Tuesday, October 25, 2005

lock up your chickens

In this evening's news:

The discovery of more than 20 dead birds at a pond in western Germany has raised fears that avian flu may have already found its way into the country, though officials are urging the public to remain calm.

Doing my deep breathing exercises with my fingers crossed...

14 Comments:

At October 26, 2005 1:20 AM, Blogger Cathy said...

hoping it's not, but if it is, don;t panic; it does not transmit to humans unless really close contact...I just got my flu shot today and my doctor in her wisdom informed me that it is way over-hyped. There is a greater chance of getting murdered than getting bird flu. So back to worrying about getting mugged...

 
At October 26, 2005 1:41 AM, Blogger christina said...

Hi Cathy - I'm not all that worried yet, it's just a bit disconcerting to see it spreading through Europe already.

 
At October 26, 2005 4:59 AM, Blogger J said...

Oh no. I rarely eat read meat, primarily sticking with pork and chicken (but mostly chicken). What am I going to eat now?

 
At October 26, 2005 6:39 AM, Blogger swissmiss said...

Switzerland instituted an obligatorisch Stallhaltung (chickens must be in coops, no more free-range) Tuesday. Even some of the birds in the Tierpark are under house arrest.

It is quite unsettling, isn't it?

 
At October 26, 2005 7:55 AM, Blogger Belinda said...

I'm totally with J on this. I don't really eat anything except for pork and chicken. Even then, I eat more chicken than pork- like a 5-2 ratio during the week :( I cry.

I know I know, nothing is proven yet- and I love how they tell you not to panic but somehow you still end up doing it :|

 
At October 26, 2005 8:59 AM, Blogger Elemmaciltur said...

Yeah, I told T about the news yesterday and he was freaking out. He said that at the first sign of any avian flu around Bavaria, we're outta here. Not sure I'd be so panicky though....but I guess that if my parents got wind that it has spreaded here, they'd also freak out. Although the day I left BKK for Munich a guy in Thailand just died from avian flu...so it was already there. There's even an emergency law prohibiting farmers to keep birds/poultry near pigs for fear of the pigs getting avian flu and the virus's mutating so that it can transfer from human to human *shudders*

 
At October 26, 2005 10:58 AM, Blogger Karen said...

From what I've read in the Independent, scientist are expecing the virus to mutate. I guess then, all hell will break loose.
No Christmas goose at this house. Even if cooking destroys the virus, I don't think I can eat poultry now.
And it was one of my favorites :-(

 
At October 26, 2005 11:54 AM, Blogger hippo_pepperpot said...

okay... I am about to go veg again.... no harm there. But I do love cooking my meat... so I need to break out the old vegan recipes it looks like.... hey... I am afraid too....
wv: e-bay quad

 
At October 26, 2005 12:27 PM, Blogger hippo_pepperpot said...

do you have a recipe for stuffed cabbage?

 
At October 26, 2005 12:54 PM, Blogger christina said...

Luckily this time it was a false alarm - they found that the geese had died from eating rat poison (which is disconcerting in itself, I suppose) but there have been a ton of dead birds around lately and they have to check all of them.

Yes, the dangerous thing is if it mutates and can be passed on human to human. THEN I will panic.

Germany has now also instituted Stallhaltung for most birds and they say if you cook chicken really well there's no danger. I'm going to keep on eating it, for now anyway...

Hippo - I do have a recipe for a stuffed cabbage casserole that's much easier than stuffing the individual leaves. I'm going to make it soon so I'll post the recipe.

wv jaw dumb

 
At October 26, 2005 9:31 PM, Anonymous Haddock said...

I read last week that the offical UK goverment expected death figures from a bird flu pandemic (if & when it crosses over to humans) is from 53,000 to 700,000 worst case. But nobody can predict when or by how much the virus will mutate.
Sorry to be doom & gloom but the planet is overdue a flu pandemic. Last I think was 1967, and of course the big one was in 1918.
Just off to put some chicken nuggets in the oven :)

 
At October 26, 2005 9:40 PM, Blogger Prairie Girl said...

Hi Christina,

I have just heard that there are untoward people here who are now charging 2.99 Euro per minute to "advise" people over this bird flu business AND that it could even be these people who poisoned those geese to raise the nation's anxiety level!

 
At October 26, 2005 10:02 PM, Blogger christina said...

Haddock - 700,000? Wow. And yes, I've also heard that there's bound to be a pandemic sometime what with people being able to fly around the world within hours and things mutating all over the place.

We had chicken nuggets for dinner too! :-)

Hi Prairie Girl - Hadn't heard that yet, but I wouldn't be at all surprised about the poisonings being someone's way to make a buck off of the scared public.

 
At October 28, 2005 3:06 AM, Anonymous lillian said...

If you guys are panicing in germany what should I be doing????!!!! :-)

 

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