Tuesday, November 13, 2007

False Alarm: Bird Flu in New Zealand

On November 13, 223 passengers on a Korean airplane were quarantined on the tarmac at Auckland Airport, New Zealand. Flight attendants had noticed en route a woman vomiting and exhibiting other flu-like symptoms. Airport authorities were alerted and after landing a paramedic in protective clothing boarded the plane to examine the woman. Thankfully, it turned out that the woman was suffering from gastroenteritis, not H5N1. South Korea declared itself bird flu free in June after 3 months without cases of H5N1 in birds or humans. New Zealand has not seen any cases of bird flu to date. Let's hope it stays that way. But the tension builds as H5N1 continues to ravage its victims.


-Tad Henry

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