Friday, December 02, 2005

Bird Flu is Here!

Mild strain of bird flu found in N. Carolina

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Turkeys at a farm in North Carolina tested positive for a mild, low-pathogenic strain of bird flu which is common in birds and poses no threat to humans, the U.S. Agriculture Department said on Thursday.

Routine tests conducted on poultry in North Carolina found the H3N2 strain of bird flu in turkeys on a farm in Sampson County, in the eastern part of the state, the USDA said.

A much more serious strain of the disease, known as H5N1, has been found in Asia and Eastern Europe and been blamed for 68 deaths.

The low-pathogenic disease found in North Carolina has appeared elsewhere in the United States this year, according to USDA.
And this from Blondesense:
Weak Strain of Bird Flu Found At Sun Valley Farm
But, take a look at this:
Senate Panel Backs Special Vaccine Agency

By ANDREW BRIDGES, Associated Press Writer
Fri Dec 2, 7:39 AM ET

WASHINGTON - By creating a federal agency shielded from public scrutiny, some lawmakers think they can speed the development and testing of new drugs and vaccines needed to respond to a bioterrorist attack or super-flu pandemic.

The proposed Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Agency, or BARDA, would be exempt from long-standing open records and meetings laws that apply to most government departments, according to legislation approved Oct. 18 by the Senate health committee.
Sorta like Cheney's energy there NOTHING these guys trust us with???