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posted on Dec, 17 2009 @ 09:36 PM
1. Chicken Flu

Bird or Avian flu may not be the headline-maker now, but it has caused hundreds of human deaths over just the past decade, with chickens being the most common source of contagion. Many birds are susceptible to influenza strains that may transmit to humans, but butchering, handling and other forms of close contact heighten the risk. The H5N1 avian virus continues to be of concern because 60 percent of all humans who have contracted this illness died after becoming infected. Asia was last strike by the Avian flu outbreak.

2. Pig Flu

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been monitoring swine flu for some time, since pigs can be infected with human and avian viruses, in addition to their own pig-specific germs.

If an infection of more than one virus occurs simultaneously, recombination may occur. The latest strain appears to consist of "a virus that's 80 percent swine, with the rest being a mixture of avian and human viruses". World leaders are urging "concern" and not alarm over the Swine Flu outbreak but the potential for pandemic exists since the disease is now spreading from person to person. Read WHO raises pandemic alert to second-highest level

3. Duck Flu

Ducks are often raised for their meat, especially in Asia. Health experts, therefore, often monitor duck illnesses in China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Vietnam and other Asian countries that have experienced avian flu outbreaks.

Ducks are more considered as carriers, however, than as direct threats and ducks seem less likely to spread influenza to humans, but that they can infect other animals. Researchers in Mexico have not ruled out the possibility that a bird, such as a chicken or duck, was the original source of the latest outbreak, which could have jumped to pigs and then humans.

4. Goose Flu

Both wild and domestic geese have been known to contract the infamous H5N1 virus. The birds' broad ranges can pose a problem: These birds can fly 1,000 miles a day at maximum. If geese raised for poultry come into contact with infected wild geese, the risk of influenza spreading to humans increases. Most cases involving geese began with poultry workers in Asian countries who had direct contact with sick or dead birds.

5. Turkey Flu

While not all birds can catch the flu, most are susceptible to Type A influenza that may spread to humans. Turkeys are no exception. Earlier this year, in fact, an H5 avian influenza virus surfaced on a turkey farm in southern British Columbia. It was quickly contained. Nevertheless, tens of thousands of turkeys have been slaughtered in Canada and elsewhere when such infections have been identified.

In 2004, for example, British Columbia's Fraser River Valley experienced an outbreak that affected 40 commercial farms and led to the culling of 17 million birds, according to the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy. Suppliers maintain rigid guidelines to ensure public safety. We often criticize factory farms, but in this case modern production has helped to reduce direct contact with animals, thus staving off infections. In Asia and Mexico, many families live with their poultry and other animals raised for food, so they remain in close proximity to them.

6. Horse Flu

According to the CDC, horses too can become infected with Type A influenza viruses. People with horses must handle them a lot, particularly around the facial area. When horses suffer from an influenza virus, they can cough, sneeze and have a runny nose just like we do. What's coughed out is of less risk to humans than avian germs because most pathogens that infect horses become more species-specific.

7. Dog Flu

In 2004, cases of an unknown respiratory illness in dogs, initially racing greyhounds, were reported to the CDC. An investigation showed that this respiratory illness was caused by the equine influenza A H3N8 virus.

Scientists believe that this virus jumped from horses to dogs, and can now spread from dog to dog, leading to the canine-specific H3N8 virus. Experts consider the strain to be "a newly emerging pathogen in the dog population."

If it jumped from horses to dogs, could it move from dogs to humans? It's possible, but it would need a perfect storm. The moment of transfer would have to involve the right person, the right place, the right animal and the right time.

8. Cat Flu

Cats, like dogs, enjoy close contact with people. While most experts believe that simple hand-washing can eliminate the risk of obtaining diseases from pets, there is a possibility that both dogs and cats could spread a recombined form of avian influenza to humans.

Cases of tigers and domesticated cats coming down with avian flu have been reported overseas. In most, if not all cases, the animals had consumed dead infected chickens or other birds. The easiest way to stave off such risks would be to monitor pets so they don't eat birds or any other wild, potentially infected prey.

9. Seal Flu

While no "seal flu" has been known to spread to humans, the marine mammals can become infected with Type A influenza viruses. And other diseases have crossed the human-seal species line. Some populations consisting of people who eat raw seal meat have been diagnosed with toxic parasitic illnesses. Studies have shown that cooking reduces nearly all of this problem. Sushi lovers, time to think of the risk.

10. Whale Flu

Could a whale flu be in our future? Whales can suffer from influenza, probably by catching germs spread by bird waste. In theory, people could be exposed to and infected by the virus if they came in close contact with infected whales or poorly cooked whale meat. But the risk of that happening, not surprisingly, is very remote. It's really unlikely, because the ocean tends to dilute things. Again, such a scenario would need a perfect storm since, as it stands, wild waterfowl, like seagulls, poop out the virus, which then has a slim chance of infecting whales.

With the emergence of goat flu it's just a matter of time before we're summoned to an ill-fated demise. Whether it be from the horse flu or from contaminated toilet paper, one thing is clear. The end is near.

posted on Dec, 17 2009 @ 09:47 PM
I was reading about the goat flu today.

I dont think we should be wasting time worrying about all the above. I think there are more pressing things like weapons. But thank you for the list, I wonder if animals fear the HUMAN flu.

posted on Dec, 17 2009 @ 09:53 PM
reply to post by dgtempe

Yeah. There is no need to worry about any of the above. It's a lame attempt at satire. It's more or less exposing the astronomical amount of scaremongering that is occuring through the media at the moment. These flu outbreaks really do scare the hell out of people.

posted on Dec, 17 2009 @ 09:54 PM
Explanation: What is next?
Food Flu!

Personal Disclosure:
I've started to notice that everything is more moist and sticky in the past few years. :shk:

It won't be to long before we get warnings to boil our air for safety!

posted on Dec, 17 2009 @ 09:59 PM
Now DG you know better than this or have you lost faith ?
Above Top Secret...

[edit on 17-12-2009 by randyvs]

posted on Dec, 17 2009 @ 10:00 PM
reply to post by OmegaLogos

You probably are better off providing your own oxygen. I don't trust those chemtrails that are mysteriously littering the skies.

posted on Dec, 17 2009 @ 10:01 PM
Half of your list already happened, but had low effect. Maybe this is just speculation but I think were looking at a more possible increase in how this is done. If this is not working they are going to find more dramatic ways to get us sick. Ebola and such plagues exists for real, what would stop them to spred some of that stuff into the air. Maybe it would be too obvius and they are looking for a cover screen. What I would speculate on is something between ebola and the flu that we have today. Something with a little more power, for haps something not related to animals at all.
THe flu was a major epic fail since it's very cold at this time and it is snowing all over Europe. Winter is here to clean the air and kill the virus
even in contact with another that is sick it's harder to get it in the winter when outside. But what next, contaminate the water network, infest everyone with a more capable virus? If the flu is not working then
they must have something that is next level.

posted on Dec, 17 2009 @ 10:03 PM
reply to post by IrnBruFiend

They do scare you and me, but i think weapons may get us first...i dont know why, i just have that gut feeling, but i dont really know.

posted on Dec, 17 2009 @ 10:05 PM
reply to post by randyvs

I lost my mind but i still have faith

posted on Dec, 18 2009 @ 12:16 AM
I wonder if dragon flu wiped out all the dinosaurs

posted on Dec, 18 2009 @ 12:23 AM
Whale flu? How many people come in contact with whales on a regular basis?

BTW, I just took the swine flu vaccine last week and three days later I got hives that went away after three more days. I really don't think there is anything wrong with the vaccine, the hives were probably just a side effect.

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