posted on Oct, 12 2005 @ 10:34 AM
Originally posted by djohnsto77
The article does say this was the first time the virus was ever detected in Colombia, so I don't think this is an everyday occurrence, at least for
that part of the world.
Which is complete rubbish. It's like this, friend, every time you get the flu, does the local news come to your house and report on it? If so, you
live in a VERY small town. The answer, of course, is no.
It's the same here. Poultry flocks are HIGHLY susceptible to avian flu. It's not really news when some chickens in a farm get a runny beak and
watery eyes. The problem is, H5N1 is HIGHLY pathogenic, and has and EXTREMELY high morbidity. That means it spreads faster and KILLS many birds.
So, naturally people notice. Couple that with the pandemic scare we are all under, and any case of normal bird flu will be sure to trigger this kind
of media attention, even though it is unwarranted.
As a final thought on why it is highly unlikely that this is Colombia's first avian flu, it was recently discovered that the pandemic of 1918 was
caused by a bird flu. Did Colombia get missed by it entirely? No chance. This is sloppy reporting by an AP correspondent that doesn't know the first
thing about avian flus and how common they are in the poultry industry. Also, it is clear that nobody else at AP has a clue either, so news agencies
around the world keep running with these pseudo-facts.
It happens, and it's not really worth a major argument. I just wanted to educate a few folks here. Hope I helped.