Concerns About An Avian Flu and
the bird flu pandemic is spreading quickly.
Recently the center of the disease, previously limited to China
and Southeast Asia, shifted to Turkey and the Middle East.
reported in Greece, Italy and Slovenia. And now, Germany and Austria
reported infected birds, bringing the number of European Union countries
that are affected up to five.
This is a
major threat to human life on Earth. At the same time, it is also an unusual
opportunity to prepare and protect society from the worst-case scenario.
Bird Flu’s Recent Introduction In Africa
This is the
event that world health care officials have been fearing — praying it could
be prevented or at least delayed. Now it has happened. The Washington
“In the worst
possible case scenario the H5N1 virus was detected this month in Nigeria,
Africa’s most populous country and one of its poorest.
“If there was
a country least equipped to deal with avian flu, Nigeria is at the top of
the World Health Organization list. It has weak veterinary and public health
infrastructures and a very large and poor population that depends on poultry
The same can
be said for most of southern Africa.
few health care facilities on the continent, fewer trained
health care workers and, except perhaps for countries like Egypt and South
Africa, no labs that can facilitate early detection.
that vast, densely-populated regions are fertile breeding grounds for the
seasonal influenza virus is also widespread in Africa ... also poorly
detected, and also poorly reported. Therefore ...
thousands of Africans become infected, the H5N1 virus will have
dramatically increased opportunities to exchange genetic material with
ordinary flu viruses, gaining the ability to transmit itself among
the danger of a human pandemic will be the greatest. And that’s when the
fear-reactions around the world will suddenly intensify.
and companies all over the world are spending fortunes in a desperate drive
to prepare for the bird flu pandemic. This is our chance to help.
No, the world
is not going to come to an end. The global economy will not fall into a
century of dark ages. We can get past this. But, anyone who tells
you it’s “no big deal” is sorely mistaken.
Despite Enormous Efforts by Health Officials, the Avian Flu
Cannot Be Contained.
Asia, and now
Africa, are giant breeding grounds for this deadly virus — exploding
population growth, poor hygiene, poverty, overcrowding ... lack of proper
sanitation, spotty communication networks and lack of health care
The Bird Flu Pandemic Will Be Devastating, with Temporary, but
Enormous, Shutdowns in the Global Economy.
it will not be the end of the world.
The greater the fear factor of the bird flu peril, the more successful the
efforts will be to prevent the bird flu peril.
will be no lack of fear. There will be a global panic — in financial
markets, at ports of entry, and in virtually every city across the globe.
The result: Devastating shutdowns in the global economy.
World Leaders Have No Choice but to Throw Lots of Money at the Threat.
health officials and bankers around the world are acutely aware that there
could be an ultimate disaster, including the massive, global
economic shutdown. So are top CEOs at the world’s largest companies.
They have no
choice but to prepare for the worst, just like they did for the
much-publicized Y2K scare. They will spend whatever money is necessary to
make sure the world survives the avian flu crisis.
About $10 Billion Has Already Been Set Aside for Avian Flu Defense.
And That’s Just the INITIAL Phase!
threat of a full blown, catastrophic pandemic is so real and so
terrifying, that world leaders cannot afford to make mistakes. They must do
anything and everything possible to slash the risk of the avian flu
They Don’t Do Enough to Stop A Pandemic, Then Here’s the
Worst Case Scenario We Face:
First, avian flu could be almost everywhere in days.
leaders fear that the bird flu peril could pop up in hundreds of cities
around the world with shocking speed. Advanced countries, including the
U.S., would not be spared. In fact, the more affluent and mobile a
population, the more likely it is to be hit early. Big cities with
international airports would be among the first.
Back in 1918,
the Spanish flu pandemic killed 50 million at a time when the world
population was much smaller and it took days and even weeks to travel
of globe-trotting travelers are traveling around the world in less than 24
hours. Moreover, the avian flu is currently 25 times more lethal than the
Spanish flu, killing about half of those infected with the virus. Even if it
weakens, it’s likely to be far deadlier than the Spanish flu which killed 2
people out of every 100 that were infected.
Second, as many as 150 million could die.
worst-case scenario, the first few hundred cases would explode quickly to a
few thousand. And then, almost overnight, there would be a full-blown
pandemic with hundreds of thousands dying daily, hospitals and health care
facilities overwhelmed and forced to turn away the sick. .The dead left
unburied by workers who refuse to touch the infected bodies.
Third, life and commerce as we know it would grind to a halt.
governments around the world would close border crossings and sea ports,
impose draconian travel restrictions, shut down airports, bus depots and
train stations. Subways would stop running, commuter trains would be
cancelled ... truck terminals would be shut down ... delivery of food,
gasoline and heating oil would cease. Even for the healthy, life as we know
it would grind to a halt.
corporations would be forced to suspend work or shut down entirely.
Meanwhile, their sales would plunge: The more consumers that are home sick
or dying, the less money they could spend. The housing bubble would burst as
millions of Americans would miss mortgage payments. Banks would freeze
nearly all new lending.
estimates of the economic consequences of a pandemic range from $500 billion
to over $800 billion in the U.S. alone. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist
says it will be $675 billion. But these figures include just the direct
impacts — hospitalizations, vaccines, and health care costs. They don’t
factor in the chain reaction of disruptions to critical supplies and
the White House has warned that it could kill up to 1.9 million Americans
and infect one in three. That means roughly 90 million Americans too sick to
they’re wrong. And let’s hope these dire prophecies galvanize world leaders
into doing what it takes to prevent the worst of the prophecies
from coming true.
Judy Brown is a researcher and staff writer for
http://www.lifenatural.com. She has a writing and research focus in the
areas of the environment,
weight loss and health issues relating to
natural product treatments for ailments.
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