as the damaged and inflamed cell structures remaining after a viral attack.
These opportunistic bacterium may already be living quietly in the body or we may pick them up in our travels.
This is kinda gross but whatever.
If you have a cold and about a week or more into it you develop a nasty, rattly cough and fever.
And you start hacking up that horrible green gunk.
That is now a secondary bacterial infection.
Your viral cold has allowed a secondary bacterial infection to take hold in your lungs.
And now antibiotics will indeed work.
And that is why you need to keep in touch and follow the advice of your local health practitioner.
As another example AIDS or HIV is another virus.
It slowly but surely destroys the bodies immune system.
AIDS doesn't kill you.
All the secondary infections that take hold after your immune system is compromised is what kills AIDS victims.
Thus it is to be expected that some swine flu sufferers will pick up secondary bacterial infections.
It's a common and somewhat expected occurrence after all.
If the swine flu hits our immune system very hard (check into cytokine storms) it will just make it all the easier for commonly existing bacterium to invade our weakened bodies.
Follow your health practitioners advice if you have concerns.