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 Post subject: Preparing for a Bird Flu Pandemic
PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 2006 5:07 pm 
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ImagePreparing for a Bird Flu Pandemic
By SARA JUST, ABC News ... page=1June 6,
2006 —

The Bush administration assumes that a deadly bird flu pandemic is coming.

The worst-case scenario is a repeat of the Spanish flu outbreak of 1918 that infected more than one in four Americans and resulted in the deaths of about 675,000 in this country alone.

Secretary of Health and Human Services Mike Leavitt said today that he must assume that a similar outbreak is coming soon. The problem, he said, is "we don't know if we are at 1905 right now, or 1917."

Scientists say that the influenza strain known as H5N1 that is infecting birds in various parts of the globe now may never make the leap from bird-to-bird transmission to human-to-human transmission that could lead to a catastrophic outbreak.

If so, the fear of a bird flu pandemic may be misdirected, but that does not mean we shouldn't be be prepared.

Leavitt said history should be the guide. Some pandemic — whether it is H5N1 or another virus — is virtually inevitable.

"There were 10 pandemics in the last 300 years. Three, in the last 100 years. There is no reason to think the 21st century will be different," Leavitt said. --- continued at link, above ---

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