Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Going viral By Laura H. Kahn, MD, MPH, MPP | 17 January 2012 “Weve been lucky. The avian influenza (H5N1) virus that first emerged in Hong Kong in 1997 -- which killed six and caused 18 serious illnesses -- has not acquired the ability to spread easily from person to person. Virtually all of the reported cases have involved contact with infected birds or bird products. Thus the outbreak required the depopulation of all the chicken farms and poultry markets in the region -- no small project -- in order to stop the outbreak from spreading. ...” Please read entire column at