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Forum NATIONAL ForumFOG...H.IC. October 2005 _ Letter writers this month responded to our articles on health and history. il l Il.e Struck by the story "Tracking the Next KillerFlu," readersoffered suggestions on how to curtailthe flu's spread and pondered ways the U.S. can get ready.History buffs wrote about the Battle of Trafalgar,praisingAdmiral Nelson and offering explanationsfor his naval tactics. Tracking the Next Killer Flu Once again I have received reli able information from NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC before it appeared in the news media. Thank you so much for keeping your readers abreast of so many vital facts about our world. NANCY C. HARDIN Dyersburg,Tennessee Although science is advancing on many fronts and clinicians actively seek to develop a vaccine for the flu, we know the best way to prevent the spread of disease already. Thanks to Florence Nightingale, hygiene and obser vances of precautions such as wearing gloves when bodily fluids are likely to be encountered are integral lessons taught in medical education curricula. HOLLY PHILPOT Nurse-practitioner Athens, Georgia FROM OUR ONLINE FORUM ngm.com/0510 FOR MORE INFORMATION Toget NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC please call 1-800-NGS-LINE (1-800-647-5463). Hearing-impaired TDD users may call 1-800 -548-9797. The magazine's website: ngm.com. For an online index of all National Geographic publications, go to: nationalgeographic.com/publications. I know the U.S. government has allocated a large amount of money to prepare for a possible bird flu pandemic. I certainly hope some of this money will go straight to Vietnam and Thailand to pay farmers full market value for slaughtered poultry so they don't have an incentive to hide sick birds. It is far better to nip the virus in the bud than wait until it reaches America's shores and has mutated to a point where it can spread like wildfire (not to mention all the Asian lives it would save). CATHERINE ARNE Bethlehem, Pennsylvania FROM OUR ONLINE FORUM ngm.com/0510 Fatal Victory Your article is magnificent. It is by far the most gripping, unvarnished story of the Battle of Trafalgar I have ever read. Kudos to Simon Worrall's detailed and exciting description of the action during the battle. I felt like I was there witnessing the death of Nelson. FRANK MEIER Osprey,Florida Simon Worrall describes Nelson's innovative tactic for winning the Battle of Trafalgar accurately, but it is not "crossing the T." If your NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC * FEBRUARY 2006 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY "For the increase and diffusion of geographic knowledge." The National Geographic Society is chartered in Washington, D.C., as a nonprofit scientific and educational organization. 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