Comments for http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/ferguswalsh/2009/06/scotland_and_australia_whats_really_happening_with.shtml http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/ferguswalsh/2009/06/scotland_and_australia_whats_really_happening_with.shtml en-gb 30 Sat 19 Apr 2014 22:14:17 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/ferguswalsh/2009/06/scotland_and_australia_whats_really_happening_with.shtml Innocent Monya-Tambi http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/ferguswalsh/2009/06/scotland_and_australia_whats_really_happening_with.shtml?page=66#comment2 As I read this, the news flash is that WHO has declared a pandemic. It seems most developed countries are capable to some extent to deal with the current situation. However my real concern, is for developing (especially African) countries with poor health infrastructure and resources and public health awareness/education media in place to begin with. With responsibility on individual governments to take specific measures, we may likely see very large variations in approaches depending on resources availability/allocation. And given the large scale global travel in today's world, how this would compromise the overall global effort in dealing with this pandemic is yet to be seen. Do you have any information on what is being done at the moment for vulnerable people in these countries at the intergovernmental or WHO level to mitigate this threat posed? Thu 11 Jun 2009 15:01:08 GMT+1 jpwrighty http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/ferguswalsh/2009/06/scotland_and_australia_whats_really_happening_with.shtml?page=33#comment1 Thanks again Fergus for bringing us further insights into this Flu Pandemic as it is/will be classified from today. In the Northern Hemisphere so much more populated than the Southern Hempishere we are able to 'see' a Flu Season of H1N1 in progress, a lucky break for us so to speak. I am very pleased to see the reaction taken by the Australian Authourities. I was lucky enough to visit some of the Health Departments in Australia 2 years ago and I thought they were excellent representatives of Public Health then, now I am even more pleased to see the cautious, but not over reacted stance they have taken.We of course need to be concerned about H5N1, as this seems to attack much lower down the respitory tract and is therefore so much more dangerous (I believe that the smaller the changes from Bird to Human form, means it will generally be that more deadly). The chances of H5N1 and H1N1 combiing to form a new strain are I believe, and please correct me if i'm wrong, very very low 'at present'. Still we have to be wary as this combination could lead to a less virulent strain in comparison to H1N1 but it would produce much more deadly symptoms, in correspondance to the H5N1 strain.I continue to look forward to both your reports Fergus, and the great comments on this blog.JP Thu 11 Jun 2009 07:59:22 GMT+1 sensiblegrannie http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/ferguswalsh/2009/06/scotland_and_australia_whats_really_happening_with.shtml?page=0#comment0 What do ordinary people do in Australia at the moment? How does the average Australian get on with the ordinary daily grind of life with flu everywhere? Closing schools is daft and is an overreaction. Yes there are some people who may be compromised, but mostly kids and families will get the flu and get over it, as they have done with all other flu viruses. Those children and adults with special exceptions could stay away from school and work during peak virus transmission, working and learning from home. The only time that schools should close is if H5N1 is in the country. Egypt should take more precautions. There is supposed to be a rapid test available to test for H1N1 and hopefully it can distinguish between the two viruses. Thu 11 Jun 2009 07:12:50 GMT+1