The growing Danger from the Zoonoses.

Zoonoses are defined by the WHO as “Diseases and infections which are naturally transmitted between vertebrate animals and man”.
 
In an article in the scientific American today, David Biello says that the best way to beat bird flu and other zoonotic diseases, he says, is to keep humans and wildlife healthy.
 
A zoonotic agent may be a bacterium, virus, fungus, parasite, or other communicable agent.

Zoonoses cover a broad and growing range of diseases and they can be transmitted by bacterium, virus, fungus, parasite, or a number of other (also growing) agents.

A recent study shows that these zoonoses such as H5N1 bird flu, West Nile and Ebola now account for as much as 58 percent of human pathogens and the number is growing fast.
 
In just the past five years, WHO has identified more than 1,000 epidemics stemming from such pathogens.
 
“There are more flu infections in more countries than ever before,” said veterinarian William Karesh, head of the Field Veterinary Program of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), during a WSC Conferance in New York City last week.
 
These diseases are hard to stop because they are not only spread by wild animals, mosquitoes and the like but, even more commonly, by billions of livestock animals, such as chickens, ducks and geese raised for food in vast factory farms.
 
Zoonotic outbreaks are triggered by a range of factors, including man-made changes to natural habitats that bring humans into contact with wildlife as well as airplanes and other forms of transport that allow “speedy, long-range dissemination of any disease agent,” says veterinarian Arnon Shimshoni of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
 
“There is an artificial distinction between the health of wildlife, livestock and people,” Karesh said. Sickness in one of these groups, can mean sickness in all.
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Electing the Bird Flu President USA

It is clear to us all that the next President of the USA is likely to encounter all kinds of serious problems.
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Many believe that in addition to all the domestic, economic and diplomatic disasters facing the next US Presidet, there could well be an added disaster of the Bird Flu pandemic looming just over the horizon.
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So we have been taking a look at the candidates for the job of the President of America and the way we all feel about them during the election process.
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During the last few months one thing has become very clear about the way the Americans elect their President.
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The US election 08 clearly tells us that in America, no matter how qualified a woman is, she has very little chance of getting the top job, against a man who wants the same job.
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It is much more important for the Americans to see how the woman looks, sounds or pleases them in some other way, than it is to see if she is the best qualified for the job.
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We can all deny this but if we are really honest about it, we would all have to admit this as a fact.
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It is like getting a male pilot with only one year training to fly a jumbo jet, because he is a man and “he inspires us”, as opposed to a woman who has flown jumbo jets for decades and has weathered all kinds of storms, but “we do not like her”.
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But then that is how George W was elected.
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Was he not the guy you could have a drink with?
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Of course the fact that GW had no idea about running a country, was no problem as he could always “surround himself with the best”!
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We deserve what we get and should not moan about it after the fact.

US Government Pandemic Warning to US Citizens abroad

If the WHO declares a pandemic, Americans who are overseas should be prepared to remain in country for an extended period.
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You should avoid non-essential travel beyond your home and workplace and you should limit activities that could expose you to others who may be ill.
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Based on varying conditions abroad, Americans should prepare contingency plans and emergency supplies (non-perishable food, potable water or water-purification supplies, medication, etc.) for the possibility of remaining in country for at least two and up to twelve weeks.
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Visit www.pandemicflu.gov to see examples of comprehensive planning checklists for individuals, businesses, schools, and other groups.
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During a pandemic, people should practice social distancing measures such as teleworking, limiting face-to-face meetings, avoiding crowds, and maintaining a distance of six (6) feet or more from other people.
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“whoever wrote this has never been to China. Probably only in Tibet, Xinjiang, or Inner Mongolia could one possibly get more than 6 feet away from another human being…
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Source:           GlobalizeThis.  A great blog
from the blogs section of www.birdflubreakingnews.com

         

Alaskan Hunter’s Blood tested for Bird Flu Virus

The blood of 200 Anchorage-area sport hunters who have handled wild fowl in the past two years is to be tested for the H5N1 virus.
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Dr. Michael Bruce, principal investigator for the study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that the rresearchers will be searching for the potentially deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu as well as low-pathogenic strains of influenza in the blood collected from the Alaskan hunters.
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“”Some of the birds that fly through Asia fly through Alaska, so we theorized that if anyone is at risk in Alaska, it would be the hunters,” Dr. Bruce said.
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The study involves people from across the state who may have contracted avian influenza by different means, he said. It calls for a sample of 400 subsistence hunters, 200 sport hunters, 75 wildlife biologists and researchers and a control group of 200 people who have not handled wild birds.
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People who have been infected with avian influenza in the past will have developed antibodies that show up in the blood, Bruce said.

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The study — done in partnership with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corp. — could show experts where people are contracting influenza, what precautions should be taken when handling wild fowl, and how easily the viruses are transmitted to people. The study also seeks to establish the current degree of transmission as a benchmark for future studies, Bruce said.

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“Even if we don’t find any antibodies to any avian influenza, I think it gives us at least a good baseline,” he said.

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Hunters in the Anchorage area — from Girdwood to Wasilla — who have hunted and handled birds in the past two years are eligible to give their blood and answer some questions, a process that will take about 15 minutes. So far, about 80 hunters have given blood and the CDC needs about 120 more.

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Interested?

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Contact the CDC at 729-3400. Participants will be paid $25.

Sources:

James Halpin, writing for Anchorage Daily News

http://www.adn.com/outdoors/story/313474.html

www.farmlandpheasant.com

www.birdflubreakingnews.com

A study of the spread of avian influenza has the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention seeking the blood of 200 Anchorage-area sport hunters who have handled wild fowl in the past two years.Researchers will be searching for the potentially deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu as well as low-pathogenic strains of influenza, said Dr. Michael Bruce, principal investigator for the study.

The H5N1 strain has not been detected in the United States and Bruce doesn’t expect to find it here. But low-pathogenic strains of bird flu could pop up, and studying how people contract them will help researchers understand the risk factors that led to exposure, he said.

“Some of the birds that fly through Asia fly through Alaska, so we theorized that if anyone is at risk in Alaska, it would be the hunters,” Bruce said.

The study involves people from across the state who may have contracted avian influenza by different means, he said. It calls for a sample of 400 subsistence hunters, 200 sport hunters, 75 wildlife biologists and researchers and a control group of 200 people who have not handled wild birds.

People who have been infected with avian influenza in the past will have developed antibodies that show up in the blood, Bruce said.

The study — done in partnership with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corp. — could show experts where people are contracting influenza, what precautions should be taken when handling wild fowl, and how easily the viruses are transmitted to people. The study also seeks to establish the current degree of transmission as a benchmark for future studies, Bruce said.

“Even if we don’t find any antibodies to any avian influenza, I think it gives us at least a good baseline,” he said.

Anchorage residents who have hunted and handled birds in the past two years are eligible to give their blood and answer some questions, a process that will take about 15 minutes. So far, about 80 hunters have given blood and the CDC needs 120 more.

Of Sunni, Shia, black Americans & US Election08 (Electing BirdFlu President Part 2)

The Sunnis of Iraq will only vote for a Sunny candidate.
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Not because of proven ability. Just because he is a Sunny.
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The Shia of Iraq will vote only for a Shia candidate.
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Not because of proven ability. Just because he is a Shia.
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The black Americans will only vote for the black candidate.
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Not because of proven ability. Just because he is black.
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The election08 has uncovered the real racial divide that exists in America.
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So how would this effect America and the rest of the world over the next four or even eight years?
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Well, let us look back to the election in the year 2000.  
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When good old W was elected for the first time, every one in the entire world was flabbergasted, that a person with no experience with the nations of the world, who had given in to drugs and alcohol in his “week moments”, (but he was now born again and so was all better) was elected in to the most powerful job in the world.
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It was said W would have the best advisers in the world, so he did not really have to have any experience of his own.
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And more importantly, he said that he was a “uniter” and not a divider.
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The Americans swallowed it all.
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As a result there is conflict every where you look and millions around the world have paid with their lives.
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The USA is more divided than it has ever been in recent history.
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So did we learn a lesson?  
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Surely no one can pull the same stunt again?
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The only problem is that this time the stakes are much higher than they were back in 2000 or even in 2004.
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There is a global war, world wide crash of the Dolloar, credit crunch, National health care disaster, BirdFlu and a lot more.
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The I-so-want-to believe lot in the Democratic party will try and purge their collective guilt of life long prejudice (kept totally repressed in the subconscious) by voting for a man just because he is black!
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The republicans will NOT do that.
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A large number of the Democrats will also NOT vote for the black candidate.
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I know that hurts, but that is the truth. (we are on our way to a color blind, no prejudices society, but we are not there yet.)
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So as a result the Republicans will be back in power again, this time apparently  with an agenda to be in Iraq for a hundred years!
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And there will be no one to blame for all this will there?

Iran admits to Bird Flu! Could Homosexuals in Iran be the next revelation?

The world woke up yesterday, to find that Iran was not after all,  immune to the Bird Flu “due to the country’s moral strength”.
“Iran filed with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) yesterday says the outbreak occurred in Mazandaran, a northern province that fronts on the Caspian Sea.”

The above was an amazing case of no doubt “pure coincident” as this admission of the bird flu outbreak, followed a news item from MEMRI, that was published by the birdflubreakingnews.com !!

The news item from MEMRI reported that the Iranian authorities had prohibited the country’s media from covering the problem of avian flu in Iran.
Iranians have since then accused the MEMRI, of having political motives to report news “to make Iran look bad. “.

I do not know about the political leanings of MEMRI but that was the ONLY source other than the Glorious Iranian Press about what is going on in that darkened country.

birdflubreakingnews has thousands of blogs and bird flu related news items on its site, from every country in the world (even from an imprisoned country like Burma) but almost nothing from Iran!

I have had “unconfirmed reports” about cases of H5N1 for a long time now, but I have not been able to get a confirmed source for such outbreaks.

We would not need MMRI, if only the Iranian Government sources had been able to tell the world, the truth about what is going on in that country.

Is it possible that now the Iranians will also admit to have homosexuals in their distinctly non-pink country?

J M Tom

Bird Flu Good news at last!

There has been a new step forward in the development of an effective vaccine against H5N1, the bird flu virus that’s also dangerous to humans.
By adding an agent that stimulates the immune system, it appears that the existing vaccine is effective against various strains of the bird flu virus.

Uncertainty has been the biggest problem in developing an effective vaccine against the variant of H5N1 that’s dangerous to humans.

Uncertainty about which strain of the virus it is, and uncertainty over which type of bird flu could develop into a flu virus that might cause a worldwide epidemic. That made it almost impossible to develop a preventative vaccine.
But with the discovery made by the British pharmaceutical company Glaxo Smith Klein, uncertainty over the virus strain has become less significant.
Breakthrough
The improved vaccine has been tested by Viro-Clinics, part of the Erasmus Medical Centre in Rotterdam.
According to virologist Ab Osterhaus, there are several reasons to speak of a breakthrough:
“The vaccine protects against different variants of the H5N1 virus, including new strains.” Professor Ab OsterhausAccording to the virologist, that’s unique.“We have always had to react after the event, but now we can produce a vaccine that offers protection against new and forthcoming variants of the same virus.”What’s more, tests have shown that by adding the agent, a lot less vaccine is required. And that’s very important during a worldwide flu epidemic, when huge quantities of vaccine are needed.

The agent is a so-called adjuvant that is added to a medicine to strengthen its effectiveness.

In this case, the substance stimulates the immune system and improves the response to the vaccine.

The Erasmus Medical Centre tested the agent on people and on ferrets which, like people, suffer from flu viruses.

 Osterhaus explained the results: “The humans appeared to have a relatively broad immune response.

The ferrets were first vaccinated, then exposed to H5N1, and there too we witnessed a demonstrably broad protection against the virus.”