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Health Poll: Are You Worried About Catching the Bird Flu?

Are You Worried About Catching the Bird Flu?

The bird flu (known as H5N1) has been in the news a lot, and recently a case of human-to-human transmission was confirmed in China. A father caught it from his son, and unfortunately the son passed away. The father took antivirals and participated in an H5N1 vaccine trial and luckily has survived.

Flu experts worry that this human-to-human transmission may cause the virus to mutate, sparking a pandemic which could kill millions worldwide. That worries me, too.

So what about you . . .

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MadalenaO MadalenaO 9 years
i don't worry. but I'm not sure is president Duck - Kaczynski healthy. maybe he hes got bird flu (and whole PiS)?
insanitypepper insanitypepper 9 years
There are lots more things I have to worry about between now & when (if) bird flu becomes a major concern for humans. It seems like this scare story has been popular with the media on and off for about three years.
lamicmic lamicmic 9 years
not worried at all. It's sad of course that someone has died from it but i really don't think it's THE pandemic. I still stayed away from live chickens when i was in china though :P
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I'm not worried at all. The disease is pretty rare in humans and it'll probably stay that way, just like mad cow disease. I haven't gotten any sort of flu in 7 years, so I'm not terribly worried about getting bird flu, especially since where I live, no one's really had it yet.
rpenner rpenner 9 years
I worry only because it's sad that people are dying from it. But I'm not worried that it will effect me or that there will be an epidemic. They've said there is going to be a crazy outbreak for a long time now and it hasn't happened.
karisaamy karisaamy 9 years
I don't worry about it at all who needs one more thing to worry about.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
My parents have chickens and I have to say I am not concerned.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 9 years
NLM1212 - I completely agree. They keep talking about a pandemic that hasn't even come close to happening, when people are dying from other causes every day. It's being completely sensationalized.
levi1 levi1 9 years
I don't worry about it because it is something out of my control. But I will try and use due caution and try and be safe as possible, as well as follow any CDC recommendations. Worrying about something out of my control is an unneeded stressor.
colormesticky colormesticky 9 years
The news story said this is the second human-to-human case. I'm not worried, but it definitely catches my interest when I hear new info about it.
angelfromlsu angelfromlsu 9 years
I'm not afraid of birds. I use to raise chickens for pets. I kissed them too! (I was 9)
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
As sad as it is that someone has already died from this, it doesn't worry me too much. If I worried about every disease that I could possibly get, I'd turn into Bob from What about Bob? haha baby steps.
TidalWave TidalWave 9 years
OMG BIRD DISEASE WE'RE ALL GOING TO DIE... what war in iraq? there's a war? you're joking, how can there be a war when there is an omgeveryonesgoingtodie bird disease around? psh i don't need the media to tell me what to worry about, i can do that on my own.
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 9 years
I don't worry about it at all and I actually find all of the hype about it funny (although if people start passing it on to other people in large numbers it probably won't be so funny anymore!). I used to work in the insurance industry and one carrier was offering Disease Outbreak Coverage. It was the most ridiculous thing I'd ever heard of, especially since there were so many limitations that you'd be stupid to buy it. But, everyone seemed to be asking for it and that carrier has probably made tons of money off it.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 9 years
Everytime I worry about whatever disease the news is currently making a big deal about, nothing ends up happening and soon enough they're going on about another disease. I would probably make myself sick wasting time stressing myself out.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
it's no concern to me!
NLM1212 NLM1212 9 years
Although the case stated above it sad, this is typical over exposed by the media, hysteria over something that affects a tiny percentage. Meanwhile people die in vast numbers of cancers, AIDS, etc, but this makes better news copy. I'll get off my soap box now ;)
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