posted on Oct, 30 2005 @ 08:55 AM
I didn't post a timeline, but I posted links to the more recent outbreaks, and almost all of the reports are of the bird flu in birds. To date there
have been fewer than 80 deaths worldwide, and no real proof of human-to-human transmission.
Do I think it's a serious condition? Yes, any zoonosis can be. But this has all the hysteria of the SARS outbreak a few years ago (when SARS was
going to be the worldwide plague that destroyed billions).
Frankly, I'm concerned that there will be so many of these "WOLF!" shrieks that when the REAL wolf shows up in the guise of an outbreak of a
fairly common disease, it will be ignored because someone will have found yet another Dramatic Disease to scream about and all the attention will be
The growing sentiment against vaccines is also worrisome. There wasn't much made over the polio epidemic in the Amish... that's the sort of thing
that can get out of hand in a population.