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NEWS: Scientist slams UK bird flu plans stating it could kill more than 2 million Brit

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posted on Mar, 13 2005 @ 07:20 AM
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Preperations by the UK Government to deal with a potential human bird flu pandemic have been slammed by leading scientist Professor Hugh Pennington, president of the Society for General Microbiology. He believes that more than 2 million Britons could die if the deadly avian flu were to outbreak in the UK. He also believes that that a pandemic is both imminent and inevitable, stating: "If the virus moves into people there will be no stopping it. It will be here before we know it."
 



www.dehavillan d.co.uk
Medical experts have predicted that around one in four people in Britain could be affected by a flu pandemic, with 50,000 being killed if contingency plans are not implemented. However, Professor Pennington believes this is overly optimistic and has compared the situation to complacency over BSE a decade ago.

"They (the government) hope that by the time they have to spend money the problem will have gone away," he said.

The H5N1 bird flu virus has killed 47 people in Asia and experts believe it could mutate into a strain easily transmitted in humans that could kill millions of people worldwide. There is, as yet, no evidence of sustained person-to-person transmission of the virus.

The government has ordered enough anti-viral drugs to treat about one quarter of the population, which will be delivered over the next two years.


Please visit the link provided for the complete story.


It's like watching the movies Outbreak or The Day After Tomorrow or something isn't it? Scientists desperately warning our governments that they should act now before it's too late and them not doing enough about it.

The UK government (and likely the US) probably see this as an unnecessary expenditure that wont be nearly as bad as these scientists are predicting, let's hope they're right.

Related News Links:
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news.independent.co.uk




posted on Mar, 13 2005 @ 07:39 AM
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The UK government (and likely the US) probably see this as an unnecessary expenditure that wont be nearly as bad as these scientists are predicting, let's hope they're right.





IMO - they know darn well how bad it will be - but they crunched the numbers and decided it's more profitable to let people die, simulataneously lowering the population growth rate and funnelling tax dollars elsewhere (like into their buddies pockets).


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posted on Mar, 13 2005 @ 07:47 AM
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In the news article i posted today there was a reply froma news article that held the clue to it all. Now that they have people in hospital positive but yet with no symptoms, they are poopoo scared of it already having gotten away. People now may have it flying around the world without symptoms. It was an innoculous statement in a glossed over paragraph but it spoke mint of information to me.



posted on Mar, 13 2005 @ 07:47 AM
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There is, as yet, no evidence of sustained person-to-person transmission of the virus.


However, there is a case (and others like it) where it could have been person to person transmission.


HANOI -- A 26-year-old Vietnamese male nurse who tended a patient with bird flu has caught the virus that has killed 47 people in Asia, a health official said on Monday.

It was not yet clear if the nurse caught the H5N1 bird flu virus from the patient or by other means, said Tran Khac Vien, head of a district health care centre in the northern province of Thai Binh, 110 km southeast of Hanoi.

"He looked after and had contact with a H5N1 patient," Vien told Reuters.


www.freerepublic.com...



posted on Mar, 13 2005 @ 08:00 AM
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it was a long time coming, if its going to be anything like the "spanish flu" we are in for a disaster, especially considering the ammount of people living in big cities and the constant migrations and travelling.
It could spread like wildfire.



posted on Mar, 13 2005 @ 12:48 PM
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IMO - they know darn well how bad it will be - but they crunched the numbers and decided it's more profitable to let people die, simulataneously lowering the population growth rate and funnelling tax dollars elsewhere (like into their buddies pockets).


What exactly does the government gain from lowering our population? It certainly doesn't help America or the UK. And in the end, any rich guys with money won't escape the economic backlash something like this would cause.

You can't blame big corporations for everything...At least you can't do it logically.


It's like watching the movies Outbreak or The Day After Tomorrow or something isn't it? Scientists desperately warning our governments that they should act now before it's too late and them not doing enough about it.


Scientists are always warning people about something that's supposed to have catastrohpic consequences.



posted on Mar, 13 2005 @ 01:03 PM
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Scientists are always warning people about something that's supposed to have catastrohpic consequences.


I agree, when Mad Cow Disease was first found in the UK we were at first told of a mass epedemic of CJD outbreak in humans. This was because of all the infected meat we were supposed to have eaten. Hasn't happend and likely never will.

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posted on Mar, 13 2005 @ 02:02 PM
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Originally posted by Kriz_4

Scientists are always warning people about something that's supposed to have catastrohpic consequences.


I agree, when Mad Cow Disease was first found in the UK we were at first told of a mass epedemic of CJD outbreak in humans. This was because of all the infected meat we were supposed to have eaten. Hasn't happend and likely never will.




IMO - it is happening - just not the way they thought it would: They expected acute cases, in reality, the cases are usually chronic and take decades to progress to become life threatening.


RE: bird flu. The spin and disinformation abound. Check this thread out for more info. Ie., person-to-person transmission has been happening for a while, patients are known to be asymptomatic carriers; the virus seems to have a long dormant life without a host, and may be on imported feathers...

www.abovetopsecret.com...

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posted on Mar, 13 2005 @ 02:23 PM
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IMO - it is happening - just not the way they thought it would: They expected acute cases, in reality, the cases are usually chronic and take decades to progress to become life threatening.


Yea...so it threatens their lives when they're what, 80?



posted on Mar, 14 2005 @ 06:26 AM
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The fear of epidemics is that they might mutate.

If bird flu mutates into a "killing" strain, we could see 1000's dead in a matter of days.

Even SARS wasn't a killing strand, survival rate for SARS in the 18-40(or 50?) was pretty much 100% in China. Though damage to the lungs were permanent,

[edit on 14-3-2005 by rapier28]



posted on Mar, 14 2005 @ 06:41 AM
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when they start cruching numbers of who will live and who will die.that bugs me.they worry more about containing it than saving those in the middle of it.beware of being in the middle of any type of plague.most time humans just stand there and let it happen.govenments just go and hide underground and say good luck.start eatin yogart and other types of immune system foods.wash your hands alittle longer in public might stop some of this flu.



posted on Mar, 14 2005 @ 06:48 AM
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Yes, if you get infected with no cure, you can bet your bottom dollar that you will be isolated and left to die.

This is with any government.




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