Will the threat from H5N1 ever go away? Not until we either solve the problems with our influenza vaccine or we suffer a PanFlu event from it.
H5N1 is getting further and further entrenched in our wild water fowl, and has shown up in other wild birds as well. As long as it is in our wild water fowl it will continue to show up in our domestic poultry flocks on occasion.
No one knows with certainty that H5N1 will ever cause a human pandemic. Strong arguments have been made that since it hasn't yet it never will. People who say that are just as foolish as those who say that it will with equal certainty. Although it is my opinion that the ones who are certain it will are closer to the truth than those who say it won't.
After reading FM's blog entry today, A Predilection For The Young, I was once again reminded of my continual failure to understand how anyone can just blow off the threat as if it doesn't exist except in the heart and minds of the few Flu Obsessed. If you haven't yet read this seminal piece from one of our preeminent PanFlu bloggers please do so, and share it with as many people as you can place it in front of. Although what he writes is emotionally disturbing, at least it was for me, it is of vital importance that what he says is understood, and taken with the seriousness that it deserves.