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February 3, 2005

Ho Chi Minh City Kills Ducks in Bird Flu Fight

Topics: Health Issues

Vietnam's biggest city, home to 10 million people, began slaughtering its ducks on Wednesday in an increasingly desperate fight to halt the spread of the deadly bird flu virus that has killed 13 people in the last month.

The virus kills about 80 percent of people it infects and almost all its victims have caught it from infected poultry, although a pair of Thai sisters are believed to have got it from prolonged contact with the dying daughter of one of them. Experts say it could mutate -- if it got into a person with ordinary flu or an animal, such as a pig, which can also harbor a human flu virus -- into a form that could cause a global pandemic in which millions would die. (Note - the virus has already mutated and multiple human to human deaths have already occurred)

For more information on bird flu read a previous Hyscience post.

Posted by Hyscience at February 3, 2005 10:03 AM

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