taking the passive out of passive-aggressive

Thursday, February 24, 2005

No one seems particularly worried about the avian flu. CNN tells us it's all just fine, and it doesn't seem to be making the front pages.

But this week's New Yorker contains a devastating article on the likliehood of an avian flu pandemic. According to public health officials in Thailand, the question is not if, but when.

In 1918, the flu killed more people worldwide than all of the combat deaths in the entire 20th century combined. This too was an avian flu, and this was BEFORE the advent of globalization and near-instantaneous air travel.

And the Thai strain is even more deadly, killing people within 24 hours.

I don't quite understand why this isn't front-page news, or why the CDC can say they have a "plan" to deal with it when there's no vaccine yet and no one even understands the virus that's causing it. But hey, we have ore important things to worry about, right? Like when am I gonna get me one a 'dem pri-vate social security acounts?


At 6:36 AM, Blogger sweetney said...

what i think was most surprising about that New Yorker article was learning that the *common flu* is the 6th leading cause of death in the US now.

that bird flu is scary shit, and you know we're in for it.

At 8:17 AM, Blogger The Cybrarian said...

It's enough to make you want to give up chickenfucking.
I love it when the 'yorker does the disease articles.
There's another freaky one from National Geographic... "what made the virus jump from bats to pigs to people?"

At 11:49 AM, Blogger chang said...


i haven't read that one yet.

i'm still reading the jonathan lethem article.

avian flu. we're fucked. making sars look like the sniffles.

nature is getting ready to take us out david ortiz style. one big freaking swing out of the park.

i better finish my novel quick.

At 1:58 PM, Blogger chang said...

Hey, Claire! Looks liek the CDC got your message! They're doing something about it! Did Nick call somebody or what?



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