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New Bird Flu Really Is Something To Be Feared! First Case Detected OUTSIDE Of China!

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Remember how the first bird flu, H1N1 (and most recently, H5N1, which caused 300+ deaths over a few years), caused fear and panic… but ended up being basically just a scare that withered away?

Well H7N9 should be feared. It's H1N1's dick of an older brother — the stronger, more volatile older brother! It's one of the most lethal viruses that doctors and medical investigators had faced in recent years, with a death toll already at 22, and the first case has popped up outside of China!

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Bird Flu Scare Sparks Shanghai Poultry Slaughter

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In Shanghai, China a sixth person has died from a new bird flu strain and eight others are sick!

The same day of the death, a Shanghai market detected bird flu in a pigeon and began slaughtering all of the birds.

That's just awful!

Over 20,000 chickens, ducks, geese and pigeons were all killed!

The director of China's CDC said:

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Hong Kong Kills Thousands Of Chickens After Finding Bird Flu

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After a chicken carcass tested positive for avian flu, over 17,000 chickens at a poultry market have been killed, said the Hong Kong government.

They declared that specific poultry market an infected place.

Local farmers are going to be prevented from sending any chickens to the market for 21 days.

The government said that they're working to find the source of the H5N1 avian influenza virus but they're currently unsure if it started at a local farm or was imported.

Wherever it started, let's hope they stop it before it spreads.

No one needs another pandemic scare like pretty much every year.

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Vaccine Resistant Bird Flu Spreading In Asia

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Oh no! The bird flu is back and possibly deadlier than ever!

According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, a mutant strain of H5N1 that is resistant to existing vaccines is spreading in China and Vietnam.

While the virus seemed to be contained after shrinking from 4000 outbreaks in bird populations at its peak to 302, nearly 800 cases were reported in 2010-2011.

8 people have died from the mutated strain of the bird flu in Cambodia alone and officials are reporting that "wild birds may introduce the virus, but people's actions in poultry production and marketing spread it."

So scary! And just in time for the terrifying new film Contagion, which may be hitting a little too close to home for the Asian film market.

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Pigeons Fall Dead In Canada

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What's happening?

Something is happening!

But this time…M. Night Shyamalan isn't behind it.

More birds have fallen on our northern neighbors land!

A farmer in Quebec has found 80 dead birds on his land and apparently more are falling.

Sylvain Turmel first noticed the dead birds in his field on Dec. 18 and said:

"I found two dead birds in the morning, which is normal, birds sometimes die, but when I came back one hour later, another 25 had fallen. In the time it took me to pick them up, five more fell to the ground!"

Dead birds littered this holiday season in Arkansas, Louisiana and Sweden, but officials have yet to give a solid explanation as to WHY they died leaving everyone on edge.

Canada isn't any closer to solving the mystery either as wildlife officials with Quebec's Ministry of Natural Resources collected the birds for analysis, but are also stumped.

Turmel hasn't gotten very many details as he says:

"All they can tell me is that it's not avian influenza, it's not the West Nile virus, and it's not poison," which is what officials suspected at first. It won't stop. I'm finding more [dead] birds every day."

David Bird, a wildlife biologist at McGill University in Montreal, said he's been receiving plenty of phone calls about the birds, but is not alarmed.

According to the expert, this type of phenomenon is more common than people realize. He says:

"First of all, it's not a biblical curse. It's not a death ray from an alien space ship. There are many cases where birds get hit by hailstorms or get lost in the fog and they die of starvation and they just fall dead out of the sky."

Bird thinks each incident has its own unique cause and there is no need for people to panic, as he continues:

"I think this is a case where it's just coincidental … and people are trying to link them together."

Maybe this does happen all the time, but how come it has never been covered so much by the media or received this much attention?

What do U think?

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