posted on Feb, 25 2005 @ 06:45 AM
Scientists are racing against the clock to develop a vaccine for the H5 avian flu virus before it mutates into a highly contagious human pandemic.
Meanwhile, the same countries that stand at risk of an avian flu outbreak are battling 50 million cases of dengue fever each year. Mother Nature is
mixing up a deadly cocktail. And it appears it's only a matter time before she's ready to serve it.
Malicious biological attacks seem to pale in comparison to the lethal cocktail of diseases Mother Nature is currently brewing up. The World Health
Organization (WHO) called an emergency conference this past week to address emergency measures to try to control the avian flu virus which is now
considered pandemic in the Asian bird population. And the language being used by WHO officials is bordering on apocalyptic.
"The world is now in the gravest possible danger of a pandemic. If the virus becomes highly contagious among humans, the health impact in terms of
deaths and sickness will be enormous" - Shigeru Omi (WHO)
But what is more concerning than the huge risk avian flu represents, is the even larger deathtoll that could result via a combination of an avian flu
pandemic in human populations of countries whose people are already decimated by other diseases.
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The two most disturbing things about this developing situation, at least for me, was to find out that:
1. Scientists have been chasing a vaccine for the H5 virus for over a year now and have not been able to develop one. At any moment in the past
year, had the virus mutated to a highly-contagious human disease, we would be deep in deathtoll right now.
2. That the same regions that are at greatest risk for avian flu outbreaks are the same countries that currently have taxed health-care systems due
to endemic diseases they battle each and every day.
It really isn't a matter of if...it's when.
[edit on 25-2-2005 by John bull 1]