It's claimed 8 lives, it's spread to 10 countries, the WHO has called for global unity in fighting it, it could take 6 months to develop a vaccine... Is anyone else thinking this is going to be A Very Bad Thing once it picks up momentum? :\
im guessing its going to do the same rounds as the SARS epidemic last year, where most of china/south-east asia suffer greatly but they manage to self-quarantine itself by restricting travel to and from the country.caLLous said:Welcome to an adult conversation.
Only an aussie MP could get away with saying "fess up"."Countries in the region must learn from the SARS experience, and that is: `Fess up as soon as you find a case, as quickly as possible," Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer told Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio. "Make sure everybody knows about it and deal with it."
Just to make it clear (for those of you that seem confused), this is correct. However, the more chickens infected, the greater the odds that the disease will jump the species barrier.leggy said:I do realise that there is not a distinct danger to humans right now and that the focus is on the loss of chickens . But the two issues can be compared.
This bird flu has killed 8, out of about 12 (?) people who have been infected. It's mortality rate is scarily high, WAY higher than SARs, although it has to be said those that were admitted to hospital were in late stages of infection and also in poor areas, so didn't have access to antivirals which could potentially lower the mortality rate. The worry anyway is that if the bird flu infects enough people, there are chances it could mutate or bond with the human flu and be able to transmit from human to human - hence the urgency to contain this flu. If it did manage human to human transmission, you'd be looking at a virus on a par with the 1918 flu pandemic.babs said:Not really, I'd say flu in it's more normal form is the one they want to worry about, this bird flu kills 8. Whoop de doo, how many does normal influenza kill over how many different countries? And that's despite having a vaccine.