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  1.  (1715.1)
    Given modern media's monomaniacal approach to news, all's been quiet on the bird flu front. Front page has rotated between WAR IN IRAQ, RECESSION, and if you live in New York, ELLIOT SPITZER'S PENIS.

    But like an old friend, bird flue has returned.

    And this time, it's a family affair.

    Good times ahead.
  2.  (1715.2)
    Well that's simply no good at all.

    However, I'm surprised Elliot Spitzer's penis wasn't national news.
  3.  (1715.3)
    Bird flu never left. WB, bird flu.
    • CommentAuthorVaruker
    • CommentTimeApr 8th 2008
     (1715.4)
    Yeah, human-to-human transmission has happened a few times over the past few years in Southeast Asia. H5N1 is a scary little bug. It's similar to the Spanish Flu of 1918, an Avian Flu that infected one third of the worlds population and killed an estimated 50 million. Here's some more info on that here.
  4.  (1715.5)
    @Varuker

    Do you know if they are still trying to obtain that particular nasty virus out of bodies buried in permafrost?
  5.  (1715.6)
    It's already happened...

    Scientists who recreated "Spanish flu" - the 1918 virus which killed up to 50m people - have witnessed its remarkable killing power first hand.

    The lungs of infected monkeys were destroyed in just days as their immune systems went into overdrive after a Canadian laboratory rebuilt the virus.

    ...

    The preserved body of a flu victim buried in Arctic permafrost was exhumed, and they painstakingly extracted the genetic material needed to work out the structure of the H1N1 virus.

    Then, in a maximum "biosafety" facility at Canada's National Microbiology Laboratory they reconstructed a fully functioning virus, and infected macaque monkeys to see what would happen.
  6.  (1715.7)
    @Kosmopolit

    Thanks for the link.
  7.  (1715.8)
    Makes one proud to be Canadian, killing monkeys in the name of "science".

    You can take this statement as seriously or sarcastically as you like.
    • CommentAuthorVaruker
    • CommentTimeApr 10th 2008 edited
     (1715.9)
    @Spiraltwist
    I would not doubt that they are still looking for preserved samples.

    Studying the Spanish Flu will help greatly in understanding H5N1 because they are both so deadly. Remember, Bird Flu or Avian Flu are general terms as there are many different strains. Most strains are not all that serious, but H5N1 is a bitch.

    As far as monkeys being killed... hey, that's progress.
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      CommentAuthormadmatt213
    • CommentTimeApr 10th 2008
     (1715.10)
    I sure love 12 Monkeys.
    • CommentAuthorVaruker
    • CommentTimeApr 10th 2008
     (1715.11)
    Time traveling monkey spanker's of doom...
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      CommentAuthorFredrik
    • CommentTimeApr 10th 2008
     (1715.12)
    Hey, I wanted zombie apocalypse, not bird flu. Someone has clearly made a mistake here.
    • CommentAuthorVaruker
    • CommentTimeApr 10th 2008
     (1715.13)
    Just think of it as natures way of weeding out some of this excess population.
  8.  (1715.14)
    but H5N1 is a bitch.

    Yes.
  9.  (1715.15)
    Kosmopolit:

    ...wasn't that an episode of ReGenesis?

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