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    Posted: September 06 2007 at 3:30am
    
WHO Warns Bird Flu Pandemic More Likely Than Not
September 5, 2007 8:07 p.m. EST



Richard Bowden - AHN News Writer
Canberra, Australia (AHN) - The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that a bird flu pandemic is likely.

Head of the communicable diseases department of WHO, Dr David Heymann, said in Canberra, Australia Wednesday that his organization had evidence that the H5N1 (bird flu) virus was now communicable between human and human.

Dr Heymann said because of international travel and the short time the infection will take to travel from person to person, it was not a question of if a pandemic would occur but when.

"Because of international travel and the speed with which people might be infected, [people] in one part of the world can come to another part of the world still in the incubation period of a disease and the develop signs and symptoms of that disease once they are home," he said.

He warned health workers in contact with those who had contracted the virus saying, "Fortunately [thus far] health workers have not been infected with H5N1 from their patients, it's been much closer contact than that, it's been home care where family members may not know the means of protecting themselves as they help those who are sick," he said.


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That reporter did some poor reporting, judging by how another news agency reported the same speech:
 
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2007/09/06/2025407.htm
He [Dr Heymann] said WHO had evidence of two or three incidences in Vietnam and Indonesia where the H5N1 virus had spread from an infected person to someone who was in close contact with them.
 
that is not newsworthy, though of course it is another warning that the danger is still present, should further mutations occur making the virus EASY to spread from person to person.
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    Hi I was wondering if you ever saw this video?

Its called "They want your soul"

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=209842906347732903&q=they+want+your+soul&total=744&start=0&num=10&so=0&type=search&plindex=0

should we believe anything WHO says?????

Makes one think outside the box.
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