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Originally posted by GradyPhilpott
My uncle died of West Nile Virus a couple of years back. He was up there in years and it killed him in a matter of days. I'm not sure that I fully understand the reasons why this strain of the flu is more scary than the strains we face yearly. I didn't get a flu shot last year to save vaccine for the really old folks . I got a pretty nasty case of the flu, but I did survive, much to the disappointment of my legions of detractors. We really should not worry too much about such matters. The race will survive and will be stronger and more hardy, to boot.
MOSCOW — Russian authorities, struggling to contain an outbreak of avian flu that has killed thousands of birds in Siberia, acknowledged Thursday that a spread of the virus into Europe seemed almost inevitable.
"It is quite likely that the flu will creep westward. What else can it do? The infection is picking up momentum," said Viktor Maleyev, deputy director of the Russian Health Ministry's Institute of Epidemiology.
Equally worrisome, health officials confirmed that the outbreak included H5N1, a strain that has been known to affect humans. Scientists fear that expansion of the virus' terrain increases the risk of a major outbreak within the human population.
Although there have been isolated cases of avian flu around the world, including in the U.S., the most dangerous strain of the virus has appeared mostly in Asia, with human cases reported in Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand and Cambodia.