Is the next epidemic bird flu? Scientists warned!

Scientists believe that the virus that will cause the next pandemic, EnglandHe stated that it can spread from chicken coops and duck ponds in Turkey.

According to the news in the British newspaper Daily Mail, some experts believe that an outbreak of bird flu in humans may be ‘on the horizon’ after a record number of cases in wild birds and poultry last year.

CAN CAUSE A FATAL GLOBAL CRISIS

There are concerns that as the virus spreads in animals, it may evolve to infect humans and cause a global crisis more deadly than Covid.

At the end of World War I, 50 million people had died from the Spanish flu, caused by a strain similar to the now circulating H5N1. This equated to one in every 35 people alive at the time.

DETECTED IN MORE THAN 22 MILLION BIRDS AND POULTRY

So far, the new virus has been detected in more than 22 million birds and poultry worldwide since September 2021, doubling the previous year’s record.

Not only is the virus spreading fast, it’s also deadly… leading some experts to say it’s the deadliest variant ever.

BIRDS ARE DIE

In the UK, seagulls have been raining from the sky in Brighton for months, while hairy carcasses have been strewn across the beaches of Scotland and the islands off the east coast. Huge numbers of dead birds have begun to flow into the South West in recent days and weeks.

The Cornwall Wildlife Trust issued a warning last week, urging the public to stay away from sick or dead seabirds and “under no circumstances touch the animals”.

Professor Paul Hunter, an infectious disease specialist at the University of East Anglia, noted that the focus should be on when the epidemic will occur, rather than whether the bird flu will cause another epidemic.

“These are very random events and you can never really predict when they’re going to happen, but the more around, the higher the risk,” Hunter said.

Professor Hunter also expressed that a major seasonal flu epidemic is expected this year after Australia experienced a major epidemic in May (winter season), which is normally the harbinger of what will happen in the UK.

Keith Neal, professor emeritus in the epidemiology of infectious diseases at the University of Nottingham, said he believes the biggest viral threat this winter is the regular flu.

“IF THIS SPREADS, WE HAVE NO NATURAL PROTECTION”

Professor Neal said, “We know seasonal flu is coming, bird flu is on the horizon, it could come. But the more seasonal flu and avian flu circulate, the greater the risk that the two will interact and cause a major genetic change. Normal in probability order. “I think flu will be our next pandemic, but the bigger concern is bird flu because if this spreads we have no natural protection.”

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