Bird Flu (specifically the H5N1 strain)
is a major threat to the world's population.
The last major pandemic in WWI
killed about 100 million and there
is really no better treatment today
if/when a pandemic strikes.
About the only good treatment is supportive
- that is, putting patients on breathing
assistance, but in a pandemic there will
only be a few machines to share out
among each 1,000 patients.
Bird Flu is most dangerous to
the young with strong immune systems.
For the latest information on the situation
in China and Viet Nam, see
China has reported that a young woman recently
contracted and died from Bird Flu
after buying and cooking some ducks.
"The Ministry of Health in China has reported
a new case of human infection with the
H5N1 avian influenza virus. The case is a
19-year old female from Chaoyang District,
Beijing. She developed symptoms on
24 Dec 2008, was hospitalized, and
died on 5 January 2009.
The case was confirmed by the
national laboratory. The case had
contact with poultry prior to her illness.
All contacts have been placed under
medical observation. All remain healthy to date.
Of the 31 cases confirmed to date
in China, 21 have been fatal."
and isn't especially effective.
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