Avian influenza in China, the beginning of an epidemic ... by the media?
The Point.fr - Published on 15/04/2013 at 16:11
Much ado about nothing ... The epidemic is not fatal, but some skilled riders have managed to sow panic in the world.
By Professor Didier Raoult
The new avian influenza (H7N9) emerging in China is to reboot the fear of animal influenza by a media epidemic. Let us remember that avian influenza caused by H5N1 brought a global madness at considerable cost.
First, because the first diagnosed cases were fatal, which often happens with new diseases, because only serious cases are diagnosed. Then, the WHO experts consulted, specialists in the field, had a major conflict of interest, because the interests of their work was to exaggerate the risk, although no virus H5 has never resulted in human to human transmission. Only H1, H2 and H3 have done it to date. Taking advantage of the psychosis, the vaccine industry has succeeded with terrified governments buying vaccines against an epidemic that did not exist. Alarmist books on the topic have been bestsellers, while proponents books on more moderate line were shunned.
This general excitement has generated monstrous research cost and the subject on risk of mutant viruses transmitted to humans that could escape from laboratories, has led to new regulations.
Nuclear war or preventing the flu?
Everything was under bad science fiction more than reality and led to the establishment in many countries - including France - plans to fight similar to a preparation for nuclear war instead of the prevention of flu. In the end, the real flu outbreak we experienced was of porcine origin, which is the most common link for the passage of a flu virus from animals to humans. This was the H1N1 flu in 2009.
Flu is a dangerous disease, and viruses crossing from animals to humans are unpredictable, but the probability of an avian influenza epidemic becoming a human pandemic remains low. This has never happened. Under these conditions, it is important to remain vigilant to identify the first confirmed cases of human transmission, but avoid falling into information overload, which is sometimes fueled by the greatest experts in the field in order to finance their laboratory.
Especially as psychosis around avian influenza has caused a disturbing alienation toward the vaccine against seasonal human influenza, which continues to kill every year .