Oh no! The bird flu is back and possibly deadlier than ever!
According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, a mutant strain of H5N1 that is resistant to existing vaccines is spreading in China and Vietnam.
While the virus seemed to be contained after shrinking from 4000 outbreaks in bird populations at its peak to 302, nearly 800 cases were reported in 2010-2011.
8 people have died from the mutated strain of the bird flu in Cambodia alone and officials are reporting that "wild birds may introduce the virus, but people's actions in poultry production and marketing spread it."
So scary! And just in time for the terrifying new film Contagion, which may be hitting a little too close to home for the Asian film market.
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