China reports three new bird flu deaths, toll hits 35

BEIJING Mon May 13, 2013 9:53am EDT

Chickens are fed with unsaleable eggs at a farm in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, April 17, 2013. REUTERS/Chance Chan

Chickens are fed with unsaleable eggs at a farm in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, April 17, 2013.

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BEIJING (Reuters) - Three more people have died in China from the new strain of H7N9 bird flu virus, raising the death toll to 35 while the total number of infections rose to 130, state media said on Monday.

Without giving details of the deaths, Xinhua news agency said a new case of the H7N9, described by the World Health Organization as one of the most lethal flu viruses around, was found in China's east Jiangxi province.

There has so far been no evidence of human-to-human transmission of the virus, a point reiterated by Xinhua on Monday, citing health authorities. It noted that 57 of those infected have recovered.

Chinese scientists say the virus has been transmitted to humans from chickens, though the World Health Organization says 40 percent of people infected with H7N9 had no contact with poultry.

Since it was first detected in March, the H7N9 virus has raised alarm and pummeled Chinese demand for poultry as well as prices for livestock.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said the current strain of bird flu cannot start a pandemic but notes there is no guarantee it will not mutate and cause a serious pandemic.

(Reporting by Koh Gui Qing; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

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More1hope wrote:
Dear People of China,

I am so sorry for the losses of life you are experiencing from this deadly disease. Our prayers go to you and those who have lost loved ones.

May 13, 2013 12:29pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
bettysenior wrote:
Containment and addressing a future human killer as its source is the only way to stop this lethal human killer happening.

For eventually the laws of probability and through history repeating itself as it always does, a global killer virus will emerge that will make the biggest human killer of all time Spanish Flu look like a storm in a teacup. The problem is that all governments around the world have forgot the greatest medical premise of all time that ‘prevention is better than cure’. Therefore what governments and health services should be doing is putting their resources into a ‘Source’ strategy and never let it happen, not the vaccine strategy that according to the 2009 Swine Flu pandemic will come far too late to save us – some 4 months plus after the eventual killer virus has done its worst.

Without going OTT therefore, avian flu through its constant mutations, is the greatest human killer of all time and the eventual Avian human-to-human flu will kill several hundred million and over ten-times those who died in two world wars.

In 2008 Nature Magazine published an article to defame and put into as a negative mind-set as they could, the World Innovation Foundation. This was because Professor Kennedy Shortridge was giving his first world keynote conference address in Thailand that outlined the ‘Source’ Strategy that did not require tens of billions in
drug sales. It was the ‘preventative’ strategy and based on the premise of ‘never letting it happen in the first place’, instead of trying to cure something when it had infected humans (the reactive strategy). For history has always shown that ‘prevention is better than cure’ so why is it that we have not taken this on-board with regard to stopping the most deadly killer of humans of all time?

The answer is that the powerful drug companies and their research scientists in
the Netherlands did not want Professor Shortridge’s strategy to emerge, so they employed Nature magazine to do their dirty work; and which they did and killed off the only strategy that had worked in 1997 in Hong Kong.

Indeed Nature Magazine was so precise with when they wanted to publish the
damning article they did this on the very same day as the international conference was held in Thailand in January 2008 and the day before Professor Shortridge’s keynote speech. This was timing of course to do as much damage as they could and to stop such an alternative global strategy taking hold – even thought it had worked before (without the use of human drugs). The reason, the large pharmaceutical
companies and their research scientists knew that if it was allowed to be
implemented worldwide, it would stop the tens of billions in sales of their drugs (Tamiflu and their future drug equivalents against avian flu et al). Therefore these were very high stakes for the giant pharmaceutical industry and they wanted it dead in the ground.

Indeed one cannot trust these monopolies and huge cartels that dictate to
governments and not the other way around. For there are many of reasons for this that go back decades and where only in the last 4-years they have been fined for ‘fraud’ on a colossal scale and fines amounting to over $13 billion.
Indeed Nature Magazine’s holding company has its ‘roots’ in the Nazi era and where their founders were active Nazi members becoming extremely rich out of slave labour and Nazi propaganda printing. Therefore both Nature Magazine’s owners and the giant pharmaceutical companies have a great deal in common -

Unfortunately it has to be said that Nature’s owners have not learnt one lesson at all since the holocaust (apparently because of their worship of profit above human life itself) and where this time ten times more deaths will occur by them stopping the Shortridge ‘Source’ Strategy (the only one that has stopped the human-to-human killer virus in its tracks), than happened in both world wars put together.

Since the Nature article the majority of WIF Fellows who were covertly interviewed by Nature Magazine have apologized when they found out the real purpose of the

article. Indeed people like Ian Pearson, former chief futurologist at BT and inventor of text messaging, are still Fellows of our Foundation and where none of those cited have resigned their fellowships.

It is about time therefore that governments around the world changed their thinking on how to stop the eventual killer pandemic and adopted the only thing that will stop the deaths of countless millions when it does happen. For statistics and recent history has shown that vaccines will ‘always’ come far too late due to the lead time needed for research isolation, vaccine discovery, government authorization, mass manufacture and global distribution (a logistics nightmare in itself as most are manufactured in the USA). Are we therefore so stupid if we do not realize this in time, is the question? For no person from the president of the USA downwards or country is safe from this constant and statistically overdue event in the history of the world. Indeed, next time will be the greatest mass killer of all time by far and all of us will lose many loved ones.

It is time therefore that the world woke up, used its intelligence, did not take the word of the giant pharmaceutical industry (for its own sake), realized that our current thinking is absolutely and totally flawed.

Dr David Hill
Chief Executive
World Innovation Foundation

May 13, 2013 2:06pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
SRS001 wrote:
Am I missing something here??? There are 2 BILLION people in China, and 35 dying of the flu is news??? Probably ten times that many have died falling off of ladders in the same amount of time. But that’s not interesting enough, is it? Jeez, people, get a grip…

May 13, 2013 7:05pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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