Time to lay-in vast supplies of canned creamed corn, Vienna sausages, canned tuna fish, powdered milk, and hide it all under your bed! Panic!
Meanwhile back at the ranch, West Nile virus is almost in season, killed a lot more than 100...
Time to cancel Hildabeast's "It's fer the chilluns" vaccination bill and revive a decent vaccination-making capacity in our country. We are NOT prepared for any kind of flue emergency because the vaccination companies have almost all been driven out of business by hillarycare.
Actually, it's probably too late, because it will take years to restore the capacity she succeeded in destroying. But at least we could try.
Bush's behavior has been extremely puzzling. We get these canned tunafish alerts, but he has done NOTHING to really prepare the country for an epidemic.
Does anyone think that if there is a worldwide emergency we will be able to buy all the vaccine we need from foreign suppliers, like the French? I think they will want anything they manage to produce for themselves.
You have to wonder what hillary has on President Bush in her FBI files.
What a foul story indeed Batman!
If someone can post this as a link I will be grateful.
Fox News was reporting this a.m.
that studies show the Bird Flu
virus is "unable to attach itself
onto cells in the nasal passages of
humans" (I paraphrase this part)
and DIRET CONTRACT with the dander
of an infected bird is necessary for
transmission of the disease. To date,
we have had NO cases of bird flu
in humans without that direct contact.
This was reported as GOOD NEWS this a.m.
"It doesn't matter if we invent vaccines if we can't manufacture them. This is a point I've tried to make over and over again. We also are approaching this from a very American-centric point of view, which in the end will be the death of us.
What's going to happen is, even if we could produce vaccines for our country in a timely manner, this global just-in-time economy we live in today is going to see the rest of the world shut down. Eighty percent of all the drugs we use in this country;all the childhood vaccines, everything;come from offshore.
Your cardio drugs, your cancer drugs, your diabetes drugs, 80 percent of the raw ingredients come from offshore. I could go through a whole laundry list of other critical and essential products and services that come from offshore. If the rest of the world experiences a pandemic, we're still screwed. That's what people don't understand. Somehow they have this attitude that we can wall ourselves off in the Eighth District of Minneapolis and be okay.
The bottom line is, it will be years, even at the accelerated rate we're going now, before we even get the right candidate-vaccines."...snip.
Wake me up when the millionth person has died from this.
It's terrible that all these birds are getting sick like this.
I'm of the opinion, at least at the present time, that most of this avian flu thing is hype, but there are points raised that shouldn't be laughed off ... virtually everything comes from somewhere else now, hundreds or even thousands of miles away. We're just one major natural disaster, disease outbreak, terrorist attack or major war away from potentially extreme scarcity of the most basic of things, including food and fuel. The one-two punch of Katrina and Rita demonstrated this to some degree. So, preparedness is something we all need to be not just thinking about, but actually acting upon.
The scariest part to me is the part about the mortality rate in the Bengal tigers who were fed infected chickens. That's where our real threat comes in to play here: domestic food supply.
Alaska is supposed to be the entry point for bird flu to the American hemisphere. Biologists are already at work in Alaska checking illegal immigrant birds. It was amusing to hear of the urgent preparations of a state on the east coast when bird flu is still not on the continent and will have to cross the continent to get to an eastern state.
Just read the entire article. Very interesting.
And very sobering.
Ping to a bird flu article!