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Originally posted by marg6043
Here in the south the flu has been spreading fast, they are advising people to stay at home if they feel that they are sick and children seems to be the ones getting the flu faster.
In the news last week the media was advising people that if they think that they have the flu to seek medical help fast.
...Now they are advising to seek medical help, that I found that something to be with some kind of undertone.
I wonder if some preparedness is been enacted without making the public aware as not to cause a panic attack on the population.
If these people are waiting for symptoms to appear before coming to the conclusion that is something perhaps different on the flu symptom this season, it will be too late for most of the people to survive the bird flu if it becomes wide spread.
So actually we are nothing than sitting ducks waiting to see if the seasonal flu doesn’t end up on a full scale infestation of bird flu.
Well that is some nice though to have this holiday season.
Bird Flu Symptoms
"In our series, fever was a major symptom, and most of our patients had pneumonia on admission," ... Most had cough and sore throat, but only half reported muscle aches and only one had a runny nose. About a third had diarrhea.
Certain blood enzyme levels were elevated in most of the patients and that may be an important clue, they said.
The clusters "included mild, severe, and fatal cases among family members," they wrote. Despite the use of multiple antibiotics, breathing assistance and other care, half the patients died.
"Here in Massachusetts, in particular, our state health department has started early in the season talking about pandemic preparedness and being prepared for any flu season," he said. "I think that's raised people's awareness about the utility of the flu shot."
While the H5N1 virus, or bird flu, has not yet infected Americans, health officials have monitored its possibility as a pandemic strain of the flu which could be easily transferred from person to person.
Avian Influenza: Flu Factories
In our efforts to streamline farming practices to produce more meat for more people, we have inadvertently created conditions by which a harmless parasite of wild ducks can be converted into a lethal killer of humans.
- Johns Hopkins University neurovirologist R.H. Yolken and Stanley Medical Research Institute director E.F. Torrey.
How does naturally occurring, innocuous waterfowl flu mutate into virulent, highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI)?
According to the World Health Organization's 2005 assessment of the pandemic threat, HPAI viruses aren't born, they're made. "Highly pathogenic viruses have no natural reservoir. Instead, they emerge by mutation when a virus, carried in its mild form by a wild bird, is introduced to poultry. Once in poultry, the previously stable virus begins to evolve rapidly, and can mutate, over an unpredictable period of time, into a highly lethal version of the same initially mild strain." Scientists have demonstrated this transformation in a laboratory setting.
Scientists find threat in livestock feedlots
Growing so large that they are now called "factory farms," livestock feedlots are poorly regulated, pose health and ecological dangers and are responsible for a deteriorating quality of life in America's and Europe's farm regions, according to a series of studies published this week by scientists.
Animal feedlots are contaminating water supplies with pathogens and chemicals, and polluting the air with foul-smelling compounds that can cause respiratory problems, but the health of their neighbors goes largely unmonitored, the reports concluded.
The international teams of environmental scientists also warned that the livestock operations are contributing to the rise of antibiotic-resistant germs, and the proximity of poultry and hogs could hasten the spread of avian flu to humans.