IN CASE YOU'VE STOPPED WORRYING ABOUT BIRD FLU

Cathy Arnst

I just got back from a two-day conference at Harvard University on bird flu, and here's what I learned: be afraid, and be prepared. Granted, the semi-hysterical media coverage of bird flu from a year or so ago has died down and the numbers of human deaths from the virus (153 worldwide so far) has slowed to a trickle. Reports in recent months that the spread of the virus among chickens in some Asian countries has been halted made it seem as though the there is little to worry about. But according to the experts at this meeting, there is plenty to worry about. Speaker after speaker warned that, when it comes to a flu pandemic, its not a question of if, but when.

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