November 13, 2005

The US has Bird Flu

Strategy Page, in an article about using H5N1 as a bioweapon, has the following chilling paragraph:

In a recent batch of smuggled birds tested by the Fish and Wildlife Service, about a third of the sample tested positive for H5N1. Some idea of the degree to which bird smuggling may pose a threat to public health, Britainís first cases of avian flu occurred in birds brought into the country by a smuggler who had reportedly made over six million dollars in the illegal trade.

In short, we've got bird flu. There is no smuggler interdiction program that has a 100% compliance rate. We've got the stuff because two oceans aren't going to help when there's an active bird smuggling problem in your country.

Posted by TMLutas at November 13, 2005 09:04 AM