Tuesday, August 24


"The United Nations health agency is seeking further details from China about the first-ever reported natural infection of pigs with a highly infectious strain of bird flu, a development that could be of particular concern as it would increase opportunities for the emergence of a new human influenza virus with pandemic potential." For now, though, China is saying the current strain is not in pigs, it was all just a big, you know, misunderstanding.. Let's hope so - this was the pattern, after all, of the 1918 pandemic.
UPDATE 8/26: Even worse: "A key weapon in the medical arsenal that will combat any future pandemic of killer flu may be worryingly at risk to resistance by the influenza virus, according to an early Japanese study published in Saturday's issue of The Lancet."

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