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Another person -- China has died from a new strain of bird -- the third death since the first human cases were reported.
Doctor William Shatner as chair of the department of preventative medicine -- about university medical center.
Joining us now.
As in the world that doctor -- we better prepared to deal to identify and prevent the spread of these strains of bird flu.
Well that's the reassuring thing we certainly are much better prepared than we were ten years ago.
We are looking much more aggressively for these kinds of infections.
And then our technological capacity and laboratories to make precise diagnoses.
Is much more rapid and much more precise than it used to be.
So we're finding more things because we -- looking harder and more intensely.
Doctor -- -- know about this strain of the -- barred flu compared to the wind at ten years ago that killed 360 papal.
Well so far this is a new bird flu strain.
It's had cousins like this before that have gone through birds.
And have occasionally gotten into people to cause mild infections a bit of could jump divide is a kind of a cold syndrome.
Not very serious infections but we're watching this one to make sure that it doesn't get into mammals and then on into people.
How comfortable are you are confident are you do in -- the health officials in China now where these debt these first deaths are occurring.
Oh lovely question because you remember during the time of -- About ten years ago.
They were very very secretive but now.
As soon as these infections have occurred they've opened things up they've provided information they're communicating with the World Health Organization.
With the need a lot of progress.
In this country what shall we worry about more -- eye strain of bird flu in Asia or maybe shouldn't worry or at least would be thoughtful about it.
Well there -- some of us the public health people the virologist so etc.
we infectious disease doctors -- -- the ones who should worry about it.
We're keeping our eye on it it's nowhere near a problem for the average person at the present time.
But you can believe our surveillance is very intense we're we've all got -- -- on this.
Doctors really good to see you on and and -- just keep telling us to get flu shots because that's -- might -- much more deadly to people in this country.
Then -- strain of bird flu in China at least at this point thank you doctor William Shatner be well.
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