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February 16, 2006

Don't Take Your Eye Off of South Asia

Europe is in the Bird Flu news bull's-eye today with wild swan deaths reported from Sicily to the Baltic. The story and reports out of Nigeria, though dramatic, have pushed the ongoing Indonesia avian flu story momentarily out of the spotlight. It is, however, Indonesia that continues to report human cases and ensuing deaths at an unabated rate over a period of the last several months. Several experts at the recently completed CIDRAP National Summit on avian flu. including CIDRAP's director Dr. Michael Osterholm, stressed that the greatest danger for the mutation of the virus to a form that allows easy transmission from person to person --the predicted last step before a feared human pandemic-- will most likely occur in China or Indonesia where there are very large populations of people and fowl often in close contact against the backdrop of a weak public health system.

Posted by dymaxion at February 16, 2006 03:41 PM

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