European avian flu similar to 1918 strain

Eastern European avian flu similar to 1918 strain
Sharon Kirkey, CanWest News Service
Published: Friday, January 27, 2006

More similarities have been found between the bird flu creeping into Eastern Europe and the 1918 Spanish flu that decimated populations worldwide, including the discovery of an entirely new way bird flu may kill human cells.

Researchers from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., have found that bird flu viruses carry a gene that can latch onto many crucial proteins inside human cells, presumably disrupting their function and causing far more severe disease than human viruses.

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There’s no evidence so far that the H5N1 avian flu is transforming into the next human pandemic flu strain, but “we certainly are really increasing our efforts in terms of preparedness,” says Dr. Theresa Tam, of the Public Health Agency of Canada.

I think it is important to point that out. There ihas been no evidence of human to human transmission.

That said, we certainly should prepare for a lethal pandemic influenza strain. What happened in 1918 will happen again. Its not a matter of “if” but of “when” - not unlike New Orleans being hit by a major hurricane. Its a good idea to prepare in advance.

It’s no “secret”:

1918: H1N1.
2005/6: H5N1 (With H1N2 varaint, mainly in Japan, which is weaker)

He didn’t say we’re automatically in trouble because of the connection, no, more that IF it mutates, like H1N1, Spanish Avian Influenza, which killed - what? 250,000,000? Think about it: Population has boomed, transport has become so wide-spread, cheap and easy.

What can we do?

1.) Don’t kiss your chicken.

2.) Take down your bird feeder.

3.) Buy a BB gun.

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