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Timely Book On Bird Flu 174

Lifelongactivist writes, "A new free book about bird flu has been published by Michael Greger, M.D., the US Humane Society's director of public health and animal agriculture. Bird Flu: a Virus of Our Own Hatching (the site contains the entire book text) tells why modern industrialized agricultural methods, including factory farming, antibiotics misuse, and the use of animal refuse as a food source (!) for chickens and other livestock, have led to a staggering increase in the number of 'zoonotic' diseases that can leap from animals to people, and make a bird flu pandemic likely. The book discusses in practical terms what you can do to prevent infection and what to do if you do catch the disease. The book is especially timely given yesterday's news that a new, vaccine-resistant variant of H5N1 has been detected in China."
Update: 10/31 19:44 GMT by KD : Corrected to read "vaccine-resistant."
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Timely Book On Bird Flu

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  • by jmorris42 ( 1458 ) * <> on Tuesday October 31, 2006 @02:46PM (#16661915)

    The book is especially timely given yesterday's news that a new, antibiotics-resistant variant of H5N1 has been detected in China."

    Slashdot folk should be bright enough to know better. ALL viri are 100% immune to antibiotics. Antibiotics only work against germ based diseases.

    Anyway.... Someday we will get another major pandemic, and yes our modern industrial livestock methods will contribute some to it. But they popped up before and will still pop up if we abandoned it. The question for debate is: are the potential savings from lowering the odds of a pandenic worth the certain loss of life from famine and all it's attendant problems that would result from losing the food production capacity gained from industrialization.

  • by Abcd1234 ( 188840 ) on Tuesday October 31, 2006 @02:53PM (#16662045) Homepage
    Oh for god sake, who asked you to inject facts into what is clearly an article targeted at fear mongering?
  • What's the logic? (Score:1, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 31, 2006 @03:35PM (#16662741)
    I don't understand your use of the polemic "fear mongering", nor do I see why this book is "clearly" a case of it. Is the logic, "if I don't like the message it's fear mongerging, but if approve of the message it's a sober wake-up call?" Seems like the authors of the book did *a lot* more research than you have.

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