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1. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

The World Health Organisation says a Bird Flu pandemic could lead to seven million deaths and make billions of people ill.

WHO's global influenza expert, Klaus Stohr, said that the H5N1 bird flu virus - which killed 32 people in Thailand and Vietnam and millions of chickens across Asia the last year - "is certainly the most likely one that will cause the next pandemic.''

Whether you travel to SE Asia or stay home - try to boost your immune system this winter.

2. Posted by billieg (Budding Member 26 posts) 11y

Your post is rather startling. I had been concerned about the bird flu but the U.S. government travel warning website just suggested not spending time around sick chickens and chicken farms. How are other travellers to Asia feeling about these statements from WHO?

3. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

I wouldn't personally worry about the avian flu impacting any travel to Asia. Frankly, if the avian flu becomes a pandemic, it won't really matter where you are. Eventually it'll hit where you are. Unless you are on the moon.

4. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

these flue pandemics happen cyclically every 30 - 40 years - the last one in 1969.

The spanish influenza killed over 50 mln people - more than 1WW.

If you have poor immune system it's adviceable to have an anti-flue jub now - there won't be enough of them when the pandemic strike.

5. Posted by billieg (Budding Member 26 posts) 11y

do you mean that the flu vaccine protects against all kinds of flu - including the bird flu? or is there a seperate shot for that?

6. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Flu viruses mutate. There is no 'one size fits all' shot. The best defense is take care of yourself, and watch risky behavior or situations.

7. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 11y

That's it, now there's really no reason to get out of bed! From now on, the doors will be locked and neighbours, keep your distance.

8. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

Quoting billieg

do you mean that the flu vaccine protects against all kinds of flu - including the bird flu? or is there a seperate shot for that?

some protection is better than no protection - that's why elderly and weak should have a jab each winter.

Generally boosting your lymphatic system (responsible for fighting infections): healthy diet and lifestyle, exercising, travelling to hot countries :)

9. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

there is an allarming article http://www.thisistravel.co.uk/travel/news/article.html?in_article_id=43010

'The World Health Organisation is calling for governments to consider stockpiling vaccines, and the U.S. has already ordered four million doses. Italy and France plan to stockpile two million doses each.'

'experts believe vaccination (now) could prime the immune system so that only a single dose of a strain-specific vaccine would be needed once an outbreak occurs.'

Unfortunately the UK has no vaccine stock and minimal stock of antivirals.

10. Posted by katz (Budding Member 26 posts) 11y

As far as I understand it, if the virus did mutate and become contagious among humans, it would spread very quickly and there wouldn't be much anyone could do.

As far as travel to SE goes - i would just keep an eye on the situation. I don't think i'd travel to affected areas (thailand , vietnam, cambodia) at the moment. I am suppsed to be going to Singapore in a few weeks so i'll just wait and see

I think our best bet is to hope that affected birds are culled before the virus spreads further.

I think that we should also be pressuring our governments to put money and resources into helping Scientists and farmers in SE Asia. Preventative measures over there are of far more use than preventative measures in UK etc

I think if anyone is worried they should go to WHO's website , in particular the SE Asia regional website.

Any other thoughts?