Friday, March 23, 2007

more bird flu phooey

Things have been quiet on the bird flu front for a while. By now, if we’d bought the rhetoric created by governments and the drug company, most of us who didn’t have access to the elixir of good health aka Tamiflu – would be dead as the fatal virus did it's grim reaper act across the world.

I’ve ranted here about it being both a beat up (bird flu) and a false panacea (the wonder drug) but now there is a new twist to the saga. Our government along with most of the others in the first world has stockpiled the drug, so in case of an epidemic only key leaders and frontline health and security personnel would have access to it. Now it appears that Tamiflu has a much higher rate of noxious side effects than Roche wanted to admit to, what’s more – it could send our leaders mad. A case of mad cow goes airborne!

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4 Comments:

Blogger JahTeh said...

What do you mean send them mad? Bird flu is a future threat if it mutates enough for air borne bird to human infection but by then the Tamiflu will be out of date anyway.
We need China to come clean about how much of it is in their country and figures on how many people have died but with the Olympics on the horizon, there's buckly's of that.

10:55 am  
Blogger MelbourneGirl said...

i confess to getting two scripts for tamiflu from our doctor. i am on about 3 waiting lists and never heard anything from them. this was close to 2 years ago? certainly more than 18 months.

i just don't know what to think about it. should read about it i guess.

2:52 pm  
Blogger Another Outspoken Female said...

Don't you all find it a little suspicious that Donald Rumsfeld has made so much money out of the whole Tamiful thing?

5:25 pm  
Blogger MelbourneGirl said...

absolutely, but i didn't know that. fucking rumsfeld. fucking american right-wing politicians.
(i wanted to say fucking americans but that wouldn't be polite. most are very nice.)

also, i keep reading about it making teenagers jump off buildings, etc. so that's off the list for us.

8:24 pm  

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