21 February 2008

A SICKO roadmap

A detailed map highlighting the world's hotspots for emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) has been released.
Researchers from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), and the US-based University of Georgia and Columbia University's Earth Institute analysed 335 emerging diseases from 1940 to 2004.

They then used computer models to see if the outbreaks correlated with human population density or changes, latitude, rainfall or wildlife biodiversity.

Finally, the data was plotted on to maps to reveal the "hotspots" around the globe.
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RELATED: A shot in the dark?
-- WASHINGTON -- Next year's flu vaccine is getting a complete overhaul to provide protection against three new and different influenza strains -- hopefully better protection than this year's version.

It's a highly unusual move: Seldom are more than one or two strains swapped out from one year to the next.

Now the question is whether vaccine manufacturers can make such a big change in time to produce more than 100 million doses by the fall.
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13 comments:

Anonymous said...

neo...hope you aren't getting sucked in to the paranoia. It's another fearmonger ploy, and the 'guvamint must step in' angle.
Just check out the pharmaceuticals who have much to gain.
I just went thru a huge hassle with my 'place of employment' I was forced to have the flu vaccine against my will, or lose my job.
Where's the flu epidemic?
It's Chicken Little and the Big Bucks.

Neo Conservative said...

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"anon says... It's Chicken Little and the Big Bucks."

not according to people at places like the cdc.

the smart money is saying it's a question of when... not if... we get slammed by another big flu epidemic.

researchers have theorised there are 80 year cycles for global pandemics... and apparently we're overdue.

if you're interested in some background, pick up the book "flu" by gina kolata... the 1918 spanish flu was one scary event.

you are, of course, entitled to your opinion.

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Anonymous said...

Yes...and I wish I was entitled to the freedom to decide what to do with my body.
Think about it neo.
What's behind the AGW push?
Work up some fear, and demand that the guvamint has to fix it.
How is this different?
BTW...the flu that we were forced to 'prepare' for didn't materialise, and I have a vaccine in my body that I didn't want.

Neo Conservative said...

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"anon says... I have a vaccine in my body that I didn't want."

not sure i understand... vaccination is still a choice in this part of the country.

and much like deciding whether or not to vaccinate your children... you just get as much information from as many reputable sources as possible... and make a choice.

it's worked out pretty well so far for me.


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Anonymous said...

neo... the flu vaccine is different from the vaccines against childhood diseases.
My 'choice': get the flu vaccine(or take tamiflu) or don't come to work.It is not well known that this is happenning.

Neo Conservative said...

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hmmm... let me try this another way... the technology... (whether mmr, or the flu shot)... is out there... it's your choice whether or not to make use of it.

so choose... and move on.

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Anonymous said...

"Now the question is whether vaccine manufacturers can make such a big change in time to produce more than 100 million doses by the fall."

Can you hear it?
'The people are scared, the government will take care you, and the pharmaceuticals laughing all the way to the bank.'
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Neo Conservative said...

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"anon says... Can you hear it?"

ah... pretty simple solution here, my friend... just say no.

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Anonymous said...

neo...with all due respect,you aren't getting it. Many of my co-workers were held over the barrel and told get the vaccine or you are layed off. I was off for two weeks before I had to bite the bullet and get the vaccine.

Neo Conservative said...

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"anon says... get the vaccine or you are layed off."

help me out a little bit here... you work for the kgb?

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Anonymous said...

No..George Smitherman...but down the line...so to speak.
In Canada...
I'm not making this up...

Neo Conservative said...

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ok... now we're getting somewhere.

i get to choose whether or not to get a flu shot... so in one sense, i don't really have a dog in this fight.

but i have a buddy in toronto who is a paramedic and he has to have mandatory vaccinations.

let me ask him what he thinks about all this.

i should mention though, for the record... our child is fully immunised and our family gets yearly flushots.

no adverse effects at all so far.

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Anonymous said...

...and that's your choice...

BTW...when my doctor said the same thing I asked:
"So you believe the vaccine is perfectly safe and necessay?"

Doc:
"No...I didn't say that"