On 5/28/13 CNN provided the first mainstream reporting on the deadly MERS-CoV (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus) and it’s 50%+ kill rate.
This is the same virus AlertsUSA warned subscribers of more than TWO WEEKS AGO via a text message to their mobile devices, followed the next day by a more detailed threat update via email.
Read that threat update HERE.
In light of both of these stories it is fair to say that there are deadly public health threats now facing you and your family. It is important that you take precautionary steps NOW….as opposed to waiting for the likely panic reaction by the general public if H7N9 or MERS-CoV manifest into pandemic-scale outbreaks.
|What You Need to Know|
|It was revealed late this week by researchers at the University of Hong Kong that the H7N9 bird flu virus which has infected 131 people (and killed 36) can be transmitted not only by close contact but by airborne exposure. Their study, published this week in the journal Science, indicates ferrets were passing the virus cage to cage. Additionally, inoculated ferrets were infected before the appearance of most clinical symptoms, demonstrating there may be more cases than have been detected or reported.
Additionally, tests were conducted using pigs, a major host of influenza viruses. These tests also definitively showed that they could also get infected with H7N9, leading to the belief that H7N9 may combine with pig viruses to generate new variants.
A particularly important, though unreported aspect of the entire H7N9 topic is that severe cases are reported to be hemmoraghic. What this means is that those infected could experience, among a myriad of other symptoms, excessive internal bleeding, liver or kidney failure similar to dengue, tick-borne encephalitis and Ebola.
Readers are reminded that while reported infection numbers are still relatively low, H7N9 clearly has world health authorities seriously spooked. So much so, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the CDC this week published a 1 BILLION dollar cost plus Federal Solicitation for the purposes of emergency experimentation with H7N9 Flu vaccines and emergency experimental antiviral treatments.
The Solicitation specifically references “preparation for a possible large scale national H7N9 influenza vaccination program.”
Earlier this month, the CDC issued a presolicitation announcement of their intended $600 million dollar acquisition of 512 million syringes, alcohol prep pads and other related products necessary to meet the vaccine administration needs of the American public during a pandemic influenza event.
Further still, the CDC is considering using the two oil-in-water emulsion adjuvants in its stockpile with an H7N9 vaccine in order to increase effectiveness. Of particular note here is that the CDC has never before allowed the use of adjuvants in either the seasonal or pandemic influenza vaccines as their use has been tied to onset of Narcolepsy, as was the case with their H1N1 vaccine.
And something you can be assured of is that if a nationwide H7N9 vaccination program is implemented, this will no doubt be made mandatory for school-aged children given the close proximity of students in a school setting.
“Human infections with a new avian influenza A (H7N9) virus continue to be reported in China. The virus has been detected in poultry in China as well. While mild illness in human cases has been seen, most patients have had severe respiratory illness and some people have died.” (See This)
“On April 19, 2013, HHS Secretary Sebelius determined there is significant potential for a Public Health Emergency related to Avian Influenza A (H7N9) Virus.” (See This)
While it is impossible to predict if H7N9 will progress to a pandemic state, the authorities are clearly more than a little worried about this possibility. This should be a strong indicator to you, the individual, to pay attention and to take a few preparatory steps of your own BEFORE a panic starts.
Below we suggest 3 risk countermeasures to help you shore up your preparedness for such and event.
1. Medical Grade Skin Cleanser
In principle, influenza viruses can be transmitted by 3 routes: aerosols, large droplets, and direct contact with infected surfaces or secretions. One of the best risk mitigation steps you can take is to acquire a medical grade skin cleanser, as well as surface cleanser.
Of these, one of the gold standards in hospitals and other clinical settings is Chlorhexidine Gluconate, which is sold under the product name HIBICLENS.
The product is intended for use as a surgical scrub, as a health-care personnel hand wash, a patient pre-operative skin preparation and a skin wound cleanser. The antimicrobial cleaner bonds to the skin to create a persistent antimicrobial effect and protective germ-killing field against a wide range of microorganisms.
The link below leads to an assortment of HIBICLENS products on Amazon.
2. N95 Surgical / Filtration Masks
Another wise risk countermeasure useful for reducing infection would be to acquire a supply of N95 surgical masks. These are (currently) inexpensive and an excellent addition to preparedness supplies. There are an abundance of scholarly studies demonstrating the effectiveness of N95 filters in reducing the spread of influenza viruses.
The link below leads to an assortment of N95 masks on Amazon.