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1. Posted by TKolb325 (Full Member 197 posts) 10y

I have read a couple of online articles about Bird Flu, and it sounds like scientists are starting to get scared. Yes, scientists sometimes over react, but this still concerns me because I am going to be visiting SE Asia in Feb-May 06. From what I have read, you need to have contact with an infected bird inorder to get the virus, but it is not able to transfer from human to human yet. So on my visit, should I not eat chicken from street vendors? Or do I need to take stronger precautions such as avoiding specific cities in Vietnam? Any advice would be great. Thanks.

2. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 10y

Well not eating chicken or other poultry would be wise (not even in the better restaurants).....that's what I would do. As long as you are not a chickenfarmer I think you don't have to worry.

3. Posted by igetlost (Full Member 89 posts) 10y

there has been 3 human to human as of this week.
2 in nam 1 in thailand. all major flu pandemics have been avian born and the reason scientists are scared at the moment in that we are currently in a period of max between the last and the next expected.eating would have very little effect on you. because the main problem is the mutation of a stable viral strain and then it will just speard through the poplulus like wild fire. sorry to sound dramatic but thats basically why people get a bit nervous. i'm heading out a bit earlier than you but i'm not to worried yet.
avoid chicken farms because only people working with chickens have had a problem.
avoid listening to the media as its a good news topic at the moment and they have really jumped on it..its got good scare potenial..
also irratatingly enough they have no vaccination for it as its going to be a new strain.

mother natures way of cleaning house.

4. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 10y

wash hands often, avoid any birds and any farming animals, get well cooked poultry

5. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 10y

Quoting igetlost

mother natures way of cleaning house.

Pretty extreme but you could be right

6. Posted by AlexT (Respected Member 245 posts) 10y

I am heading to a number of areas that have been exposed to bird flu at the start of next year and at the moment I dont think there is anything to be particularly worried about. As the only bird to human spread has occured where the people have been exposed to infected chickens in the course of their work, I dont think the average tourist will have anything to worry about...

7. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1592 posts) 10y

I don't think that you will have a big problem with BIRD FLU in Thailand. Just DON'T[b]handle live chickens, or any kind of fowl for that matter, or handle any dead (raw) chicken!

I just returned from Thailand this week, I eat chicken all the time - but only when it is cooked well done. To ask for well done in Thai say "sook sook" when you order your meals.

8. Posted by jkx59 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y

Just be careful, b/c I just read here that 3 Indonesian kids may have the human strain:

http://www.birdfludefence.co.uk/

A bunch of my friends bought Tamiflu just in case to take when traveling around

9. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 10y

unlike all other medicines Tamiflu can't be bought anymore in Thailand - the last week government started to distribute to their public servants some 100 000 doses of Tamiflu and introducing 3 years inprisonment for anybody trying to sell it.

A few months back I bought some 5 packets in one of Bangkok's pharmacies - but only after several hours of searches. For Thais its a very expensive medicine and very, very few placed were selling it.

Apparently another 2 people died from bird flu in Kanchanaburi - a province just 2 hour west of Bangkok.

10. Posted by msree (Budding Member 14 posts) 10y

Is it legal to take Tamiflu into Thailand while on travel ?

Massager's report on the deaths are not reported on any prominent news channels !!! Is it a confirmed report ???

Sree