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Originally posted by soficrow
Of course, that's not the official public position. According to this administration, there is NO bird flu in America, NO Mad Cow, NO problems.
The good news is it's not the bird flu, according to the Texas Department of Wildlife. But officials say as a precaution, the dead birds should not be handled.
FYI - officials say there is no Mad Cow in the USA either.
So don't worry. Be happy. Spend money. Get more credit. And eat chicken and beef every day!
The only people who want to hurt you in America are the terrorists.
Originally posted by Astronomer68
I don't know if the news I read today represents scientific consesus, but according to the article, scientists are saying we are no closer to a flu pandemic now than we were several months ago. Also, I read where some group has now succeeded in making a vaccine for the current H5N1 flu strain and that is good news. I hope poultry farmers and their immediate family members (i.e., those living under the same roof) have an opportunity to get this vaccine ASAP
Originally posted by SourGrapes
I'm sorry, Soficrow, but I'm having a problem with the correlation between the luxury suite and H5N1. In fact, I'm lost as to your assertion of our 'tax money' being spent on such accomodations.
The links, you provided, state that the 'benefits' are at an additional cost to the patient.
So, if I'm to go into the hospital for any sort of treatment (or therapy), what's the extra $200 - 250/day for special 'spa treatment' ? Hell, yeah I'd like to be treated as a queen for a moderate hotel rate (why not? my dh spends more than that in hotels when traveling and definately doesn't receive any 'special' treatment).
Originally posted by Regenmacher
What price warrants walking into a virtual germ lab and catching secondary infections while being treated for avian flu? Have some flesh eating bacteria with your pedicure, madam?
Spa or no spa treatment, you have to be pretty desperate to go to any hospital if the country is undergoing an epidemic.
The wilderness and tent might prove to be the best bet as far as health and avain flu is concerned. Don't eat the ducks...
Originally posted by soficrow
Do water purification tablets will kill H5N1? Anybody know?
Regardless of the source of your water, unless you KNOW it is safe to drink, plan on treating your water first and familiarize yourself with water treatment options. Boiling for at least (1) minute is a good standby, but some methods, such as purification tablets, should only be used on a limited basis due to health concerns. Choose an appropriate water treatment plan that works for your family's needs.
As a word of caution, if city water service has been interrupted or is intermittent, or if your tap water looks, smells or tastes odd or unpleasant, treat that water as if it were potentially contaminated and use your preferred treatment option before drinking.
The United Nations estimates that more than a billion people currently live in dire urban conditions. Dangerous and polluted shantytowns line the outskirts of almost every major city in the developing world. Some 32 percent of the world's urban population live in slums, and the number is growing every day.
People living in slums are often unable to find clean water, much less basic health care, leaving the communities to be overrun by disease and waste. Davis points to the global threat of avian flu as a concrete motivation to help the world's poor. "Today's megaslums," he says, "are unprecedented incubators of new and re-emergent diseases that can travel across the world at the speed of a passenger jet." If helping millions of poor people isn't motivation enough, if left unchecked, the world's dirty secret could become the catalyst for a global pandemic.
Slum Ecology: Inequity intensifies the Earth's natural forces
Originally posted by Benevolent Heretic
Originally posted by soficrow
Do water purification tablets will kill H5N1? Anybody know?
I have been scouring for about an hour now and I haven't found a direct, sure answer for this question (there are government sources I didn't look at or trust... I think they said use duct tape...)
Anyway, here is what I have found. ...Pandemic Preparedness
... but some methods, such as purification tablets, should only be used on a limited basis due to health concerns. ...
Health officials say a stray dog has died of bird flu in Azerbaijan. It is thought to be the first time the virus has killed a dog.
On Monday, the Caspian nation reported its first three human deaths from bird flu.
Bird Flu Claims First Dog
Birds don't have to go through security checks when they cross borders. ...They don't have to get tested for drugs or disease before visiting wintering grounds along the Rio Grande. ...In the next two years, they could bring to New Mexico a deadly natural biological weapon - bird flu - says Jeanne Fair, a scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory. She has been studying how the disease will travel from Asia and Europe into the United States and New Mexico. ...The strain that has infected millions of birds worldwide will almost certainly be here in the next two years, possibly by late 2007, Fair said. ..."I think it will probably be here sooner,..."
The disease, spread through bird feces, saliva and infected water, was first found in Hong Kong in 1997 and spread in birds through Asia. ..."You have to test the birds and test the water," Fair said. "If you find it in a lake, influenzas can hang around for a month. Some studies have shown it staying over 200 days." ...The longer the disease remains in the water, the more likely it is to find other host species, Fair said.
In Germany and Thailand, it has jumped to cats, which shows the virus is finding new ways to mutate, Fair said. ..."We know it infects cats - that's unheard of," Fair said. "Cats do not get influenza."
Los Alamos Scientist Tracking Bird Flu
Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute, the Centers for Disease Control, and the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology have identified what the researchers described as a possible pathway for a particularly virulent strain of the avian flu virus H5N1 "to gain a foothold in the human population."
"With continued outbreaks of the H5N1 virus in poultry and wild birds, further human cases are likely," said Ian Wilson, a Scripps Research professor of molecular biology and head of the laboratory that conducted the recent study. "The potential for the emergence of a human-adapted H5 virus, either by re-assortment or mutation, is a clear threat to public health worldwide."
The study was published on March 16, 2006 by ScienceXpress, the advance online version of the journal Science.
Minor Mutations in Avian Flu Virus Increase Chances of Human Infection; Few Adaptations Are Needed to Transform It Into Potential Pandemic Virus
"Society just can't accept the idea that 50 percent of the population could die. And I think we have to face that possibility," Webster said. "I'm sorry if I'm making people a little frightened, but I feel it's my role."
Renowned Bird Flu Expert Warns: Be Prepared
"No quarantine measure can prevent the pandemic. It can only slow it for a few days," Dmitry Lvov, director of the Virology Institute at the Russian Academy of Sciences, said in Moscow.
LONDON, March 17 — Israel detected its first cases of H5N1 bird flu on Friday, saying the virus had killed thousands of turkeys and chicken on two farms, and it hospitalized one person suspected of being infected.
Bird flu has spread with alarming speed in recent weeks across Europe, Africa and parts of Asia, stoking fears the virus could mutate into a form that could easily pass from one person to another, triggering a pandemic in which millions could die.
Also see: Reuters
Israel on Friday confirmed that the deadly H5N1 bird-flu strain had been found in thousands of poultry, as five people were admitted to hospital and the authorities moved to cull multiple flocks of fowl.
Israel confirms deadly H5N1 bird flu
Over 11,000 turkeys die of apparent bird flu in Israel
War, pestilence and natural disaster have always been bad news for human civilization; that would seem to suggest that they are bad for home sales as well. While conflagrations like World War II and economic declines like the Depression are rare, they do happen--as do lesser versions of conflict and crisis. ...We talked to a number of experts about hypothetical events that could send the U.S. real-estate market into a skid, from highly unlikely scenarios such as a military confrontation with China, to the types of predicaments we have faced in recent years, like natural disasters and terrorist attacks. ...A truly dramatic plunge in the real-estate market could be precipitated by a crisis, whether economic, natural or, as in the case of war, man-made, that lasted.
What about wars abroad, or concerns like bird flu, ...? ...a meaningful outbreak of avian flu in the U.S. would probably have a strongly adverse impact on the housing market, especially if it struck a major population center. Robert J. Shiller, an economist at Yale University and author of the book Irrational Exuberance, which predicted the 2001 stock market bust and was recently updated to include real-estate bubbles, notes that housing prices in the U.S. were on the decline in 1916. But a serious drop took place at the same time as the 1918 flu epidemic. "World War I and the flu were kind of coincided," he says. "It looks like that had a huge hit on housing prices--they were down 40% in real terms from 1912 to 1920."
Ten Signs Of A Real-Estate Apocalypse
WASHINGTON - U.S. bank regulators on Wednesday advised financial institutions to have contingency plans in place in case avian flu becomes pandemic.
"Financial institutions and their service providers supply essential financial services and, as such, should consider their preparedness and response strategy for a potential pandemic," the Federal Reserve Federal Reserve, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Office of Thrift Supervision said in a statement.
US: banks should prepare in case
They seem to be susceptible to the disease, and it's easy to notice when they die. Scientists don't think swans are being infected at a higher rate than other waterfowl. In fact, migratory ducks are considered somewhat more likely than other birds to carry the disease. But ducks are also less likely than swans to exhibit symptoms of the flu.
Migrating birds often share space in shallow bodies of water where a bird-flu infection can be passed around with ease. An infected duck, for example, can shed the virus in its droppings and contaminate the water. (The virus can survive for quite some time in a cold environment.) Another bird—a mute swan, for example—might ingest some of that water and develop the disease. Since epidemiologists think the effects of the flu are more acute in swans, the swan would most likely die first.
But the sudden rash of swan deaths might have as much to do with the size and color of the bird as its susceptibility to the virus. Health officials find out about possible bird flu cases only when someone notices a dead animal. And people are more likely to notice a large, lifeless, white swan than a little dead brown duck.
Why Are Swans Dropping Like Flies? Avian influenza fells the big birds first.
The Food and Agriculture Organization, a branch of the United Nations, estimates that between 120 million and 140 million domesticated birds like chicken and turkey have died from the H5N1 strain since the outbreak began last year.
...It's impossible to say what percentage of the world's birds have died from avian influenza. Ornithologists say there's no good way to estimate the worldwide bird population.
Birds spread the disease through droppings and other secretions, which often contaminate shared feed and water. Domesticated birds show a sudden decline in egg production a few days after they contract the illness; other symptoms include nasal discharge, swollen combs and wattles, severe internal bleeding, organ damage, and sudden death.
What Does the Bird Flu Mean For the Birds?
Huricane survivors stuck in federal trailer parks must have big daddy FEMA present when talking to reporters.
Residents of trailer parks set up by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to house hurricane victims in Louisiana aren't allowed to talk to the press without an official escort...
FEMA spokeswoman Rachel Rodi ...confirmed that FEMA does not allow the news media to speak alone to residents in their trailers.
"If a resident invites the media to the trailer, they have to be escorted by a FEMA representative who sits in on the interview," Rodi told the newspaper for its July 15 report. "That's just a policy."
The American health-care system falls short of what's available in other developed countries, a new report claims. ...After measuring 37 areas of quality, the United States only garnered a score of 66 out of 100, according to a report issued Wednesday by the Commonwealth Fund. ...Despite spending the most on health care of any of the countries examined, the United States often ranked below Iceland, France, Japan, Italy, Sweden and many others, according to the report. Moreover, health care varied dramatically from state to state, and from hospital to hospital.
"The U.S. spends 16 percent of its gross domestic product on health care," Commonwealth Fund President Karen Davis said during a press conference announcing the results. "That's more than twice the average of industrialized nations." ..."As other studies have shown and as our ever-growing uninsured rates underscore, we are not getting good value for that investment," Davis added. In fact, 40 percent of Americans have said that they had experienced inefficient, uncoordinated or unsafe care, she noted.
Schoen estimated that 150,000 lives and $100 billion could be saved each year if the entire U.S. health-care system was functioning up to the benchmarks set in each area. ...Compared with other countries, the United States is ranked near the bottom on life expectancy and last on infant mortality. In addition, barely half of Americans are getting the recommended preventive care, and this is true across all income levels, Schoen said.
U.S. Health-Care System Scores a D for Quality: New report compared different countries in 37 areas
...rest assured, the truly nasty stuff is on its way.
When it gets here, rich Americans will get state-of-the-art medical care in new luxury hospital suites subsidized by your tax dollars. Ordinary Americans will get triage in temporary portable emergency care facilities built by Halliburton - and maybe a few useless shots of Tamiflu.