World Health Organization Warns of Dire Flu Pandemic...

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  1. Aqil

    Aqil Well-Known Member MEMBER

    Feb 3, 2001
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    Thursday, November 25, 2004
    Posted: 10:06 PM

    Health experts warn that the bird flu virus will be the most likely cause of the next human flu pandemic. A likely instance of human-to-human transmission of bird flu has been discovered.

    BANGKOK, Thailand - The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a dramatic warning that bird flu will trigger an international pandemic that could kill up to seven million people.

    The influenza pandemic could occur anywhere from next week to the coming years, WHO said. "There is no doubt there will be another pandemic," Klaus Stohr of the WHO Global Influenza Program said on the sidelines of a regional bird flu meeting in Bangkok, Thailand. "Even with the best case scenario, the most optimistic scenario, the pandemic will cause a public health emergency with estimates which will put the number of deaths in the range of two and seven million," he said.

    "The number of people affected will go beyond billions because between 25% and 30% will fall ill."

    Pandemics occur when a completely new flu strain emerges for which humans have no immunity. With a human vaccine to the bird flu virus not expected until March 2005 at the earliest, urgency is being placed on containment.

    The dire flu warning came ahead of a two-day meeting of regional health ministers in Bangkok, looking at how to pool efforts to combat a future outbreak. It also comes just a few months after the first probable instance of human-to-human transmission of the bird-flu virus emerged.

    Pandemics usually occur every 20 to 30 years, when the genetic makeup of a flu strain changes so dramatically that people have little or no immunity built up from previous flu bouts. "During the last 36 years, there has been no pandemic, and there is a conclusion now that we are closer to the next pandemic than we have ever been before," Stohr told reporters. "There is no reason to believe that we are going to be spared."

    Stohr said if bird flu triggers the next pandemic, the virus would likely originate in Asia. "An influenza pandemic will spare nobody. Every country will be affected," he said.

    There have been three pandemics in the 20th century, all spread worldwide within a year of being detected.

    The worst was the Spanish flu (aka Swine flu) in 1918-19, when as many as 50 million people worldwide are thought to have died, nearly half of them young, healthy adults.

    The Asian flu pandemic of 1957 claimed nearly 700,000 lives in the United States and one million worldwide after spreading from China.

    In 1968, the Hong Kong flu pandemic is also said to have killed around one million.

    Both pandemics were believed to be mutations of pig viruses...

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  2. lqwer

    lqwer New Member MEMBER

    Mar 6, 2006
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  3. river

    river Watch Her Flow MEMBER

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    Mar 22, 2004
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    Where the Niger meets the Nile
    It seems strange to me that they can predict what a vius is going to do especially when no one can predict a "naturally" occuring mutation much less say where it will originate and in what species.

    I notice all these strains come from some kind of animal. Indeed, I will forever be grateful to my bros Aqil, Samurai and Radical Faith for taking me off meat before this happened. I was an avid chicken eater before I ran into those cats.