A possible outbreak of the virus is still very much possible, but at this point, the most likely route to infection was via exposure to the dead chicken and it’s associated with people who have been near poultry.
The CDC continues to stress that the incidence of the virus in this new outbreak is lower than the last outbreak; however it is definitely an epidemic. So here’s the risk. If it continues to climb, people would run the same risk of developing the flu.
So that’s one, but what about the other five?
Five more viruses, all very similar.
The first virus in this category is very similar to the current version of flu. Flu viruses are actually classified by how often they turn up and spread. There are three categories: non-pregnant, pregnant, and nursing mothers.
Three categories and these viruses all appear to be similar in that most are not fatal. This is most likely due to a mutation that makes the viruses able to survive in the blood after they are shed from the lungs into the bloodstream. It is thought that many of these viruses are more of a nuisance to most people than they possibly are to a doctor or patient.
Once a person is infected by infecting an infected individual, a secondary infection sets in. This secondary infection sets in when the immune system becomes stronger and more aggressive, which is when the third category of virus, known as the most contagious, become dangerous. After the secondary infection, there is usually no way to get rid of them except by dying. The CDC uses the term ‘influenza’ but they actually mean this term for the common flu.
In summary, these viruses are so weak that they are susceptible to treatment and preventative measures. A very simple way to prevent the spread of these viruses is to not let children’s toys sit in the baby’s room.
The only other virus in this category is the measles virus. This was really the virus to start this entire debate. It was the most common virus in the U.S. during the past several years and is a very easy to catch if you’re not careful. Even if you know the symptoms and can tell the difference between an actual case of measles from an outbreak of a different virus (like the virus that causes rickettsial typhus) , you still might get infected. I’m sure when the CDC found out about the measles virus, they didn’t wait for a natural outbreak. They went out and vaccinated everyone with the best vaccine ever which had a 96% coverage rate. By vaccinating everyone correctly during this time, they prevented the actual outbreak from happening. Also here is what the CDC had to say about this viral entity: “In people who have been exposed, measles virus infection can be transmitted through direct contact with an infectious person, the incidental transfer of virus from infected persons to uninfected persons or the indirect transmission of infected persons to susceptible persons. Transmission can also be facilitated through the air or by contaminated food, water or surfaces. Measles is not sexually transmitted, and the virus is not spread by coughing or sneezing. Although symptoms of measles, including rash, fever, coryza and cough, and pneumonia start within seven to ten days of getting measles, an individual can have mild symptoms, including aches and fatigue in the days before or after the first symptoms of measles. Most people recover from measles without complications.” The one major difference between measles and the other viruses is that measles is a very serious disease that is usually fatal. The risk of measles is very low and it could probably be prevented by getting vaccinated even if you are susceptible but it was really important to warn the public of the seriousness of this illness until it could be controlled with better ways to control the growth of human dna. They also stressed all the other risks associated with the virus including the risk of getting multiple infections in a short period of time and as it stands, at this point it is unknown how long it can take to develop into a serious illness, as the disease is not yet recognized as an illness. If it has been for several weeks, let the public know as they are more likely to trust the word of health officials over of what really happened than the information posted on the CDC website.
That leaves us with more viruses and four of the five are more dangerous than any of the ones that we discussed in the first group of virus recommendations.
This is a little frustrating. The entire reason we got the flu vaccine was because of the large outbreak of the H1N1 virus. As this is not a very common virus, we did not want to put people’s lives at risk or to make a public health situation into something that could be exploited. We wanted the vaccine to stop a very serious illness that had never been seen before.