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Originally posted by K_OS
At least we seem to be getting a warning this time.
Originally posted by K_OS
Who would have ever thought that we have to worry against about the flu as a severe biological threat in the U.S in the 21st Century?
Avian Influenza Infections in Humans
Confirmed instances of avian influenza viruses infecting humans since 1997 include:
1997: In Hong Kong, avian influenza A (H5N1) infected both chickens and humans. This was the first time an avian influenza virus had ever been found to transmit directly from birds to humans. During this outbreak, 18 people were hospitalized and 6 of them died. To control the outbreak, authorities killed about 1.5 million chickens to remove the source of the virus. Scientists determined that the virus spread primarily from birds to humans, though rare person-to-person infection was noted.
1999: In Hong Kong, cases of avian influenza A H9N2 were confirmed in 2 children. Both patients recovered, and no additional cases were confirmed. The evidence suggested that poultry was the source of infection and the main mode of transmission was from bird to human. However, the possibility of person-to-person transmission remained open. Several additional human H9N2 infections were reported from mainland China in 1998-99.
2003: Two cases of avian influenza A (H5N1) infection occurred among members of a Hong Kong family that had traveled to China. One person recovered, the other died. How or where these 2 family members were infected was not determined. Another family member died of a respiratory illness in China, but no testing was done. No additional cases were reported.
2003: Avian influenza A (H7N7) infections among poultry workers and their families were confirmed in the Netherlands during an outbreak of avian flu among poultry. More than 80 cases of H7N7 illness were reported (the symptoms were mostly confined to eye infections, with some respiratory symptoms), and 1 patient died (in a veterinarian who had visited an affected farm). There was evidence of some human-to-human transmission.
2003: H9N2 infection was confirmed in a child in Hong Kong. The child was hospitalized but recovered.
Originally posted by DontTreadOnMe
If we had enough vaccine, it would not help if this pandemic occurs. The vaccine we had made would NOT protect from the avian flu.
It would take six months to make up vaccine for this strain.
Originally posted by soficrow
...It's true that the vaccines ditributed to ordinary people in the USA do not protect against bird flu - but 2 million of Bush's close personal friends are covered.
The vaccine that is being made is designed to match the H5N1 influenza virus that has killed 29 people in Thailand and Vietnam this year. If a pandemic of avian influenza virus H5N1 occurred in humans, the new vaccine would be used to protect laboratory workers, public health personnel, and, if needed, the general public.
From dailyrecord: WORLD FLU SUMMIT OVER EPIDEMIC FEAR
WORLD health chiefs have called a crunch meeting amid fears that a deadly global outbreak of flu is set to strike.
The World Health Organisation is increasingly worried that a mutation of bird flu could kill millions across the planet.
Sixteen vaccine manufacturers and officials from several countries will attend the summit in Geneva, Switzerland next week.
Klaus Stohr , influenza chief of the UN health agency, yesterday warned: 'We believe that we are closer to the next pandemic than we ever were.'
Originally posted by Bleys
Focus should be put on WHO summit and preventing a possible pandemic, not BS political posturing by the "I hate Bush, Kerry, Cheney, Edwards" groups. It's time to quit finger pointing and actually do something.
[edit on 11/1/04 by Bleys]