From NATOAIR, Avian Flu Pandemic Warning

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    In this case, we are simpatico. He can't access the board, but he can email. When he sends me something that can work, I'll post in his name:

    http://www.iht.com/articles/2005/06/06/opinion/edobama.php

     
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    I sure hope the US is close to a vaccine for this:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2005/06/11/health/11flu.html

     
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    Here's some more information on a possible pandemic evolving from the avian flu. Good supportive follow-up article to the Obama-Lugar article, posted by Kathianne from NATOAir.

    A Nightmare Scenario
    By Mortimer B. Zuckerman, U.S. News & World Report
    June 27, 2005

    Should we sound the alarm for a worldwide epidemic that might not occur? There is no choice with the avian flu emerging from Asia. Last week's disclosure that an Indonesian man tested positive for the bird flu that has already killed more than 50 people in Southeast Asia was just the latest chilling news about the disease. Should it develop certain genetic changes, international health experts warn, bird flu could spark a global pandemic, infecting as much of a quarter of the world's population and killing as many as 180 million to 360 million people--at least seven times the number of AIDS deaths, all within a matter of weeks.

    This is utterly different from ordinary flu, which kills between 1 million and 2 million people worldwide in a typical year. In the worst previous catastrophic pandemic, in 1918, more than 20 million died from the Spanish flu. That's more than the number of people who died from the Black Death in the Middle Ages--and more people killed in 24 weeks than AIDS killed in 24 years.

    What is a pandemic? There are three elements. First, a virus emerges from the pool of animal life that has never infected human beings and is therefore one to which no person has antibodies. Second, the virus has to make us seriously ill. Third, it must be capable of moving swiftly from human to human through coughing, sneezing, or just a handshake. For avian flu, the first two elements are already with us. Well over half the people who have contracted it have died. The question now is whether the virus will meet the third condition, of mutating so that it can spread rapidly from human to human.

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    http://www.usnews.com/usnews/opinion/articles/050627/27edit.htm
     
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    I've been following this too, not a good scenario, sure hope some of the vaccines they are working on pan out!
     
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    I'll second that for sure, Kathianne.
     
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    No other way to say it:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/07/30/AR2005073001429.html

     
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    http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20050801/hl_nm/russia_birdflu_dc
     
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    http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20050815...ZdvaA8F;_ylu=X3oDMTBiMW04NW9mBHNlYwMlJVRPUCUl

     
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    http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/asiapcf/09/26/indonesia.birdflu.ap/index.html?section=cnn_latest


     

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