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Originally posted by John bull 1
The current H5N1 is avian flu and you are correct it can be transmitted from birds to humans but it can not then be transmitted from human to human.
Though deadly to humans H5N1 in it's present form will not cause a deadly global* pandemic. For it to do so and thus emulate other flu pandemics named above it must go through a antigenic shift. It must basically infect from a bird to a person who already has human flu, combine with it, and mutate into a flu virus that will be as deadly as H5N1 but as infectious as normal flu.
When ,not if , this happens a deadly form of flu will be unleashed on the world. The current warnings from amoung others the W.H.O are based upon the fact that H5N1 seems ever more likely to make this switch.
New Scientist Breaking News - 'Symptomless' bird flu cases raise concerns
The H5N1 bird flu virus might be acquiring a greater ability to spread from human to human, recent cases in Vietnam suggest.
The Vietnamese cases might have acquired the virus from poultry, especially from raw duck products eaten during the recent Tet New Year's festival. But because they each developed symptoms several days apart, investigators from the World Health Organization suspect human to human transmission.
many more people than suspected have harboured H5N1, and each of them is an opportunity for the virus to adapt further to humans.
Originally posted by dgtempe
I beleive this is scaremongering. Who gains? The pharmaceutical companies, and the government. If everyone is required to immunize, think of the money! ... Quarantine? What better way to have a police state due to health.
Just like the last bogus scare. Thats all it is. Scare tactics. Its bogus.
Originally posted by Lukefj
I don't know if anyone here has watched the series ReGenesis, but they did a scenario in which the Spanish flu was uncovered in Nunavut (Canada) eaten by a bird and was then transferred tot he human population in Denver. The problem was that by using bird tracking technology they placed dozens of birds feeding in the area in which the frozen corpse of a Spanish flu victim was uncovered and they all migrated to different areas.