Is The Bird Flu Back?

From AFP:

Chinese Man Critical With Bird Flu

BEIJING — A 39-year-old man is in critical condition after testing positive for the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus in the Chinese city of Shenzhen, state media reported Saturday quoting local health authorities.
The city borders Hong Kong, which has culled thousands of chickens and ordered a suspension of live poultry imports from China after three birds tested positive with the strain in mid-December.
The man, a bus driver surnamed Chen, was hospitalised with a fever on December 21 and tested positive for the H5N1 avian influenza virus in Shenzhen's Bao'an district, the provincial health department said, according to Xinhua news agency.
He remains in a critical condition and is receiving emergency treatment, the report said, adding that the man had apparently had no direct contact with poultry in the month before he was taken ill nor had he left the city.
Chinese and Hong Kong authorities have been working closely together since December 21 after live poultry supplies were suspended to the glitzy financial hub following the discovery of infected birds.
Chinese health authorities vowed to stay in "close contact and work together" with Hong Kong and "jointly step up measures in controlling the epidemic", the report said.
Authorities in Hong Kong raised the bird flu alert level to "serious" as they tried to trace the origin of an infected chicken, resulting in major disruptions to poultry supplies over the busy Christmas period.
I think we have an airborne H5N1 virus:

My view:

What are the chances of a bird flu case popping up on the radar only days after we find out that the US government has financed research to create an airborne H5N1 virus?  

Particularly when this virus has a 50 to 60% death rate?

What monster is this that has come shambling forth?

And this happens just after we see bill 1867 (aka "the indefinite detention" bill) pass in the senate in December.  Fortunately, this bill still needs to go through the house so stopping it may yet be possible.


  1. The labwork was conducted in the Netherlands, home to Queen Beatrix, Bilderberger, Useful may want to start your search for your monster there...


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