US to host bird flu meeting

The U.S. is hosting a meeting in Washington today for flu experts from around the world to figure out what to do collectively about the potential for a bird flu pandemic, according to a Reuters article.

The event is aimed at developing ways to share information and resources in case the H5N1 avian flu virus mutates and begins to cause a human pandemic, which experts believe could kill millions within months.

The H5N1 avian influenza virus has killed or forced the destruction of tens of millions of birds and infected more than 100 people, killing at least 60 in four Asian nations since late 2003.

A semi-related article from the New York Times: Experts Unlock Clues to Spread of 1918 Flu Virus (free subscription req'd, but it's probably in your local paper and everywhere else as well).

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