...to start eating beef.
... through one of the most populated countries in the world.
KOLKATA, India (Reuters) - An outbreak of bird flu in India's most densely populated state could spiral out of control, officials said on Tuesday, as the disease spread to a seventh district.
The deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu was found among poultry in Malda, infecting seven of the 19 districts in the eastern state of West Bengal, according to state officials.
"There is every chance of the virus spiraling out of hand if it's too late," said Sanchita Bakshi, the state health services director.
Nepal meanwhile banned the import of poultry products from neighbor India. In Bangladesh, authorities culled thousands of chickens after the virus spread to Natore district.
At least 24 million people live in West Bengal's seven affected districts. Officials worry the virus could spread to humans and were collecting random blood samples from villagers.
I'm no scientist, but I suspect if a bird flu is going to mutate into a easily communicable human variant, it would be more likely to do so in areas such as this, rather than in south-east asia where previous outbreaks have occurred.