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March 23, 2005

Bird flu

Two million people could be killed by the Bird Flu if it gets loose in the UK. Or, taking the World Health Organization estimates, it could be eleven million. I imagine the Canadian government is doing even less to address the problem than their British counterparts. Time to stock up on kimchi fixings.

"We know that the virus, when it gets into people - which doesn't happen very often but has happened in the Far East - is very, very lethal, much more than the ordinary kind of flu virus that we're used to," he told BBC News 24.

"If it does that and it keeps this ability to kill, where it kills between 60% and 80% of the people it infects, that's were these big numbers of deaths come from."

In an interview with the Independent on Sunday, he said the government hoped the problem would "go away" and likened its attitude to the BSE crisis.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at March 23, 2005 08:04 AM

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