H5N1 H1N1 Cluster in Vietnam – Be prepared for anything. Here are a few pointers.

H5N1 H1N1 Cluster in Dien Bien Vietnam
December 10, 2009

More and anxiety on the basis of when Dr. Nguyen Tran Hien, Director of Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology PRIVATE announce the result of epidemiological investigations deaths due to bird flu recently in Dien Bien. Male patients age 23 in the city of Dien Bien death from respiratory failure due to severe viral pneumonia was confirmed by test results: The patient died from H5N1.

When investigating the epidemiology of close contact with patients, medical experts are concerned when they discovered the children of influenza A/H1N1 infected patients. Meanwhile, the Forum chickens living in the cousin has test results positive for H5N1 virus.

The above translation suggests a family in Dien Bien, Vietnam has tested positive for H5N1 and H1N1. Poultry belonging to the family has also tested positive for H5N1.

Vietnam represents a hot zone where H1N1 and H5N1 are co-circulating. H1N1 is very promiscuous and has been isolated from a variety of mammalian species as well as turkeys. Thus, Vietnam would offer an environment for co-infections in a wide range of host including human.

All it takes is for someone to get infected with H5N1 and H1N1 at the same time, the viral infections meet up and party inside their body, cooking themselves into a recombined superbug with the mortality rate of bird flu and the infectious capacity of ‘swine’ flu. This is the pandemic that the scientists all over the world are terrified of. Vietnam and China both have massive avian populations of infected with the chronic H5N1 and since swine flu is now wide spread all over the world its a situation that is slowly ticking like a time bomb. Have you prepared yourself for a pandemic if one was to occur? Here is a small list of things you should probably gather for yourself, you know, just in case.

Elderberry (Sambucus nigra) is a herb that has a long history of use as a folk remedy for colds, sinus infections and the flu. In preliminary lab studies, elderberry extracts have been found to fight off viruses. Researchers believe that anthocyanins, compounds found naturally in elderberries, may be the active component that strengthens the immune system and blocks the flu virus from sticking to our cells.

Elderberry extract could be an “efficient and safe treatment” for flu symptoms in otherwise healthy people and for those with compromised immune systems, such as the elderly. Russell Greenfield, MD, a leading practitioner of integrative medicine and medical director of Carolinas Integrative Health, advocates treating flu with black elderberry, he says in a news release. “It can be given to children and adults, and with no known side effects or negative interactions,” he says. “But don’t expect grandma’s elderberry jam” to ease flu symptoms like body aches, cough, and fever, he warns. “Extract is the only black elderberry preparation shown effective in clinical studies.”

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Throughout the centuries and into today, silver in various forms has been used to benefit mankind. Some cultures added powdered silver to a newborn’s first bath as protection against a harsh world. Milk farmers used to use a silver pail to collect milk. The raw milk could remain unrefrigerated for hours without spoiling.

Similarly, our early settlers would often throw silver dollars into their wells or water barrels to kill bacteria and keep the water potable. During plagues in Europe, wealthy families gave their children silver spoons to suck on, hence the saying born with a silver spoon in his mouth. Numerous tests at major universities and commercial labs like Kansas State, UC Davis, Brigham Young University have proven the effectiveness of the product.

Vitamin C
Boosts the immune system and acts as an antiviral agent, since it blocks the enzyme neuraminadase, which the bird flu viruses need to reproduce.

Green tea
(3-6 cups daily) is known to be a very effective antiviral agent. Green tea works much the same as Vitamin C, as it inhibits the production of neuraminadase. Also, drinking hot liquids will relieve nasal congestion and soothe your throat. Try a hot toddy: herbal tea, 1 ounce of whiskey, bourbon or rum, and 1 teaspoon of honey.

Fresh fruit and vegetables
Eat brightly colored fruits and vegetables (such as carrots, apples, oranges, blueberries, chili peppers, cranberries and bell peppers) and raw or lightly cooked garlic, horseradish and onion. These are packed with nutrients that can lower your susceptibility to the bird flu virus, especially if they are eaten raw.

Pure water
Try to drink 8 glasses of pure water a day and keep your mucous membranes well-hydrated. Try mixing 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon baking soda in 8 ounces of warm water. Carefully squirt or sniff water into the nose. Hold one nostril closed by applying light finger pressure while squirting the salt mixture into the other nostril. Let the water drain out, repeat 2-3 times, then treat the other nostril. Make sure you blow your nose correctly: very gently, one nostril at a time.

Gargling can bring temporary relief to a sore throat. Try a teaspoon of salt dissolved in warm water, four times daily. To reduce the tickle in your throat, try hot tea, which contains tannin, to tighten the membranes. Or try a honey gargle: Add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to two cups of hot water, then stir in 1 teaspoon of honey. Let the mixture cool before gargling.

Steam inhalation
Add 2 drops of tea tree oil or eucalyptus oil to a bowl of steaming water. Cover your head with a towel and inhale the vapor for 5-10 minutes. This will relieve the congestion and fight infection.