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Based on article in Washington Post.

The avian or bird flu has always scared me. It could possibly become a human pandemic and the more you know about it, the scarier the virus gets. '

And thanks to the Chinese government encouraging chicken farmers to use the human anti-viral amantadine on their chickens, the virus has grown resistant - rendereing the anti-viral useless.

The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization has said to slaughter infected flocks, but for some reason, the Chinese govenment had a different view. Thanks a lot. It has come out that they have been using the anti-viral for 15 years now, even though in 1987 the U.S. Department of Agriculture laboratory showed that the virus became resistant to the drug in a matter of days when infected chickens received the anti-viral amantadine.
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