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Originally posted by AJ Lavender
A couple of scary things about H5N1 avian flu:
Recent history has shown that governments in southeast Asia, where avian flu first occurs, have been very lax in admitting an outbreak, often waiting weeks before confirming reports of illness. Such a lag time, in the event of a pandemic, would foil any and all efforts at global containment.
The bird flu epidemic in the Indian state of West Bengal has inched closer to the capital, Calcutta, with an outbreak reported close to the city.
Tests on dead birds from Balagarh, less than a two-hour drive from Calcutta, have tested positive for the disease.
The H5N1 strain of bird flu is regarded as highly pathogenic and can also cause disease and death in humans.
Health experts have warned that the outbreak could get out of control.
Originally posted by ChiKeyMonKey
Also I believe there was a confirmed human to human transmission in China.