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Posted by tsm | January 23, 2008 3:11 PM

H5N1 is actually now being transmitted from Human to Human in India and starting to spread.

But, hey, stick your heads in the sand if you must ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | January 23, 2008 3:25 PM

"what's a guy gotta do to buy a flu-fearer's love?"

M2F, apparently.

Posted by w7ngman | January 23, 2008 3:32 PM

I think you mean "has probably been transmitted thus a couple of times in specific circumstances". It's not "starting to spread". It's not in the top 1,000 of causes of human death yet.

Where are all the scare stories about malaria, which kills more every year than all the flus put together?

I do have to say that the fight between Obama and Clinton isn't nearly as bitter -- or entertaining -- as the one between AW and ECB. Lucha Libre Au-Go-Go!

Posted by Fnarf | January 23, 2008 3:35 PM

I thought Erica was looking forward to an avian flu pandemic. Just to prove a point or some shit.

Posted by elenchos | January 23, 2008 3:36 PM


Or to cull the herd.

Posted by keshmeshi | January 23, 2008 3:39 PM

H5N1 has not gone human-to-human yet. there are some possible cases but it has not mutated to facilitate airborne transmission, and it is unclear whether or not this will even happen.

there actually have been a few scare stories about malaria in recent years, mostly due to it's resurgence in the US. i suspect it doesn't get as much flashy press because you have to live in [or visit] a "malaria zone" in order to get it.

bird flu will rapidly become a global pandemic if it goes human, and probably kill on a scale that makes malaria seem rather quaint.

Posted by brandon | January 23, 2008 3:55 PM

"But... Hillary has a VaJayJay! Nuf said." - E.C.B. (Attributed)

Posted by You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me | January 23, 2008 4:27 PM

ECB you forgot to include a weapon and few dozen boxes of ammo in your stockpile. You didn't even begin to ponder the lawlessness and martial law aspects of an extended breakdown in the social fabric of society.

If you think everyone is going to play nice and all get along you are extremely naieve at best.

All it takes is to look at what happened to those who stayed in their homes during Katrina. Thugs and looters will come looking for those of you who were smart enough to prepare, but foolish enough to not arm yourself and protect your house/family....

Don't believe me? Willing to bet your life on it?

Reality Check

Posted by Reality Check | January 23, 2008 4:55 PM

"H5N1 has not gone human-to-human yet."

Not according to Reuters. They say it has. In India. Today's news.

Posted by Will in Seattle | January 23, 2008 5:41 PM

Spread of avian flu by drinking water

Transmission of avian flu by direct contact to infected poultry is an unproved assumption from the WHO. Infected poultry can everywhere contaminate the drinking water. All humans have contact to drinking water. Special in cases of local water supplies with young and fresh H5N1 contaminated water from low local wells, cisterns, tanks or rain barrels this pathway can explain small clusters in households (24C: virulence of influenza viruses 2 days, 7C: virulence of influenza viruses 14 days).

Dipl.-Ing. Wilfried Soddemann

Posted by Dipl.-Ing. Wilfried Soddemann | January 23, 2008 9:54 PM

Good lord, this is a boring post. Did anyone really click the links?

Posted by J.R. | January 24, 2008 9:54 AM

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