When Flu Flies the Coop

A pandemic threatens

By Ben Harder, 15:53 PM April 15, 2008

When a nasty strain of influenza first jumped from poultry to people in Hong Kong in 1997, government officials there ordered the slaughter and cremation of more than a million domestic birds. That action squelched the human outbreak, but the virus didn't go away. Six years later, that flu, known as avian influenza A H5N1, again began felling people and large numbers of birds, and the trend continues. This time, it's not confined to one country but is spreading across Asia.

So far, this virus...

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