Afraid of the Bird Flu? The Worse Virus Is Fear

Siegel, Marc K.
November 2005
Fortune;11/28/2005, Vol. 152 Issue 11, p61
This article focuses on fear regarding the avian influenza that hasn't even arrived in the U.S. yet. The author, a doctor, claims his patients got their flu shots in plenty of time for flu season, but they are still worried about the bird flu. Some of his patients begged for the antiviral drug Tamiflu and others asked for a bird flu vaccine, which does not yet exist. The greatest problem the author's patients have is not the flu, it's fear of the flu. The risk of getting bird flu is next to zero save for bird handlers unless the virus has several more mutations, and so far only 65 people worldwide have died from the flu.


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