posted on Aug, 31 2011 @ 01:56 AM
I'm 100% behind you, soficrow! If H5N1 ever mutates sufficiently to enable easier human to human transmission and still maintains its virulence, we
are going to be in MAJOR trouble. Back in 2003 when H5N1 first started making national and international news, it fascinated me, and I became very
interested in the subject of pandemics and epidemiology in general. I read every book I could find on the subject. The John Barry Great
book about the 1918 pandemic was especially terrifying. I don't know how I missed finding your threads here on ATS back then! Like
you, I found Henry Niman's Recombinomics site to be a very important source for info and news. Also, the fluwiki.com site and forum was an
incredibly reliable place for info about the virus. I spent hours and hours on the fluwiki site in particular and visited the News Commentary page on
Niman's site daily. In fact, when I first read the news yesterday about the latest resurgence and mutation of the virus, I immediately went to
Niman's site to see what he had to say about it.
I even got in on the prepping thing and bought a bunch of non-perishable food and staples and kept a supply of prescription and over the counter
medications on hand. I drove my husband crazy with it.
A lot of people probably thought I was kind of a goofball because of it, but I became
known as the "expert" on bird flu where I was working at the time, and I even ended up writing an article for the local newspaper about it. As time
went on and H5N1 didn't make the jump to sustained h2h transmission, we ended up using all of the preps I had stored in the basement, but I still
keep my fridge and pantry a bit overstocked just in case. It still drives my hubby crazy when he looks in the pantry and sees 4 giant bags of rice in
I think the big H5N1 question is still the same: Will the virus mutate and make the jump to h2h2h2h2h while still maintaining its virulence and case
fatality rate. If it does, it is truly is going to make H1N1(2009) Swine Flu look like Sunday in the park. I think the most troubling scenario is the
pig mixing vessel one. I am definitely going to keep an eye on the developing situation. Please consider me an ally if things start to go downhill!