Wednesday, October 5th, 2005

1918 pandemic was an early bird flu, says NYT


Apparently the deadly 1918 influenza pandemic that killed a whole pile of people was caused by something very similar to the bird flu now coming out of Asia. Luckily, after sequencing the genetic makeup of the 1918 flu, they’ve determined the bug our feathered friends are carrying isn’t quite there yet in the people-killing department, but give the little bugger time and I’m sure we’ll all be quarantined indoors jabbering away on MSN. Hey, that’ll be the nerds finest hour! 🙂

Warren Frey is a journalist, freelance writer, podcaster, video producer, and all-around media consultant currently based in Vancouver, Canada. His written work has appeared in such publications as Metro Vancouver, the Westender, Mac | Life and the Japan Times.

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