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NEWS: Bird Flu Virus Fears Spreading

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posted on Feb, 6 2004 @ 11:51 AM
As two more people have died in Vietnam of the "bird flu", scientists believe they have detected the H5N1 virus in the nasal cavities of pigs. If this is true, the virus might swap genes with human influenza, creating a new subtype of virus for which humans have no immunity. Early tests prove "unreliable", however. ROME -- Tests that found the deadly bird flu virus strain in nasal swabs from pigs in Vietnam are not reliable and do not mean that swine are involved in the outbreak ravaging Asian farms, U.N. officials said Friday. Two more people died of the disease, raising the death toll to 18. The Food and Agriculture Organisation annoucned today that it has conducted initial tests on the region's pigs and found a potentially deadly new strain present in some of the animals. The Vietnamese government says it is unaware of any such findings. Get ready for more confusing media hype about the next terrible virus that has the potential to level the planet, yet only kills a few people in reality. Related story NEWS: W.H.O. says Bird Flu could become bigger than SARS Related discussion 1st MadCow....Now we have Bird Flu

posted on Feb, 6 2004 @ 12:01 PM
I also predict that this new virus will become more common in the news media.

My only hope is that it does not reach North America. If it does reach N. America, then I will be very worried.

I find it strange that there is a new threat, aside from SARS viruses, that is now plaguing humans.

posted on Feb, 6 2004 @ 12:04 PM

I have a feeling that this is the disease to worry about not Mad Cow or Sars. This thing is bound to get worse.

posted on Feb, 6 2004 @ 12:09 PM
I don't know if this has already been posted but there may be some hope for us in the form of a victim of the flu epidemic that swept the globe in 1918

posted on Feb, 6 2004 @ 12:32 PM
Soon all forms of meat will contaminated in one way of another.

This is very scary, especially the Bird Flu, since the only meat I eat is poultry.

I wonder if the new executive order issued by Bush to protect our food supply from terrorism has anything to do with this increase in diseases.

posted on Feb, 6 2004 @ 10:10 PM
Hold that thought! The flip-flops from intense media attetion continue... Nasal swabs taken from Vietnamese swine reared in and around the capital Hanoi have revealed the presence of the avian flu virus, according to Anton Rychener of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation. So now it appears that the pigs really do have the virus. This could be very bad news... or... just another chaotic response to over-hyped fears.

posted on Feb, 8 2004 @ 08:20 AM
Bird Flu hits US!!! In Delaware!!!


Now who wants some Krazy Fried Chicken? Hmm?

Or... Crazy Kentuckian Claimed Cukoo in Kitchen Cooking Crippled Korean Chicken

[Edited on 8-2-2004 by RANT]

posted on Feb, 9 2004 @ 05:51 PM
If only they'd release the numbers for those who have been confirmed to have it. The numbers have been jumping all over the place during the last few weeks.

You shouldn't be surprised, IMMORTAL. This strain has been infecting humans since 1997, when it first showed up in people in Hong Kong. This year, though, it's been a bigger outbreak among the poultry and fowl populations, as well as humans. It's mutated since last year, as well.

posted on Feb, 9 2004 @ 05:53 PM
I'm of the impression that earth changes are somehow connected to all this growth in disease on the earth.

posted on Feb, 10 2004 @ 09:46 AM
Now if this doesn't scare people, nothing will. THE WHO has said the mortality rate sits at about 75% in humans.

Bird flu killing 70 per cent of victims, doctor says

Hanoi -- Up to 70 per cent of people who contracted avian flu in the Asian outbreak died of the virus, about twice the level of the 1997 outbreak in Hong Kong, a doctor from the territory said yesterday.

"The data suggest it is in the range of 60 to 70 per cent, so we are quite shocked by this," said David Hui, a specialist who arrived in Vietnam yesterday to join the World Health Organization's effort to contain the outbreak.


posted on Feb, 10 2004 @ 10:12 AM
One point I'm a little wary of overplaying this after SARS last year but I do think this could get alot worse.

A biopsy of a victim of the 1914 influenza epidemic was recently done.The victims remains were dug out of perma-frost.Examination of the virus showed that it too was a mutation from bird flu.

An estimated 20 million people died in the 1914 epidemic yet it seems to have been lost from our common consciousness,buried deep beneath the horrors of The First World War.

posted on Feb, 10 2004 @ 10:24 AM
If The bird flu catches on with the human influenza strain I think 20 million might be the dead from one week.

I have been blowing this horn for about 3 weeks now and the reason for it is that there is no end in sight. They have killed millions of livestock yet it still grows.

Like I have said before this is serious this is not just Asia's problem.

posted on Feb, 10 2004 @ 10:26 AM
Yes, and the thing to keep in mind with that, is that the mortality rate was about 2.5%, normaly flu mortality rates lie around 0.1%. This one looks to have a rate of 70% or more that die when infected. It's something to watch, because it does have the potential to be very nasty indeed. Let's hope not, though.

posted on Feb, 11 2004 @ 10:55 PM
Update on this...

WHO Confirms No Human-To-Human Bird Flu Infection

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The World Health Organization confirmed on Wednesday that new genetic tests showed no evidence a deadly bird flu that has killed 14 people was passing from person to person.

It said DNA tests on a 23-year-old Vietnamese woman who died of the H5N1 poultry influenza virus showed no evidence she caught it from her sister, who also died.

WHO originally reported the results last week but then recalled them, saying they had in fact tested a different woman.


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