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Apr 11, 2013

Bird Flu: H7N9

The New York Times reported on Saturday that a sixth person has died from a mysterious avian-borne virus. In response to the detection of H7N9 in a pigeon—the first time the flu has been detected in domesticated birds—Chinese officials advised its citizens to avoid live poultry, and slaughtered more than 20,000 birds at a wholesale market in Shanghai. Since the lethality of H7N9 is established, great concern exists regarding its transmissibility among humans. So, how worried are you?

How scared are you of the new avian flu?

Not scared; these things are always overhyped
A little nervous
Wary, but not panicking
I’ll be wearing face masks and gloves until it’s gone

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