H5N1 Avian Flu And You

From the Centers for Disease Control, Like all influenza A viruses, HPAI H5N1 viruses continue to evolve and human infections with H5N1 virus, resulting from direct or close contact with infected sick or dead poultry, are expected to continue to occur.

The avian influenza subtype H5N1 viruses currently circulating in poultry in parts of Asia and northeast Africa, have caused human disease and deaths since 1997.

Highly pathogenic avian influenza A (H5N1) virus – referred to as HPAI H5N1 and sometimes shortened to H5N1 – is a virus that occurs mainly in birds, is highly contagious among birds, and can be deadly to them, especially domestic poultry. Though relatively rare, sporadic human infections with this virus have occurred and caused serious illness and death.

When humans develop illness from H5N1 virus infection, severe respiratory illness (e.g. pneumonia and respiratory failure) and death may occur. Nearly 600 human H5N1 cases have been reported in 15 countries to the World Health Organization since November 2003, resulting in approximately 60% mortality.




How does the Avian Bird Flu spread?

In the Asia-Pacific region waterbirds generally migrate in a north-south orientation. For the long-distance migrants, especially shorebirds, three flyways are recognized:

Central Asian-Indian Flyway
East Asian-Australasian Flyway
West Pacific Flyway

The largest outbreak of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) H5N1 in wild birds occurred at Qinghai Lake, China in 2005, followed by an outbreak at Erkhel Lake, Mongolia which suggests a possible virus spread via a migratory linkage between these regions.

As humans come in contact with infected birds, the virus ‘may’ jump to the human. Historically this has been relatively rare, but viruses are constantly mutating and adapting, and ‘could’ one day make a serious jump to the human population. If it does, it will kill 60% of us, or those who contract it.




How will the human strain of H5N1 spread?

It will begin in Asia, where it currently is predominant, and will rapidly spread via the airlines. It will likely start at Shanghai International and Hong Kong International, while working its way across the globe via the major international airports, the busiest of which are listed here:

Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Hong Kong International Airport
London Heathrow Airport
Frankfurt International Airport
Chicago O’Hare International Airport
Tokyo International Airport
Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport

From there, it will spread locally, within regions, similar to how the ordinary flu spreads. The shocking fact will be the speed at which it happens, and how quickly it will destabilize the lives of nearly everyone – not to mention the horrible economic impact it will have as people remain in their homes refusing to risk going to ‘work’ and contracting the deadly killer.


The question is, are you prepared for such an event? Do you have what it takes to mostly remain at home and sustain yourself for 90 days, or longer?

Perhaps now is a good time to think about that, BEFORE such an event were to occur. Those who are not prepared (adequate food storage, hygiene supplies, and money-savings to pay the bills while out of work) will be at tremendous risk while out in public, all the while the store shelves are being emptied by panicked mobs of the majority population.

Note that as of this post, there is no new threat from this virus than there already is. But things ‘could’ change.


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  1. In a recent survey, it was asked what shtf situation worried you the most. It ended up being the economic bottom falling out. That may be, but a pandemic such as the H5N1 virus starting scares me the most. You can put gold and siver away for an economic catasrophe, but there aren’t a lot of concrete things you can do once a pandemic starts – especially once you’ve gotten sick. Let’s hope nothing like this starts.

  2. You bring up an extremely good point, that is the current hospital daily census. Similar to airlines (and most everything else these days) the capacities are booked to near full, to maximize profits. There purposely are not extra beds in hospitals, seats in airlines, etc., because it would cost too much to build more capacity that would not always be full. So add this fact to your preparedness formula…

  3. another factor to consider is the # of ventilators available
    with the flu comes secondary infections and respiratory failure
    to stay alive while hoping and praying for the antibiotics to work
    you would be on a ventilator,and there just aren’t that many of them available


    and while I’m here,let me plug one of my favorite books
    THE JAKARTA PANDEMIC its a pretty realistic fictional scenario of how things
    might actually play out


  4. My grandmother remembered the 1918 flu pandemic and her vivid memories have stayed with me. She was 10 years old and living in a tiny mining town in Nevada. She remembered that every single person, except one gentlemen prone to the bottle, was flat on their backs. This unlikely hero had to keep the fires going, haul water, clean up…well you can just imagine. Later I researched the subject and I found out how horrible “just the flu” could be, I understood what a small planet this really is and how interconnected we all are. A great history of the 1918 is “The Great Influenza” by John Barry. I learned SO much history and flu “facts”. Did you know the reason your bones aches during the flu seems to be a reaction to the rapid stimulation of your body to produce white blood cells in the bone marrow as an immune response? Yes you probably did, I have noticed this is an especially smart crowd. What I am leading up to is that not just any mask or respirators will filter the flu virus, hospitals use N95 particulate. Do the research. AND I have a question..how do you convince those others around you that they need to prepare? We have done this life style so long that family and friends just think we are obsessed or silly. Thanks for listening, stay safe.

  5. well the h5n1 is here ask about 9 people who died in new york.or the dead birds in arkansas.cdc lies!

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