It looks like GlaxoSmithKline has done it; the company announced that it has developed an effective vaccine against Bird Flu (H5N1):
Dr. Mercola comments today about a story that ran in USA Today recently:
In a speech given over the weekend, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt advised Americans to begin stocking up on canned tuna and powdered milk:
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says the H5N1 virus “may follow an unusually aggressive clinical course, with rapid deterioration and high fatality. Primary viral pneumonia and multi-organ failure have been common among people who have become ill with H5N1 influenza.”
The CDC believes Oseltamivir and Zanamavir may treat the infection but more studies are needed it says. There is currently “no commercially available vaccine to protect humans against the H5N1 virus that is being detected in Asia and Europe. However, vaccine development efforts are taking place.” the CDC says.
Scary stuff folks.
Update (3/13/2006 8:21pm):
I thought it might be helpful if I expanded a little on Secretary Leavitt’s remarks.
In the event of an outbreak of bird flu (H5N1), the affected region might face a quarantine enforced by the U.S. military. Transportation and travel, to and from the affected region, would probably be severely curtailed if not banned altogether. And with grocery stores only stocking three days of food supplies, you can see why he would suggest stockpiling some food. Now it’s starting to make a little more sense isn’t?
Source: OpinionBug.com, “Bird Flu Pandemic: Bush Might Use Military To Quaratine Affected Regions“
Is kimchi a cure for bird-flu? Kang Sa-Ouk of Seoul National University believes so:
A friend sent us an interesting link this morning. The link pulls up a story on Anh Duong.net that purports to show Chinese picking up dead chickens. The carcasses are allegedly cleaned and resold. It isn’t clear if the chickens died of bird flu. Warning: If you have a weak stomach you may want to pass:
A Vietnamese physician has determined that Tamiflu is ineffective against bird flu (H5N1):
Dr. Mercola says the Avian Flu epidemic scare is a hoax:
I’ve been suspicious of the Bird Flu brouhaha for some time now and Dr. Mercola’s analysis only confirms my suspicions. Question is, “Why are they hyping Bird Flu?” Is it only to encourage people to take the vaccine or is it something else altogether. If the latter case be true, what could that “something else altogether” be?
In response to a reporter’s question, President Bush confirmed today that he would consider using the military to quarantine regions affected by Bird Flu:
The threat level posed by Bird Flu [H5N1] must be incredible, scary…