Mutated Avian Flu May Kill Millions

The WHO is finally admitting that H5N1 might just be a problem:

The threat of a killer flu pandemic is greater than ever because of the spread of the bird flu virus in south-east Asia, the World Health Organisation has warned.

The WHO said avian influenza was still spreading across south-east Asia despite efforts to block it, and there was more than a 50 per cent probability it would become a global pandemic that could kill millions of people. More than 50 people have already died from the H5N1 virus in the region, most of them in Vietnam, where tens of thousands of people raise poultry in backyard farms.

Listen to our two-part MythArc Radio interview with molecular virologist Dr. Henry L. Niman. He gave us some valuable insight into the situation without the spin being applied by the WHO and government spokesmen.

For instance:

Federal Health Minister Tony Abbott said Australia was well prepared to combat the virus should it develop into a strain that can be carried by humans.

“Australia has the world’s largest stockpile of antivirals on a per capita basis,” he said.

That’s well and good. However, only one anti-viral, Tamiflu, has been proven effective.

But it’s designed to work against H3 viruses. It’s been mostly ineffective against H5 strains, like the avian flu.

Vaccines against H5N1 are in development, but as Dr. Niman told us, it will be a couple of years before human trials are complete. By then, if the virus has recombined into a form that’s more easily transmitted, the vaccine developed to fight today’s strain will be ineffective.

Click here to go to our MythArc Radio home page.

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2 responses to “Mutated Avian Flu May Kill Millions

  1. Maybe you’re not informed in time in your country. But in France, working as a health helper in Nantes i can tell you there’s here people with the flu symptom and falling down, more than 15 gone away now. It’s not clear because they are young and test reveled it was the Flu, the French lab didn’t gave more precision but the situation is supicIUS. I don’t know what to do at this time, i’m just an health worker with good physician friends but i don’t want to be on the bad place at the bad time. What are your advices : Stay cool, take a air trip to paradise’ Island, or just give up taking the red pill.
    Because when this thing would strike the country, soon now next two weeks I think, all services would not work and panic would spread as fast that there would be no way to get fuel to take my car and leave in canpaign with found stock. No really i think it’s time to get a NBC Combi but i don’t know where to buy it on the Internet and get it quikly. Any Idea ?

  2. Anders, when you say “gone away now”, do you mean that the patients have died? That would be news. Have any of the newspapers in your area reported this story?

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