Avian Flu: Do You Want To Know Why……

Do you want to know why the virus has spread so rapidly in Turkey? Do you want to know why a slow mutation process is occuring? Then look no further:

The daily Vatan reported that former President Suleyman Demirel, who lives in a townhouse in a busy, central Ankara street, had a dozen chickens he kept in his backyard exterminated as a precautionary measure”.

If the holding of chickens is such an extensive custom in Turkey, then the human/poultry front line is enormous. Perhaps this only serves to highlight the erroneous assumptions the New York Times writer mentioned in this post was working on:

“the Ankara cases have the most alarming implications because….. it is a relatively well-off area, where it is not the norm for humans and animals to live under one roof. ”

Obviously not so, Ms Rosenthal, obviously not so.

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About Edward Hugh

Edward 'the bonobo is a Catalan economist of British extraction. After being born, brought-up and educated in the United Kingdom, Edward subsequently settled in Barcelona where he has now lived for over 15 years. As a consequence Edward considers himself to be "Catalan by adoption". He has also to some extent been "adopted by Catalonia", since throughout the current economic crisis he has been a constant voice on TV, radio and in the press arguing in favor of the need for some kind of internal devaluation if Spain wants to stay inside the Euro. By inclination he is a macro economist, but his obsession with trying to understand the economic impact of demographic changes has often taken him far from home, off and away from the more tranquil and placid pastures of the dismal science, into the bracken and thicket of demography, anthropology, biology, sociology and systems theory. All of which has lead him to ask himself whether Thomas Wolfe was not in fact right when he asserted that the fact of the matter is "you can never go home again".