(Original post by morris)
I believe this is a type of influenza. I know a nurse and she said that very old, very young and ill people are often killed by this, but that healthy people can fight it off...
I hate it when it comes onto the news, because it would be tragic. I think that there was a very similar case in spain in the early 1900's. Looks like Jamie would be able to confirm this, however
its quite funny actually, is called spanish flu by us, italian flu by the spanish, french flu by the italians...
Ny research and that of most of the Influenza camp led us to believe it originated in america. (the 'leading' expert n the UK John Oxford reckons is started in France in the trenchs)
As for worldwide death figures, I think 50million is what is touted.
Since then there have 3 other pandemics, all much less damaging.
1956, 1967 (hong kong flu) and 1977 (russian flu - it is thought to have come from a body that had been buried in the permafrost and then dug out, or released from a science laboratory...).
H5N1 will eventually jump, that is inevitable. Its how flu works. If it isn't H5N1 then it'll be H9N2, and if not that there are loads of them waiting in the background.
And the worse thing is pandemics are noteworthy versus epidemics because the pathology is uniquely different - its not the virus that kills you but the massive reaction by your immune system....which means those with decent immune systems are hit just as hard as those with weaker ones.
Ergo it will kills young healthy adults as easily as old frail grannies.