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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

 

Avian flu H5N1

I've been reading up on the coming avian flu. The potential for disaster is huge. I've read (can't find the link) that the British government is scouting sites for mass graves. Ours might be too, only discreetly. Right now the flyways from east Asia and Siberia are full of infected birds, heading to Europe, North America, India, hell - everywhere. The latest I've seen is that there are already twelve distinct variants identified - this thing likes to mutate. And if a human-to-human mutation arises we'll be in a similar position as the Native Americans vis-a-vis smallpox when the Spanish arrived. You owe it to yourselves to bone up on this. This site lists lots of new articles every day. Also, WHO has an OK site. And a comprehensive site with maps and technical links here. Let's hope for the best, but plan for the worst.

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