In the news recently we have heard about the new strain of Bird Flu that is infecting humans in China. Is anyone else worried or nervous about this disease and how it might affect us and our chickens??
Totally agree with Jak. It's ALL hype. I wish people would just look back on the "other' so called big flu scares and realize that just like they were all blown out of proportion, this is as well. It's a big money making hoax for big Pharm. So sad to hear about your customer Jac. That is absolutely horrible. People need to start using common sense when weeding through all the crap in the media.OMG Jak!! Never heard of people killing cranes. That is totally over-reacting. Yes, I do know that the people in China probably "live" with their chickens and maybe in not the cleanliness of conditions. But with all the travelling between countries, our countries have to be vigilant. I'm in Canada.
Sharon, honestly I don't understand why you are so afraid. Do you remember when the media was "trying" to scare everyone with SARS? There was never a huge outbreak in our country. There were reported cases here, but so what? Don't buy into the scare. It's exactly what they want you to do. Then back in 2010 there was the big "swine flu (H1N1)" scare. Did you see a massive outbreak in our country? No, and no. As with any flu, those who have compromised immune systems already are the ones at risk. We lose people to the flu who are not well to being with, which is nothing new. Don't let them scare you. This is no different than anything else they've politicized. If you want to be afraid or alarmed of anything? Be alarmed and enraged at what our Govnt. is allowing big agriculture to do to our food chain with GMO's.I just wish there was better screening of passengers flying out of China....When a disease like this appears, our borders should be immediately closed to passengers flying in from China until WHO gives the "all clear". Because once there is an infected person here then all Hell can break loose.
That is exactly what hype is. So what if people in your school got the flu. That happens all over the country, every year and has happened since I was a kid and I'm 47 years old now. The flu makes you sick. Has for ages. So what? It's absolutely normal. And those with compromised immune systems or heart issues will and always have been at risk more than someone healthy. This is nothing new. It is hype.I wouldn't call it all hype. Swine flu shut down my school for three weeks when it came through a few years ago. More than 60% of the students and staff had it, but most cases were not really bad, just enough to keep you in bed for a day or two. Some elderly people and babies died, and some people were laid up for a week. The 'regular' flu can do that too though, a bad year is a bad year.
The bird flu in China scares me because I am afraid the government will panic and try to wipe out backyard birds if they become a vector. If that stuff spreads to the US, we might have to worry.