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Avian Flu Outbreak Sets Off Alarm Bells

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Science  02 May 2003:
Vol. 300, Issue 5620, pp. 718
DOI: 10.1126/science.300.5620.718

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An epidemic of avian influenza virus roaring through Dutch poultry farms for the past 2 months is expected to cost hundreds of millions of dollars. But in recent weeks, public health officials already on edge about SARS have reported an unexpected human health toll as well, sparking worries that the disease may transform into a global flu pandemic.