Monday, March 23, 2009

Bird Flu: A Virus of Our Own Hatching

How is this for an opening paragraph?

Leading public health authorities now predict as inevitable a pandemic of influenza, triggered by bird flu and expected to lead to millions of deaths around the globe. The influenza virus has existed for millions of years as an innocuous intestinal virus of wild ducks. What turned a harmless waterborne duck virus into a killer? In an engaging multimedia presentation, Dr. Michael Greger traces the human role in the evolution of this virus.

Wow, that will wake you up!

The story was reported at nyas.org

Here is the complete report:

Dr. Michael Greger, author and Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture, The Humane Society of the United States
Leading public health authorities now predict as inevitable a pandemic of influenza, triggered by bird flu and expected to lead to millions of deaths around the globe. The influenza virus has existed for millions of years as an innocuous intestinal virus of wild ducks. What turned a harmless waterborne duck virus into a killer? In an engaging multimedia presentation, Dr. Michael Greger traces the human role in the evolution of this virus.

In the face of the coming pandemic, Dr. Greger reveals what we can do to protect our families and what society can do to reduce the likelihood of such potential catastrophes in the future.

A graduate of the Cornell University School of Agriculture and the Tufts University School of Medicine, Michael Greger, M.D., serves as Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at The Humane Society of the United States. He is the author of Bird Flu: A Virus of Our Own Hatching.

Here is the link to the original story: Virus

It appears Dr. Greger gave a presentation on this subject on:

Mar 18, 2009
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Science, Industry & Business Library, 188 Madison at 34th St.


I did some research on Dr. Greger and found out that this book, Bird Flu: A Virus of Our Own Hatching is avaliable for free online:


















Here is the link to the book: Flu


Here is a related video:


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