Monday, August 14, 2006
H5N1 In Michigan, Thought to be NA Strain
In Michigan in 2002, H5N1 was detected at a turkey farm. It was low-path, but all turkeys were killed anyway. Viruses shift between low pathogenic and high pathogenic strains, so the standard US procedure is kill 'em all and eliminate it. Pennsylvania didn't once, and learned its lesson. I think Mexico just lifted its import ban on PA chickens last year! A low path strain moved to high path and became a scourge.
I don't get this commotion, unless it is really political, because this is not news, really. Has Canada finally put the moves on us?. If they wanted to detect H5N1, they ought to come out and test the wild geese at my place. They are really sick, although most are going to make it (I think). Not all of them are going to be able to migrate, though.
There have been 141 deaths related to the Bird Flu virus to date, that we know of.
The last 3 human fatalities resulting from the Bird Flu virus, were announced last week!
The fact that the infected Swans have been found on the US soil, is not unexpected news, as there is obviously, no passport control for wild birds!
It should scare the hell out of us though.
I hope that the powers that be, are taking this global threat to us seriously enough to try and prepare for the just-in-case scenario.
I would recommend that you look up some serious and focused sources of news regarding the bird flu virus.
We have today added the "H5N1 In Michigan, Thought to be NA Strain" entry of your blog, to The-Best-Bird-Flu-Blogs section of our site, in order to be able to provide a balance against those with an opposing view.
Either this in MI is the real thing, or it's not. If it's not, then this is not news. If it is, then we aren't being told the truth. It's most likely not, and if it isn't, then there is a real question as to why a big production is being made of this.
So far this year, H5N1 was found in NJ in a poultry market. H5N1 was found in domestic geese in Canada. H5N1 was probably found in a poultry market in PA, but they buried it.
Why suddenly this great commotion?
I only know because I called and asked - apparently no one else in PA was interested.
I couldn't get an answer out of PA when I tried. They are sensitive to the bf issue because of their earlier problems. There's always going to be some of these viruses circulating, though. Always.
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