Since its discovery in the late 1990s, the avian flu virus, or H5N1, has infected at least 100 people, more than half of whom have died. But public health officials around the world are warning that the casualty numbers could be much higher if the virus becomes more easily transmittable between humans. On Thursday,  Dr. David Nabarro, an executive at the World Health Organization and newly appointed United Nations coordinator for avian and human influenza, stoked fears even more when he warned that a flu pandemic could strike at any time,  killing five million  to 150 million people.

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Are you worried about an avian flu pandemic?
Since its discovery in the late 1990s, the avian flu virus, or H5N1, has infected at least 100 people, more than half of whom have died. But public health officials around the world are warning that the casualty numbers could be much higher if the virus becomes more easily transmittable between humans. On Thursday, Dr. David Nabarro, an executive at the World Health Organization and newly appointed United Nations coordinator for avian and human influenza, stoked fears even more when he warned that a flu pandemic could strike at any time, killing five million to 150 million people.

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16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Thursday 10/6/05 - 3:18:46 PM EST (GMT-5)
Not really
16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Thursday 10/6/05 - 3:23:23 PM EST (GMT-5)
I wasn't, until I saw about 50 segments on it on CNN last night. Damn CNN making me paranoid.
16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Thursday 10/6/05 - 3:32:55 PM EST (GMT-5)
Nah. It hasn't affected me or anyone I know.
16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Thursday 10/6/05 - 3:55:26 PM EST (GMT-5)
"here is a vaccine announced by the National Institutes of Health that targets a particular strain of H5N1 in a particular strain in chickens..."
Ha. I know the folks who make it, and they do not share the writer's negative attitude about it. It more a question of having enough when it's needed than whether or not it'll work.
16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Thursday 10/6/05 - 3:58:31 PM EST (GMT-5)
Nope. I couldn't care less. I'm going to die of cancer, not the flu.
16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Thursday 10/6/05 - 4:02:11 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 10/6/2005 3:58:31 PM HaroldtheBat wrote:
Nope. I couldn't care less. I'm going to die of cancer, not the flu.

How do you know this?
16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Thursday 10/6/05 - 4:03:34 PM EST (GMT-5)
Not really.
16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Thursday 10/6/05 - 4:07:04 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 10/6/2005 4:02:12 PM dacash wrote:
On 10/6/2005 3:58:31 PM HaroldtheBat wrote: Nope. I couldn't care less. I'm going to die of cancer, not the flu. How do you know this?

Well, I don't know. I just believe it. I've never had the flu, and I'm healthy as can be. I never get sick with colds and such. But cancer runs on both sides of my family. It killed by grandfather, and both my aunt and grandmother had breast cancer. I never go to the doctor if I can help it, so if I end up with cancer, by the time they catch it, it will have spread too far to treat.
16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Thursday 10/6/05 - 4:18:41 PM EST (GMT-5)
Nope. I rarely get sick.
16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Thursday 10/6/05 - 5:12:30 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 10/6/2005 3:23:24 PM burnteffigy wrote:
I wasn't, until I saw about 50 segments on it on CNN last night. Damn CNN making me paranoid.

The media's been all over it ... I'd believe them except this scenario is like a Chicken Little one. They've been crying about a flu pandemic for 3-4 years now, saying every year that this is the year. I think they do it partly for ratings and partly so the drug companies can sell more flu shots

16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Thursday 10/6/05 - 8:09:34 PM EST (GMT-5)
Um. The govt buys all the flu shots. If the pharms could get out of making htem they would, because the govt tells them how much they can charge, too. Which might be why only one pharm in the US makes it, and it's not even a US company - it's owned by a French company.
16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Thursday 10/6/05 - 11:00:04 PM EST (GMT-5)
Probably the person giving the shot.
16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Friday 10/7/05 - 6:21:49 PM EST (GMT-5)
Not really...
16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Friday 10/7/05 - 6:25:33 PM EST (GMT-5)
It isn't even a pandemic yet. Hurricane season is over. Bush needs something else to control us. Congress is up for re-election. He wants to distract us.
16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Friday 10/7/05 - 9:20:45 PM EST (GMT-5)
I wasnt until I watched CNN tonight.
16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Saturday 10/8/05 - 4:32:13 PM EST (GMT-5)
"While other nations have ordered enough antiviral medication to treat between 20 and 40 percent of their populations, the federal government has only ordered enough to treat less than 2 percent of Americans," Nevada Democratic Sen. Harry Reid and five colleagues wrote in a letter to Bush.

Let's do some math and figure out what's stupid about that statement, shall we?

16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Saturday 10/8/05 - 6:03:08 PM EST (GMT-5)
Perhaps the people of other nations deal with birds on more regualr basis that Americans.
16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Saturday 10/8/05 - 6:33:11 PM EST (GMT-5)
Actually, I am a bit worried about the bird flu, but I'm keeping it in perspective.It seems fairly contained, right now. I won't start really worrying until it spreads out of Asia.
16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Sunday 10/9/05 - 6:38:11 PM EST (GMT-5)
16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Monday 10/10/05 - 6:05:26 AM EST (GMT-5)
Yes. CNN makes me extremely paranoid.
16 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Wednesday 10/12/05 - 10:18:54 PM EST (GMT-5)
I am, a version of an avian flu killed 20-40 million people around the world already, about 90 years ago, and were due for another disease outbreak, SARS was wimpy.
16 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Saturday 10/15/05 - 8:51:27 AM EST (GMT-5)
On 10/6/2005 4:07:04 PM HaroldtheBat wrote:
On 10/6/2005 4:02:12 PM dacash wrote: On 10/6/2005 3:58:31 PM HaroldtheBat wrote: Nope. I couldn't care less. I'm going to die of cancer, not the flu. How do you know this? Well, I don't know. I just believe it. I've never had the flu, and I'm healthy as can be. I never get sick with colds and such. But cancer runs on both sides of my family. It killed by grandfather, and both my aunt and grandmother had breast cancer. I never go to the doctor if I can help it, so if I end up with cancer, by the time they catch it, it will have spread too far to treat.

Harold, for once, you made my day.

16 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Wednesday 10/19/05 - 1:25:15 PM EST (GMT-5)
What bugs me is that Roche has patented the vaccine and won't let anyone else make it. I doubt it woudl be such a big problem if we all had access to the vaccine.

"Although Roche has increased production of Tamiflu eightfold in the past two years, it will take $16 billion and 10 years to make enough of the drug for 20 percent of the world's population, said Klaus Stohr, director of the World Health Organization's Global Influenza Program, in comments to reporters in San Francisco last week."

And Roche is a Swiss company, not French.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cg...

16 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Friday 10/21/05 - 9:29:21 PM EST (GMT-5)
Why would I waste my time paranoid worrying my life away?
16 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Sunday 10/23/05 - 4:52:17 PM EST (GMT-5)
A bit. I'm not worried for myself, but my husband tends to come down pretty badly with these things.

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