Saturday, October 08, 2005

Witness to 1918 flu: 'Death was there all the time'

From the CNN story about a 98-year-old man who witnessed the 1918 flu epidemic:

...the climate of fear was brought on by a mistrust of government officials and the press.

"People could see while they were being told on the one hand that it's ordinary influenza, on the other hand they are seeing their spouse die in 24 hours or less, bleeding from their eyes, ears, nose and mouth, turning so dark that people thought it was the black death," Barry says said. "People knew that they were being lied to; they knew that this was not ordinary influenza."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think we will all die of the bird flu and I volunteer to be the first. My life is a drag and I'm ready to move on. I'm counting on the bird flu as my way out.

2:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And who do we have heading up PHEP at HHS, another crony whose main claim to fame was counsel to AMTRAK??? Yeah, we're all dead.

According to Paul Offit, MD (chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia), "If litigation law remains such that U.S. manufacturers are discouraged from creating new influenza vaccines, no one will be willing to step in and start building the infrastructure necessary to prevent the predicted pandemic. And make no mistake, he adds--such an infrastructure cannot be built overnight. It will take three to five years to get our nation up to speed."

4:38 PM  
Blogger Professor Pan said...

I read today of a Tamiflu-resistant strain of bird flu.

First Turkey, now Romania.

Birds travel.

Keep your fingers crossed and remember what Momma said -- "wash your hands."

12:41 AM  

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