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Bird Flu arrives in Britain by finnguy on 24 October 2005 10:15am
 
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/4370106.stm

The Dead Parrot Sketch - not so funny now, eh? ;)
 
Re: Bird Flu arrives in Britain by Spursfan on 24 October 2005 10:52am
 
Agreed! It is actually quite worrying, especially to people like me with impaired immune systems!!

Anne
 
Re: Bird Flu arrives in Britain by perfectbitch on 24 October 2005 11:43am
 
The death rates from any sort of flu are comparable to those seen in bird flu. Those who died in the east did not have vaccines for this type of flu at the time. I too have an impaired immune system and had my annual flu jab a few days ago. The media, as always are making a meal of this and it is not as serious as they would have us believe. It's arrival in the UK is inevitable due to the behaviour of birds but with vaccinations, I do not believe the impact will be any worse than other flu viruses which reach our shores. Many older people die of flu every year - it's always been a potential killer of the vulnerable. So Anne, please don't worry too much but be cautious. Linz
 
Re: Bird Flu arrives in Britain by Spursfan on 24 October 2005 12:35pm
 
I'm going for my annual flu jab on Wednesday, Linz!!

Ta for the advice - I know it's all been hyped up but you can't help worrying....
Just spent a week in our beloved Turkey where they also have suspected bird flu - plus we had 3 tremors! We've recently bought an apartment there and were in Kusadasi to furnish it and check how everything was - needless to say we've taken out buildings/contents insurance which included earthquakes!

Apparently there was another tremor there the night after we left.

About 8 years ago we were in Kusadasi during another spate of tremors - the locals were worried then, as they were this time.

Just another day for a palinite tho' lol!!!

(Back to bird flu) perhaps I should go around in an astronaut-type suit? Or just lock myself in our bedroom with a huge supply of blueberry muffins, Smarties and cappucino sachets??!!

Anne


 
Re: Bird Flu arrives in Britain by intrepid on 24 October 2005 4:01pm
 
I think/hope it's just a matter of common sense- avoid birdbaths in infected areas, politely decline to shake wings with a bird with a cough, and wipe and disinfect the mesh on the suet feeder before you help yourself.
 
Re: Bird Flu arrives in Britain by Spursfan on 24 October 2005 5:18pm
 
Phew - I was just about to shake hands with a badly-coughing bird and step into a birdbath clutching an un-disinfected suet feeder!!!

Intrepid - you saved me!!

Anne
 
Re: Bird Flu arrives in Britain by intrepid on 24 October 2005 7:11pm
 
Glad to hear it. I've been hypervigilant about interacting with animals ever since I contracted swine flu from an improperly washed slop bucket.
 
Re: Bird Flu arrives in Britain by bandgeek512 on 24 October 2005 9:58pm
 
I've got asthma, so I've got to keep up with the flu jab every year, as well. If you lock yourself up, don't forget me! I'll bring snacks! If we need to venture out, we'll use my big, plastic bubble :-P
 



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