China reports latest bird flu death

BEIJING Mon Apr 29, 2013 9:48am EDT

1 of 2. Health officers examine a pigeon for H7N9 at a poultry market in Changsha, Hunan province April 7, 2013.

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BEIJING (Reuters) - A man in Shanghai died from bird flu on Monday, the latest person to die from the H7N9 strain of the virus first discovered in humans in March that has now killed at least 24 people.

The 89-year-old died after 12 days of medical treatment, state news agency Xinhua said, citing Shanghai health authorities.

Cases of the virus, confirmed in well over 100 people, have spread to several new provinces in recent days, including Fujian and Hunan.

Last week a man in Taiwan became the first case of the flu outside mainland China. He caught the flu while travelling in China.

The World Health Organization has called the virus "one of the most lethal", and said it is more easily transmitted than an earlier strain that has killed hundreds around the world since 2003.

Chinese scientists have confirmed that the bird flu strain has been transmitted to humans from chickens, but officials say there is as yet no evidence of human-to-human transmission of this virus.

(Reporting by Michael Martina; Editing by Alison Williams)

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bettysenior wrote:
We will never be prepared as the lead-time to create a vaccine and distribute it to the masses will ALWAYS come too late to save us. In this respect comparing the global response of the 2009 Swine Flu pandemic (modern day response) with the 1918 Spanish Flu, the vaccines will arrive at least 2 months after any human-to-human killer virus has done its worst. In this respect the Spanish flu killed up to a 100 million humans in the 2nd wave, when it had mutated into a human-to-human killer and where this finished its mass killing predominantly a mere 6 months after the first death.
In 2009 the swine flu vaccine was only authorised after 7 months 1 week for use by the US authorities. Therefore add another month for the start of mass production and the first supplies of the vaccine to be available and you have at least 2 months after the Spanish Flu did its worst – note that most killer variants are similar to the 1918 virus.

Therefore the vaccine strategy is sheer madness and where it will do nothing to stop 100s of millions dying the next time around. Indeed the only strategy that has worked was the ‘source’ strategy in Hong Kong in 1997 that stopped the killer virus in its tracks. But because this had not the ten of billions in drug sales it was killed off by the giant pharmaceutical companies and Nature Magazine in 2008.

The big question is when will humanity wise up on the situation before it all too late and all of us have lost a relative, friend or loved one? For that is what will happen and a minimum of 300 million will go this time.

The effect on the world economy will be devastating and make the financial meltdown look like a storm in a teacup.

We really have to start and realise that big Pharma and their friends like Nature Magazine are only interested in huge profits and not the survival of humankind. There inhumane actions and crimes against humanity can attest to this. Indeed over the past 4 years the major pharmaceutical companies have paid over $13 billion in fines for fraud if people undertake a Google search.

Therefore we must implement the ‘source’ strategy for the good of our children and loved ones – http://www.thewif.org.uk/home.php?xy=1280&pl=win32 or http://avian-influenza.cirad.fr/content/download/1931/11789/file/Kennedy-F-Shortridge.pdf

For tomorrow will be too late to save your children it has to be said . You owe it to them to make our politicians use common sense and drop the vaccine strategy to that of the ‘source’ strategy’ that worked in 1997.

Dr David Hill
World Innovation Foundation

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