Something to keep an eye on.... http://www.geo.tv/main_files/world.aspx?id=90573 May 22, 2006 Influenza virus can hit Asia soon: WHO NEW YORK: Highly infectious avian influenza virus could hit India and other Asian countries within next few days, World Health Organization warned. WHO Southeast Asia director Dr. Samlee Plianbangchang has said India was under real threat of H5N1 virus attack. Although H5N1 is an avian disease, it has stricken humans in Southeast Asia and even caused casualties since December 2003. India’s health minister said an Action Plan has been drawn up by the administration to prevent the entry of the highly infectious avian influenza and to combat the disease in the event of an outbreak. The Action Plan was a precautionary measure following the outbreak of the deadly bird flu among wild geese at Qinghai Lake in Central China, where 1500 birds perished in May this year from H5N1 flu. The Avian flu virus emerging in Asia shared some of the genetic characteristics with the flu virus that killed more than 50 million people worldwide in 1918, researchers said.