Sunday, February 19, 2006

bird flu

We are home in one piece after a one-week vacation up in the mountains. I am only missing a warm fleece scarf, which is no big deal at all. Confronted with the news about bird flu spreading around Europe, I am beginning to develop a strong fear about the whole issue. I eat almost no red meat, but chicken sometimes. I know I am exaggerating, but I don't feel comfortable cooking chicken for a meal anymore. We were in French territory yesterday as they were awaiting confirmation of one bird flu case and it is today in all news. The virus is in Europe. It is getting near. It feels like a bad case of a nightmare. Gaaagh!

23 comments:

  1. Michele sent me to see you, Mar. It's been a while!

    I've never been one to worry about long shots--statistically speaking--like Avian Flu. I do worry about plenty of other things tho. Taxes and car accidents--things that happen a lot. But some people like to worry about things that aren't as likely to happen to them--I guess it's comforting to worry about something that never comes to pass.

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  2. I saw that in the news and the first thing i thought of was all my blogging friends who are in europe! i hope it doesnt develop into anything further! keep it with the birds!

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  3. Hi Mar, Michele sent me once but I keep coming back LOL. I have added you to my blogroll.

    What I would like to know about Avian-Flu is, how can anybody, government or individual stop it spreading? How do you tell an infected bird that it can't fly into your country? LOL

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  6. Utenzi- you are probably so right, I feel very vulnerable maybe because I lack adequate information.

    Killired- thanks for being so thoughtful!

    Scouser - thanks ! I wish we could teach birds how to read so that we could set up signs "No Avian-flu", "stop the flu", lol!

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  7. Greetings now you are back. Chamonix is great - and some of the glaciers in the area too!

    Slightly surprised that you blogged your way through the vacation...Such determination!

    I think I'm already suffering from scare story overload, so I am not getting too panicked about the latest scare.

    rashbre

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  8. Michele sent me today, Mar. I was wondering what the mood was in Europe concerning Bird Flu. I'm going to London next week, but I'm not going to worry about it. I live in NY where I'm more concerned with getting hit by a bus! I hope it doesn't disrupt your life too much, and I pray it doesn't spread.

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  9. Let's hope Bird Flu doesn't spread far.

    Michele sent me here.

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  10. I'm praying that the avian flu is nothing more than media hype. But the more that time goes on, the more I worry that this is not the case, that it is indeed a real threat to us all.

    I think I'm going to try non-meat alternatives to see if those will do the trick.

    Good luck to your son, BTW. I'm sure he'll do well in his exam.

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  11. It seems that we have to watch what we put into our mouths more than we ever did. I can remember a time when you didn't even have to think about. If it tasted good...

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  12. sounds like one of those bad science fiction movies from the 70s where all the people with blue eyes survive the plague.

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  13. OY!!! This is not good, at all! I can understand your fear Mar...truly! I am a big chicken eater...and not a meat person anymore...I thunk I could become a vegetarian if I had to...in some ways, I am already...
    That seems awfully close to you, doesn't it? Are they advising things to do to avoid this terrible Flu?

    I have to be extremely careful, as I am open to anything and everything with my particular lung problems...This is a bit scary, isn't it?

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  14. It is scary, isn't it?? Glad you got home safe and sound! Michele sent me

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  15. It is a worry though. PROBABLY won't happen...but... My son has been chosen to travel to China this summer as a student ambassador and it's crossed my mind. However, my doctor grinned and told me to take it easy, not likely at all.

    Here from Michele

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  16. Too bad you cannot erect some very tall nets to keep them out....LOL. I don't blame you for being a little scared.

    Michele sent me.

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  17. In ten years we'll all be subsisiting on wheat, corn, and puppy chow... I have no idea how squeamish I'll be over chickens if it hits here in the U.S. Mad cow potential didn't stop me from eating steak, so we'll see...

    Here via Michele's this morning!

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  18. The press are freaking about it here too.

    Personally I'm not worrying about it, if I'm going to be one of the few humans who catches it then there's absolutely nothing I can do about it. Our Government have guaranteed us, via the press, that eating chicken isn't a problem...I ate chicken tonight so tough if it is!

    Seriously though, there's nothing any of us normal people can do about it and as with plane crashes, car crashes, earthquakes etc it's not going to stop me living my life.

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  19. ohhhhhhhh I am scared too. :(

    I'm glad you're home.

    Hugs,
    Kdubs

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  20. Getting to be scary as months move on. Guess we just have to be careful with what we eat.

    Thanks for dropping by my blog. Btw, I'd like to include you in my link if you don't mind. Find your blog very interesting.

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  21. Glad to see you back, I finally got around to updating I think I went missing in action for the weekend.
    I try not to worry too much about things like bird flu, worrying really doesn't change anything unforunetly.

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  22. There's so much in the news about bird flu, it's hard to know what's real and what's just hype.

    I feel like I'm stuck between not wanting to overreact and wanting to be safe (not sorry!).

    Btw...I'm here from Michele's today!

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  23. It's really bad in Germany now. All over the island of Rügen and also on the mainland. All the poultry has been locked up and they're waiting to see just how many migratory birds die. They're also not sure if cats can contract the flu and pass it on to humans. Pretty scary, but I'm trying not to worry. And they say chicken and eggs are perfectly safe if cooked properly, but freezing doesn't kill the virus. Most likely any bird that got the flu would die before you'd have a chance to eat it anyway.

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