Friday, August 22, 2008

August 21 Flu Update

A human vaccine from Vietnam is said to be effective.

The CDC is collecting pandemic survival stories from the Spanish Flu.

"Complacency is enemy No. 1 when it comes to preparing for another influenza pandemic," Dr. Julie Gerberding, director of the CDC, said in a statement. "These stories, told so eloquently by survivors, family members and friends from past pandemics, serve as a sobering reminder of the devastating impact that influenza can have and reading them is a must for anyone involved in public health preparedness."

Birds in North Dakota remain clear on surveillance.

From New Jersey....its not if but when.

Youth in Arkansas learn about nature, including testing wild birds for bird flu.

Alabama community worries about where to store bodies during mass fatalities.

Was bird flu a "spurious scare" for which no one has been held accountable....

Maybe Lab meat is the answer....

Here, a conspiracy theorist says the governments and pharma are going to release bird flu and start a pandemic.


At 4:40 PM, Blogger Wulfgang said...


Good selection of varying articles that are all over the board today.

After reading your first article from Vietnam about their in-house developed bird flu vaccine, which should go into production in late 2009 for approx US$ 1.82, no one will convince me that whiners like Indonesia can’t afford the vaccine for its population. Another observation is that it is apparent that some of these lesser-developed countries, like Vietnam, are taking the threat seriously and fully preparing to pre-inoculate their citizens.

I’m wondering…why can’t Julie Gerberding do a short public health spot on national TV to discuss influenza pandemics, survivor stories, and preparation ? Everett Koop would have done it. Is her job so lofty in self-importance that she can’t make public appearances on national TV ? Take New Jersey Somerset County health education specialist Marcie Tyson, for example – even though she is a relatively unknown, she provided an excellent motivational influenza pandemic summary to her local township, saying: “we believe the infrastructure of society will fall apart for a while because 40 percent of the people will be sick”, and “residents should gather food, water, medical equipment and other materials in their homes”.

Your last three articles (climate change, lab meat and avian flu weaponized) are too far out there in the never-never land fringe, for a good comment. Personally, I don’t for a moment believe that the bird flu risk has diminished, nor do I believe it is a spurious scare. In fact, if people were to believe the knucklehead Irish author John Waters, we should totally disregard all natural catastrophes, global warming, weather patterns and public health threats, simply because they are “predictably unpredictable” and mere “speculation”. (Tell this to the people who suffered and died in the Indonesian tsunami, hurricane Katrina, 9/11, Turkish earthquakes, and the French heat wave). You can tell that guy hasn’t been away from his keyboard in a while, or watched the international news)

As far as the PETA vegetarians promoting artificial lab meat to replace animal commercial sources… well, have-at-it, folks. There are still a bunch of us out here who will continue eating KFC and BK whoppers, as long as there are loose chickens and cows roaming around the country side.(I'd like to have the $ 1 million though)

Moving towards a Soylent Green society just ain’t my cup of tea.



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