Friday, November 04, 2005

Experts Dismiss Scare Over Bird Flu

CLICK TO READ: Experts Dismiss Scare Over Bird Flu by Diane Chun, The Gainesville Sun

More scare tactics at work? Gary Butcher, a man of apparently impeccable credentials, is spending his time speaking to panic-stricken govenment officials and industry groups, in an attempt to dispell the myths of avian influena, or "bird flu":

"'The emphasis of all my work has changed to dealing with this madness,' Butcher said Friday, while briefly back at his office on the UF campus in Gainesville. 'Realistically, avian influenza is not a threat to people, but everywhere you go, it has turned into a circus.'

Dr. Marc Siegel, a practicing internist and associate professor of medicine at the New York University School of Medicine, is one physician who isn't buying into the scare scenario.

'If anything is contagious right now, it's judgment clouded by fear,' Siegel said.

And if Americans are scared of avian flu now, Siegel continues, 'imagine what will happen if a single scrawny, flu-ridden migratory bird somehow manages to reach our shores.'

That, he maintains, is how the fear epidemic - as opposed to a flu pandemic - spreads."

Read the whole article by clicking on the link above. Then decide for yourself whether the bird flu scare has any wings or is just another diversionary tactic of the fear-fostering Bush gang.

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