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July 31, 2005


I commented about this at my blog. The scary thing is that influenza kills ~40,000 people/year in the U.S. That's as many as breast cancer killed, and double the deaths due to AIDS in 2004. Yet, we don't view influenza as a serious health threat. It's insane.

And they call you mad? You should be furious.

We're talking about Half a million potential deaths in the US, or maybe triple that.

Or, we can ignore it and form the blue ribbon panel after to see what went wrong.

See, our problem is that we haven't properly linked it to saddam or bioterror. That'd get funded/supported by Congress.


No kidding.. As I've said before to you, the pandemic has a much greater chance of negatively impacting our way of life than several anthrax bioterror incidents combined. But hey, no one wants to talk about it. Even though it may be an equal opportunity killer, so just because you're young doesn't mean you're safe.

I think everybody needs to take a virology class or something. My virology prof in college always warned us that influenza has the potential to be the mother of all pandemics, yet paradoxically it's the one we usually just write off as "just the flu." And everyone else gets the heebie-jeebies about Ebola.

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