Sunday, June 10, 2007

June 9 Flu Update

In all, 11 panic suspected cases of bird flu were tested in Malaysia. 10 were negative, according to this story.

ProMed on the Egyptian death. The dead girl there had a "history" with backyard birds.

Is there a quicker way to "cull" poultry. They're working on it.

The Canadian Health Minister has praised APEC for its bird flu steps.

The Philippines has taken the bird flu education to the children.

Interesting community story. Christians in Canada have an email list to help prepare for a pandemic, which they view as a unique opportunity to serve:

"It would be nice to respond in the affirmative -- 'Sure, we'll help' -- instead of saying, 'We're too scared,'" says Dr. Tim Foggin, a Burnaby family physician and a Christian who sees in this coming crisis an unparalleled opportunity for churches to show the love of Christ in their communities.

GSK is investing in its Laval, Quebec plant.


At 1:18 PM, Blogger Wulfgang said...


As the Canadian Christianity points out, most churches and diocese’s are skeptical, when it comes to preparing for a pandemic. While I applaud the tremendous efforts of Dr. Foggin, it’s going to an up hill struggle to get his parishioner’s motivated, and the angle of the resistance is going to get steeper, with the passage of time – especially without even one severe normal influenza epidemic, and so few human fatalities so far in the world occurring in the world to date. I believe this waning of interest, is slowly building everywhere and collapsing into normal human complacency.

People everywhere mentally calculate the risk of a pandemic and dismiss the threat, based on the following simple math: an average of 36,000 people in the US die every year from normal influenza and its complications, however… only approximately 300 documented cases exist of anyone dying from avian influenza in the entire world. So far, H5N1 primarily remains a disease of birds, and the human cases are isolated and almost statistically irrelevant, so far.

But, the situation could shift in the blink of eye, or one sneeze, in any infested country. And therein, lies the problem… society and everything we value, could change overnight.

You know, and I know, no one will have any excuse for not preparing for a pandemic. But, watch and see what happens if one begins to immerge, though: there will be all kinds of whining, accusations, sob stories and political denials, just like occurred with Katrina and the city of New Orleans.

I can hear it now… “Whaah, whaah, whaah” - where’s my Tamiflu and vaccine,? “Sob, sob, sob” – why didn’t anyone warn us ? “Boo hoo, boo hoo” – I only have three days of food and medicine and no one is coming to rescue me ! (and of course, Michael Fumento will then be silent and slink into oblivion).

In my mind, it is just a matter of time. Tamiflu blanketing can't work forever. None of the other antivirals haven't. Eventually, the H5N1 virus will become so resistant thatTamiflu will become ineffective. Then watch out.

I am a very patient person and this is “easy money”.



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