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02/13/2006 01:28 AM ID: 52828 Permalink   

Bird Flu Found in Western Europe


Italy and Greece announced they had detected the H5N1 strain of the bird flu virus in dead swans, making this the first time it has been found in Western Europe. The European Union has also confirmed the deadly strain was found in Bulgaria.

Authorities in Greece, Italy and Bulgaria said there were no known reports of people being infected with the virus, just birds. "It's a relatively safe situation for human health, less so for animal health," the Italian Health Minister said.

Experts said that the virus has been detected in wild birds rather than on poultry farms, so there is less chance of it spreading to humans. "The risk to humans is less if the disease is in wildlife than if it is in poultry," said a health officer.

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  While the chance of infection may be less  
with the disease in wild birds the spread of the disease will be unchecked and there will be absolutely no way to check it. It will cover the globe fairly quickly with the migration. If this virus does mutate it may be just what Mother Nature ordered to cull human overpopulation. Anytime a species overpopulates natural forces tend to check the population and bring it back under control either though increased predation, lack of food or disease. Ugly thought but it’s just Mother Nature doing what comes naturally. Try to think of the good side, if you survive there will be lots of jobs available and housing prices will drop dramatically. If you don’t survive you won’t have much to worry about.
  by: Valkyrie123     02/13/2006 04:19 PM     
  I agree  
mother nature might be thinking its time for a cull of the human species.
  by: Gatsby   02/13/2006 07:03 PM     
  Am I the only person who remembers the SARS scare?  
Everyone thought that this was it. The Apocalypse. Doesn't seem to be a problem now. The last, and only recorded time a disease ever struck the human race with the force that everyone talks of was obviously the black pleague. And even then that disease was spread because of the infestation of rats and fleas and the complete lack of knowledge of how the stuff spread.

Have some faith in the human race guys.
  by: Honk_4_Fronk   02/13/2006 10:03 PM     
You need to do your homework. SARS was a very close call. It was kept in check by an extremely vigilant health service that was on its toes. The only carrier was humans but any close contact could infect you. Quarantines were used to contain the disease. A large percentage of those that died were healthcare workers that became infected while treating SARS patients. SARS killed its victim fairly quickly. This is an advantage when trying to contain a disease using quarantines. The fact that it takes decades for AIDS to kill some people is the very reason it has spread so far and wide and makes it near impossible to contain with quarantines. Infected persons are in the population for a very long period of time allowing much wider geographically and numerous contacts. Ebola kills its victims so quickly it doesn’t have a chance to spread before everyone that came into contact with it is dead.

The last big pandemic to strike the US was the Flu epidemic of 1917. It was a “bird flu” that had mutated to infect humans and could be transmitted by human to human contact and was airborne. It killed millions world wide. It spread like wildfire through US troops cramped onto troop carrier ships headed for Europe in WWI. In Europe it killed more people than the war did.

This new “bird flu” can be carried by birds to anywhere. There is no way to quarantine all the birds on the planet. There would be no safe place. This strain may never complete the jump to airborne human infection but it is now only one step away and viruses are very adaptable, especially when there are a lot of hosts available to mutate in. Oh yes, this one is a contender for the Apocalypse.
  by: valkyrie123     02/14/2006 12:59 AM     
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