Wednesday, 27 May 2009

And don't forget the other one

If you are one of those who likes to worry then don't forget that other flu outbreak - the avian variety that might not be infecting many people but is certainly killing a good proportion of them. Australia has so far avoided this version but as the map shows it is still out there to the nation's north.

As the WHO says: The fact that the H5N1 avian influenza virus is firmly established in poultry in some parts of the world is another cause for concern. No one can predict how the H5N1 virus will behave under the pressure of a pandemic. At present, H5N1 is an animal virus that does not spread easily to humans and only very rarely transmits directly from one person to another.
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