Four Million French could get Flu this winter

Here is a story (via KUNA) that could have Michael Fumento, the “anti alarmist journalist” fuming away at the above mega alarmist headline from France. 

The news item sounds alarming, but apparently it also happens to be a fact!

The French daily “Liberation” quoted health sources as saying, in its edition published on Tuesday, that this years the Flu outbreak could take on “pandemic” proportions due to climatic factors and the strain of virus expected to hit the country.

Apparently, due to the effect of the “El Nino” climate system will provide either neutral or cold conditions in France during the above period and the range of flu cases could be between 3.2 million and 4.7 million, with a median of four million.

Flu specialists in France told the newspaper that predictions indicate that the flu will be the same as the one that hit Australia in July and August and it could hit France between October 2007 and the beginning of 2008.

France will begin selling vaccines against the flu on September 28 and these are available free of charge for children and elderly people, while others must pay for inoculation.

Last year, some two million people contracted the flu in France.

  

Approximation of actual country borders.  Click  on image for a detailed pdf version.

Sources:

http://www.liberation.fr/

www.birdflubreakingnews.com

www.un-influenza.org/fra

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3 Responses

  1. Yeah, the national concern in France… What am I still doing here anyway…? Every year it’s the same stuff. In winter time it’s the flu and in summer it’s hayfeever. 28 days later… we will all become zombies.

  2. There’s no problem with the article; the problem is with your inability to read it.

    “Flu specialists in France told the newspaper that predictions indicate that the flu will be the same as the one that hit Australia in July and August and it could hit France between October 2007 and the beginning of 2008.”

    It already hit Australia? Then it was seasonal flu, not avian flu. Insofar as the CDC estimates there are 24,000 – 36,000 seasonal flu cases each year in the U.S, if this article is correct then the French are going to get off easy this year.

  3. The CDC estimates there are 36,000 seasonal flu *deaths* each year.

    We are going to see a great deal of confusion about seasonal flu/pandemic flu – even more so if this is a bad year for seasonal flu.

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