Yes, there are other diseases that currently kill more people than avian flu. Everyone recognizes this.
The problem with avian flu is that it has extremely high mortality for those infected, and its an h5n1 type of flu, for which there is no natural
immunity or resistance in man (more or less), and that flus are extremely communicable. If the disease develops sustained human-human transmission
(it seems to have done this in some situations, but has been stopped before spreading much) and isn't contained, then there will
global flu pandemic, like with the post world war flu.
There's no hysteria in that. Its true. Its a potentially
dangerous disease. Most of the people dying from it in the news are infected by
animals and are not spreading it to other people. That sort of the disease isn't, in itself, any kind of real concern. Its what happens when/if it
develops the ability to be consistently transmitted person to person, like the 'regular' flu.
"Some experts like Peter Palese of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York said the H5N1 viruses are a false alarm. He notes that studies of
serum collected in 1992 from people in rural China indicated that millions there had antibodies to the H5N1 strain. That means they had been infected
with an H5N1 bird virus and recovered, apparently without incident."
Do you get what this means?
First of all, going back as far as 1992, millions of Chinese people had antibodies to H5N1.
Thats interesting, and certainly counter to what I've heard before. How many people in the rest of the world have been exposed to an h5n1 type of
To add even more fuel to the fire, as I documented in a recent article, the main type of testing for H5N1 in both animals and people around the
world is TESTING FOR ANTIBODIES.
This is fraud, outright fraud: INTERPRET A SIGN OF HEALTH (ANTIBODIES) AS A SIGN OF ILLNESS.
Thats just silly. You get the antibodies only if you have been exposed to the disease. Therefore testing for antibodies reveals who has been
exposed, and it can be discovered as the body is fighting against it.
Also, the mere pressence of antibodies doesn't mean that you are immune and can't get sick. Anti-bodies can be manufactured in the lab, but its not
an effective way to treat disease of this sort.
THERE WAS NO REASON TO ASSUME THAT THE GERM WAS DANGEROUS IN THE FIRST PLACE. IN FACT, THE PRESENCE OF ANTIBODIES TOLD YOU THAT. IT TOLD YOU THAT
THESE PEOPLE'S IMMUNE SYSTEMS HAD NO PROBLEM WITH THE GERM AT ALL.
This is false and misleading. The pressenceof anti-bodies to an h5n1 type of flu merely means that you were infected with an h5n1 type of flu. h5n1
just describes a sterotypical
portion of flu virii, not the effects of the virii. Its a type of nomenclature in a sense. TYhere are lethal
and non-lethal h5n1 types of flu.
Flus break out in cycles amoung humans. Thats why we have flu season. Each season, its different. I think sometimes is h1n2, another h3n1, etc etc.
H and N are identifiers of portions of the virus. There hasn't been an outbreak during flu season of an h5n1 identifying flu in the current living
population, there were, I beleive, flu seasons before that that happened to be h5n1, but everyone since then has died, due to old age if nothing else.
So no one exposed to the flu now has even seen an h5n1 sort of flu, let alone this avian flu which up til recently only existed in bird
The information in that page is intersting though, that there might've been an outbreak of a h5n1 type of regular flu
in china. Being exposed
to an h5n1 type of regular flu
will protect you to some degree from all h5n1 types of flu, whether its bird, swine, etc, etc.
So part of the concern over avian flu is that is an h5n1 type, which just isn't something anyone's been exposed to, which is sort of the icing on
the cake to making it something to be concerned about.
None of this means that these people in china were exposed to the Avian Flu. None of this means that they are immune to the Avian Flu.
[edit on 11-1-2006 by Nygdan]