BIRD FLU
This web site provides concise and straight forward information and news about the potential dangers of pandemic
bird flu, also known as avian flu, and what you must do
now to inform and protect yourself, your family or business.
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The Lurking Dangers of Bird Flu

How to Protect Yourself, Family or Business

This highly contagious deadly virus, known as H5N1, is carried by birds and other animals. When contracted, it causes rapid and sudden death in over half the cases. It is spreading rapidly throughout Africa, Asia and Europe. On March 9, 2006, the U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff estimated migratory birds could carry the avian flu virus through Canada and to U.S. shores within several months.

Due to the newness of the virus, there is virtually no immunity to it and no vaccine. The alarming part is that it kills the majority of people that get it, including young healthy people with strong immune systems, whereas normal seasonal influenza causes only mild respiratory symptoms in most people.

Human-to-Human Spread of the H5N1 Bird Flu Virus Has Already Occurred

According to The World Health Organization, the current outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza are the largest and most severe on record. The virus has already mutated with limited person-to-person spread occurring in Indonesia. Health experts fear that as in past pandemics, it will mutate further, into a virus that is easily spread from person-to-person, becoming a deadly human pandemic with millions dying. Many scientists think it is just a question of when.

We are overdue for the next pandemic

Whether it is the currently fast spreading avian bird flu, SARS or a totally different viral threat, experts acknowledge we are overdue for the next pandemic. "The virus continues to spread in wild birds across the world. There is no reason to believe that at some point it will stop. ... We need to be prepared," said Michael Leavitt, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.

"We've probably never been closer to a pandemic", stated Dr. Julie Gerberding of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). "It's not a matter of if, but when...", said Dr Michael Osterholm, one of the world’s foremost infectious disease experts and director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP).

When it hits it will sweep thru society like wildfire. It could become be the worst disaster known to man, causing millions of deaths worldwide, more than all the natural disasters and wars combined. Hospitals and health care professionals will be overwhelmed.

There is no way to stop it; everyone is at risk

"Bird flu, a human pandemic is unavoidable and will take place sooner or later", stated Dr. David Nabarro, United Nations World Health Organization Coordinator for avian and human influenza. He estimated as many as 150 million potential deaths worldwide.

According to Dr. Nabarro: "Once a flu pandemic starts, everyone will be at risk of getting pandemic flu, because no one has natural immunity to the virus. However, certain groups may be at greater risk of dying than others. There are strong indications that the coming bird-flu pandemic may be similar to the influenza pandemic of 1918 and, if so, healthy adults would be most at risk of dying, along with pregnant women and the elderly."  

Why are healthy adults at greatest risk?

Dr. Nabarro explains: "It appears that the H5N1 bird-flu virus causes a massive immunological response against the virus in those with the strongest immune systems.  Unfortunately, this causes the release of human enzymes called "cytokines," which destroy lung cells along with viral particles.  This, in turn, causes a deadly outpouring of fluids into the lung, which interferes with the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide. This reaction is frequently fatal."

"Let's acknowledge the fact that for the first six months of any pandemic, we're not going to have a vaccine," Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt told The Associated Press. If they can make a vaccine, it is expected to be too little, too late, with no assurance it will work at all. At best, officials expect there would only be enough vaccine for 25 percent of the population. Health professionals and emergency response workers would get first priority. At a recent avian flu conference, an expert stated that a vaccine could take 10 years to develop.

How can people and their families survive a pandemic flu?

Planning for a pandemic requires immediate action. Most people are not adequately informed or prepared to protect themselves from becoming a victim of this dreadful and deadly disease. The precautions you must take now, as well as after it strikes, are described in detail in the following e-book guide:

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The Individual and Family Guide to Pandemic Bird Flu Preparedness

The guide spells out the critical actions necessary to protect you and your family. It contains many tips and precautions that must be taken to avoid infection, plus valuable web links to help keep you current and informed.

This guide is the result of extensive research from many respected sources including: The World Health Organization, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and others.

In the guide you will learn:

  • What to expect during a pandemic
  • How to prepare
  • Supplies to keep on hand
  • How to tell if a pandemic is about to start
  • How the virus spreads
  • How to tell if you have a cold or the flu
  • What are the symptoms of the avian flu
  • How to avoid infection
  • How to prevent its spread to others
  • Frank advice not found anywhere else
    and more...

The Individual and Family Guide to Pandemic Bird Flu Preparedness is available for only $2.99 (US$) (normally $7.99) by clicking the button below. Major credit cards or Paypal are accepted. You will receive your e-book via e-mail.

BUSINESS OWNERS AND MANAGERS: click below for information on the
Business Guide to Pandemic Bird Flu Preparedness

This guide has been prepared by John Aldridge, M.S., CBCP. Mr. Aldridge has a Master of Science Degree and is an experienced Certified Business Continuity Professional, Certified by the Disaster Recovery Institute International, the preeminent organization for Disaster Recovery Training and Certification in the U.S.

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