JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia said on Monday a 20-year-old woman had died of bird flu while several countries reported new suspected human cases of the deadly virus.
The H5N1 bird flu virus has killed more than 60 people in Asia and is endemic in most poultry flocks in the region.
It remains hard for humans to catch but scientists fear it will mutate into a form that passes easily among people. If it does so, millions could die as happened during three flu pandemics in the 20th century.
The new cases that article is talking about are a student in Hanoi, and the one year in Thailand.
Unfortunatly, the virus has already mutated to a form far more contagious to mammallian species, which includes primates (of course!). This does not mean it's more contagious between mammallian species, however - an important distinction to make. While this is most certainly not the form that will trigger a pandemic, it will allow the virus easy access to pigs and dogs, two species much closer in genetic make-up to humans. The links in the chain are breaking, and if humans can't seem to keep away from bumbling into a case of it, what hope to the pigs forced to live in the same close quarters as the chickens who are droppping like plague rats?
Here's a little piece of advice: When the bodies start piling up, just burn them! Don't worry about funerals or any dumb ass bullshit like that: burn the bodies, this is the only way to keep from getting innundated with disease-ridden corpses that have nowhere to go.