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Hollywood fights bird flu

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 18 May 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1220
  1. Douglas Kamerow (, US editor
  1. BMJ

    An entertaining worst case scenario

    So what's bird flu going to be like, assuming that it comes? In this television movie we get to see all the scary things the writers have learned about a possible avian influenza pandemic crammed into two hours: a highly virulent, rapidly transmissible virus, inept attempts at containment, overwhelmed medical facilities, mass graves, food and water shortages, and looting and rioting.

    The programme begins with a solemn disclaimer telling us that the H5N1 virus has not (yet) been transmitted from person to person. Cut to geese flying over the ocean and chickens being slaughtered by the million in China. The virus has mutated …

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