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Bird flu leaps from human to human


Hold up! Before you read on, please read this...

This post was published more than 13 years ago

I keep old posts on the site because I often enjoy reading old content on other people's sites. Not everything that is old is bad. It can be interesting to see how views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have mellowed and matured.

But given the age of this post, please bear in mind:

  • My views might very well have changed in the 13 years since I wrote this post. I have written some very silly things over the years, many of which I find pretty embarrassing today.
  • This post might use language in ways which I would now consider highly inappropriate or offensive.
  • Factual information might be outdated.
  • Links might be broken; embedded material might not appear properly.

Okay. Consider yourself duly warned. Read on...

According to this Observer article,

One leading British expert, Professor John Oxford, commenting on the new research, said the virus had broken down the ‘final door’ which prevented it being spread between people. ‘This is a very important step towards the conclusion that we all wanted to avoid,’ he said.

I have told you that this is going to be a big story. It could have absolutely devastating worldwide consequences, and millions could die. Despite this:

A flu drug, Tamiflu, works as a preventive measure, but the UK has not yet decide how much of this drug to stockpile.

I really think it’s time Mr Blair and co got their thinking caps on. Unless, of course, they want to see this kind of case study repeated across our country:

Her mother, who lived in Bangkok, went to visit when she heard her daughter was sick, and cared for her in hospital for two days before the child died. Three days later, she too began to experience fever and severe shortness of breath. Within a week she too was dead.

The time to act is now.

This 279th post was filed under: News and Comment.

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