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Anybody really worried about the bird flu?

post #1 of 23
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Im a bit nervous about it but at the same time Im kinda like, well whatever happens , happens just hope it's not too outta control.
post #2 of 23
I'm not worried. So far, it is a bird illness. Very few humans have caught it, and those that have can't transmit it to others.

I worry more about things like distemper in my kitties! Especially my fosters, who generally don't have good vet care.
post #3 of 23
More worried about potholes damaging my tires
post #4 of 23
Just think of the inredible amount of people living with it for years in Asia and the death toll, about 60 if I recall right. I say (and boy, will I be embarrased, if I'm wrong ) its' just a hysteria.

Anyone remember when ebola was supposed to kill us all in the early 90's?
post #5 of 23
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Originally Posted by Ryn
Just think of the inredible amount of people living with it for years in Asia and the death toll, about 60 if I recall right. I say (and boy, will I be embarrased, if I'm wrong ) its' just a hysteria.

Anyone remember when ebola was supposed to kill us all in the early 90's?


Avian Flu was first discovered in a human in 1997 (if I remember correctly), the second in 2003.

My thought is to watch what taxes are raised while we're all concentrating on this!
post #6 of 23
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Originally Posted by Sar
My thought is to watch what taxes are raised while we're all concentrating on this!
No joke! I think that's scarier.
post #7 of 23
I'm not too worried about it, its just a very big taboo on the tv at the moment as more and more birds are being discovered dead around Germany
post #8 of 23
Does anyone remeber how bad SARS was supposed to be? I htink the media help all this get hyped up. I am not too worried about it.
post #9 of 23
If I worried about everything that could possibly go wrong I would be a basket case. I figure, when it hits North America, then I can begin to worry. People have a higher probability of being hit by a train then dying of the bird flu.
post #10 of 23
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Originally Posted by adymarie
People have a higher probability of being hit by a train then dying of the bird flu.


I posted this in the IMO thread about this; we have a seventy million to one chance of winning the EuroMillions Lottery (outright) and one hundred million to one chance of contracting Avian Flu!!

I know which I'd choose!!
post #11 of 23
Yah I'm not to worried about it. My fiance is though. I know GlaxoSmithKline and probably other drug companies are working hard on the possible pandemic. But frankly if its not the bird flu then its something else. I don't want to live in fear.
post #12 of 23
but not for ourselves for our cats!

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.../13/nflu13.xml

there are very worrying words in this article such as"culling cats was not an option"
what do we do if the time comes where they may?

hi by the way!
nick
post #13 of 23
No I'm not worried, why live in fear?
post #14 of 23
According to my dad.... It's going to be a horrible pandemic! People will stop going to work and everything will be shut down!! Society as we know it will quit functioning!!!

Yeah right. I'm not sure altogether that it's the media's fault (after all I'm a journalist) but it has definitely been blown up much bigger than it needs to be. I'm not worried about it till it's human to human transmissable. Then I'll think about stock piling the rice and beans.
post #15 of 23
I am not worried. I grew up in a hospital (literally as hospitals in Taiwan have dorm rooms for doctors and their families).

I am probably immune to most of the things by now.
post #16 of 23
typical human response! my question was how will you react IF we have to cull cats in the future to prevent bird flu like everyone accepted with the cows with mad cow disease in the uk, and all the chickens that are being culled now?
post #17 of 23
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Originally Posted by tiggeroo
typical human response! my question was how will you react IF we have to cull cats in the future to prevent bird flu like everyone accepted with the cows with mad cow disease in the uk, and all the chickens that are being culled now?
I believe they are responding to the title of the thread.
post #18 of 23
I'm worried somewhat. It doesn't take up my concentration or anything, but the threat is certainly real. I didn't take it seriously until the director of our health department came and told us the facts about the bird flu and just how unprepared we are. I think the problem really is that people don't take it seriously. Most people have no idea how truely horrible SARS was. You don't read accounts in the paper about how hospitals were flooded with patients and how the nurses and docs who took care of these patients suffered horribly. No one read about the fact that hospital floors had psychiatrists and mental health workers working fulltime on hospital units, treating the staff because of the God awful decisions they had to make and the risk they were placing themselves and their families in. SARS was horrible and thank God it didn't spread like crazy. Those of us who don't live in an effected area, and even those of us who did often don't realize what really happened.

The bird flu has a mortality rate of over 50% and mostly effects those who are normally least likely to get sick. There are some in the medical and public health world who believe it possibly spread from human to human in one family. It's really just a matter of time. The flu of 1918 started out with birds and moved on to humans, killing 20-50 million people and had a mortality rate of only 2.5%. It is certainly better to err on the side of caution. The federal government is not willing to kick in aid for a pandemic, so hopefully the local government is able to come up with some type of response.

Basically, it's a threat, it's likely to happen, I'm not losing sleep over it. I know I'm more likely to get hit by a bus tomarrow than to get the bird flu. However, the threat is very real and our country is not at all prepared for it, just as we weren't prepared for Katrina.
post #19 of 23
I'm a little concerned, especially since there is no cure yet and we are totally unprepared. If the strains are still mutating like some say they are, i'd hate to see what happens when it reaches it's most brutal potential. Did i mention i like to eat pultry- so that would stink if it made it's way into the US.
post #20 of 23
No tright now, I guess I'll know when and if I need to worry
post #21 of 23
My indoor/outdoor cat has caught 4 birds this year, one of which she ate - ugh. Yes, I'm worried, and doing all I can to keep her inside, especially at dawn and dusk, her favorite hunting times.
post #22 of 23
No, not really. I think the whole migration to humans thing is the media's way of breaking us into paranioa.
Then they have something to really report when some paranoid bird-flu person starts to go balistic and kill everyone or bird or cat.
post #23 of 23
Me!!! I am terrified!!! I am not worried about myself really, I am sooo scared that my boyfriend will get it and die and I will have to live the rest of my life alone. I know it's something you cannot control, but my biggest fear in life is losing him. He is my soulmate and my life. I don't know what I would do if something were to ever happen to him.
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