I’ve been hearing news about the bird flu having a resurgence in Asia. (See U.N. Warns of Bird Flu Resurgence, New Asian Strain )
As you will recall, the bird flu was big news when it peaked in 2006. Since then many countries have eliminated the strain, and have become virus free. However, there is now a mutant strain, H5N1 that is not covered by existing vaccines. They’ve had 800 reported cases so far, in China and Vietnam. It is being spread by wild bird migrations. It is mostly spread among birds, but can also cause human illness.
For an updated list of countries, check out World Health Organisation for Animal Health website. The U.S. is not on the list, but with international travel, one never knows.
Let’s hope it never comes to our shores, but just in case, it wouldn’t hurt to practice good health habits and try to strengthen your immunities now. Please note, this is not to be taken as medical advice, just a common sense approach:
- Get adequate rest and sleep.
- Eat a well balanced diet
- Avoid habitual use of antibacterial soaps and lotions
- Avoid using antibiotics needlessly.
- Wash hands frequently and cultivate good hand washing techniques; train children regarding hand-washing as well. Avoid touching your face if unable to wash hands.
- Avoid stress
- Get regular checkups.
- If you hear of any outbreaks, avoid crowds.
- Consider taking a multivitamin or other vitamins such as vitamin C or D (check with your physician if unsure)
- Check your First Aid kit and restock if supplies are low.
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