Saturday, December 03, 2005

The day we've been waiting for...

Avian Flu has been reported in Crimea. They are evacuating volunteers
from that area "until the situation is stabilized" whatever that means.

Here are some of the precautions we are given:

- Avoid contact with any home-raised chickens, ducks and turkey and
- Do not purchase eggs, poultry or products containing eggs from open
markets or street vendors. Buy only where you can be reasonably sure the
poultry was factory-raised.
-- If you come into contact with domestic poultry:
-- Wash your hands immediately with soap and water -- Remove your shoes
outside the house and clean them well
-- Call the PCMO if you come down with a fever
They didn't include:

--Run for your lives
--Stick your head between your knees and kiss your ass goodbye.

We've been anticipating this since it was reported in neighboring
countries and everybody was required to get a regular flu shot as a
precaution. I am about 5 hours by slow train to the affected spots.

As of now there haven't been any reports of transmission to people so
the eternal optimist in me is hanging in there.

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