Bird Flu Kills 5th In Indonesia
Even as work accelerates along the Gulf, the dangers from terrorism remain, and a new threat continues to approach: avian bird flu. Given that everyone who follows the subject sees the threat of an epidemic as a real possibility, the Adminsitration simply has to have a plan and it has to work. Today’s Wall Street Journal’s report on vaccine production is thus not comforting. (Subscription required.) Key infromation: The Department of Homeland Security gave Sanofi-Aventis Group a $100 million contract to produce a supply of the vaccine to thwart the killer flu. Other, smaller contracts have been let as well, but the gap between promised supply and obvious need is huge
Indonesia has just recorded their fifth possible human case of avian flu. The disease has killed millions of poultry and spread to 2/3rds of that country’s provinces. The fear is that this deadly strain of the virus may mutate and become transmissible between humans.
Background and general info on “bird flu”, which kills 50% of those who contract it.