Friday, May 27, 2005

The Next Pandemic?

International health officials are warning that a deadly avian influenza virus may soon spread rapidly, overwhelming unprepared health systems in rich and poor countries alike. If the virus mutates to become easily transmittable among humans, the death toll of the resulting global pandemic could number in the millions. Since it first emerged in 1997, avian influenza has become deadlier and more resilient. It has infected 109 people and killed 59 of them. If the virus becomes capable of human-to-human transmission and retains its extraordinary potency, humanity could face a pandemic unlike any ever witnessed. If an influenza pandemic struck today, borders would close, the global economy would shut down, international vaccine supplies and health-care systems would be overwhelmed, and panic would reign. To limit the fallout, the industrialized world must create a detailed response strategy involving the public and private sectors.


At May 27, 2005 10:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Or maybe these international health officials are puffing for juicy funding through scare tactics. After all, they're the ones who would have to create the 'detailed response plans' etc etc.

At May 28, 2005 7:00 AM, Blogger GayLikeAFox said...

actually there are some believable rumors (though they are still rumors) that a major bird flu pandemic has already begun in China.

I blog about it here:

At May 28, 2005 9:18 PM, Blogger Jude the Obscure said...

How does this virus infect people? Is it from eating an infected bird? How does it transmit from bird to bird? I have read that cats (bird killers) could become carriers into homes. Perhaps cats could get it from the feral cat population. Cats already carry some sort of feline HIV. I'm going now to your blogspot.


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