IMPOSSIBLE BIRD FLU CONSPIRACY!
IMPOSSIBLE BIRD FLU CONSPIRACY!Wednesday, November 09, 2005 - FreeMarketNews.comA considerate reader sends us the following. We have not fact-checked every aspect of the material; others, equally considerate, are welcome to have it ...*****This is a handy little timeline about the first emergence of avianflu in 1997 and responses afterward:http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/ar/archive/dec98/flu1298.htm?pf=1
This was the curious little tidbit:Hong Kong, late March: No new cases of H5N1 have been reported forsome time. Swayne and Perdue fly to Hong Kong with new poultry vaccines they co-developed with several cooperators. They provide Les Sims samples, so he can test them at the Hong Kong Agriculture and Fisheries Department. Perdue visits zoo officials and helps test the vaccine in some exotic birds.Washington, D.C., August, 1998: A joint ARS-CDC article appears in the Journal of Virology fully describing the first human and poultry strains.At Present:Though the origin of H5N1 is still unknown, the massive worldwide media coverage has died down as the outbreak has subsided. The virus fades into "old news."Oh, that's right, a vaccine to prevent H5N1 in poultry was developed in 1998 and contained the outbreak in Hong Kong.Second confirmation:http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/pr/1998/980406.htmMicrobiologist Mike Perdue of USDA's Agricultural Research Service traveled last week to Hong Kong to deliver for further tests a new poultry vaccine with potential to protect poultry against the "bird flu" (avian influenza H5N1).The vaccine was jointly tested by scientists with the ARS Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory at Athens, Ga., and researchers at Protein Sciences Corporation, Meriden, Conn. In December 1997, the vaccine was shown to protect chickens from the virus in controlled studies at the ARS facility at Athens.So, what we have is that the H5N1 outbreak in Hong Kong was contained with this poultry vaccine.The media furor "died down" so much that even two years ago, avian flu wasn't big news.Now, it is. And nobody is mentioning that a 100% effective vaccine for H5N1 in poultry has already been developed.