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As Bird Flu Spreads to Taiwan, Governments Act to Prepare
04-25-2013, 01:04 PM #1
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BEIJING — The new strain of avian influenza that has infected more than 100 people in China in the last two months has, for the first time, been reported outside mainland China.
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On Tuesday, people in Shanghai took precautions after an outbreak of the H7N9 bird flu virus.

Officials in Taiwan reported one case in a 53-year-old Taiwanese citizen who traveled regularly to the Chinese city of Suzhou for work, where he probably contracted the virus. He fell ill on April 12, three days after returning to Taiwan. Tests revealed on Wednesday that he was infected with the H7N9 bird flu virus. As of Tuesday, Chinese officials had reported 108 cases and 22 deaths from

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/25/health....html?_r=0

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04-25-2013, 01:12 PM #2
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H7N9 Is an 'Unusually Dangerous Virus,' International Group of Experts Concludes

"This is an unusually dangerous virus for humans," said Keiji Fukuda, assistant director-general for health security of the World Health Organization (WHO), at a press conference in Beijing this morning. From what is known so far, he added, H7N9 "is more easily transmissible from poultry to humans than H5N1," the avian influenza virus that has circulated in poultry in Asia for more than a decade, occasionally causing human fatalities.

The team also reported that the available evidence points to live bird markets as being the most likely pathway for the virus from poultry to humans. Positive samples have been retrieved from poultry and from contaminated surfaces at the markets. Nancy Cox, a flu expert at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, cautioned that while it is still early, "we can now understand that the likely source of infection is poultry—that the virus originates from poultry."

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04-25-2013, 02:44 PM #3
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(04-25-2013, 01:46 PM)the white ribbon Wrote:  i dont think we have anything to worrry about.. i wont be having any vaccinations.. *cough*
hope not but i think this may spread fast remember sars?

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04-25-2013, 02:58 PM #4
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I'm glad I'm retired and don't have to deal with mass-transit or crowds. Last Fall a neighbor of mine became a mini Typhoid Mary and spread the Flu around everywhere he went, and he couldn't understand why I wouldn't let him in my home.
If a Pandemic happens, bear in mind there are usually three waves that hit, the second several months after the first. In a real outbreak, the phenomena known as Cytokine (spelling?) Storm ravages through the young and healthy as well as the old and infirm.
Old semi-healthy bastards such as myself are spared.
This Planet of ours could use a good culling.

http://www.wisegeek.org/what-is-the-cytokine-storm.htm

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