Friday, September 16, 2005

Bird Flu: The Ongoing Story

The journal Nature has started a free blog with new developments and information about avian influenza (bird flu). According to their introduction
Bird flu has wreaked havoc on much of Asia in recent years. Millions of birds have been culled to prevent the spread of the disease, but by the middle of 2005, some 50 people had died from bird flu. Given fears that the virus will mutate to a more contagious form, experts continue to warn of the potential for a full-blown pandemic, much like the 1918 flu epidemic. Here keeps tabs on the situation from day to day.
So far the blog has information about both the biology of the virus, as well as the politics involved in trying to prepare for (and possibly prevent) a global pandemic.

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