Avian flu not a concern among locals

first_img A call to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the federal agency responsible for stopping infectious diseases from entering the country, was not returned. Ben Baeder can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2703, or by e-mail at [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 It daily makes headlines in newspapers throughout Asia. Scientists fear the disease, which is found in poultry throughout Asia and has jumped to humans, could infect millions of people worldwide. Nisha Varghese, health director of the Asian Youth Center in San Gabriel, said the disease comes up in conversation from time to time, but that it has not been a major concern expressed by parents. She said intuition might lead people to believe that any new diseases from Asia would first show up in Asian communities in Southern California, but that historically has not been the case. “Any sort of illnesses from Asian countries have been contained by public health officials,’ she said. “The government quarantines people.’ Despite a declaration by President Bush that he was considering using the military to enforce quarantines in the event of an outbreak of the avian flu in the United States, residents in Asian-American communities in the San Gabriel Valley said they generally are not worried about the virus being transmitted into the area. “The truth is, I have not heard much about it,’ said Allen Co, an ethnic Chinese native of Vietnam who is on the South El Monte City Council. He called friends who ran area restaurants, who also said the avian flu did not seem to be a topic of conversation, he said. The disease has been found in Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam since it was first identified in late 2003, and has killed at least 65 people. last_img read more