Last week we found ourselves anchored near a national monument in Matanzas Inlet, Florida called Fort Matanzas National Monument. It was built in the 1740’s to guard the southern approach to St. Augustine. There is a colorful history and I encourage you to research it for yourself because the actual history behind it, or the most of it, is not the reason I bring it to your attention.
Matanzas means slaughter in Spanish. The fort was named because of the executions of a group of French Huguenot colonists. It is that connection I wish to make here.
New H7N9 Bird Flu
There is a new and deadly bird flu that has killed, at this writing, 27 people and has a total of 128 confirmed cases. There is even one person out of China, in Taiwan, who has a confirmed case of this deadly flu. With these statistics the death rate is one in five. One death for every five cases and this is in the hospital with the best of care. What happens when the hospitals are full and can admit no new patients. I don’t want to scare you but I want you to keep a good eye on this situation and have a plan in mind to execute if, and that is a big if, it escapes and comes to your area of the world.
You might wish you had an impregnable fort to go to. None of us do. But what can we do? Well, don’t stock up on Tamiflu because it doesn’t work on H7N9. I’m thinking being prepared to live in isolation until the scourge passes. That could take from a few weeks to up to a month or two. If the possibility of this flu going around doesn’t give us new determination to prep, I don’t know what would.
My thoughts are to have enough food, water, necessary medicines and other vital necessities (we all have different requirements in that area) to shelter in place for as long as necessary. It may be the only way to avoid it. There is no vaccine and victims are testing negative for it until they are very, very sick. Isolation may be the best plan to survive it.
Now, it is entirely possible this H7N9 will play itself out or the Chinese health officials will successfully isolate it. However, all it takes in one incubating passenger on a plane.. and you can guess the rest of the story. Now is the time to get a plan in place, just in case.
Have you a plan to deal with the H7N9 bird flu should it come here?
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