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March 10, 2006

Sec. Chertoff: bird flu is on its way

Filed under: Biosecurity — by Christian Beckner on March 10, 2006

Via CNN:

“I can’t predict, but I certainly have to say that we should be prepared for the possibility that at some point in the next few months, a wild fowl will come over the migratory pathway and will be infected with H5N1,” [Chertoff] said.

H5N1 is a strain of the avian influenza virus that has killed at least 95 people since 2003.

“If we get a wild bird or even a domestic chicken that gets infected with avian flu, we’re going to be able to deal with it because we have got a lot of experience with that,” he said.

Attention cable TV news stations: it’s time to get your “scare the viewers” bird flu graphics ready. Might I suggest:

And:

This might very well put the “summer of the shark” to shame. And remember, it’s still not too late to get your free Bird Biosecurity calendar.

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