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Flu The Flu Hunter

Discussion in 'Survival Medicine' started by Clyde, Apr 4, 2006.

  1. Clyde

    Clyde Jet Set Tourer Administrator Founding Member

    This is a long read, about 6 pages. Probably one of the best articles.


    Interesting thing I learned: Ducks/Waterfowl can carry the virus, but they are a trojan horse. They don't die from avian flu. They just spread it around the world.

    From Page 4:

    "And then there are pigs. For many years, Webster has theorized that pigs are the mixing bowls for pandemic flu outbreaks. He has actually enshrined the theory in his house. He has a stained-glass window next to his front door that depicts what he perceives to be the natural evolution of flu pandemics. At the top of the glass, birds fly. Below them, a pig grazes. Man stands off to the left. Below all of them are circles that represent viruses and seem to be in motion. They are set in a backdrop of fever red.

    The pig is in the picture because its genome, perhaps surprisingly, shares certain key features with the human genome. Pigs readily catch human flu strains. Pigs are also susceptible to picking up avian flu strains, mostly because they often live so close to poultry. If a human flu strain and an avian flu strain infect a pig cell at the same time, and the two different viruses exchange genetic material inside a pig cell, it’s possible that the virulent avian strain will pick up human flu virus genes that control transmission between people. If that happens with H5N1, that will almost certainly mean that the virus will be able to pass easily from person to person. A pandemic may not be far behind.

    During his talk in Atlanta, Webster pointed out that this H5N1 virus was so crafty that it has already learned to infect tigers and other cats, something no avian flu has ever done. “The pig may or may not be necessary” for a pandemic to go off, Webster said. “Anyway, this virus has a chance at being successful.” He said he hoped world health officials “would keep making their plans because they may face it this winter."
  2. Seacowboys

    Seacowboys Senior Member Founding Member

    I've got the flu from hell but if it's the bird flu, I probably got it from the Alabama State bird (mosquito).
  3. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    This is what I have been posting for 5 months now. Birds are the carriers. They almost never die from it. We kill them for "containment"

    Pigs ARE the bowl that RNA will recombine in. In Guan Dong, China and other Far east towns.... Ckickens roost on top of pig pens.......

    Birds are just the carrier.
  4. Clyde

    Clyde Jet Set Tourer Administrator Founding Member

    I was speaking to a couple friends. They are beginning to get concerned of the avian flu. They work in the computer business and can work from home. I asked if they had some food put away and they said, "Why?". My response: what is the sense of avoiding work to avoid the flu if you have to go to the grocery store. Needless to say, they go the point.
  5. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    Funny how people react.
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