The Coming Global Plague
Research has now confirmed that the 1918 flu pandemic -- which killed 50 million people -- was caused by a bird flu virus that jumped directly to humans.
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*1918 Killer Pandemic Caused By Bird Flu
*Avian influenza - the evolving situation
*Are We Ready?
The Avian Flu
It could kill a billion people worldwide, make ghost towns out of parts of major cities, cripple economies, bring international trade and travel to a standstill and even jeopardize political stability, and there is not enough medicine to fight it. It is called the avian flu.
The Avian influenza infection now has a highly pathogenic form which spreads rapidly through flocks of poultry. This form may cause disease that affects multiple internal organs and has a mortality rate that can reach 90-100%, often within 48 hours.
It mutates rapidly and now has a history of being able to acquire genes from viruses infecting other animal species. It has caused severe disease in humans. Laboratory studies have demonstrated that isolates from this virus have a high pathogenicity and can cause severe disease in humans. Birds that survive infection excrete virus for at least 10 days making it easier to spread the virus at live poultry markets and by migratory birds.
The public has been misinformed. The issue has been barely mentioned by the media.
Economic Global Collapse
Family doctors say they aren't prepared for a flu pandemic. Facemasks will be impossible to purchase during a pandemic - "During a pandemic ...we will see a collapse of the global economy as we know it which means that we're going to run out of those things ...things like medical supplies, drugs, masks, whatever."
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*The Next Pandemic
Top influenza official Margaret Chan said the outbreak in poultry is historically unprecedented. She said the deadly virus presents a greater challenge to the world than any other emerging infectious disease.
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*World Health Organization Meeting
*Types of the Influenza Virus
The catastrophic potential of an avian flu pandemic ranks just below that for thermonuclear war. To date, more than 300 million chickens have been culled or killed in an attempt to contain the virus. Meanwhile, human-to-human transmission has been confirmed in Thailand and Vietnam, where it has been 55 percent lethal, so far.
If the virus, known as H5N1, mutates into a form that passes easily from person to person, the world would be hit with a catastrophic pandemic because virtually no one would have immunity to the new virus.
The global economy will literally shut down. Pharmaceutical supplies, including drugs and very important childhood vaccines not intended for influenza but for our everyday lives, will be in extreme short supply, if available at all. Healthcare systems will be overwhelmed and, frankly, panic will reign.
Governments worldwide have spent billions planning for a potential influenza pandemic: buying medicines, running disaster drills, developing strategies for tighter border controls. But one piece of the plan may be missing: the ability of corporations to continue to provide vital services.
Most people don't understand how overwhelmed the health-care system would become if there were a flu pandemic. Flu would hit health-care workers as well. What is troubling is the ignorance of people in the public who assume that if they get sick there'll be something there for them, and they don't realize the devastation this could be.
Avian Flu Pandemic Videos
*Video Clips Presentations
*H5N1 Killer Flu
*USA Infection Timeline Video
*Pandemic and Avian Influenza Videos
*Avian Flu & Pandemic Influenza IICA/PAHO Meeting
*Pandemic Avian Flu News
*Public Health News Center
*Influenza Video Clips
*Plain Talk About Pandemic Influenza
*Who Gets the Bird Flu Vaccine?
President Bush suggests the enactment of Martial Law in the case of an avian flu outbreak. In other words, the Military rather than the country's civilian health authorities would be put in charge.
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*Bush On Natural Disasters Video