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From the wires this morning:
7:45 a.m.: Authorities ordered all live poultry markets in China’s capital to close immediately and went door-to-door seizing chickens and ducks from private homes, as the government dramatically beefed up its fight against bird flu.
A deadly new global pandemic of human influenza is inevitable and suffering will be “incalculable” unless the world is ready, the chief of the World Health Organization said. “We have been experiencing a relentless spread of avian flu” among migratory birds and domestic poultry, Lee Jong-wook told a meeting of 600 health experts and planners, the first attempt to devise a global strategy in case the bird-flu virus changes to transmit easily among humans. The World Bank put the possible economic cost at a minimum of $800 billion.