A friend of mine at SHS is terrified of the avian influenza (more commonly known as “bird flu”). I understand why he’s so concerned, it could easily, and quickly, become a pandemic. Even though it’s possible an outbreak could occur, what is there that we, the common folk – the ones NOT doing any medicinal work – can do?
Yesterday, while running, I had to step over two dead birds on the sidewalk (it’s not at all uncommon to see dead birds while on one of my runs, for whatever reason). Then, today, while playing at Loose Park, I saw another dead bird. Aaron and I made jokes about “BF” (short for Bird Flu) not catching the Aerobie when it landed in his/her area.
But should we really be making jokes about it? How would my horrified co-worker feel about the fact that I’ve come in close contact with three dead birds over the past few days?
So what can we do? Well, for starters, don’t pick the bird up and lick it. Instead, call the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hotline at 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636).
Or don’t, and just hope the bird had its flu shots.