Thursday, February 09, 2006

Avian Flu Marches Forward

Here's the newest and most important news on avian flu to date: migration to Nigeria. Unlike in the previous regions, Africa is ideally suited for an epidemic: large population of fowl, primitive conditions, uneducated natives who resist killing off "valuable" livestock, poor health conditions, very little veterinary support. If this virus is going to jump from bird to human, it will almost certainly happen here, where it can exploit the conditions. Nigeria, apparently, lies in the migratory path from central Asia--how unfortunate. Just a little more entropy in the world to start the day...

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