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Cloak Raider

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#1 12 years ago

How many of you noticed that all over the news, there was reports that bird flu would spread across the world and kill thousands of people? It was in a daily mail headline that 50,000 people in Britain WILL die. So, two questions come from this. 1. What has happened to bird flu? Has it completely disappeared or has media coverage on it just gone. 2. Is it right for the media to scare the public like this? Or should they first make sure that the infomation they get is correct.




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#2 12 years ago
Cloak Raider1. What has happened to bird flu? Has it completely disappeared or has media coverage on it just gone.

I think it has been contained and it's no more a severe health risk.

2. Is it right for the media to scare the public like this? Or should they first make sure that the infomation they get is correct.

No, it's not right and they should check the information first but this is common thing that you see in some medias, but especially in the American media (killer bees from Africa anyone?): fear sells.




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#3 12 years ago
Cloak Raider;3386040How many of you noticed that all over the news, there was reports that bird flu would spread across the world and kill thousands of people? It was in a daily mail headline that 50,000 people in Britain WILL die. So, two questions come from this. 1. What has happened to bird flu? Has it completely disappeared or has media coverage on it just gone.

I havent thought about this but it does seem strange that there has been no word of bird flu for months. Maybe Relander is right, maybe it has been contained and is no longer a health risk. But if so, we should have heard about this.




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#4 12 years ago

The media doesn't mind spreading lies as long as it is a popular lie and makes them rich.

Scaring people is probably the easiest way for the media to make money, just look how often terorism is mentioned these days even though it's not actually killing that many people in Europe or the US.




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#5 12 years ago

Bird flu as with all influenza believe it or not is not a human virus or at least it did not originate as a human virus, it takes a catalysis to transfer it from its original host to people: Ducks and Chickens…These fowl often are raised where there are pigs. The fowl defecate in the feed troughs and the pigs oblivious eat the feed. The virus is transferred into the pig, depending on the flu virus it may actually kill the pig right out within a few hours or days never to be transferred, however, on occasion some forms of influenza will remain in its new host, mutate (as pigs internal biology is compatible with human RNA/DNA at the basic level, just enough for the flu virus to take hold) and be transferred to its new human host. This often occurs during the butchering stage as the pathogen transfers from pig to human. If an unsuspected handler has an open wound or is a little under the weather (immune system is weakened) they can contract the virus and pass it on. Influenza is an aggressive virus that mutates constantly (reason you have to have a flu shot). The virus you caught this year may mutate into something totally different by the time it has run its course and resurge next year as a new strain. Given this, the “Bird flu” may have been cornered and killed by actively tracking the virus, or it has “run its course” much like the 1918 Spanish Flu did and/or it has gone into remittance to resurge at a later time. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) ranks influenza a category 4 virus, which puts it in the same category as other debilitating virus/diseases such as E-boli, anthrax and HIV.

The point, maybe the media overindulged on the carnage…but this virus or a more horrific version may come to haunt us in our near or distant future.




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#6 12 years ago
fear sells.

Relander you are completely right. But attempting to sell stories that almost scare people into buying them is seriously wrong. There should be a stop put to it.




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#7 12 years ago

Wait, what? Oh, right, bird flu. It's been off the radar for a few months, so I kind of forgot about it.:lol: So. How is the impending pandemic coming along?




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#8 12 years ago

http://subs.nzherald.co.nz/section/story.cfm?c_id=2&ObjectID=10412500

It's still around, but the hype was beyond the threat.




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#9 12 years ago

There actually was a serious scare for awhile though. It wasn't just the media hypa. Serious scientists and doctors were saying it could be a very bad problem in the near future. Can't blame them. At the time it probaly appeared that way, and only recently has died down.

Even if bird flu started to spread it wouldn't be too big of a problem though. Just remember to wash your hands, don't bite your nails or anything like that, and eat healthily and you will probaly be fine. I've never caught the flu, ever, because I stay healthy.




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#10 12 years ago

Fear and mayhem sales, which is why any intelligent individual should take the media in all its forms with a grain of salt; look at both sides of an issue or dilemma and make an informed logical decision based on the facts, not what some talking head is spewing from behind the mic.




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