posted on Aug, 15 2005 @ 09:55 PM
There is nothing that can be done now to prevent the spread of this virus around the world. Migratory birds carried it out of China and different
birds will carry it onward around the world. I'm not sure of the lethality of this virus among birds, but if it is high then it makes sense to try
antiviral drugs in the domestic bird populations--lest it affects our food supply adversely. Of course, the real danger is that H5N1 will spread into
the Human population through bird handlers at first and then mutate into something that is directly transmissable from human to human. We do know the
lethality of the virus in humans, in China, to be around 40% and that is a truely frightening prospect for the human race.