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UK government prepares for 750 000 deaths from bird flu

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

due to a late order of anti-viral medicines (15 mln doses) and a high demand for this remedy around the world - the uk authorities are preparing for the worst. They expect the bird flu to strike before the whole order will be completed by March 2007.

Some scientists now believe that up to 2 mln will die in the UK alone.

http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/this_britain/story.jsp?story=624058

2. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 11y

This whole bird flu thing is either pretty scary or terribly hyped! Same here in Norway by the way, government is making all kinds of preparations...

3. Posted by ChIqUiTtA (Respected Member 278 posts) 11y

wow. sounds scary!

4. Posted by Twinkle (Travel Guru 1112 posts) 11y

Hey!
I had a chat to my doctor about this Bird Flu epidemic last week in preparation to my trip to both North and South East Asia in a couple of months time, as Id read a lot in the newspapers about it which made me really worried about it. The doctor basically said that they have all been told not to worry about it. The way she put it was that, there are a million and one different types and strains of flu and viruses all over the world and you could get any one of them at any time. She said its basically all come about as it is a considered "new" strain which has claimed quite a lot of sufferers all at the same time. Also she said even if it was a big threat to other parts of the world, theres actually nothing you can do about it as there has been no official vaccine given clearance yet. Apparently America is in the later stages of launching a vaccine and I keep hearing about this Tamuflu vaccination but who knows. Any of you guys know when we can expect to see some type of vaccine to be brought out?

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

vietnamese tested their vaccine on 6 monkeys and it worked. They are trying again on animals and in Sept on humans - it takes at least 1 year for launching a mass production of the vaccine.

Americans probably abandoned by now trying their vaccine in Thailand (due to general elections and formal difficulties) and are preparing to test in the USA on 1 500 people.

Tamiflu is actually not a vaccine but tablets - expensive (5 pounds/$10 per tablet) but might save a life if taken within the first 48 h of infection. As a preventative it has to be taken everyday.

Looking into foods, supplements is a cheaper and healthier alternative.

related thread
http://www.travellerspoint.com/forum.cfm?thread=8389&start=21

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8. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 11y

Massageuk my friend, that isn't what i mean. I think i posted in the wrong thread, shouldn't be in this bird's flu thread.

Sorry if anyone gets annoyed with this.

Lee

9. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 11y

Quoting cikusang

Massageuk my friend, that isn't what i mean. I think i posted in the wrong thread, shouldn't be in this bird's flu thread.

Sorry if anyone gets annoyed with this.

Lee

Hi Lee, I deleted the incorrect posting and massageuk's comment just not to confuse people.... I thought that was probably what happened, no worries at all!

10. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

I must be really living in ignorance about bird flu, because the only time I ever hear about is on this website