[FoRK] Fwd: Re: Fwd: Deadly bird flu virus confirmed in Britain

Tracie K Meyer con10gent_sentience
Thu Oct 27 10:42:48 PDT 2005


On Wed, 26 Oct 2005 09:18:28 -0700, "Tracie K Meyer"
<con10gent_sentience at inoutbox.com> said:
> jeremy honey,
> there is no preventative drug. tamiflu does not work. the chinese used
> it on birds to the point it mutated to the point where irrevocable
> resistance occured. however, one drug exists that actually treats
> it:relenza. 
> there are still stocks of it in canada and i can both get scripts from
> it from dr connell and still get it. a course of treatment for someone
> infected is $189.00+S/H. we don't  have to buy it yet as canada probably
> has scores of it but i can't be for sure on that one. what does jan say?
> tell that to her and maybe she'll stop freaking out and maybe she will
> calm down.
> 
> i love you too, more than you know.
> tracie
> 
> On Tue, 25 Oct 2005 22:50:17 -0700 (PDT), "Seer of the Signs"
> <psychcrow@!*!> said:
> > My take: It is for the most part the magic of media
> > hype.I for one am sick of news coverage of everything
> > that pampers to our neuroses and paranoia. Whether it
> > be terrorism threats, bird flu or "stolen identity
> > fraud" the scaremongering coverage seems designed to
> > feed our fears to a ridiculous extent. Keep in mind
> > that virologists have been tracking H5N1 (avian flu)
> > for the past 4 years. In that time there have been a
> > little over 110 infected and somewhere around 59 
> > deaths in south east asia.
> > 
> > Have there been any cases of human to human
> > transmission? No, but there are 5 cases under
> > investigation.
> >  
> > Now lets put this into perspective. During this same
> > time period 9.5 million became infeted with HIV and
> > more than 3 million died of AIDS. 44 million people
> > were diagnosed with cancer and 28 million died from it
> > world wide. An estimated 60,000 people died world wide
> > from ordinary flu. SARS turned out to be a comparably
> > minor disease with 8,500 infected world wide and
> > around 812 deaths. Compare such figures with the
> > 400,000 U.S. deaths from the damaging effects of
> > pharmaceutical drugs in the same time span. The Bush
> > admin has cut funding for HIV and cancer research by
> > 60% in the last three years. The statements made and
> > the critical nature and potential for bird flu has
> > been the same every year, so why is it brought up now
> > along with plans to use the military to help
> > quarantine US citizens if needed? Something doesn't
> > add up here. Why is the sky falling today?
> > 
> > Will avian flu effect our poultry population at some
> > point, most definately. Will it cross mutate and turn
> > into a human plague of apocalyptic proportions,
> > probably not.
> > 
> > Vaccines are still worthwhile to research of course
> > and there will be one developed I'm sure, but all
> > these new biotech companies trying to jump the gun
> > with a preventive drug in order to cash in on the
> > panic is a little over the top, even for a
> > capitalistic society like ours.
> > 
> > Should you be concerned? Only if you are a chicken
> > farmer, zookeeper, dealer in exotic birds, or want to
> > own stock in tamiflu (which has soared over the past
> > few weeks).
> > 
> > Sorry for the rant. I just hate seeing people worried
> > to death about this unnecessarily.
> > 
> > My advice: Dont get your feathers ruffled over bird
> > flu.
> > 
> > I love you, 
> > Jeremy
 

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