Sunday, April 7, 2013

Bird Flu H7N9: A Real Reason for Concern

Learned of this one this morning.  Didn't have enough time to do the research I normally would before posting.  BUT, in China, nearly 20 people have succumbed to this current illness related to our beautiful friends, birds.  The one question I have, which, at this time goes unanswered, is, "If the virus, which we already know to be an immediate result of man's connection with our aviary friends, birds, and we KNOW that it can be in poultry, will cooking our turkeys, chickens, hens, quail, and the like to a high enough temperature, eradicate the virus so that we may peacefully sit at our dinner tables?" 

In other words, do the same "food borne" illness rules apply to this worldly event, or are we basically just screwed....can't eat the seafood thanks to "Big Oil" disasters, can't eat the poultry due to avian viruses, can't eat the beef because of "mad cow," and numerous other bovine issues.  I guess we still have pork.  THANK GOD THE BACON IS SAFE!!!!

DC Home

On April 1, 2013, the World Health Organization reported three human infections with avian influenza A (H7N9) viruses in China. This is the first time avian influenza A (H7N9) viruses have been detected in humans. Each of the three confirmed cases had severe respiratory illness; two of them died. According to WHO, no human-to-human transmission has been identified at this time, and the cases do not have a known epidemiological link to one another. An investigation by Chinese health authorities is ongoing to determine the source of infection and detect any additional cases. The sequences of these viruses are posted and publicly available in GISAIDExternal Web Site Icon.
CDC is following this situation closely and coordinating with domestic and international partners in a number of areas, including gathering more information to make a knowledgeable public health risk assessment and developing a candidate vaccine virus. CDC also is reviewing posted genetic sequencing of the new H7N9 viruses and assessing possible implications in terms of the viruses’ transmissibility and severity and whether existing influenza diagnostic tests need to be enhanced or new ones developed. All of these actions are routine preparedness measures taken whenever a new novel influenza virus is detected in humans.
This is an evolving situation and there is still much to learn. It is too soon to speculate regarding the significance of these cases/viruses, however, CDC will provide updated information as it becomes available.

Additional Information

The World Health Organization has posted an update available at "H7N9 avian influenza human infections in ChinaExternal Web Site Icon."
The Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention has posted a Question & Answer document related to this situation available at "Questions and Answers about human infection withA(H7N9) avian influenza virusExternal Web Site Icon."
General information about avian influenza viruses and how they spread is available at Avian Influenza A Virus Infections in Humans.
CDC 24/7 – Saving Lives. Protecting People. Saving Money Through Prevention. Learn More About How CDC Works For You…
Know What to Do About the Flu Add this to your website
Contact Us:
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    1600 Clifton Rd
    Atlanta, GA 30333
  • 800-CDC-INFO
    TTY: (888) 232-6348
  • Contact CDC-INFO

No comments:

Post a Comment