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Originally posted by sardion2000
Where did you get your numbers from? Billions seems a bit much IMO.
" “Up to one billion people could die around the whole world in six months,” says Dmitry Lvov, the head of the Russian Virology Institute. "
(Dennis Maki, top University of Wisconsin immunologist said) " "Look at this, ...pointing to the screen where his (H5N1 flu) Power Point presentation read: "72 percent mortality." The median age of the victims was 13. ...Traditional flu, as seen in this country, has a mortality rate of less than 1 percent.
"It's evolving as it goes along," Maki said of the (H5N1) virus. "My fear is, it will acquire genes that will allow it to spread efficiently from person to person. If that happens, we're going to have a big problem."
...The Institute of Medicine, a part of the National Academy of Sciences, reported (that) ...the H5N1 virus is only "a few mutations away" from being passed from person to person."
"...if the receptor binding domain on H3 was put on the avian H5 via recombination, then the H5N1 would be able to transmit human to human, but would still be largely H5N1, the virus that produces a 70-80% case fatality rate in Vietnam and Thailand.
...Such a recombinant, capable of infecting 1/4 of the world's population and killing 70% of those infected, would kill over 1 BILLION, not the 2-7 million cited by WHO."
"...think of the consequences. Panic. Crippled health-care systems. Economic disruption on a global scale. Grounded airlines. Distribution networks that will grind to a halt. Social instability.
...Or, "three years of a given hell," as a leading U.S. epidemiologist, Michael Osterholm, puts it: "I can't think of any other risk, terrorism or Mother Nature included, that could potentially pose any greater risk to society than this." "
From "Flu Pandemic Near, Experts Fear." By Helen Branswell of Canadian Press. Good article, online at:
Originally posted by NWObringer
Why are they letting millions and billions of people in the world die off ...?
Originally posted by porschedrifter
Can you say population control?
It feels very unerving to know that we are at war and being attacked so to speak by our own country.
Originally posted by sardion2000
I don't know I still skeptical that they are "blocking" the use.
Has it been approved?
I don't want to take an untested GM product.
Originally posted by raven2012
Thanks for posting this soficrow!!! I'll be heading to SE Asia early next year for a few months. This is getting worse and worse.
A global pandemic of avian influenza is "very, very likely" ...Deaths associated with the rapid spread of a new form of influenza would be high...
"We are talking at least 2 to 7 million, maybe more - 20 million or 50 million, or in the worst case, 100" million," ...[Note: 100 million is 1 Billion. The article is quoting Dr. Shigeru Omi, WHO's regional director for Asia and the Pacific.]
Dr. Malik Peiris, a top influenza researcher at Hong Kong University, said that Omi's range of potential fatalities was realistic and consistent with current research into the A(H5N1) avian influenza virus.
World must invest in bird flu vaccine: WHO official
GENEVA (Reuters) - The world has spent more than $3 billion to stockpile anti-virals against bird flu but is not investing enough to develop an influenza pandemic vaccine, a top official of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. Klaus Stohr, WHO's special adviser on influenza pandemic vaccine development, also said that while preliminary results from several clinical trials looked ''promising,'' much more work was needed.
Originally posted by Astronomer68
Soficrow you know there is no flu strain to prepare vaccines against. Unless and until the existing bird-flu mutates/evolves into one capable of causing the pandemic you speak of then there is no need to go into a crash program to prepare vaccines.
Flu vaccines: Looking beyond eggs
The global spread of avian flu is putting additional pressure on vaccine developers to rethink their traditional techniques, which rely heavily on eggs to incubate vaccine stocks: The lethality of avian flu in poultry makes it unlikely that there will be 4 billion embryonated eggs available-the number needed to protect the 1.2 billion people at high risk-in the case of a pandemic, according to Suryaprakash Sambhara at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Cell culture is emerging as a viable and versatile alternative to eggs for churning out large quantities of vaccine.