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Originally posted by parrallel
Now a suspected case in london off a flight into heathrow from mexico!........
Army criminal investigators are looking into the possibility that disease samples are missing from biolabs at Fort Detrick.
As first reported in today's...
GENEVA – The World Health Organization warned countries around the world Saturday to be on alert for any unusual flu outbreaks after a unique new swine flu virus was implicated in possibly dozens of human deaths in North America.
WHO Director-General Margaret Chan said the outbreak in Mexico and the United States constituted a "public health emergency of international concern."
The decision means countries around the world will be asked to step up reporting and surveillance of the disease, which she said had "pandemic potential" because it is an animal virus strain infecting people. But the agency cannot at this stage say "whether or not it will indeed cause a pandemic," she added.
Originally posted by DarrylGalasso
Originally posted by mmiichael
Don't take this as an attempt to start a new conspiracy theory. I have some background in the medical world.
Any country, particularly the US, would benefit tremendously if there was an epidemic to which the elderly were most vulnerable. All people die eventually, and something like half their medical costs of a lifetime go to the last few months of their life.
That said, if something like a million people died enmasse instead of living their full expectancy into their 80s and 90s, the savings for the government, employers, the health system, and all around, who be enormous.
A company like GM is obligated to pay lifetime health costs for something like a million people right now, mostly pensioners and their wives. They would be saddened but not displeased if many of these people had their lives shortened by a decade or so.
I think most will get the gist of my reasoning.
Now if only those brilliant bioengineers can come up with something credible that is fatal primarily with people in their 70s and upward. Maybe they're working on it. Maybe their testing it right now.
There is one very small point that you are overlooking here. The elderly also use more pharmaceuticals than anyone else (most take 6-10 pills daily) and the pharmaceutical companies probably could care less where the money came from (insurance, medicare or where ever). So they in turn lobby the government (I believe they are the largest group represented by lobbyist) and of course our representatives would never sell out their own country or taxpayer money just to line their own pockets would they? (bank bailouts?)
[edit on 4/23/2009 by DarrylGalasso]
Originally posted by cosmicpixie
reply to post by LoneInDarkness
Two weeks supplies might not be enough. As soon as word gets round of the threat people will panic buy and so once you run out agter two weeks and go to Tesco there may be problems. Also, once it begins it is preferable to stay at home . I for one would not really want to go venturing out to Tesco's after 2 weeks when people are catching the virus. I'm getting 6 months worth in - I look at it as buying in advance and nothing bad happens well it will get used anyway so there is no financial waste.
And if it gets really bad there will be prolonged food shortages so best to be WELL prepared not half prepared, even if this means using the overdraft or whatever.
Originally posted by TheWayISeeIt
Anyway, sub-plot subtle assasination attempt.