Thursday, April 4, 2013
New Bird Flu in China
You might remember the infections of the past several years which caused panic from China to the rest of the world.
SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) struck in 2002.
H1N1 (Swine Flu) is a strain of Influenza A struck in 2009.
H7N9 (Bird Flu) is another strain of Influenza A which might potentially strike in 2013.
The World Health Organization first reported on the potential outbreak.
So far, there are 5 reported deaths in China as a result of H7N9 (the "Bird Flu"). And there are 11 cases total being monitored.
We will watch this news because in 2009 we got totally wiped out of our stock of N95 Face Masks. We would like to be well-prepared if this situation grows.
But let's hope it doesn't!
Here's to hoping for good health for all, including all First Responders - Police, Fire and EMS!!