Sunday, November 06, 2005

bird flu could kill 180,000 californians

nbc4 tv starts off their story like this: "As many as 180,000 Californians could die -- and millions more hospitalized -- if bird flu becomes contagious among humans and reaches California, health officials warned Friday."

"'There's no reason to believe it's not going to reach North America,' said Dr. Scott Layne during a hearing on California's preparations for a possible pandemic."

it kind of crazy stuff huh? the article talks about how alaska will likely be the first place in north america hit by bird flu brought by migrating birds, and if that happens, it will only be a matter of weeks before the disease spreads to california. during a hearing at UCLA dr. lane stated "that the flu has a high probability in getting into the animals in the state of california," but it is unknown whether or not its going to turn into a "human pathogen."

the article also says many other interesting things. definetly something to keep an eye on.


At 10:55 AM, Blogger tanika said...

I've actually been seeing a few things about the bird flue on fox news, but I guess there seem to be so many contengencies on which it would hang in order for humans to be hit by the bird flu that I don't give it much credit. Maybe that is a naive uninformed way to look at things, but if I don't then you could become paranoid by the "predictions" made that talk about how we are all doing to be laid up with the few next Tuesday. (clearly being dramatic)


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