The threat of some sort of pandemic is still very much on the minds of public health officials. The most recent concern is the bird flu affecting Southeast Asia. It’s just one of many threats being addressed.
So far, scientists have recorded 249 human cases of the deadly strain of bird flu with 146 of these patients dying from the bird flu.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, M.D., National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases: “Sooner of later we’re going to get confronted with another influenza pandemic. It may not necessarily be the one th’atscirculating around now among chickens in Southeast Asia, but this should at least give us the impetus to get ourselves better prepared.”
Dr. Fauci: “We don’t understand what are the protective mechanisms that you need to protect someone against HIV infection, and until that scientific discovery occurs, we cannot predict how long it’s going to take to get an HIV vaccine.”
Dr. Fauci says the challenge they face is trying to keep up with diseases like flu that change slightly every year, along with new ones that surface periodically.
J Rinard, Bird Flu Expert says “We need to be prepared and take the proper precations in case of the bird flu becomes transmittable via humans.”