While most of the world seems concerned with the 'war on terror' the Avian Flu is continuing to cause problems in Asia. Millions of chickens have been slaughtered to stop its' spread, but there seems to be some worry that it has spread to wild populations, beyond control. 53 people have been confirmed to have died from this flu, worse than SARS. Nothing to panic about so far of course, but the flu seems to be mutating fast. Three civet cats have died from it in Vietnam. The influenza virus is amazing in its' ability to mutate to suit its' surroundings. The fear is that it will adapt to be able to pass from human to human, and then the trouble will begin. Many forget that in 1918 as the war in Europe was ending, the worst epidemic in history swept the world. Within a year the flu had killed perhaps 100 million people.... that's a hell of a lot of people. Now instead of spending so much money on war with each other, perhaps it would be smarter for us all to call a truce on the fighting and get together to sort these diseases out? Just a thought I guess.... Click here for Avian Flu Q&A
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