Indonesian Avian Flu death toll reaches 44

August 8, 2006

I swore, of course, that I wouldn’t mention it. I told myself, over and over, that bird flu isn’t as dangerous as the media would lead us to believe. However, in a shocking new development, Indonesia has revealed that over 43 people have died of bird flu there since January 2005!

This brings the global death toll up to about 130 since 2003. WE’RE ALL GOING TO DIE!!!!!!!!!!!

There, I think that’ll placate the FOX News crowd. We’ve probably exceeded their attention span by now.

I was on the BBC website when I found that this was their top news story for the entire Asia-Pacific area, which includes Japan, China and Australia (big shout out to our Antipodean friends out there). Frankly, I’m appalled.

The idea that bird flu has managed to kill a grand total of 22 people a year has been singularly uninspiring. Given the country suffers a devestating Tsunami every 75 years, which will kill upto 130,000 people judging by the last one, you’re nearly 1000 times more likely to be killed by a tidal wave than bird flu. And this is the country with the No.1 threat level. This is the big one. This is, in effect, Bird Flu Central.

Let’s break that down a bit more for those of us still panicking, shall we? In the UK last year, 1675 people where fatally run over. That’s 76 times as many people as those who succumbed to the dreaded death plague in Bird Flu Land.

In fact, in Indonesia, a stonking 3,000 people were killed in car accidents. 136 times as many. You are more likely to die in the car going to hospital to check if you have bird flu than you are to actually die of the virus itself.

Everyone, please grow up and stop worrying. Shame on you, BBC.

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