posted on Sep, 28 2004 @ 09:31 AM
Just in time for flu season:
he case has raised the possibility of a human pandemic should the H5N1 avian flu virus mutate or blend with the human flu virus to create a much more
At a Bangkok news conference yesterday, Thai health officials, flanked by representatives of the World Health Organisation and US Centres for Disease
Control and Prevention, sought to play down the significance of the development while emphasising an aggressive response.
Thailand was criticised this year for being slow to acknowledge the threat of bird flu.
"We have checked the genome sequence and there is no evidence of genetic change as yet," the director of epidemiology with the Thai Department of
Disease Control, Dr Kamnuan Ungchoosak, said.
The health crisis centres on a 26-year-old mother, Pranee Thongchan, who died on September 20 after nursing her 11-year-old daughter, Sokutala
Prepasse, when she was terminally ill. The daughter died, supposedly of dengue fever, on September 8 and was cremated. She is now thought to have died
of avian flu.
This is the second wave of the H5N1 virus since last December. Just hope it doesn't get on any airplanes, boats etc. This flu needs to be contained
and gotten rid off. I foresee everyone walking around with surgical masks and disinfectant at the doorways. This could get real bad!