EGYPT: Avian flu deadlier than swine flu

Egypt’s hospitals have been on high alert after five more people died in the governorates of Gharbia, Port Said, Ismaillia, and Monofiya because of the Avian flu virus.

The tiny flu virus has killed more people in history than all the huge guns and bombs ever did.

The Health Ministry announced on 4 January that it had detected 838 new confirmed H1N1 cases across the nation in December. It said it had detected 2,171 cases since October 2010 and 24 people had died. There were 14,846 confirmed H1N1 infections in Egypt last year, according to the Health Ministry.

“Dozens of suspected cases arrive at the hospitals every day,” said Nassr Al-Sayed, assistant minister of health for preventive medicine. “We are raising our alert levels in case an outbreak happens.”

While a large number of people are worried about H1N1 and look suspiciously at people sneezing in public places because of the fear of contracting it, it is avian flu (H5N1 – mainly transmitted to humans from animals (birds) which is a deadlier killer if one looks at the statistics.

On 5 January, the World Health Organization (WHO) said the Health Ministry had announced four new human cases of H5N1 in December, leading to two deaths. According to the WHO list of countries where H5N1 has been reported, Egypt has the highest number of cases (119 so far) outside Southeast Asia. With 40 fatalities and an almost 34 percent fatality ratio, it is a much deadlier killer than H1N1.

Source; Global Security

My comments;

The flu pandemic of 1918-1920 killed between 50-100 million people, making it one of the worst natural disasters in human history. Medical authorities have said for many years that the world is overdue for another flu pandemic, and that our immune systems are not ready to cope with it. Also, many people live unhealthy lifestyles that make them very susceptible to diseases.

Revelation 6:8 says;

And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

The Greek translation of this passage makes it clear that “beasts of the earth” includes what we would call today germs or pathogens. The massive pandemics of flu, malaria, AIDS and other diseases that already kill tens of millions of people a year in the developing world have occasionally spread to richer areas, and this trend will probably increase with the increase in migration.

The only solution, as usual, is to pray that you and your loved ones will be protected from what’s coming, and take practical steps to keep yourself and your family healthy. God gave you a body so that you could do the work he created you to do, and in order to do it you must be healthy and strong enough to do it, not to mention alive.

1 Corinthians 6:19;

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?

Written by Aaron

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