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Saturday, October 22, 2005

The eagle has landed

Well, maybe. It is all beginning to sound like a World War II movie, with German paratroopers dropping in on the unsuspecting sleepy villages of England bent on assassinating Churchill. Or possibly an episode of Dad's Army, given this Corporal Jones moment with a suspected channel crossing underway,
Apparently ditching the 'no panic' message of last week, some experts are warning that the virus could already be in Sweden, while more conservative analysts say that it could be expected some time in the autumn.
Don't panic! Don't panic! Then Mr Mainwaring comes on to inform the troops,
"Infected birds have probably already come here," said Jan Danielsson.

"In principle they can show up anywhere - they could land in the nearest town park."
But fear not, the Home Guard leaps into action with their commando teams,
A special task force, including ornithologists, infectious disease experts, epidemiologists and zoologists, is working round the clock to identify particular risk areas in Sweden and to propose safety measures.
I imagine the proposals will be either "don't panic" or "don't choke any chickens".

It is all getting slightly surreal. Definitely another Southpark episode in this one.
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Posted by Chefen | 10/22/2005 01:05:00 AM


Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

I've been a little puzzled about the whole bird flu thing. There were very good reasons the original epidemic killed so many - we knew diddly squat about the virus and we didn't have health systems as such.

10/22/2005 11:02:00 AM  

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