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"She did not say what had changed the thinking of health care officials about bird flu, but said that, at this point, there is “no reason to think it ever will” pass easily between people."

I wonder what happened to "Not if but, when"?

Do they think they've scared us too much?

1 posted on 04/15/2006 5:48:39 PM PDT by blam
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Do they think they've scared us too much?

No, I think they finally realized that if it doesn't happen that they will look like idiots. Again.

They should be encouraging people to be prepared for a general disaster. Pointing at NOLA is an example that people can relate to. They should be saying you should be prepared for some thing like that. That appears to be what they are shifting to.

2 posted on 04/15/2006 5:55:27 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Ditch the 1967 Outer Space Treaty! I want my own space bar and grill)
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> Do they think they've scared us too much?

The sky is falling.

I suspect we're to the point where "it could still happen",
but is actually a bit less likely than a pandemic from
an agent and source as yet unknown.

The preparations and scenario work were still worthwhile.

> I wonder what happened to "Not if but, when"?

It's still "when", but perhaps not H5N1, this time.
H7T3m.8, on the other hand ...


3 posted on 04/15/2006 6:15:19 PM PDT by Boundless
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Birds are vile nasty things. They're getting what's been coming to them all along.


4 posted on 04/15/2006 6:17:15 PM PDT by bkepley
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It does not make any difference... we all died of AIDS in 1987 when the disease spread to the white hetrosexual community.


6 posted on 04/15/2006 6:35:15 PM PDT by Random Access
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"Cooking meat to 160 degrees will destroy the virus, he said – in addition to destroying salmonella, “which sickens more people than H5N1 ever will even if there is a pandemic.”"

Of course any human given this treatment will also be destroyed, so we're back to square one.

8 posted on 04/15/2006 8:06:10 PM PDT by Cvengr
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(Laughing at all th Chicken Little Types)

Like I've been saying all along: Nyquil works!

The issue of bird flu was never about western nations being caught in a pandemic or mutation from one strain to another: it was a scam to drain money form the American taxpayer to deliver health care to poor nations in Africa and Asia.

Glad that's all over with. Can we go back to being scared of Mad Cow now?


9 posted on 04/15/2006 8:11:01 PM PDT by Wombat101 (Islam: Turning everything it touches to Shi'ite since 632 AD...)
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"I wonder what happened to "Not if but, when"?

They just switched it to the asteroid that's gonna get us next month ;~)


10 posted on 04/15/2006 8:13:57 PM PDT by Domestic Church (AMDG...)
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Whew!

Another crisis averted!

15 posted on 04/15/2006 8:27:21 PM PDT by THX 1138
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"Gerberding cautioned that when H5N1 is detected in the United States, “there will be temptation for the press to make this into something it is not. We will need responsible journalism” to prevent irrational panic."

I get it now. They're afraid we'll have a 'micro-panic' when it's announced that birds in the US have the Bird Flu. I think it's too late already, the store shelves will be stripped after the announcement.

16 posted on 04/15/2006 8:43:51 PM PDT by blam
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Now, I'm concerned. When they were predicting catastrophe, I wrote that off a funding opportunity. Given the government's track record on predicting health disasters, I felt pretty good. But now that they are saying we will all live, it feels like I better start some disaster prep.


17 posted on 04/15/2006 9:41:17 PM PDT by ModelBreaker
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