Friday, December 12, 2008 Posted by Shattered Paradigm
Health authorities in Assam have placed 300,000 people under surveillance in areas where the bird flu has been spreading among poultry. Reports indicate that 150 people are suffering from fever and upper respiratory infections.
The bird flu virus has spread rapidly among poultry across six Assam districts. Authorities are claiming that the bird flu has now reached "epidemic" proportions among the birds of that area. More than 250,000 poultry have been slaughtered in the past two weeks in Assam and an estimated 150,000 more birds have been ordered to be killed.
India has been hoping that the bird flu would be more under control this season. The World Health Organization described the January 2008 outbreak of the bird flu in neighboring West Bengal state, when more than 4 million birds were killed, as the worst bird flu outbreak ever in India.
However, it is not just India that is having massive problems with the bird flu. The disease is causing headlines all over Asia:
*Cambodia has now confirmed a new human case of the bird flu.
*A couple weeks ago a hospital in Indonesia was overwhelmed when it admitted 17 patients believed to have bird flu in just 2 days.
*The government of Hong Kong has shut down all chicken farms and markets, has killed 80,000 chickens and has halted chicken imports from mainland China after the bird flu virus was detected at a local poultry farm.
The bird flu is even popping up in the United States again. FoxNews is reporting that bird flu has been found in a duck in the state of Rhode Island.
The truth is that the bird flu is as big of a threat as it ever has been. With all of our technological advances, the reality is that a serious pandemic could still race across the earth and kill millions of us easily.
It is not just bird flu that we need to be worried about either. For the first time ever recorded, Ebola has been discovered in a pig in the Philippines. If you do not know about Ebola, then you should look it up. It is one nasty disease, and if pigs can now contract it, how long will it be before humans are able to come down with it?
Frightening days are ahead of us.