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Bird Flu, the real facts?

November 5, 2007


Picture of bird flu corpse being removed from the hospital

Today I was reading about yet another death in Indonesia from the bird flu and I had to ask myself what is going on?   

I started remembering the man in China who contracted the bird flu. Initially they did not know where he got it from. To this day we have not heard anything else about this man since.  I had to wonder what the actual death count of people from H5N1 is.  How many people fall into the category that they were buried before being tested or they do not know how they were infected. Next, all is quiet about the bird flu victims in the press and nothing more is written.   

Then I thought about how many wrong diagnoses there may have been, how many bird flu infected people were not reported? How many others exist than those verified with tests actually have had the bird flu and counted on the list?  I even remember reading somewhere that they thought some of the people who had SARS may have actually died from H5N1, but have heard no more about this either.  

 It really made me wonder what is actually occurring.  How much do we honestly not know?  It was possible to keep human to human transmission out of the press for over a year (even though people suspected it was such). So what else is currently being kept out of the press ?   

Now I have read a report where it can be passed human to human but only among close family members or people who are in really close contact.  Then I recalled hearing about two nurses who were suspected of getting the bird flu after taking care of a H5N1 infected patient. To date, I have heard no more about these nurses and what was their fate? 

So what is the real truth?  How many people have had the bird flu and been omitted from the list?  How many actual cases of human to human transmission have there really been?  I remember a few like the mother who held her H5N1 infected young child as they died and got it, the uncle who cared for his niece in Iraq and got the bird flu from her, a few reported clusters in Indonesia. But still we are led to believe that there is just one.  There are also the some cases of people who contracted the bird flu though there were no H5N1 cases reported in their area. Somehow, all of these articles seem to come out then get swept silently under the carpet very fast.   

Information is about this bird flu so scarce, scattered and censored.  Not a lot of what we read is the entire story.  I am glad there are many reporters out there who dig for the truth and try to get the news to the people.  Forget about causing a panic, just give us the facts.  Do I want to know what is really happening?  Yes, but will I? Probably not at least until the history books come out with its account of the facts on the H5N1.  However, even then we may never know the whole story.