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PostPosted: Sat Oct 29, 2005 11:59 pm
by Madison
Coppermine wrote:By the way, H5N1 is the "cool sounding" scientific name for the bird flu.


Not sure how in the world H5N1 has anything to do with the flu, but thanks for the info. ;-D

PostPosted: Sun Oct 30, 2005 10:01 am
by Coppermine
Madison wrote:
Coppermine wrote:By the way, H5N1 is the "cool sounding" scientific name for the bird flu.


Not sure how in the world H5N1 has anything to do with the flu, but thanks for the info. ;-D


All I've been hearing about for last 3 months was bird flu this and birdflu that... we're all gonna die, the bird flu will kill us!

And since the bird flu is, in fact, a strain of the flu, well, I thought that maybe that's what it had to do with the flu.

PostPosted: Sun Oct 30, 2005 11:39 pm
by acsguitar
Coppermine wrote:H5N1 is going to kick your asses.


I'm not afraid.. I don't hang out with many asain chickens

PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2005 1:53 am
by Madison
Coppermine wrote:
Madison wrote:
Coppermine wrote:By the way, H5N1 is the "cool sounding" scientific name for the bird flu.


Not sure how in the world H5N1 has anything to do with the flu, but thanks for the info. ;-D


All I've been hearing about for last 3 months was bird flu this and birdflu that... we're all gonna die, the bird flu will kill us!

And since the bird flu is, in fact, a strain of the flu, well, I thought that maybe that's what it had to do with the flu.


Ok, let me be even dumber about this........

What does H5N1 have to do with a bird flu? :-S

PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2005 8:21 am
by JTWood
Madison wrote:
Coppermine wrote:
Madison wrote:
Coppermine wrote:By the way, H5N1 is the "cool sounding" scientific name for the bird flu.


Not sure how in the world H5N1 has anything to do with the flu, but thanks for the info. ;-D


All I've been hearing about for last 3 months was bird flu this and birdflu that... we're all gonna die, the bird flu will kill us!

And since the bird flu is, in fact, a strain of the flu, well, I thought that maybe that's what it had to do with the flu.


Ok, let me be even dumber about this........

What does H5N1 have to do with a bird flu? :-S

Strain name

PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2005 9:35 am
by Coppermine
H5N1 is a highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza (bird flu). The first known appearance of this type of influenza in humans was in Hong Kong during 1997. The infection of humans coincided with an epidemic of avian influenza, caused by the same strain, in Hong Kong’s poultry population. The name H5N1 refers to the subtypes of surface antigens present on the virus: hemagglutinin type 5 and neuraminidase type 1.

As of October 20, 2005, 118 cases of human infection, resulting in 61 deaths, have been confirmed outside of China. Thirteen countries across Asia and Europe have been affected. Additionally, more than 120 million birds have died from infection or been culled.

Usually these flu viruses are transported worldwide in the intestines of wild birds, and are non-lethal. However, this variant has mutated into the most lethal strain of avian influenza ever recorded. Such occurrences are natural and have happened in the past, as in the influenza pandemic caused by the 1918 Spanish flu, a variant of H1N1.

PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2005 7:28 pm
by Madison
Coppermine wrote:H5N1 is a highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza (bird flu). The first known appearance of this type of influenza in humans was in Hong Kong during 1997. The infection of humans coincided with an epidemic of avian influenza, caused by the same strain, in Hong Kong’s poultry population. The name H5N1 refers to the subtypes of surface antigens present on the virus: hemagglutinin type 5 and neuraminidase type 1.

As of October 20, 2005, 118 cases of human infection, resulting in 61 deaths, have been confirmed outside of China. Thirteen countries across Asia and Europe have been affected. Additionally, more than 120 million birds have died from infection or been culled.

Usually these flu viruses are transported worldwide in the intestines of wild birds, and are non-lethal. However, this variant has mutated into the most lethal strain of avian influenza ever recorded. Such occurrences are natural and have happened in the past, as in the influenza pandemic caused by the 1918 Spanish flu, a variant of H1N1.


8-o Wow. Interesting read! ;-D

I get it now :-) . Thanks for the info! ;-D