bird flu

0 The never-ending threat of pandemic flu

These are all, or well most of them, legitimate concerns and efforts aimed at preparing us for the big one. But the question is if these scares fail to explode into a large-scale pandemic, will the public — and policy makers — be better prepared or somehow inoculated against taking the threat seriously in the future?

0 Media eagerly covers bird flu outbreak in China

I don’t mean to make light of the possibility that a handful of human deaths in China apparently caused by a new strain of bird flu could produce a global flu pandemic. But there is a tendency in the media — of which I am a part, and also often guilty — along with some in the public health community to get a bit too excited about these bird flu outbreaks.

0 Bird flu flap resolved, sort of

Flickr, gainesp2003 The scientific community, in the end, agreed to publish controversial bird flu virus studies despite the arguments of those who favored keeping the research secret because of the risk some might use it to make a super bad virus. At stake in this cockfight, as I wrote earlier,…

1 Health experts say controversial bird flu research should be published

A blue-ribbon panel at the World Health Organization has decided that two controversial bird flu studies should go forward and be published in full. Just not yet — not until the public has been inoculated against premature anxiety and hysteria. Here’s WHO’s press release on the meeting. “The group felt…

0 Bird flu cockfight: Secrecy vs Science

There’s a heated scientific debate going on right now between those who fear the terrorist use of chickens versus those who fear the slippery slope of secrecy in science. Starting on Thursday, a blue-ribbon panel of invited experts will meet behind closed doors at the World Health Organization to discuss…

0 Five reasons not to panic about the bird flu experiments

News analysis The scientific community is in serious kerfuffle right now about whether or not to publish the details of certain bird flu virus experiments. Angry words are flying back and forth between experts – much like the proverbial behavior of chickens with their heads cut off. One commentator for…

5 To publish and perish? Scientists create scary new flu bug

The U.S. government is opposing full publication by scientists of their methods used to create a mutant form of bird influenza based on the fear it could be used by terrorists to launch a deadly pandemic. As reasonable as this may sound, many see the government’s position as unworkable and…