Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Girl Gets Bird Flu After Kissing Chicken

From AP:
Sumeyya Mamuk considered the chickens in her backyard to be beloved pets. The 8-year-old girl fed them, petted them and took care of them. When they started to get sick and die, she hugged them and tenderly kissed them goodbye. The next morning, her face and eyes were swollen and she had a high fever. Her father took her to a hospital, and five days later she was confirmed to have the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu.
Ugh.

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2 comments:

Claude said...

At least this youngster looks likely to pull through. Or should I say, "pullet" through. Heh.

But honest to god, don't these people think? I understand that some of them consider the chickens to be pets, but if my dog gets sick I'm sending her butt outside until it passes, or euthanizing her if that's what's more humane.

I guess you don't have to be a self-absorbed American to neglect what your kids are up to.

Michelle Pessoa said...

Yeah, I love my dogs, but no way to I kiss them on the mouth. If I'm not paying attention and they jump up and lick my face, I wash my face thoroughly and immediately.

I'd do that with any animal, sick or well.