World Health Organization Warning Millions at Risk from Avian Flu Pandemic -- 'US Unprepared for Deadly Avian Flu,' ABC News 9/29/05
The World Health Organizaton is warning about a Global Health Pandemic from Avian Flu. The medication needed to fight the virus is known but in short supply in US as only 2.5 million doses are available when 200 million may be required. Consequently, Americans may have to buy medications on line from Canadian prescription companies like www. LePharmacy. com just as they did during the Flu vaccine shortage of 2004.
(PRWEB) October 4, 2005
Scientists from the World Health Organization are again sounding the alarm on the influenza A (H5N1) virus, Z strain, commonly known as "Bird Flu". The virus, which first appeared in Hong Kong in 1997, could mutate genetically, making it easier for humans to catch and transmit the disease among themselves.
Avian Influenza is an infectious disease of birds caused by Type A strains of the flu virus. The WHO says that 57 people have died in Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia mainly from contact with infected birds. The real danger is the increasing number of human cases and the highly infectious nature of the virus. The mortality rate for infection is 75 per cent. Only Ebola and Rabies come close at about 50 %.
Signs the disease has spread recently to birds in Russia and Kazakhstan are adding to concerns, the WHO says. When asked whether he thought a widespread outbreak in humans was imminent, Jong - Wook Lee, Director General of the WHO said: "We don't know when it will come. But it would be hugely irresponsible if the WHO and member states did not take preventive measures now." Accordingly, the WHO has made plans to have three million treatments of a medication called Tamiflu stockpiled in case of a pandemic in humans.
Tamiflu (Also known as Oseltamivir) is an antiviral drug primarily invented for the purpose of treating influenza. Tamiflu can also prevent the onset of flu even if you have been exposed to people who have it. Tamiflu is the only drug that is effective in stopping the Avian/Bird Flu from spreading once exposed.
A draft report of the US Federal Government's Avian Flu emergency plan predicts that as many as 200 million Americans could be infected. Roche Pharmaceutical, the manufacturer of Tamiflu, has set up a first come, first served waiting list and the US is nowhere near the top of the list. According to Laurie Garrett, senior fellow for global health at The Council on Foreign Relations, the current US stockpile for Tamiflu treatments is only around 2.5 million. When asked why the United States did not order Tamiflu earlier, US Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt said, "I can't answer that. I don't know the answer."
To many Americans, this sounds distressingly familiar to the 2004 flu shot shortage that saw US citizens flocking north to Canada and enlisting the help of Canadian prescription drug agencies like www. LePharmacy. com. " The prospect of having to protect oneself and one's family against Avian Bird Flu is gaining momentum" said Ross McKinlay, Director of Sales at www. LePharmacy. com a leading online Canadian pharmacy intermediary. He also added " beware of those companies that offer Tamiflu without a prescription. I know that much of this non-prescription Tamiflu is being sourced through Turkey and other similar countries that do not have the same strict health standards as the US and Canada. Neither the quality nor the manufacturer can be guaranteed. LePharmacy. com provides Tamiflu from Roche Pharmaceuticals only. We don't compromise the patient's health for the sake of profit."
Www. Le Pharmacy. com, based in Edmonton, Alberta, is a leading online Canadian mail-order agent for a Canadian Pharmacy. Our Internet site offers discounted affordable Canadian drugs without delays. Everyday we help thousands of Americans obtain high quality prescription drugs with our easy-to-use drug ordering system. To get further information and possible savings on drugs from Canada, please call us toll free at 1-888-453-6275, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To order online or register to receive our weekly newsletter, please click on www. LePharmacy. com.
# # #