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Human Avian Influenza: A sanitation perspective.

Many people, certainly the international media, are looking at what is now primarily a viral infection of birds, and predicting a doomsday scenario sufficient in scope to remove almost half of humanity from the face of the earth. In the worst case hypothesis, our hospitals will quickly swell beyond a rapidly diminishing capacity, workplaces will be abandoned grinding commerce to a halt, any large public gathering will be disbursed by public order, transit systems will shut down, face masks will be haute couture, and instead of shaking hands in casual greeting we will bump elbows. The good news is that this doomsday scenario is about as likely as the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series. The bad news is we need to get busy working on a plan for “the just-in-case.”

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Topics: Industry Publications (Companion Animal), Industry Publications (Farm Animal)