- The vicious avian flu that has killed dozens of people
in Vietnam, Thailand, and elsewhere in the region "has caused the
deaths of hundreds of millions of animals in nearly a dozen Asian countries"
in the past two years and could kill millions of people if it becomes capable
of spreading efficiently among humans, Michael Specter reports in "Nature's
Bioterrorist" (p.50), in the February 28, 2005, issue of The New Yorker.
- "No such virus has ever spread so quickly over such
a wide geographical area," Specter notes, and, unlike most viruses,
"this one has already affected a more diverse group than any other
type of flu, and it has killed many animals previously thought to be resistant."
One farmer whose chickens were killed by the virus says, "It's damn
hard to watch. One day, they're all alive and healthy-the vets were here
the week before to check them-and the next day they're dying by the thousand.
It happened so quickly. They started shivering, thousands of them at once.
And then they started to fall. Every one of them. They just fell over,
dead." Scott Dowell, the director of the Centers for Disease Control's
Thailand office, tells Specter, "The world just has no idea what it's
going to see if this thing comes. When, really. It's when. I don't think
we can afford the luxury of the word 'if' anymore.... The clock is ticking.
We just don't know what time it is."
- Robert Webster, a virologist at St. Jude Children's Research
Hospital, in Memphis, who has been studying avian influenza for decades,
is even more stark. "This is the worst flu virus I have ever seen
or worked with or read about," he says. "We have to prepare as
if we were going to war - and the public needs to understand that clearly.
This virus is playing its role as a natural bioterrorist. The politicians
are going to say Chicken Little is at it again. And, if I'm wrong, then
thank God. But if it does happen, and I fully expect that it will, there
will be no place for any of us to hide. Not in the United States or in
Europe or in a bunker somewhere. The virus is a very promiscuous and effective
- Marjorie Tietjen
- Hi Jeff,
- There very well may be a danger of this flu virus infecting
much of the world. However.....it certainly sounds to me that we may be
being set up to expect a killer virus so as to establish a sure market
for a vaccine. We keep hearing this warning about a killer flu that is
bound to come get us at any moment......not a matter of if...but when.
This was a government warning before the Asian flu virus. How can anyone
be so sure that this will happen unless 1. this virus was created and will
be intentionally spread or 2...the threat is being exaggerated for an excuse
to vaccinate the whole population for financial and population control
- If I'm right...it will be the same tactic used to prepare
the way for 9-11.....David Icke's....PROBLEM -REACTION-SOLUTION. Create
the Problem (either real or imaginary) which was terroism... expect a certain
Reaction ( a plea for more security) and then finally offer the Solution
which was the perpetrator's original goal ( a surveillance society). We
musn't get swept up in the fear of these government predictions. If we
remain calm and look at things logically, hopefully we can avoid being