Monday, March 05, 2007

knee-jerk reaction post

In Guangzhou at a hotel, watching the news.

Just saw a news piece about a doctor with what could be a very effective and cheap bird flu vaccine.

That's well and good.

But then they went on to mention that "Bird Flu has killed over 170 people worldwide since 1997."

I did a huge WTF double-take!!!

How many people have died of pneumonia, the regular flu, measles, TB, or anything else since 1997?

Is Bird Flu just a good scary headline so it gathers so much media attention?

I guess it is good that people are actually taking preventative measures now for something before it potentially gets a lot worse. But, it seems like this is given way more attention than it deserves.

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