After months of near-silence, bird flu is back on the West’s front pages. But where is government preparedness, now that the drug of choice in the virus war turns out to have spawned resistant strains?
Considering what may lie ahead otherwise, no amount of money is too great to devote to the fight against avian flu. But while everybody’s spending against each other’s contingency plans, we’re all left risking something too precious to lose.
We don’t yet know whether the avian flu will become a pandemic. So why are we preparing for a plague instead of fighting the virus where it currently rages—in the animal kingdom? Conflicting reports and strategies still march on, but time may be running out.