Thursday, October 13, 2005

Bird flu reaches fringes of Europe; millions of us, world wide, may be dead, perhaps within the year

Updated: 7:27 p.m. ET Oct. 13, 2005

BRUSSELS, Belgium - A strain of bird flu that can be deadly for humans has spread from Asia to the fringes of Europe and countries should prepare for a potential pandemic, Europe’s health chief said on Thursday.

EU Health and Consumer Protection Commissioner Markos Kyprianou said a strain of the disease found in Turkey has been identified as the same virus that has killed more than 60 people in Asia since 2003 and forced the slaughter of millions of birds.

The European Union’s executive was also assuming that bird flu found in Romania was the same virulent strain known as H5N1, he said. Final test results for Romania are expected on Friday.

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Well, there is a saying that came out of the Vietnam war: "Fortunate are the dead."

Then there was the Grateful Dead...ah yes...

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