Friday, October 28, 2005
H5N1 Detected In Iraq?
Veterinary authorities in Erbil have confirmed the first case of avian flu in Iraqi Kurdistan, near the border with Turkey. The head of the Erbil veterinary laboratory, Ilham Butros, told journalists that preliminary positive analysis done locally on suspect birds had been confirmed by a dedicated bird-flu testing lab in Egypt. Iraq on Thursday announced a ban on poultry imports from 20 countries, amid fears that the deadly H5N1 strain of the virus, found in neighbouring Turkey, might endanger the country.Wars have historically been associated with epidemics. Soldiers have historically died in large numbers from them. The 1918-1919 pandemic wreaked havoc in the military.
That would prove to be a real morale buster- at least for some. It is pretty impressive, though, how high morale remains in the military. Reenlistments are at impressive levels.
You are right that quarantines might need to be implemented.
They are incredible people.
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