All epidemics were called "plagues", which were flu or epidemics. To curb the bad, Pope Gregory organized a procession with an image of the Virgin Mary. Miracle that worked!
After the survival of the second great epidemic plague, the belief was still in the holiness however, the epidemic killed 30 million individuals in five years, which is one-third of the population of Europe.
The course changed in Paris, where a cholera epidemic touched Europe and hit strongly in the upper classes of society. The epidemic reinforced the hygienic movement and a great number of decontamination jobs were undertaken. The call to God was not enough and had to be also made to town planners and doctors. Following this, thanks to Pasteur, contagiousness had been proven, vaccinations became apparent and the danger of the epidemics seemed isolated.
In 1918, the world knew a catastrophic episode with the Spanish flu (part of China, but named Spanish in France, as they believed that it was brought back in canned food by the soldiers). The flu took 20 to 40 million lives, more than world conflicts have accomplished. The influenza pandemic of 1918-1919 killed more people than the Great War, Despite of medicine progress a little later, two other epidemics, the flu in 1957 (the Asiatic flu: 4 million deaths) and in 1968 (the Hong Kong flu: 2 million deaths). Since twenty-five years, the circulating viruses are descendants of the Hong Kong virus. These three epidemics of flu of the 20th century have one common point: their aviary origin and their birth in the Extreme Orient, where the dense population live in direct contact with animals.
Whilst reading or listening to the media, the information about this new flu is wide-spread in many countries. "A planetary medical alert. An illness that we do not know the name but has come from Asia. The death suspects are in Canada and in Vietnam, the illness also suspected in Germany: the scenario is a dream for a medical thriller".
This is what we are able to read in science and an internet journal, only available in French and translated for this occasion:
Down cried by a minority, praised by the majority, tamiflu is in a paradoxical position: its status of an anti-bird flu medication has brought fortune to its fabricator.....however, if there were to be a real epidemic of bird flu, the tamiflu would be relegated into oblivion, as soon as possible.
Millions of pages have been written about the risks and consequences of the Bird Flu. We invite you to consult the following sites:
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Formerly, the place of Genuine Haarlem Oil was considered a medicine. Today this nutritional supplement, used for the cure of the bird flu virus, is confirmed by a story that was brought about on the death of Guillaume Apollinaire. Poetry writer, G. Apollinaire, whose work had been throughout the world, was born in Rome in 1880 and died 9th November 1918, from the Spanish flu, at the age of 38 years old.
The following text is from the book written by Albert Paraz "Speak French", edition Amiot and Dumont, Paris, writer Chronicler, died in 1951.
220th August I brought Georges Vergnes, who prepared a book on Apollinaire, to Cendrars' house at Villefranche. Cendrars told us about his death, on Armistice day in 1918. Guillaume had the Spanish flu. Cendrars had distributed seventy-two bottles of Haarlem Oil, the remedy awarded to Paracelse, that cost eight cents. Two people suffering from the flu refused to take the remedy and both are dead, one being Apollinaire. The other seventy were cured. At the funerals........
The passage that was written at the last moments of this writer, who did not want to follow the others, has taken us aback! They were only two out of seventy-two that did not take the Haarlem Oil and both were dead. Better be part of the 70!!!
The scientists would say that this is not proof that Haarlem Oil would prevent one from falling into the claws of the bird flu. However there is one thing that can be noted from the readings of these commentaries of the death of G. Apollinaire, is that if he did not refuse to take the remedy, he would have probably had a greater chance of saving his life against this cursed bird flu.
28th June 2006, in "Le Monde" newspaper :
The OMS has confirmed the transmission of the Bird Flu, from an Indonesian to his family, however is reassuring about the transfer of the virus.