While HPAI is currently mostly contained to birds, there's no telling how quickly this could change. It's a rapidly evolving disease that — as more and more people become infected — could very likely become the next global pandemic. It's time to be proactive rather than reactive and ramp up investment in animal health systems.
Research has shown that bird flu poses a minute risk to humans, and — while every precaution should be taken — the media needs to be careful not to spread alarmism needlessly. Rather than focusing on manufactured problems, there needs to be a concerted effort to fight the existing effects of this outbreak on people's livelihoods in an already tumultuous economic environment.