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August 29, 2005

Flu treated like BSE?

The Independent quotes two experts who warn that the British government is sitting on its hands. Here's what one of them said:

Last night Professor Hugh Pennington, president of the Society for General Microbiology, who has warned that up to two million Britons could be killed by the disease, said that Defra[Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs] was repeating the disastrous policies of its predecessor, the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, over BSE because "it did not want to tread on anybody's toes from the point of view of agribusiness".

Very interesting to see how rapidly flu is becoming a UK political issue as H5N1 approaches. Meanwhile it's still off the North American political radar. The first sick bird in Alaska or British Columbia will likely change that.

Posted by dymaxion at August 29, 2005 01:55 PM

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