November 22, 2005

Happy Thanksgiving!


From FoxNews: China: Bird Flu 'Epidemic'.

China called bird flu a "serious epidemic" and pledged to step up measures to fight the deadly virus Tuesday as officials announced three new outbreaks of the disease in poultry in the country.

The outbreaks were detected last week in western and southern China, resulting in the killing of nearly 175,000 birds, the official Xinhua News Agency said. The latest outbreaks bring the total for China in recent weeks to 20.

The massive nation where billions of poultry are being vaccinated has reported one human fatality and one suspected death.

With apologies to the great Norman Rockwell.

UPDATE I -- Nov. 23: From FoxNews: Second Person Dies of Bird Flu in China.

China on Wednesday reported its second confirmed death from a strain of bird flu that has claimed more than 60 lives in Asia.

State media, meanwhile, reported that a bird flu vaccine being developed in China would be tested on 100 people. It's already been tried on minks, chickens and rats.

The 35-year-old farmer identified only by her surname, Xu, died Tuesday after developing a fever and pneumonia-like symptoms following contact with sick and dead poultry, the Health Ministry said.

Tests concluded the woman was positive for the H5N1 strain of the virus, the official Xinhua News Agency said, citing the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

UPDATE II -- Nov. 28: From Ayn Rand Institute: Thanksgiving: An American Celebration of the Creation of Wealth.

Thanksgiving is a uniquely American holiday, because this country was the first to create and to value material abundance. It is America that has been the beacon for anyone wanting to escape from poverty and misery. It is America that generated the unprecedented flood of goods that washed away centuries of privation. It is America, by establishing the precondition of production -- political freedom -- that was able to unleash the dynamic, productive energy of its citizens.

Posted by Forkum at November 22, 2005 07:46 PM