Originally Posted by AmberThe Bobcat
Not worried. The people who have gotten the flu virus, are people for the most part, who have direct contact with the birds. The only part that does concern me, is if the virus does spread to the US and infects the chickens here. I am not sure if there is a vaccine that can stop this virus in birds or not. They say that 60 people have died so far, from avian flu. How many cases were there, that actually had the bird flu? In other words, what percent of the people who had it, actually died? That is what would concern me. If they said 60 people had the flu and they all died, that would indeed be a concern, but I don't believe this is the case, however I may be wrong. I am not sure if the people who did come down with it, could actually pass it on to other humans.
The news said "up to" 120 people, which would mean a fatality rate of 50%. However, that figure is for reported cases, and those people, with one or two exceptions, had direct contact with live
poultry. Also: I live in Western Europe, so the chances of it spreading from Asia to here (reported cases in Russia, Turkey, and Romania) via migrating birds are much greater than of it spreading to North or South America.
I don't think there are any grounds for panic. I'm not going to stop feeding Jamie and ZsaZsa poultry (not that they eat that much - he in particular doesn't like it), nor will I stop buying it for us. I had a flu shot on Friday, but that was at the recommendation of the Department of Education (I'm a teacher) and our vet (Jamie was ill with human influenza last month, and I don't want to get the new strain and pass it on to him).