Do The Recent Bird Flu Stories Scare You? ...
Experts put the probability of a global influenza
pandemic at 100% - an absolute certainty!
When it hits it's estimated that it will last 12-18
months, will touch every corner of the globe and according to The
Director of the Center for Infectious Disease will
anywhere between 30 Million and 380 Million People!
Governments are so frightened that they're already
sockpiling drugs and training thousands of people on how to cope WHEN
The pandemic could strike next year,
it could be in ten years ... it could strike tomorrow!
One thing all the experts agree on is that
a global flu virus will attack the human race, this is and "absolute certainty" and there is nothing you can do to prevent yourself
and those closest to you from being exposed.
Bird Flu or the H5N1 virus as it is known, has already mutated
into a form capable of infecting humans.
Bird Flu is not an ordinary virus. You
can't treat it with an normal flu vaccine because there isn't one
and it kills quickly ... it has been fatal in 50% of people infected
In March 1918 an army cook reported
to the infirmary at Fort Riley, Kansas, with a temperature
of 39.5 C.
Within two days a further 521 men had been taken sick, in
what is thought to have been one of the first recorded outbreaks
of what came to be known as Spanish flu.
Striking a world already devastated by war, such early warning
signs were largely missed and the influenza went on to kill
40 million in a matter of months.
Scientists now believe the virus came from birds and that
it bore similarities to the avian flu at the center of the
In the 1918 outbreak, people were dying faster
than they could build coffins, up
to 400 million deaths have been predicted this time due to global
travel. The 40 million died in
just 18 months and it takes about 6 months to make a vaccine. Once
we have a vaccine for Bird Flu how long will it take to vaccinate
the World; how long will it be before you get your vaccine? And
assuming you are still around to benefit from one!
This is not science fiction; this is real and happening now.
is a deadly threat that you can't see, can't touch, can't feel; a
menace that kills off the most physically powerful. The
1918 strain was most dangerous to the strongest and fittest aged
between 15 and 35; those in their prime ... Bird Flu is showing
the same frightening characteristics.
The reason is that a developed,
healthy immune system is an Achilles heel when attacked by H5N1.
The fit body produces an army of anti-bodies and disease-fighting
cells in an attempt to kill of the invading virus. But this causes
massive, fatal collateral damage as the battle rages and the lungs
and other organs are terminally wounded.
After the initial outbreak in 1918 troops
traveling back and forth between the US and Europe were
among the worst affected, the virus soon reached Africa
and Asia. August brought the second wave of the virus,
with "explosive" outbreaks
in France, Sierra Leone and the US and a 10-fold
increase in deaths, says the World Health Organization (WHO). The
virus quickly spread, with few communities untouched and
between 25% and 30% of the world population
So unfamiliar was Spanish flu that many doctors suspected
an outbreak of meningitis, or even a return of the Black
The disease had features that were not seen before
and, fortunately, have not been seen since ... UNTIL NOW.
Unlike most deaths from influenza, the majority of victims
were neither the young or old, but those between 15 and
35. As many as 99% of the infected were under 65.
Many deaths were from pneumonia
caused by secondary infections, but others died from a hemorrhaging
of the lungs. Other symptoms included a blue tinge to the skin.
One doctor at a US Army camp near Boston wrote in September 1918
that men coming in with what appeared to be ordinary influenza
quickly worsened. "It is only a matter of a few hours
until death comes, and it is simply a struggle for air until they
is only a matter of a few hours until death comes, and
it is simply a struggle for air until they suffocate"
"It is horrible. One can stand it to see one, two or
twenty men die, but to see these poor devils dropping like flies
sort of gets on your nerves."
Sneezing - It's all it takes to spread the deadly
In many countries schools were closed, public gatherings banned
and people encouraged to wear masks. In some cases those caught
sneezing or coughing unprotected in public were fined or imprisoned
and one US town outlawed shaking hands.
The efforts failed - as did the widespread practices of quarantine
and isolation. In India more than 10 million
died, while up to
two million were killed in sub-Saharan Africa. Some estimates suggest
that in Spain up to eight million people were infected, the country's
papers' in-depth coverage of the outbreak prompting the "Spanish
What are your chances of survival if you catch
Bird Flu? ... Answer, 50/50!
The Current Strain of H5N1 is so powerful, so lethal
that it kills and estimated 50% of those it infects - FACT!
Of the reported cases of infection in Asia, half
of them died. That's 10 times the
estimated death rate of the 1918-19 Spanish Flu pandemic which killed 40 Million people in a world
with a much smaller population. We now live in a time where the
majority of the western world travel the globe thanks to cheap
airlines tickets and it's this factor alone which could lead to
the death of many millions more people.
Many more cases of human infection have almost
certainly gone unreported. China, for example are notoriously secretive;
a dangerous government that has been reluctant to disclose figures
of Aids and SARS infections. The inaccessible geography of Asia
and limited communications also contribute to the fear that
many, many more people have been infected and gone unreported.
The UK has had it's first reported case ... H5N1
is spreading, have no doubt. And if the truth be known,
can you really trust a government anywhere to tell the truth? Look
at the foot and mouth disaster in the UK. In 2001, foot-and-mouth
led to the slaughter of more than six million animals and is estimated
to have cost as much as £4bn - it was denied during the
early days that the problem even existed!
and UK led coilition even went to war on a lie:"the
threat of weapons of mass destruction",
it is a fact that there simply were none. So can you really trust
them to be forthcoming with the facts about the threat of Bird
Flu; can you trust governments with your
life and the lives of of your loved ones?
The dangers presented by Bird Flu dwarfs that
of the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic, considered one of the most deadly
viruses in history. It's a threat worse than The Asian Tsunami,
al Qaeda terrorism, Hurricane Katrina or the SARS virus combined
and its impact would be much more pervasive and long-lasting.
Experts claim that a Bird Flu pandemic is a "certain
Scientists have established
that the H5N1 flu strain is genetically related to the Spanish
Flu of 1918 and there's nothing we can do about it. We can't
rid the world of it; it's a modern-day 'Sword of Damocles'.
A sword held over the Earth hung by a single horse hair and
if that hair should give...
Bird Flu is a danger that is with us every
moment, omni-present, all we can do is prepare and hope that
the experts are wrong in their predictions.
Because as we said in the beginning... YOU
Just one infected passenger from Asia or one smuggled bird or
animal into the USA or UK could infect and wipe out millions of
citizens. Estimates are that this lethal virus could infect a quarter
of the UK and US population, and leave the remainder caring for
victims or hiding indoors.
A report published by the National Academy
Institute of Medicine back in March, states that: "the current
ongoing epidemic of H5N1 avian influenza in Asia is unprecedented
in its scale, in its spread and in the economic losses it has caused".
That was months ago! The situation has deteriorated since
then, Bird flu has already jumped species both to animals and humans.
to a Town Near You!
This page was adapted from a web site that was trying to induce a panic-driven impulse buy of a downloadable information file about bird flu, for 25 bucks. For a more reasoned and balanced — though still worrisome — view of the problem see Ebola, Bird Flu, & You.