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Avian Flu: Is the Government Ready for an Epidemic?
Virus Poses Risk of Massive Casualties Around the World

Sept. 15, 2005 — It could kill a billion people worldwide, make ghost towns out of parts of major cities, and there is not enough medicine to fight it. It is called the avian flu.

This week, the U.S. government agreed to stockpile $100 million worth of a still-experimental vaccine, while at the United Nations Summit in New York, both the head of the U.N. World Health Organization and President Bush warned of the virus' deadly potential.

"We must also remain on the offensive against new threats to public health, such as the Avian influenza," Bush said in his speech to world leaders. "If left unchallenged, the virus could become the first pandemic of the 21st century."

According to Dr. Irwin Redlener, director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, Bush's call to remain on the offensive has come too late.

"If we had a significant worldwide epidemic of this particular avian flu, the H5N1 virus, and it hit the United States and the world, because it would be everywhere at once, I think we would see outcomes that would be virtually impossible to imagine," he warns.

Already, officials in London are quietly looking for extra morgue space to house the victims of the H5N1 virus, a never-before-seen strain of flu. Scientists say this virus could pose a far greater threat than smallpox, AIDS or anthrax.

"Right now in human beings, it kills 55 percent of the people it infects," says Laurie Garrett, a senior fellow on global health policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. "That makes it the most lethal flu we know of that has ever been on planet Earth affecting human beings."

No Natural Immunity

The Council on Foreign Relations devoted its most recent issue of the prestigious journal, Foreign Affairs, to what it called the coming global epidemic, a pandemic.

"Each year different flus come, but your immune system says, 'Ah, I've seen that guy before. No problem. Crank out some antibodies, and I might not feel great for a couple of days, but I'll recover,'" Garrett says. "Now what's scaring us is that this constellation of H number 5 and N number 1, to our knowledge, has never in history been in our species. So absolutely nobody watching this has any natural immunity to this form of flu."

Like most flu viruses, this form started in wild birds — such as geese, ducks and swans — in Asia.

"They die of a pneumonia, just like people," says William Karesh, the lead veterinarian for the Wildlife Conservation Society. "When you open them up, you do a post-mortem exam. Their lungs are just full of fluid and full of blood."

Karesh has been tracking this flu strain for the last several years as it has gained strength, spreading from wild birds to chickens to humans.

"We start at a market somewhere in Guangdong Province in China," explains Karesh. "And it's packed with cages, and you'll have chickens, and you'll have ducks. You might have some other animals — cats, dogs, turtles, snakes — and they're all stacked in cages, and they're all spreading their germs to each other."

In response, Asian governments have killed millions of chickens in futile attempts to stop the flu's spread to humans.

"The tipping point, the place where it becomes something of an immediate concern, is where that virus changes, we call it mutates, to something that is able to go from human to human," says Redlener, director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness.


http://abcnews.go.com/Primetime/Inv...=1130392&page=1 is where the rest of the article is at

I think Chick-fil-a is going out of business soon... :dodgy:


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According to Dr. Irwin Redlener, director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, Bush's call to remain on the offensive has come too late.
GOD BUSH, WTF? Way to not warn us about this like 5 years ago. Seriously, what is his problem? First he doesn't use his ESP to predict Hurricane Katrina, and now he doesn't warn us of this virus. Plus he caused me to spin out during my race tonight, AND he didn't call me with the winning lottery numbers so I could go buy a ticket.

:dodgy:

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In reaction to the reason strain of events that seem to be gaurenting impending death i have decided to create the pbf bunker. Only the best and the brightest can get in so tell me if you want in now before things get out of hand.

Official list:
Cool people that just have to live:
Pink Paint
Zypro
the Unforgiven
Snip3r
Torch
Screwedupmonkey


Gunery experts(come on alpha ya know ya want to):
Master of Paint
*shocker*
Rivit
Pr0ph3t
Zues0745
98cTomba98c


Cooks(ive burnt ramen before):

Jinjiro
paintballwhiz14
Brockoli
Mricytoast



People who like to clean:

Dirtmongrel
Matrix_agent


People we can boss around:
Mario





Doctors(medic):




Captain Planets:

Bunkertime

















Well all be manning m-16s for the zombie invasion after the disease mutaties...which it will


Then we got the drinks


And what well be living on for the next 4 years

 

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I can cook. So I would join your bunker. Except that a kid from England that I only know through the internet seriously wants me to put up like $10,000ish along with him and a few of his friends to buy an old missile base somewhere in the middle of nowhere. It comes equipped with...concrete buildings...and...uh...land. Yeah...

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I'm pretty sure I have OCD so I would be good for cleaning. I would also make a good pod boy.
 

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ill man the turrent and mow down some zombies......

but ya that sucks....c u guys later im going to go live in the North Carolina mountains for 10 years, then come back and i will be the ruler of all bc everyone is gone...... :dodgy:

the article said they are ordering a lot of experimental vacines that will probably screw up and turn us into zombies
 

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i could prb mod out the ram on my wrath so it could strike bullets but it might blow the chamber and turn into a bomb... :dodgy:

Either way im in...
 

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There first needs to be a mutation that allows for epidemic style transfer of the virus. Such as a cross mutation between humans and birds. As of right now (At least from my current reading on it, I've been trying to stay up to date on it) the virus hasn't reached the cross mutation stage where it would begin the supposed epidemic. So, until then, we have time.
 

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Time to prepare for the impending zombie invasion, yes...time to prepare for our bunker, yes...time to goof off, no...except for coolhipjim because thats all he does...


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There first needs to be a mutation that allows for epidemic style transfer of the virus. Such as a cross mutation between humans and birds. As of right now (At least from my current reading on it, I've been trying to stay up to date on it) the virus hasn't reached the cross mutation stage where it would begin the supposed epidemic. So, until then, we have time.
so ur saying that a man needs to have sex with a chicken that has this disease and then we will all be killed by their mutant child??

lol...jk...I no wat u mean...

basically, it is gonna take a bunch generations of these chickens/virus itself in chicken to get this mutation out in full (if only a couple chickens have it, we can kill them) so I am just hoping I am dead by the time this rolls around...then I don't have to deal with it

the wierd thing about this is, we were talking about this exact disease and situation in honours biology on like friday...very weird

what I honestly would recommend to do is kill every single chicken...I am dead serious...it would save so many lives when this eventually comes to be
 

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A 13 year old girl doesn't want to be locked up with a bunch of dudes with booze and rifles.

But apparently you do, pink paint?
 
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