Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Bird Flu...Your Q & A

The possibility of a worldwide pandemic of deadly avian flu has generated an alarming array of rumors, inflated fears, and false claims. Here are answers to some of the most pressing questions about the true nature of the threat and what you can do to protect yourself and your family.1. Why is bird flu potentially so dangerous?The virus, called influenza A (H5N1), is unusually virulent and so new that people around the world have had no chance to develop immunity. It has killed more than half of the small number of people known to be affected so far, and the virus is running rampant among domestic flocks of chickens and other birds across an expanding range of the world, putting more and more people at risk of infection. Concerned about the tenacity of the virus, the World Health Organization expects it will take several years to stop outbreaks in domestic poultry. read it all here


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