This is an import point. If the birds are the ones infecting humans, why can’t we just get rid of the birds? Hong Kong actually did this after a 1997 outbreak, killing every fowl within its borders. But now that cases of H5N1 have been reported from Egypt to Indonesia and the virus circulates permanently in wild bird populations of many countries, such an undertaking would not only be a logistical nightmare, but ecologically and economically destructive on a massive scale. However, it does bring up the important point that many of the regions affected by H5N1 have lifestyles which lend themselves to frequent and close contact with live fowl. Changing that may be a good first step.
That’s not terrible, but it’s also not acceptable either. If only one thing comes out of this process it should be that these mutated strains are treated as BSL-4 agents until we can show cause for them to be designated otherwise (it already looks like the Kawaoka Group's version can be stopped with current vaccines and antivirals). This is serious stuff, and even though I bashed him earlier, the only people I trust working on this are the Stanley Goodspeeds of the world. Carla was the prom queen after all.