Mar 9, 2004

Japan sees two (human) deaths from avian flu

This is great... now we have to worry about where our chicken comes from, too. Japan had already seen two outbreaks of avian flu this year - the first in Yamaguchi in January, and then in Oita, Kyushu, in February.

The most recent outbreak - in Kyoto - has been the most spectacular so far, involving crows (die, crows, die!), mass graves for tens of thousands of chickens, and now two human fatalities.

Actually, Japanese executive suicides are not all that uncommon. I can recall a handfull during the past couple of years. But when their spouses get in on the act...


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