The New York Times has an article today called "A Pandemic That Wasn't but Might Be." You can read the whole thing at http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/22/science/22flu.html?ref=science .
There are some who are beginning to step back from the ominous predictions about the coming pandemic.
But, while 2007 saw a decline in the numbers infected with bird flu, it's still with us, and it's still deadly.
One doc has been saying that he doesn't think H5 viruses will cause a pandemic, but he quickly adds that another subtype of the influenza virus very well could set off an international outbreak of a lethal flu.
In other reports, scientists are arguing about the stability of the virus that causes bird flu.
- If it is stable, it is less likely to change into a form that is more human-friendly.
- If it is not stable, it could change into what many fear would be the scourge of the 21st century - a new virus causes serious illness and that is easily transmitted from person to person.
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Are conditions ripe for a pandemic?
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