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If Künast says anything substantive on Friday I will post it here as well.

Now it's time for my dinner (not chicken).

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman

by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Wed Aug 17th, 2005 at 01:52:05 PM EST
Worrying, and the authorities are wise to contain it as best they can. However, on the Agonist website and other pages, they spell out mutations of H5N1 and how they differ. Some are much more dangerous to humans than others.
We have had outbreaks of bird flu here in Texas, but with rigorous measures as far as slaughtering the affected chickens and burning the remains, they have been stopped. I think the real danger is in places where each animal represents food or income to the people involved, and so they are reluctant to kill anything that might be put to use.
by northsylvania on Wed Aug 17th, 2005 at 03:33:04 PM EST
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I'm not entirely sure on this, but it is my understanding that this flu is only communicated bird to person at this point...not bird to person, then person to person yet. Does anyone have any further info on this (am I giving correct information?). I'll double check and get back with info.

"Once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if we look at it right" - Hunter/Garcia
by whataboutbob on Wed Aug 17th, 2005 at 03:36:02 PM EST
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I just went to the World Health Organization webpage on the latest total of confirmed Avian Flu cases. There have been 112 cases and 57 deaths, in the last two years. How up to date is this? And how many unconfirmed cases? More...that's for sure, but I do think it will be huge news, if there is a confirmed case in Europe.

"Once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if we look at it right" - Hunter/Garcia
by whataboutbob on Wed Aug 17th, 2005 at 03:46:35 PM EST
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That is my understanding as well, whereby imo the operative word is "yet".

The main fear at this point is that if a person infected with "human" flu additionally contracts H5N1, there is a high likelihood that DNA segments will become recombined in the replication process so as to give rise to an H5N1 strain that can be transmitted among humans.

This in addition to the inherent mutability of viruses.

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman

by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Thu Aug 18th, 2005 at 03:52:33 AM EST
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Mind you, the mutations and mixings could also result in the disease becoming less deadly as well.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Thu Aug 18th, 2005 at 04:03:25 AM EST
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True. But is that a responsible basis for health policy?

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Thu Aug 18th, 2005 at 04:15:40 AM EST
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No, but it's not a point you hear made very often.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Thu Aug 18th, 2005 at 04:52:18 AM EST
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