— Baxter admits flu product contained live bird flu virus —
— Virus mix-up by lab could have resulted in pandemic —
“It’s emerged that virulent H5N1 bird flu was sent out by accident
from an Austrian lab last year and given to ferrets in the Czech
before anyone realised. As well as the risk of it escaping into the
wild, the H5N1 got mixed with a human strain, which might have spawned
a hybrid that could unleash a pandemic. ”
–When a pandemic isn’t a pandemic–
” Until Monday morning, the WHO had a definition on its Web site
saying that a pandemic flu causes “enormous numbers of deaths and
illness.” After a CNN reporter pointed this out, WHO spokeswoman
Natalie Boudou called back to say the definition was in error and had
been pulled from the WHO Web site.
“It was a mistake, and we apologize for the confusion,” she said.
“(That definition) was put up a while ago and paints a rather bleak
picture and could be very scary.””