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The Bird Flu

I discovered online today that the Bird Flu has struck the UK – Scotland to be precise. Well, that sucks.

The poor UK just can’t seem to get a break with the animal diseases. First they had Mad Cow, which strangely came from the sheep. Now they’ve got the Bird Flu moving in waiting to attack people. I suppose it is only a matter of time before the Doggie Diphtheria moves in to cause fear amongst the emu population.

So, if it’s not contagious, what’s all the hubbub about? Well see, there was another bird flu virus that spread throughout the world in 1918 and 1919. You might have heard about it – the Spanish Flu – and it killed over 50 million people. Now, some could argue that we wash our hands a lot more than they did in 1919, but we also live much closer together and are in a lot closer contact with more people daily than we were back then.

The fear is that the virus will swap some genes with other flu viruses and eventually mutate into a killer flu that is able to be transmitted from person to person. When this happens it could spread through millions of people , across oceans via airplane and into the farthest reaches of our world before we are fully aware of what is happening. Then, people start dropping like…well, birds I suppose…while the drug companies work to create a cure. Then of course, there is the issue of actually distributing the cure amongst the populace. Millions die. Film at 11.

So, what do we do about this? Well, really there isn’t a whole lot you can do. You can make sure to wash your hands often, don’t do anything nasty with birds, and you’ll probably be okay.

In my opinion though – this is a bologna news story propagated by the media in order to sell newspapers and keep us glued to the evening news. In the mainstream media ‘if it bleeds, it leads’. This is a greatly hyped story we’ve been hearing about for three years and there have been about 100 people total die from it. There were roughly that many people killed by their lawnmowers last year in North America alone(yeah…think about that next time you pull the cord on your MTD). I don’t see the World Health Organization holding any press conferences about the dangers of caring for Kentucky Bluegrass.

If you are actually paranoid about the Bird Flu, check out the following links from the CDC in Atlanta and the Canadian government. As for me, I’m going to go visit Colonel Sanders and take out a few of the bastards before they have a chance to get me.

CDC – Avian Flu

Health Canada – Avian Flu