Threat of H5NI Virus (Bird Flu) Pandemic Increasing

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    Let's hope this emergent disease does not become a big news story in 2005. So far, H5N1 has killed 75 percent of the small number infected.

    If interested, check out this CDC website pertaining to Emergent Infectious Diseases: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/EID/index.htm
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    These pandemic diseases should be of great concern. The days of isolation are over and a person or other source of contamination can spread the disease over large areas before symptoms appear. The best preventative is of course containment but since that is all but impossible, the next best thing is eradication at the source. It is money well spent to investigate and treat these problems before they spread worldwide.
    Meanwhile, if you are ill with any contagious condition or if you have been exposed, spare the rest of us. Practicing personal hygiene and limiting your interpersonal activities may prevent spreading the condition/disease. For the rest of us we must be aware of the threat of these viruses and bacteria and protect ourselves as best we can with close attention to personal hygiene as well as dealing with the fact that we are going to be exposed to stuff. A healthy diet, rich in antioxidants, helps the body fight off all this bad stuff, even the act of fighting it off exercises the immune responses and keeps our systems on the laert ready to respond.
    So wash your hands often, and avoid if you can close prolonged contact with anyone who is sick, and do whatever else you can to stay healthy.
     
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    What if they decided to fight this pandemic the way they fought AIDS?

    1. People with the flu would have their privacy respected so they could infect others.
    2. People with the flu wouldn't be quarantined, they would just wear a mask before going out in public
    3. Of course, it would all be blamed on Bush.
    4. Flu activists would stage violent protests (like ACT-UP did)
    5. Billions would be wasted on "education" that does little to combat the spread of the disease but everything to advance the political agenda of a small, radical group hell bent on reinventing society.
    6. Billions would be spent on trying to find a cure, so that those who carry the disease can continue the same practices that helped spread the disease in the first place.
    7. And, of course, the spread of the disease would be blamed on prejudice and bigotry

    Yes, if they decide to fight this flu the same way AIDS was fought, human beings would be joining Dinosaurs and the Dodo in the extinction hall of fame
     
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    Manufacturer, researchers get into brouhaha over stockpiled Tamiflu...
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    Researchers, maker row over stockpiled Tamiflu
    Fri, Apr 11, 2014 - Researchers who have fought for years to get full data on Roche’s influenza medicine Tamiflu said yesterday that governments who stockpile it are wasting billions of dollars on a drug whose effectiveness is in doubt.

     

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