...there's something out there that's as bad as war, something that kills as many people as war, and Gates doesn't think we're ready for it.
"Look at the death chart of the 20th century," he says, because he's the kind of guy that looks at death charts. "I think everybody would say there must be a spike for World War I. Sure enough, there it is, like 25 million. And there must be a big spike for World War II, and there it is, it's like 65 million. But then you'll see this other spike that is as large as World War II right after World War I, and most people, would say, 'What was that?'"
"Well, that was the Spanish flu."
Ed Rybicki's insight:
Yeah, yeah, yeah: there's a lot of people being saying similar things for a long time. But now it's Bill Gates, so governments MAY pay attention!
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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency's National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease reported recently that the HPAI H5N2 virus detected in poultry in British Columbia was sequenced and found to contain gene segments from the HPAI Eurasian H5N8 virus, terming this the first time a "Eurasian lineage highly pathogenic H5 virus has caused an outbreak of avian influenza in poultry in North America." In the US, every day brings news of new sites in the current outbreak of H5N2. Since March, the virus has led to the loss of well over 30 million birds in 13 states. The pattern and speed of this outbreak's spread is causing scientists to re-think the assumption that avian influenza spreads solely through the intermingling of wild birds with domestic flocks.
Ed Rybicki's insight:
An organisation that brought you Ebola as it happened, in 1995 - and still well worth supporting!
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