Wednesday, December 18, 2013

More Bird Flu

Yeeesh, have you guys seen the latest?

H7N9 is so 2013, according to The Shanghaiist.  A new strain of bird flu has just been discovered and named, as a result of the death of a 73 year old woman in Jiangxi.

Is anyone else alarmed at how quickly it seems that viruses are jumping across animal barriers?

Images of Contagion keep flitting through my head as I look at the pictures of chickens and pigs being "treated" (i.e., killed and disposed as a preventative measure) across China.

Bird flu has struck at least 139 people and caused the death of 45 people in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan this year.

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