The Iowa Veterinary Medicine Association warns that the message from ABC’s Monday night broadcast of “Fatal Contact: Bird Flu in America” should be preparation, not panic about the avian flu. To help separate bird flu fact from fiction, the IVMA has some clarification points:
1. There is no influenza pandemic in the world at this time.
2. Since 2003, there have been about 200 human cases of bird flu infection (more…)
Fatal Contact: Bird Flu in AmericaExperts Fear Fatal Contact: Bird Flu in America
A made for tv film about a bird flu pandemic that will air on television on Tuesday has experts worried that it may panic some people and convince others that legitimate bird flu warnings are mere hype.
But the same bird flu experts are taking advantage of publicity surrounding the television movie to stress what they see as the need for individuals, businesses and local officials to do what they can to prepare for the avian flu.
The Health and Human Services Department issued “talking points” to staff who may get questions about the bird flu pandemic movie, Pennsylvania is rolling out a new bird flu preparation web site and telephone line to coincide with the release, and the Trust for America’s Health held a briefing to try to sort fact from fiction.
“Fatal Contact: Bird Flu in America” features (more…)
Fatal Contact: Bird Flu in AmericaVets on Fatal Contact: Bird Flu in America
“Fatal Contact: Bird Flu in America,” an ABC made-for-television movie, airs May 9, just as scientists are to begin testing of wild birds in Alaska that could herald the arrival of bird flu in North America. Scientists fear the bird flu virus could evolve so it could be passed from human to human, sparking a global pandemic.
The two-hour movie plays up that notion to the fullest, with a running ticker that tallies tens of millions of victims worldwide. In one scene, the bodies are thrown on a pyre, like the carcasses of cows torched in the 2001 foot-and-mouth disease outbreak in Great Britain. The producers of the movie, from the writer of 2002’s “Atomic Twister,” bill their work as a “thinking man’s disaster film.”
Experts Fear Fatal Contact: Bird Flu in AmericaVets on Fatal Contact: Bird Flu in America