Pleased to Meet You, Hope You Guessed My Strain

Bird flu found in migratory swans in Italy, Greece and Bulgaria. Poultry have been dying of H5N1 in Nigeria for a month. (Update: Slovenia, too.) (Update 2: Germany and Austria, too. Anyone feeling left out?)

Have a nice week.

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About Doug Merrill

Freelance journalist based in Tbilisi, following stints in Atlanta, Budapest, Munich, Warsaw and Washington. Worked for a German think tank, discovered it was incompatible with repaying US student loans. Spent two years in financial markets. Bicycled from Vilnius to Tallinn. Climbed highest mountains in two Alpine countries (the easy ones, though). American center-left, with strong yellow dog tendencies. Arrived in the Caucasus two weeks before its latest war.

5 thoughts on “Pleased to Meet You, Hope You Guessed My Strain

  1. Our luck seems to be holding though, there still haven’t been any reported cases of human-to-human infection. Only bird-to-human sofar. Something seems to be holding it back from making the jump.

  2. Don’t forget Slovenia! A new case was found near the Austrian border. I’m sure my adopted country is in a FRENZY trying to decide what they can regulate now. Whee.

  3. There seem to be several unresolved and challenging issues about Bird Flu:

    “About half of all humans who have been infected with the H5N1 bird flu virus strain, the most lethal one, have died. Most of these deaths have taken place in south east Asia. It is likely to have a much lower death rate in developed countries, where health care services are better and swifter. Some antiviral drugs (e.g. Tamiflu), if administered to the patient within three days of symptoms appearing, is very effective in achieving a complete recovery. It is crucial that infected patients are treated swiftly.”

    “The most evocative mystery concerns the relative mildness of the virus in Turkey compared to Asia. Turks who have contracted the disease have fared relatively well.”

    “The main influenza strain circulating in the United States has abruptly become resistant to two of the four drugs used to treat it, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Saturday in a rare weekend news conference warning doctors not to use the drugs because they will not work.”

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