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August 25, 2005

EU experts assess avian flu risk

Via CNN.com, we learn that EU experts assess bird flu risk.

But don't expect anything to actually happen:

The EU already has a ban in place on imports of Russian poultry, but officials indicated Thursday's meeting was unlikely to advise farmers across the bloc to bring chickens indoors, as the Netherlands has already done.

It will seek to heighten awareness of the potential risks however.

I guess the kindest interpretation is that the experts are trying to ratchet up public anxiety to the point where the politicians, feeling a little heat, order the chicken farmers to get their birds indoors, or else.

If anyone has found a detailed analysis of the likely effect of avian flu on the farm economies of affected nations, I'd be grateful for a link to it. Even if not a single additional human comes down with avian flu, this is already a serious economic blow to countries from Vietnam to the Netherlands.

Posted by dymaxion at August 25, 2005 01:11 PM

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