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Dead cat had bird flu

Posted by Richard on March 1, 2006

This is not good news:

(CNN) — A cat in Germany has been infected with bird flu, health authorities said Tuesday.

The virus was discovered in a cat found dead on the island of Ruegen, in northern Germany, said Elke Reinking, press officer at the Friedrich Loeffler Institute on the island of Riems in northern Germany.

I think the concern — alarmism, actually — in the media over a bird flu pandemic has been overdone. But examples of species-jumping like this (and in the middle of Europe, not a Thai jungle) are worrisome. Do you have your emergency ribavirin and interferon supplies yet?

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