Monday, March 17, 2008

Bird flu decimates Bangladesh poultry business


The World and I (a pricey illustrated conservative magazine about world affairs published by The Washington Times) has a report about the decimation of the poultry industry in Bangladesh due to avian influenza. So far, the losses amount to 3/4 of a billion dollars. The link is here (may require subscription).

I don't recall such widespread decimation of poultry in China and Indonesia. The residence of farmers in close proximity to poultry in primitive rural conditions is thought to increase the risk of transmission from birds to human and then mutation into human-human transmission later. This may have happened a few times in Indonesia.

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