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May 08, 2006

The Qinghai year

Henry Niman at Recombinomics has a memorable post tonight: One Year of Qinghai H5N1 Bird Flu Migration.

He gives us a useful perspective on how fast and far the virus has spread. Last spring we knew almost nothing. We clutched at machine translations from uncertain Chinese sources, and speculated on rumours of hundreds of human deaths.

In hindsight, it's actually been worse. H5N1 has migrated west with shocking speed. If it hasn't killed hundreds, it's certainly ruined thousands of families and convulsed the economies of countries from Indonesia to Ivory Coast. Worse is to come.

Posted by dymaxion at May 8, 2006 09:00 PM

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