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September 23, 2005

Which to believe?

On one hand we have the Viet Nam News Agency, which tells us 23 Indonesians are suspected of catching bird flu.

On the other hand we have Medical News Today, which tells us that, according to WHO, bird flu isn't getting any worse in Indonesia, even if the numbers are growing.

In an abstract sense, I guess WHO is right. Human-to-human contact, once established, would mean a rapid increase in the numbers infected. But the people who catch H5N1 from birds get very sick, and half of them die. So any increase in cases, by whatever contact, means bird flu is indeed getting worse, and WHO seems to be trying to slip us a verbal Valium.

Posted by dymaxion at September 23, 2005 05:15 PM

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