posted on Nov, 20 2004 @ 02:59 PM
Many think we are in much better shape to deal with a flu pandemic than we were in 1918. Unfortunately, the US is lacking in many areas. Antivirals
have been stockpiled, but the virus sweeping throiugh Asia is resistant to Amatadine and Ramantadine. About the only drug left is Tamiflu.
However, heroic efforts using Tamiflu were ineffective for 102 tigers at a zoo in Thailand
They were euthanized and another 45 died from the flu.
Efforts are also under way to develop effective pandemic vaccines, but they have yet to be tested, and even if they prove to be safe and effective,
there is a significant lag between injecting eggs to growth teh virus and injecting arms to protect.
A major pandemic this season would sweep across the globe, with little hinderence. Masks and quarantine are marginal weapons.