Navigation Links
Human Strain Of Bird Flu Virus, Just A Matter Of Time?

Scientists are increasingly certain that the bird flu virus H5N1 will at some point in the future mutate and pass on to humans , the only uncertainty //being "when?" This would be a truly horrifying thing to happen and could create a scenario like a science fiction film.

The WHO figures are 252 cases where humans got infected through birds, and 148 deaths. If the virus does mutate and spread the infection among humans , a worldwide outbreak could take place within a few weeks . This is attributed to the weak resistance to the virus in the human immune system.

It is not only only the elderly and weakest members of society who could die from influenza. Even people in the prime of life - the 20 to 40 age range could be struck by the infection.

An imaginery account of what could happen will be screened on BBC Two's Horizon program , describing the devastation such an outbreak would wreak on the human race.The program visualises the scenes at overcrowded hospitals, empty schools and offices , and public transport in shambles.

The British government's Influenza Pandemic Contingency Plan predicts that upto 750,000 people could die in the UK, while the US says 2 million could die. In fact the US govt. is asking its citizens to prepare themselves for the worst by stocking up on medicines.

The main line of defence seems to be a vaccine. But if a virus does materialise, getting a vaccine ready will take several months. The vaccine available at present is not produced in large enough quantities, in fact only 9% of the world's population can be vaccinated with a six month supply produced globally.

Another measure which could be used is a drug to treat the flu. Roche has made available Tamiflu , a retroviral drug which is effective against the bird flu virus.

George Abercrombie , head of operations for North America, Roche, spoke on Friday about the steps being taken by the company to tackle the bir d flu virus, in case of a pandemic.

The manufacturer has decided to boost up production of Tamiflu to 400 million courses of treatment yearly - 10 capsules constitute one course.

Roche is also offering the drug to the government at a 50% reduced rate, to enable stocking up on supplies in the event of a contingency. The packaging is being worked on and new formulaions are being tried.

However, Tamiflu has been used largely for ordinary flu and even then it has be given as soon as possible . What its usefulness in case of H5N1 will be, is not certain, since the virus is believed to be deadlier than the 1918 one which lead to 50 million fatalities.
MAL
'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Human Genome Project Achieves Technological Triumph
2. First Vaccine Designed for Africa Cleared for Testing in Humans
3. Human gene number increases
4. Scientists found ancient Human Germ Killer
5. New standards for Human Research Safety
6. Human wasting disease linked to a gene
7. The Human Mad Cow Case
8. Human Growth Hormone Found To be Dangerous For Human Use
9. Human Antibody That Can Block SARS
10. Human immunity system can battle HIV.
11. Two New Human Papilloma virus (HPV) vaccines to prevent cervical cancer
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:6/27/2016)... Lafayette, California (PRWEB) , ... ... ... a pioneer in the patient payment industry today announced its strategic partnership ... and health system workflows. , The two companies’ proven, proprietary technology combine ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 26, 2016 , ... Pixel Film ... Pro X. , "Film editors can give their videos a whole new perspective by ... Austin - CEO of Pixel Film Studios. , ProSlice Levels contains over 30 ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Austin residents seeking Mohs surgery services, can now turn to ... Dr. Russell Peckham for medical and surgical dermatology. , Dr. Dorsey brings specialization to ... fellowship in Mohs Micrographic Surgery completed by Dr. Dorsey was under the direction of ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (PRWEB) , ... June 25, ... ... to helping both athletes and non-athletes recover from injury. Recently, he has implemented ... for the Oklahoma City area —Johnson is one of the first doctors to ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Marne, Michigan (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... awareness about the dangers associated with chronic pain and the benefits of holistic treatments, ... for individuals who are suffering with Sickle Cell Disease. , Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... -- MedSource announced today that it has selected Datatrial,s ... choice.  This latest decision demonstrates MedSource,s commitment to ... by offering a state-of-the-art electronic data capture (EDC) ... the EDC platform of choice in exchange for ... long been a preferred EDC platform by our ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... -- Any dentist who has made an implant supported denture ... of them do not even offer this as a viable ... costs involved. And those who ARE able to offer that ... cost that the majority of today,s patients would not be ... , founder of Dental Evolutions Inc. and inventor of Implanova ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... June 23, 2016  In a startling report released today, ... residents by lacking a comprehensive, proven plan to eliminate prescription opioid ... ranking of how states are tackling the worst drug crisis in ... states – Kentucky , New Mexico ... . Of the 28 failing states, three – ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: