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How mutch Viniger is needed in Drinking water to kill Bird Flu Virus in Birds and Humans?

Infected birds shed influenza virus in their saliva, nasal secretions, and feces. Susceptible birds become infected when they have contact with contaminated secretions or excretions or with surfaces that are contaminated with secretions or excretions from infected birds. Domesticated birds may become infected with avian influenza virus through direct contact with infected waterfowl or other infected poultry, or through contact with surfaces (such as dirt or cages) or materials (such as water or feed) that have been contaminated with the virus.
How mutch viniger to water is needed to kill the virus in Birds and Humans?
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Have never heard of this method of making sure the water is drinkable. The way that specialists recommend going about this is boiling water before drinking it. It is a proven fact that high temperatures always kill off the virus, that is why it is recommended to thoroughly cook poultry before eating it.

Check out some useful information about the disease, as well as regular updates and news here: http://www.bird-flu-center.com  (+ info)

does all influenza virus originate from birds?

nope you can get influenza viruses from pigs, cats, dogs and monkeys genetically altering themselves to infect humans. The spanish flu virus however was from birds, but the most likely source of a new influenza strain infecting humans is if it infects pigs first because pigs are quite genetically similar to humans. It's quite hard for flu viruses from other species to infect humans in a 'sustainable' way however, as they need to change alot of the surface proteins on their outsides in a process called antigenic shift.  (+ info)

Influenza from Mexico. How did this virus develop, Did a Pig get the virus from a Bird ? then past it on?

I'm not into sience and It's hard for me to comprehend how this works? I went to a farm yesterday with swine and birds. Is it possible that they have it now ?

the pig ate something rotten then the human ate the pig....then the person started to pass it to others...then people from mexico started traveling to the u.s then it got to us......WASH YOUR HANDS!!!!!  (+ info)

Was swine flu created in a lab because how could a pig get infected with human and bird influenza?

How is this possible a pig infected with its flu somehow became infected with human influenza and on top of that came across Bird flu.

It does raise serious questions about where this brand new, never before seen virus came from, especially since it cannot be contracted from eating pork products, and has never before been seen in pigs, and contains traits from the bird flu and which so far only seems to respond to Tamiflu.

According to the Associated Press at least one financial analyst estimates up to $388 million worth of Tamiflu sales in the near future. That's without a pandemic outbreak.

More than half a dozen pharmaceutical companies, including Gilead Sciences Inc., Roche, GlaxoSmithKline and other companies with a stake in flu treatments and detection, have seen a rise in their shares in a matter of days, and will likely see revenue boosts if the swine flu outbreak continues to spread.

In February 2009, American pharmaceutical company Baxter was under investigation for distributing the deadly avian flu virus to 18 different countries as part of a seasonal flu vaccine shipment. Czech reporters were probing to see if it may have been part of a deliberate attempt to start a pandemic; as such a "mistake" would be virtually impossible under the security protocols of that virus.

The contaminated product, a mix of H3N2 seasonal flu viruses and unlabelled H5N1 viruses, was supplied to an Austrian research company. The Austrian firm, Avir Green Hills Biotechnology, then sent portions of it to sub-contractors in the Czech Republic, Slovenia and Germany.

The contaminated product, which Baxter calls “experimental virus material,” was made at the Orth-Donau research facility. Baxter makes its flu vaccine, including a human H5N1 vaccine (for which a licence is expected shortly) at a facility in the Czech Republic. People familiar with biosecurity rules are dismayed by evidence that human H3N2 and avian H5N1 viruses somehow co-mingled in the Orth-Donau facility. That is a dangerous practice that should not be allowed to happen, a number of experts insisted.

While H5N1 doesn’t easily infect people, H3N2 viruses do. If someone exposed to a mixture of the two had been simultaneously infected with both strains, he or she could have served as an incubator for a hybrid virus able to transmit easily to and among people. That mixing process, called “reassortment”, is one of two ways pandemic viruses are created in the lab.

Reassortment is the mixing of the genetic material of two similar viruses that are infecting the same cell. In particular, reassortment occurs among influenza viruses, whose genomes consist of eight distinct segments of RNA. These segments act like mini-chromosomes, and each time a flu virus is assembled, it requires one copy of each segment.

The H5N1 virus on its own is not very airborne. However, when combined with seasonal flu viruses, which are more easily spread, the effect could be a potent, airborne, deadly, biological weapon. If this batch of live bird flu and seasonal flu viruses had reached the public, it could have resulted in terrible consequences. Some scientists say the most recent global outbreak (the 1977 Russian flu) was started by a virus created and leaked from a laboratory.

A top scientist for the United Nations, who has examined the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Africa, as well as HIV/AIDS victims, has concluded that the current swine flu virus possesses certain transmission "vectors" that suggest the new strain has been genetically-manufactured. The UN expert believes that Ebola, HIV/AIDS, and the current A-H1N1 swine flu virus are biological warfare agents.

Another example of the less sterling integrity of Big Pharma is the case of Bayer, who sold millions of dollars worth of an injectable blood-clotting medicine to Asian, Latin American, and some European countries in the mid-1980s, even though they knew it was tainted with the AIDS virus.  (+ info)

Are there other types of animal influenza out there?

In recent years, avian flu and now swine flu have been striking (what i deem is) unnecessary fear in those around the world. It seems that the classic example in all biology textbooks for lateral gene transfer is the bird and human flu mixing in a pig and having the pig re-infect humans or birds. I know it's possible for other animals to get the flu, but why haven't they been a problem for us yet?... or is it just a matter of time for genetic recombination to bring us new types of flu virus?

equine, bird, swine  (+ info)

What would it take for past influenza pandemics to recur with the bird flu virus?

I'm doing a Biology paper and I need some information/links for this.

Thanks in advance!



www.cdc.gov/flu/Pandemic/  (+ info)

Where can I find info about the 1918 Influenza pandemic and the bird (avian) flu?

I'm having difficulty finding info on the 1918 Influenza pandemic that occured shortly before the end of World War I. Please help, thanks.

Go on-line to the Smithsonian Magazine Archives. They did an excellent article on the 'Spanish Lady' some time ago. Lots of annotations and other resources.  (+ info)

What is the pathogen that causes Avian Influenza (H5N1) Virus?

Its that virus that is transmitted by poultry and wild birds... If you know what Im talking about...

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Is there a difference between Influenza and Aviar influenza?

many people in my area seem to be geeting sick of a flu which pharmacists are calling "Influenza", an area where no outbreaks of bird-flu influeza have been reported. Can someone explain to me why regular cold-flu medicine is un-effective and how serious this epidemic might be?

Well firstly, the main difference is in some genetic variation. The H5N1 strain has different receptors (the H and the N) to current human flu's. It is also more virulent, meaning it does more damage.

There is no medicine that cures colds or flu. They only try to relieve the symptoms, but most colds and flu's don't require medicine, just patience. The medicine one might take for normal influenza won't be as good against H5N1 because it is just more virulent.

This has the potential of being very serious: The current human mortality rate is 2/3rds of infected individuals. When the virus mutates to be able to spread between humans, it could either keep a high mortality rate (probably around 10-15%), or loose its virulence. We just don't know.

Still, there is no need to worry just yet.  (+ info)

Are we relatively safe from influenza in Mexico?

I know we can never be completely safe, but are we OK here in USA from the "bird" flu outbreak in Mexico City?

I live in a small farming town in Indiana but we get a lot of influx of Mexicans come harvesting time.

I don't deal with them as I'm not in farming business, but should I stay away from people of Mexican descent for awhile?
Should I avoid vegetables and fruits grown in Mexico?

The April 2009 Flu outbreak in Mexico is a variant of Swine Flu, not bird flu. As an Influenza 'A' strain, it is more virulent and causes a more severe disease than the milder type 'B' flu we usually see.

The Mexican flu is a 'genetic drift' variant that creates problems because current vaccines may be ineffective, requiring the development of new vaccines. This process can take up to a year to complete.

Flu is spread by droplet contamination: in short, if an infected person coughs or sneezes, and one of these droplets enters your nose or mouth, you may get the disease.

You would not get it from foods from Mexico. Staying away from people of Mexican descent is effective only if they just returned from Mexico (within a week).  (+ info)

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