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#1 2011-08-06 23:29:06

From: Montreal
Registered: 2008-03-17
Posts: 1101

One flu over the cuckoo's nest

If the long sweat through the dull drums of summer is not enough, here is a long post that ties together some disparate threads, in this case, strands of bird flu virus RNA, with debilitating levels of documentation. Birds are not ungenerous with their flu bugs; all the human pandemics are first incubated in the birds, though occasionally some porcine or equine components are added in passage. The deadly 1918 Spanish flu virus was entirely avian in origin. The terms avian flu and bird flu have been in the air recently following outbreaks in 2003 and 2005. According to the experts, the H5N1 strain of avian flu has the potential to wipe out a sizeable fraction of the human population if it ever mutates and reassorts just right. Perhaps that’s why public health officials seem to jump out of their skins at the first sign of any minor outbreak, though we members of the public laugh at them and are swaggering and devil-may-care amongst ourselves. Or not. It was amusing here in Quebec at the last outbreak of swine flu to see the soi-disant celebrities trying to jump the queue for vaccine.

Wild fowl are the reservoir, usually asymptomatic themselves, of all strains of pandemic influenza, including the frankly named death flu, or ‘highly pathogenic avian influenza’ (HPAI to the ALM (acronym-loving microbiologists)). From this cute, fluffy, downy warm, cheery source come new strains which can infect pigs, domestic fowl, horses, dogs, seals, and whales. These epizootics can jump to humans and put the ooperzootic in your epicorium right quick. Flu is the thing with feathers, which perches in the soul.

Recent panics about SARS, swine flu, West Nile virus, and avian influenza, and their ability to spread rapidly around the world carried by hacking, mucus-erupting air travellers, have led to some interesting semantic reassortments. The most obvious is an attack not of avian, but of aviation flu.

anyone know what caused the initial outbreak ? Didn’t it occur in HK originaly a few years ago ? how is the aviation flu spreading ?
Public health forum

Recently, new cases of Aviation flu have been found in Asia region. One 38 year old man in Indonesia recently was confirmed to have died from Aviation influenza. Currently, the problem is mostly located in Asia, but it may spread all over the world, if it can transfer from human to human (H2H). … hat?page=2

Advance Hygiene Hand Sanitiser—Kills 99.99% of Germs/Bacteria/Viruses
Kills Swine Flu H1N1, MRSA and Aviation Flu
China suppliers

Swine Flu/Aviation Flu impact this year on SFD [Smithfield Foods stock]? Does anyone know when is the best time to short this stock ?
Response: Swine/Aviation???? flu — when pigs fly I guess.
+Yahoo Finances

The spread of disease, such as swine and aviation flu and HIV/AIDs are others.
Introduced pests

DISS, UNITED KINGDOM – NOVEMBER 13: Carcasses from the ongoing cull of around 2,600 birds, including ducks and geese, are loaded into a container lorry for disposal, supervised by DEFRA officials, following the confirmed outbreak of H5 aviation flu, at Redgrave Park Farm on November 13, 2007 in Redgrave, Suffolk, near Diss, Norfolk, England. Following further tests, DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) announced at a press conference that this particular virus does contain the highly infectious H5N1 substrain of Aviation Influenza (the fourth outbreak of H5N1 in the UK this year), which in rare cases can spread to other species, including humans.
Wire photos

Other emerging viruses can be infected by avian RNA. Chikungunya is a devastating malady that has recently erupted in India, causing more than 200 deaths and leaving thousands more in crippling pain. The etymology is chilling: in the Makonde language of southeast Africa, chikungunya means “that which bends up”. It refers to the cramped and stooped postures of victims who are affected by excruciating joint pain. No matter that the etiology has no avian component.

My wife is suffering from this chicken gunya thing , with severe joint pains and fever , it takes 20 minutes for her to get down from bed in the morning .
Help board, India

chicken gunya & ayurveda
It has been observed in cases of chicken gunya that ayurveda can play very important role in it’s cure. … rveda.html

freedictionary medical has the following hits:
Chicken gania
Chicken guinea
Chicken Gunia
Chicken guniya
Chicken Gunya
Chicken gunyia

Chicken guinea is brilliant. One can only imagine how it’s being pronounced. It makes a link not only to Guinea fowl, but also to the Republic of Guinea in west Africa.

What is chicken Guinea disease? what are its symptoms? what are the causes? in india in maharashtra 30 people died by this till date, over 1 lakhs has been sufeering. comman man knows little about it
Response: chicken guinea is a high fever accompanied wit joint stiffness n pains wen bit by a mutant mosquitoes (usually wit white patches over de legs n r usually seen only in de day lite)
Yahoo questions India

Note: a lakh is 100,000 in the Indian numbering system

KURNOOL: Chicken guinea was detected in seven districts of the State. Out of 362 samples collected by the National Institute of Virology, Pune, 139 tested positive, six for dengue and 15 for both, accounting for a total of 160 positive cases. The disease is rampant in Kadapa, where 38 cases tested positive for chicken guinea, four for dengue and two for both. In Kurnool, four samples tested positive for chicken guinea.
Online newspaper, India

Searching for an explanation for the name “Chicken Guinea”.

Questioner: dear friends, Can any one provide me more information and treatment of chicken guinea disease. This has affected many southern parts of india.
Response: Like our moderator, I could not find much about ‘chicken guinea’ disease on the internet other than Indian newspaper reports [referring to a disease in humans]. One of these also referred to ‘monkey fever’ (a tick-borne disease) and it is not clear if this is another colloquial term applied to the same syndrome (because Guinea fowl supposedly feed on ticks?)
E-drugs forum, 2006

Another take on the Fowl plague:

Avian Flu was first recorded in Italy in 1878, more than 120 years ago. Then referred to as the ‘Foul Plague’ it caused massive losses in poultry though never effecting domestic animals in any way. Then in 1924 ‘Foul Plague’ left its mark in the United States. It was not until 1955 that it was discovered that the virus behind it all was identified as influenza
Health forum

Finally, aviation flu returns in its continental version, avion flu:

My take on this Avion Flu, since it’s not going to happen this winter
Chat board forum

Most people either shrug or laugh off pandemics such as Swine flu and avion flu because it’s not effecting them directly … 24?sk=info

Does anyone know someone first-hand who has been affected by any of the diseases-de-jour? Like SARS, Avion Flu, Anthrax, Y2K Bug…?



#2 2011-08-08 01:44:34

From: Spain
Registered: 2009-08-15
Posts: 428

Re: One flu over the cuckoo's nest

Then they got Evian flu last year. We had to execute 6 million birds and not put them to market, because of evian flu in the country here. Six million chickens and turkeys.

On the plain in Spain where it mainly rains.



#3 2011-08-11 20:07:58

From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2601

Re: One flu over the cuckoo's nest

I agree, chicken guinea is brilliant.

Some enterprising person should look through our posts and collect all of the misheard and eggcorned medical terms. We’ve had a fair number of them. The strange vocabulary of medicine, coupled with its widespread penetration into a public without Latin or Greek, ensures an abundance of interesting lapses.

Some years ago I read an article on the sense-of-humor differences between Britain and North America. The joke that showed the greatest polarization—Brits thought it howlingly funny, Americans shrugged—was about a doctor who comes into a waiting room to talk to the husband of a suffering wife:

Doctor: “I’ve just examined your wife.”

Husband: “What’s wrong with her.”

Doctor: “She has acute angina.”

Husband: “I know, Doctor, but what’s wrong with her?”

Hatching new language, one eggcorn at a time.



#4 2015-06-27 14:02:34

From: Montreal
Registered: 2008-03-17
Posts: 1101

Re: One flu over the cuckoo's nest

Canadians like your joke a lot, Kem.

Here’s another vector for avian flu. Or is it swine flu? Or some monstrous but elegant hybrid?

Wistful thinking: there are too many humans in the world, maybe the swan flu will help to control the population.

Indian news report: contagious and deadly disease like dengue, swan flu, measles, bird flu and others.

Health forum: OP: what are the symptom of swan flu? symptoms to know weather one has a swan flu, and how to prevent it.
R: Okay so ‘’Swan Flu’’ i do know about the SwanFlu and the symptoms to that are the same as the normal flu except 2x worse



#5 2015-06-29 10:53:52

From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2601

Re: One flu over the cuckoo's nest

I suspect “swan” is an interpretation of “swine.” In the last few decades swine has seen a precipitous drop in English frequency. Makes you wonder how many people hear “you swine” and have no porcine images.

Hatching new language, one eggcorn at a time.



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