H5N1: direct information

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The most "submarine-like" news of the start of 2006 is bird flu (H5N1)

No-one is talking about it.

Italians that have bought tens of thousands of doses of tamiflu will start to think that the feared effects of bird flu (millions of dead in the world) are in reality a brilliant marketing idea of the pharmaceutical companies.

Tamiflu can no longer be found anywhere (sold out) and neither do you find news of the epidemic.

Is this just chance?

I can’t help you with news about tamiflu, but I can give you information about the spread of bird flu.

The most recent death suspected to be from H5N1 happened in Indonesia on Monday 2 January at Jakarta’s Sulianti Saroso hospital.
The person struck down by the illness was often in contact with farmed chickens and is the twelfth person to die of H5N1 in Indonesia.

The death count at this point is 75 deaths from H5N1 since December 2003, all in Asia:

-Cambodia 4
-China 3
-Indonesia 12
-Thailand 14
-Vietnam 42

As of today, the danger of a pandemic from bird migration is considered to be marginal. The flu is spread by aeroplanes and by contaminated chickens.

This information can be found on a website that supplies up to date information about H5N1 every day: www.promedmail.org, use it to find out more and sign up to its daily newsletter.

And, if the news that you get is important, send an email to the newspapers, just like that, just to keep them informed, and send a copy also to Storace.

Posted by Beppe Grillo at 01:38 AM in | Comments (10)
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Hi I'm doing a report on Influenze, but I don't fully understand what it is. All the sites i search won't tell me. Can anyone help?

Posted by: Christine | May 7, 2007 05:23 PM

The pharmaceutical companies every year increase sales volumes who it supervises? WBR LeoP

Posted by: Leo | January 20, 2007 02:30 AM

I would advise anyone caring about the subject to have a look at the freely available online book http://birdflubook.com

Posted by: luca anselmini | November 1, 2006 11:42 AM

Dear Beppe,

great post, I have been asking for a long time why we had such a media pressure about bird-flu during a period and then nothing, and why bird-flu that has been around for a couple of years should now transmit from human to human just when getting in Europe, like magic (and it did not happen in countries where health conditions are much worse today).

I must also tell that the media pressure was the same also outside Italy (I live in France, it has been among the most important topic of news for days).

A friend (another "fan" of your blog) recently gave me a hint confirming my suspects:


As the source is CNN, I can reasonably think that is not an hoax (if someone has evidence of contrary, please post).

If true, I think that he is not the only one, and not only in US.

having said that, I am getting more and more suspicious when I hear a chorus in the media: most probably there is the orchestra director somewhere.



Posted by: Andrea | January 9, 2006 07:59 PM

Not at all!!! ;-)

Posted by: Raffaella Biferale | January 5, 2006 11:05 PM

Thank you! Thank you!
Don't make me blush now.

Posted by: Giovanni Principe | January 5, 2006 10:50 PM

If it will go on like this, soon we will have to kill to have a glass of clean water and food to eat, among muontains of unedible animals.

Posted by: Giovanni Principe | January 5, 2006 06:23 PM

It's hard to tell truth from fiction in the media re bird flu, with the authorities saying "don't panic", and the media desperately trying to instill panic in order to get a story.

Posted by: TC | January 5, 2006 03:51 PM

Hello dear friends,

here is an opinion worth reading:



Posted by: Daniel Laframboise | January 4, 2006 06:13 AM

This H5N1 scares the BeJesus out of me.
Raymond B

Posted by: Raymond B | January 4, 2006 03:38 AM

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