Day By Day© by Chris Muir.

Monday, February 28, 2005

Another bird flu alert

As this story shows, the bird flu is out there and active, although the people described in this article seem to have caught it from eating infected chicken, rather than from each other:

A girl in Vietnam has become the latest person to contract bird flu, health officials said on Monday. Her elder brother was confirmed to have the disease last Friday, and is now in a critical state in a Hanoi hospital. Vietnamese officials also said a 69-year old man who died last week had bird flu, the 14th fatality since the latest outbreak started in December. Officials in Thai Binh province, where the latest cases came from, are concerned how to control the disease. Overall, bird flu has killed 46 people in Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia since December 2003.
Let's hope our scientists can quickly find a vaccination or treatment.