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Letter "D" » Dick Thompson Quotes
«The point was initially to allow us to have access to these samples. It's not like WHO is trying to prevent scientists everywhere from getting this information.»
«This is not confirmation for us. We need to have samples sent to a certified laboratory.»
«Those viruses are in a WHO reference laboratory and are being studied.»
«I think it's significant because it draws our attention to the fact that this is a very, very difficult disease to get for humans.»
«There have been something like 180 million birds that have died either directly from the disease or been culled because they were exposed to it. Yet it's taken us all this time -- more than two years, almost three years now -- to cross this barrier.»
«There is very little science in this area. However, we know that people who have spent a great deal of time around infected chickens, for example, only rarely get infected themselves. If it is an extremely rare event to get infected from a flock of infected chickens, it is likely that infections from cats is even rarer still. But again, there is little real evidence to guide us.»
«This is a virus that isn't acting in a predictable way. It's unusual that cats would be infected at all. The range of hosts here is unusual for an avian virus.»
«Pigs are known to be able to be infected with both avian and human viruses, and they too can serve as mixing vessels, just like humans.»
«There are a lot of scary stories out there about the next pandemic, but we have to make difficult decisions without a lot of information. The real answer is we don't know until the next pandemic virus appears.»
«There is definitely concern about Egypt. In a relatively short period of time we have what is really a large number of cases.»