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Earth Medicine

Flu + La Nina = Pandemic? 105

Posted by timothy
from the african-or-european-swallow dept.
New submitter MrEricSir writes with some scary speculation from a BBC article about the confluence of climate and disease: "A correlation between illness and cold weather is nothing new but this one is very specific: La Nina changes the migratory patterns of birds which can (and often does, according to this theory) cause flu pandemics."
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Flu + La Nina = Pandemic?

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  • Re:Pandemic term (Score:5, Insightful)

    by ColdWetDog (752185) on Tuesday January 17, 2012 @01:02PM (#38726326) Homepage

    The pandemic word is used to create terror. With two patients of the same desease in different continents you have a pandemic.

    Oh shut up. Pandemics are real. And potentially very dangerous. Not everything is hype. Take some more happy pills or go over to one of the copyright threads and angst there.

  • by Charliemopps (1157495) on Tuesday January 17, 2012 @01:50PM (#38726996)
    No, not getting the Flushot for yourself is also irresponsible. The Vaccine only works on "some" people. If you fail to get the flu shot yourself, catch the flu and then pass it to some vulnerable child or elderly person that the flu shot did not have an affect on and they die, you're directly responsible for their death.

    I don't suggest we make it a law. You're body is your body. But you should know exactly what you're doing when you decided to spout this anti-vaccine nonsense fad. You're risking lives. Not just your own, but your entire family and everyone you meet. You should be shamed, shunned, and generally hated. I wont let un-vaccinate kids anywhere near my kid. I may very well start doing the same with adults.
  • by 246o1 (914193) on Tuesday January 17, 2012 @02:40PM (#38727620)

    A World Pandemic is eventual, and probably will be worse than previous Pandemics. With Climate Change increasing rapidly, Polution getting worse, and Population on the rise, I'm surprised a global virus hasn't killed millions of people yet.

    Perhaps you're unfamiliar with HIV?

  • Re:La Nina? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by sexconker (1179573) on Tuesday January 17, 2012 @03:53PM (#38728608)

    Or you could learn some HTML so you could write “La Niña.” It's pretty easy to look this stuff up...

    Why in the fuck would you use an HTML entity for a perfectly valid character?
    It's SLASHDOT'S fault that anything unicode gets fucked to hell.

    HTML entities are for ESCAPING special characters like < via &lt; so they're interpreted and rendered as text and not code.

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