How To Protect Yourself from the Avian H5N1
measures can you take to decrease your chances
of contracting H5N1 or other variant / recombinant strains
#1 Don't live with birds!!! Most
human infections have been the result of close
contact with birds. Wash your hands, clothes
and remove shoes after contact with birds, bird
feathers or bird droppings.
#2 examine your hygiene!!! The Bird-flu
spreads like any other flu and keeping your
hands, clothes and home clean is the most effective
way to stay healthy.
Wash Your Hands
cold and flu viruses are spread by direct contact.
Someone who has the flu sneezes onto their hand,
and then touches the telephone, the keyboard,
a kitchen glass. The germs can live for hours
-- in some cases weeks -- only to be picked
up by the next person who touches the same object.
So wash your hands often.
Routinely clean and disinfect surfaces
Cleaning and disinfecting are not the same.
While cleaning with soap and water removes visible
dirt and most germs, disinfecting with a diluted
bleach solution, Lysol spray, GSE or essential-oil
mix, or other disinfectant kills additional
germs on surfaces, providing an added margin
Leave your Shoes at the Door
Studies have shown that most of the bacteria
and viral particles in a household hitch a ride
into the house on the shoes. Leaving your shoes
at the door when you enter the home can significantly
reduce the amount of infectious particles on
your floor, carpet and furniture. Spray the
outside surfaces of your shoes with a disinfectant
(lysol or equivalent) on a regular basis.
Keep your distance.
Also be aware of touching high-use public surfaces,
handrails, doorknobs, etc. and then your face!
Generally speaking, you should avoid being closer
than six feet to someone who is ill for more
than a minute or two, especially if they're
coughing and sneezing. You should also avoid
going to work when you are ill with the flu
and encourage your kids to stay home from school
if they have the flu. Don't touch your face
or mucous membranes after touching high-use
public surfaces, handrails, doors, countertops,
Cover Your Sneezes and Coughs With Your Hands
germs and viruses cling to your bare hands,
muffling coughs and sneezes with your hands
results in passing along your germs to others.
When you feel a sneeze or cough coming, use
a tissue, then throw it away immediately. If
you don't have a tissue, turn your head away
from people near you and cough into the air.
Don't Habitually Touch Your Face
and flu viruses enter your body through the
eyes, nose, or mouth.
Touching their faces is the major way children
catch colds, and a key way they pass colds on
to their parents.
Plenty of Fluids
flushes your system, washing out the poisons
as it rehydrates you. A typical, healthy adult
needs eight 8-ounce glasses of fluids each day.
How can you tell if you're getting enough liquid?
If the color of your urine runs close to clear,
you're getting enough. If it's deep yellow,
you need more fluids.
regular dose of fresh air is important, especially
in cold weather when central heating dries you
out and makes your body more vulnerable to cold
and flu viruses. Also, during cold weather more
people stay indoors, which means more germs
are circulating in crowded, dry rooms.
Aerobic Exercise Regularly
exercise speeds up the heart to pump larger
quantities of blood; makes you breathe faster
to help transfer oxygen from your lungs to your
blood; and makes you sweat once your body heats
up. These exercises help increase the body's
natural virus-killing cells.
Foods Containing Phytochemicals. Eat a balanced
diet and get proper rest
means plants, and the natural chemicals in plants
give the vitamins in food a supercharged boost.
So put away the vitamin pill, and eat dark green,
red, and yellow vegetables and fruits.This is
good general advice for keeping your body healthy
and able to fight off infections. A proper diet
and sleep can help your immune system stay strong
so that it can fight off viral infections before
they take hold.
studies have shown that eating a daily cup of
low-fat yogurt can reduce your susceptibility
to colds by 25 percent. Researchers think the
beneficial bacteria in yogurt may stimulate
production of immune system substances that
If you can teach yourself to relax, you can
activate your immune system on demand. There's
evidence that when you put your relaxation skills
into action, your interleukins -- leaders in
the immune system response against cold and
flu viruses -- increase in the bloodstream.
Train yourself to picture an image you find
pleasant or calming. Do this 30 minutes a day
for several months. Keep in mind, relaxation
is a learnable skill, but it is not doing nothing.
People who try to relax, but are in fact bored,
show no changes in blood chemicals.
IF YOU LIVE IN AN AFFECTED AREA:.
What precautions should I take if I live in or visit an area affected by H5N1 "bird flu"?
Avoid contact with live birds, chickens, ducks, turkeys and geese and their feces, feathers and pens if at all possible.
Children, in particular, should be taught these precautions, and small children may need to be supervised for their protection.
Do not purchase or agree to adopt new pet birds from an area in which H5N1 influenza has been reported.
Avoid poultry products from areas with H5N1-infected birds.
Do not transport live or dead poultry even if it appears to be healthy.
All foods from poultry, including eggs and poultry blood should be cooked thoroughly.
Egg yolks should not be runny or liquid. Because influenza viruses are destroyed by heat,
the cooking temperature for poultry meat should be 74 C (165 F).
Avoid cross contamination of other foods by use of separate kitchen utensils and surfaces exposed to raw poultry.
Wash hands with soap and water after any poultry contact.
Sanitary professionals, health-care workers and others who must travel to H5N1-infected areas and work directly with infected birds, poultry and humans should follow approved precautions for reducing the risk for infection with H5N1 virus.
See HHS/CDC guidance at http://www.cdc.gov/flu/avian/professional/.
Can my domestic animals get bird flu?
There have been reports of H5N1 infection in domestic
cats, pigs, tigers, leopards, ferrets, and stone martens.
The domestic cats are believed to have been infected by eating raw, H5N1-infected birds.
Although no human cases of avian influenza A have been associated with contact with infected cats,
you should keep your cats inside if there has been a verified outbreak of H5N1 in your area.
In addition, avoid contact with stray cats, and inform your local veterinarian if your cat becomes sick after
having had contact with birds. You should always follow strict hygiene rules when disposing of animal waste
or caring for your pets. At this time, there is not enough information to determine if dogs can become infected with H5N1 virus.
Will the U. S. government evacuate Americans from a foreign country in the event of a pandemic?
Current medical thinking suggests that remaining in country in a pandemic may be the appropriate response to the start of an influenza pandemic in certain countries or regions. In this scenario, people would be advised to exercise "social distancing" and avoid any form of public gathering where transmission of the disease could occur.
Mass transit, including air travel, is a common venue for human-to-human transmission of viral infections due to the proximity of travelers to each other. Whether the U.S. government evacuates anyone will depend on a variety of country-specific factors. Each U.S. embassy and consulate has been asked to develop a contingency plan in the event of a pandemic, and to identify events that might prompt them to send employees and/or their dependents out of the country, assuming such travel is possible.
.(Flu safety tips above were
compiled from the web)
According to reports this virus mutates quickly
and is very adaptive.
Some types of H5N1 are
already resistant to TAMIFLU, a pharmaceutical
TAMIFLU will probably not be effective once
the virus mutates to allow human-to-human infection.
"A study published in the Oct. 20 online
issue of the journal Nature reported that a
strain of H5N1 virus in a Vietnamese girl is
resistant to Tamiflu.
is also concern that Tamiflu can cause death
or psychological problems in teenagers, following
reports of Japanese teens dying or committing
suicide after taking the drug. Roche argues
that these effects are not the result of Tamiflu,
and that high fevers and other flu symptoms
could also cause psychiatric symptoms and death.
The company's statement is supported by recent
reports published by the European Medicines
Evaluation Agency and the FDA's Pediatric Advisory
CDC recommends that any person experiencing
potentially life-threatening influenza-related
illnesses, or anyone at high risk for developing
complications and in the first two days of illness,
be treated with antiviral medications. The agency
also recommends that antiviral drugs be administered
to healthy people working in an outbreak area
such as a hospital to prevent the disease.
you have the flu, health experts advise you
to get plenty of rest, drink lots of liquids,
avoid alcohol and tobacco products, and take
fever reducers and other medication to relieve
not, however, give aspirin to a child or teenager
with flu symptoms without consulting a doctor.
Doing so could lead to the development of Reye
Syndrome – a rare but potentially fatal
disease that causes severe damage to the brain,
liver and other important organs.
This leaves us with some of the emerging anti-viral
being used to combat antibiotic
resistant superbugs in hospitals.
Valnet states, "Infectious microbes do not appear
to become accustomed to the essential oils as
they do to the many forms of treatment using
antibiotics." One reason virus and bacteria
cannot mutate with the essential oils is because
of the chemical constituents that make up essential
oils. One essential oil can have anywhere from
200- 800 chemical constituents. It is impossible
for a virus to mutate and adapt to that many
chemical constituents. Drugs are made by isolating
one or two constituents. A virus can easily
mutate and adapt to the drug, making it useless."
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For decontaminating surfaces
such as doorknobs, counters, chairs, bathrooms
and other common-use places where viral particles
use Lysol or a spray disinfectant or make your
own natural one
a spray-mist of 8oz purified
mixed with 5 tablespoons of equal portions of
grapefruit-seed extract (GSE)
and pure essential oils of rosemary, myrrh,
tea-tree, ginger and pine-needle
This is a powerful
antiviral / antibiotic combination.
Disclaimer: This is not
intended to be a replacement for professional
just tips of avoiding the flu and keeping your
personal environment clean.
If you have health problems, consult with an
Actual Physician, not just the internet.
2007 World Map of Avian Influenza Outbreaks
Countries Reporting Avian Flu
is a list culled from various news sources over
the last month or so.