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maitai62Jan. 17, 2015 - 09:50AM JST
In the US, the predominant strain infecting people is the an Influenza A H3N2 type that is different from this years H3N2 component in the vaccine. This change in the flu virus is a result of "genetic drift" or change due to random changes in expression of its DNA. Estimates indicate that this years vaccine (based on last years flu viruses) is only 23% effective against the predominant circulating flu virus this year. Therefore, basic hygiene and infection control measures are important in protecting against flu. Also, early treatment with antivirals (Tamiflu) within the first 48 hours would lesen the severity and duration of illness.
maitai62Dec. 11, 2014 - 12:26PM JST
She wasn't "all that". What did the poor old geezers see in her?!
Posted in: 'Black widow' charged over death of husband No. 4
maitai62Sep. 03, 2014 - 05:41AM JST
LMFAO! Well written and so true!
Posted in: Navigating a Japanese bathroom
maitai62Aug. 27, 2014 - 06:53PM JST
Japan does have the dengue vector A. Aegypti mosquito.
There is no natural immunity once infected. In fact, previously infected individuals can develop potentially life threatening dengue hemorrhagic fever. The pathophysiology involves an auto immune response in a previously infected individual.
The best way to prevent dengue is to avoid mosquito bites with the usual preventive measures.
Posted in: Japan sees 1st dengue fever case in nearly 70 years
maitai62Jul. 21, 2014 - 08:58AM JST
Ammonia is commonly used as a refrigerant in the food industry. It has a low odor threshold and can cause individuals to become acutely ill.
Posted in: 32 employees sickened by gas at Fukuoka bakery
maitai62Jun. 12, 2014 - 09:27AM JST
Yeah. Teachers got their hands tied. Delusional parents think their kids are angels. Bring back the paddle!
Posted in: Osaka studies ways to deal with problem children in schools
maitai62May. 29, 2014 - 06:57PM JST
Cowards. Throwing eggs from the safety of a moving car. If they have issues with gaijin, they should confront them face to face.
Posted in: 3 youths arrested for throwing eggs at foreign students in Saga
maitai62May. 22, 2014 - 10:21AM JST
Yep. The sound of freedom!! I'm not sure about Atsugi but at JBPHH and Marine Corp Base Hawaii, most if not all night training missions RTB well before 22:00.
Posted in: Court orders SDF night flights at Atsugi base suspended
maitai62May. 18, 2014 - 10:19AM JST
Where is the child's father in this? I doubt he pays child support. I don't know for sure but I heard the family court system in Japan awards meager amounts of child support to the custodial parent. Enforcement is also nonexistent and many deadbeat dad's shirk their financial responsibility and don't even see their kids.
Posted in: Japan's working poor left behind by Abenomics
maitai62May. 07, 2014 - 11:45AM JST
Death to them by egging squad!
Posted in: Gang arrested following spate of drive-by eggings in Osaka
maitai62May. 07, 2014 - 10:00AM JST
I concur with those selectively teaching a lesson to those idiots walking with their craniums buried in their phones. I've done it to males and stared them down unapologetically after the hit. Of course I'm always prepared to deal with possible retaliation but all just kept going on their way.
Posted in: No. of accidents involving people using phones while walking increases
maitai62Apr. 30, 2014 - 07:22PM JST
Most carry .38 specials. He needed at least 2 rounds in the center of mass to drop his chinchin in the dirt. Too bad he didn't aim higher and to the left...the perp got what he deserved for attempted murder of a police officer.
Posted in: Policeman fires at suspect in convenience store robbery
maitai62Feb. 20, 2014 - 10:51AM JST
Verdict should be guilty with death sentence by slow exsanguination. He should feel the pain just like his poor victim did. RIP Arisa...
maitai62Feb. 12, 2014 - 07:58AM JST
The voices told him to do it... He definitely has that psycho look.
Posted in: Unruly passenger forces ANA flight to land in Anchorage en route to New York
maitai62Jan. 31, 2014 - 11:19AM JST
Yep. Terrible disease I wouldn't wish on anyone. Ulcerative colitis sufferers are also at higher risk of colon cancer.
Posted in: Is Abe headed for his next health crisis?
maitai62Jan. 15, 2014 - 09:46AM JST
I attended the recent Tokyo Motor Show which was great! Although foreign brands like BMW and Mercedes were there, I was surprised that American makes like the new Chevy Camaro, Corvette and Cadillacs were absent.
Posted in: Detroit demands broad access to Japan's auto market but targets narrow niche
maitai62Aug. 20, 2013 - 08:46AM JST
Those hairstyles on the girls in the pics at the top of the article look fine to me!!
Posted in: 3 most unattractive women’s hairstyles (according to Japanese men)
maitai62Jul. 23, 2013 - 12:15PM JST
Good on him! Gotta try it next time I'm in Japan. I Just went to a craft brewery in Otaru, Hokkaido which was really good. The young, male guide speaks fluent English and gave the tour in both English and Japanese.
Posted in: The right brew for you
maitai62Jul. 19, 2013 - 09:11AM JST
Hydrate Hydrate Hydrate! It is a mantra preached by the military when we are in hot weather operations. My Japanese friend was surprised when she saw how much water I drank during this recent heat spell.
Posted in: High temperature readouts may be a foretaste of 'epochal heat'
maitai62Mar. 04, 2013 - 11:37PM JST
Yeah right Mr. Fu (Ling Yu). Weapons used for defense not for aggression towards other countries.
Posted in: China defends massive growth in military spending
Mar. 01, 2015 - 12:47AM JST
Wipeout. Halloween=spooky stuff. Christmas= a couple days off w/ life long friends, family, & lots of…
Posted in: And now for White Day
Mar. 01, 2015 - 12:37AM JST
"There are terrorist attacks all over world and we’re talking about closing down Homeland Security." -…
Posted in: Homeland Security to stay open as Congress OKs 1-week bill
Mar. 01, 2015 - 12:35AM JST
Man, that has everything.
Posted in: Gang leader killed boy, say 2 other suspects
Mar. 01, 2015 - 12:18AM JST
He was organizing antiwar protests when Russia was officially not at war. No Russian mothers…
Posted in: Prominent Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov shot dead
Mar. 01, 2015 - 12:17AM JST
Correction: "....bad [not back] for Russia. The typo demons are having a riot with me today.…