Outbreaks of avian flu continue to spread to other countries including Indonesia, Nigeria, Turkey, Greece, Iraq, and Azerbaijan. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates there have been 91 deaths so far from 169 cases. You can see that the mortality rate is very high! The WHO is monitoring this deadly disease trying to contain it. The virus is undergoing changes but has not yet mutated to the point where it is readily spread from person to person. “It’s not far away, however,” said the WHO representative. One estimate by health authorities in the U.S. is that as many as ½ to a million people in the U.S. could die from this flu should it break out into a pandemic.
References: JAMA 2006.295:748.Feb. 15, 2006 Reuters Health Feb 10, 2006
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