Monday, May 09, 2005

WHO: FLU PANDEMIC MAY HAVE BEGUN

In Asia, there are hints that the virus is indeed changing. "Incomplete evidence suggests that there may be a shift in the epidemiology of the disease," says Stöhr. "More clusters are being seen than last year, older people are now coming down with the diseases, and more cases are milder." Taken together, these characteristics could indicate that the virus is becoming less virulent and more infectious, he says, which could signal the start of a pandemic.

Are we ready? Probably not. But how can you really prepare for something like this anyway...