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The Best Way To Avoid The Dangers Of Bird Flu (Avian)
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It is so easy for this virus to mutate, it can happen as simply as a person catching Bird Flu from poultry or birds, when that person, has already caught one of the more common strains of Influenza. This could enable the Bird Flu virus to then cause a pandemic outbreak of this deadly disease throughout the world.
History of the Bird Flu and its Spread.
It first started in South Korea at a chicken farm in 2003, a couple of months or so later, it was detected in Vietnam, then an outbreak was found in chickens in Indonesia, Thailand confirms the death of a six year old boy, this was the first known death from Bird Flu. China also has problems and Malaysia has found the virus in chickens, near the Thailand border.
This year, 2005, Bird Flu has been found in ducks in the Philippines, Japan has had an outbreak in chickens, then it was also found in Russia. In October, 2005 it was discovered in Turkey and Romania, so you can see that it is spreading across the globe, slowly but surely. The very latest is that it has now been discovered in Greece.
It is spread at this stage by birds, mainly migratory birds that fly north or south from the Asian region, where they can take it to Russia and Europe, or in the other direction, south to Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific region.
The European Union has warned that there should not be any panic, though it has told the 25 nations that make up the Union to start stockpiling supplies of anti viral drugs. It has been confirmed in nearly all cases the strain of virus is the highly virulent and lethal H5N1.
In London, it has been confirmed that Britain is at risk and they have suggested that all people that could be vulnerable, should consider having normal Flu injections. The United States Senate, on September 29, 2005, voted to provide almost $US4 billion to purchase a stockpile of the two anti viral drugs.
Professor Ian Frazer of Brisbane, Australia, who with his research team, after many years of heartache, trials and tribulations, have announced that they have now perfected a vaccine that will prevent Cervical Cancer and this vaccine should be available in 2006, this is a world breakthrough and a historic discovery, he now is thinking of turning his talents to the H5N1 virus, he and many of his colleagues are convinced that it is only a matter of time before this virus will start attacking humans and cause a pandemic.
It has been estimated that the death toll throughout the world, if this pandemic should start, could be as high as 40 million people. Currently, humans are catching the virus from birds that have the infection, through their saliva or faeces, which when dry can be inhaled by humans. The authorities state emphatically that it can not be transmitted through eating poultry.
What Can You Do
It is recommended by a number of authorities that you should consider having the normal human flu vaccine.
There are two drugs available that can help, but are in short supply, also they are quite expensive, Tamiflu and Relenza, very recent reports, even suggest that they might not be good enough to help if the situation becomes pandemic, because they have not yet been tested. We can but hope that they are more efficient than the predictions.
Take all the sensible normal precautions. There are a lot of you out there that are bird lovers, myself included, but remember that birds can carry the virus in their gut, without any ill effect to themselves, so, don't get up too close and personal with birds, never mind how much you love them.
Your Immune System, this is your natural defence against all illnesses and diseases. Try to ensure that you Immune System is functioning as efficiently as possible. Make sure that what you eat and drink is natural and as nutritious as you can make it. More information is available from my website.
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