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Warnings for an outbreak of an Asian avian virus have been circulating since 1997, although only isolated incidences have occurred since then. Still, reputable scientists are still concerned that this virus could mutate at any time and cause a world-wide health crisis.

a. Is it a responsible behavior on the part of scientists to rouse fears in the public before the situation progresses? Explain your viewpoint.
b. What advantages could such an early warning have, if any?
c. What disadvantages could such an early warning have

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