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Was at a lecture this afternoon from an infectious diseases specialist whose role it is to prepare britain for a bird flu pandemic.

I guess she kind of has a vested interest in keeping people extremely worried about bird flu as her highly paid job relies on it.

This was her spiel. She asked everybody to close their eyes and imagine what she was saying

"You wake up in the morning and the house is cold because there is no gas. You are awoken by a phone call asking you to come into work even though you have worked the last 10 days straight. You tell the you can't because your car is out of petrol because the pumps have gone dry. Work says it's okay they will send round the bus to pick you up. You say okay because at least at work you can get a square warm meal from the work canteen."

And so on.

Her expert opinion was that a bird flu pandemic is an inevitability and will kill millions but that britain will be able to prepare as we will be hit late on as the virus spreads around the world.

She was a very scary person.

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Relax, she has the ultimate VI in scaring you. She's got the advantage of never being proven wrong because there's no deadline for it to happen, but don't worry.

I can think of other examples of this kind of money-extracting guff, but do we really need another Global warming debate?

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my guess is those in power will eventually use the bird flu pandemic against us. It will reduce the rising populations and it'll get the economy back to normal quicker and make some pharmacutical companies richer in the process. It will also free up a lot of houses.

You mark my words. Bird flu will probably be what takes all our minds off the dwindling economy. :lol::lol::lol:

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Relax, she has the ultimate VI in scaring you. She's got the advantage of never being proven wrong because there's no deadline for it to happen, but don't worry.

I can think of other examples of this kind of money-extracting guff, but do we really need another Global warming debate?

Yeah, forget about it. We're as safe as houses.

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Like all the other scare stories we have heard....... Bird flu was a joke. If i get fired from my job (which is looking likely) my stress level will drop by 90% and i will just sit around ******ng and smoking.

Can't lose either way. The best thing about not having a mortgage.

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Well considering avian flu has been knocking about since 1959 in the UK on and off, it must have been all those years under the spectre of nuclear annihilation (cue.. Two ... minutes ..to miiiidnight),that caused us to take our eye off the ball. :unsure:

Sounds like she has been watching too many reruns of 28 days later.

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Her expert opinion was that a bird flu pandemic is an inevitability and will kill millions but that britain will be able to prepare as we will be hit late on as the virus spreads around the world.

She was a very scary person.

Britain is very well placed with strong fundamentals.

Have a nice cup of tea and it will all look different in the morning.

Our Great Leader will deliver us from the Fascist, Capitalist, Bird Flu Plot.

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It's odd that they call it 'bird flu' since most flu comes from birds originally, it's an avian disease that spreads to mammals.

A lot of the scare stories about the latest strain of 'bird flu' are purely to sell the latest flu medicines from big pharma. If there's ever a big pandemic, it'll probably come from a lab not from a bird.

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Well considering avian flu has been knocking about since 1959 in the UK on and off, it must have been all those years under the spectre of nuclear annihilation (cue.. Two ... minutes ..to miiiidnight),that caused us to take our eye off the ball. :unsure:

Sounds like she has been watching too many reruns of 28 days later.

I should point out that this was not some laypersons lecture. She is an expert in the matter. The government is stock piling flu medication and vaccine in anticipiation.

The next flu pandemic can be any strain of flu not definitely bird flu but it will be lethal and will make the current economic mess look like a sweet dream.

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I should point out that this was not some laypersons lecture. She is an expert in the matter. The government is stock piling flu medication and vaccine in anticipiation.

The next flu pandemic can be any strain of flu not definitely bird flu but it will be lethal and will make the current economic mess look like a sweet dream.

To calm your fears have a good look on the WHO website. Bird flu has been around for quite some time. So has bubonic plague, Ebola, SARS, Dengue fever and a dozen other things that 'could' go pandemic.

The government has had stocks anti virals for some time, this was in response to an outbreak in China in 2006 I think.

The Chinese goverment culled millions of birds and the outbreak subsided.

The big fear with 'bird flu' is that it will mutate and spread easily from person to person. So far this has not happened yet. It could happen next month or in a hundred years or it may never happen.

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We are well overdue for a pandemic though, you'd think with the increased ease of travel we'd have had loads by now. Is Plague on one last fag break before the apocalypse?

We have a pandemic..................... of people!!

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It is here. A duck has it in Yorkshire.

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