Wednesday, December 27, 2006
What ever happened to the bird flu pandemic?
AP ran a story this month ("Experts Puzzle Over Halt of Bird Flu"
) with a couple of interesting points:
- Bird flu may not be gone, but merely resting -- there are lots of potential hiding places, made difficult to find because of a combination of factors, including warmer weather, poultry vaccination programs, and the reluctance of academics and developing countries to part with virus samples.
- Cold weather, which allows the virus to live longer, encourages the spread of flu, and winter weather is just around the corner.
- It's way too early for public health authorities to breathe a sigh of relief.
posted by tommayo, 10:00 AM
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