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May 01, 2006

US: People expect H5N1 but don't lose sleep

An Angus Reid poll suggests Americans are aware of bird flu, expect to see it in the US in the next year or so, but don't worry about it: Bird Flu Likely, But Little Concern in U.S.

Many adults in the United States believe avian influenza will reach their country, according to a poll by Ipsos-Public Affairs released by the Associated Press. 61 per cent of respondents think it is very or somewhat likely that bird flu will spread to birds in the U.S. within the next 12 months.

Laboratory tests have confirmed the presence of the H5N1 strain of avian influenza in several countries around the world. The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the virus could mutate into a form that can be transmitted among people. 66 per cent of respondents are not too concerned or not at all concerned with someone in their immediate family becoming sick from the bird flu.

le story to see the details of the poll.

Posted by dymaxion at May 1, 2006 09:16 PM

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