H5N1 tops 100 people

GENEVA - The human death toll from the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu reached 103 after five people died from the disease in Azerbaijan, the World Health Organization said Tuesday. WHO said seven of 11 patients from Azerbaijan had tested positive for H5N1 in samples checked at a major laboratory in Britain. Five of those cases were fatal.

The sources of infection were still under investigation, but officials suspected a connection to the feathers of dead swans.

"The majority of cases have occurred in females between the ages of 15 and 20 years," WHO said. "In this community, the de-feathering of birds is a task usually undertaken by adolescent girls and young women."

So far, there was no indication of direct exposure to dead or diseased poultry in some of the cases. That has been the usual source of exposure for humans who caught bird flu.

Health officials fear the virus could mutate into a version that could easily be transmitted between people, potentially triggering a global pandemic.

Meanwhile, tests confirmed that the H5N1 strain has spread to Pakistan, the government said.

The Agriculture Ministry said British lab tests were conducted on chickens from two farms in northwestern Pakistan. The deadly virus was detected in each, supporting Pakistani lab tests, the ministry said.

The H5N1 virus has killed or forced the slaughter of tens of millions of chickens and ducks across Asia since 2003. It has spread more recently with migrating birds to Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

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Hey does anyone know if the Canadian military is getting involved in case of this flu hitting Canada.

Because I haven't heard anything on T.V about it. Would the military be involved or do we just step aside for health personel.
Anyone? Or do people think H5N1 isn't coming to Canada.
Jo Canadian
This H5N1 thing is scaring the hell out of me. I'm not eating any poultry or eggs.
Me neither, oh crap, I guess I shouldn't have eaten KFC for lunch.
Good. You're smart. I can't believe people are stilling eating it.

I guess it will go to something else or something because the prices are going through the roof.

However, more interesting, does the Canadian military have any control if H5N1 hits Canada? Or is it medical people?
Nobody is going to have control because our idiotic government hasn't come up with a plan yet. If H5N1 hit Canada tommorrow, there would be mass chaos.
So there is no plan at all, none at all to delegate Military and medical jurisdictions and what they can do.

Well, then I guess it is up to ourselves.
Yeah, but there's not much we can do by ourselves.

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