Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Ides of March Flu Update

Cry Havoc, and let loose the dogs of flu!

ProMed Mail has Dr. Lawrence Altman from the New York Times on death rates for flu. He notes that they always start high because you only find the really serious cases and then the rates come down. Its important to note that the 1918 flu had a death rate of 2 or 2.5%. The editor also notes that the health status of the population factors in as well...the virus does not work in a vaccuum.

ProMed mail on the N. Korean cases.

Recombinomics on a death in South Vietnam.

Effect Measure reader Dylan posted long and insightful comments on Tamiflu, which Revere is raising from the comments section and running as a serialized article.

South Korea tells North Korea to keep its sick chickens.

Singapore preparing for the flu.

Recombinomics says that 78 percent of cases are false negative, and comments on what that means to WHO's rapid response plans.

1 Comments:

At 7:33 AM, Anonymous Bill said...

http://www.macleans.ca/topstories/health/article.jsp?content=20050321_102364_102364#

Cites one expert who regards the pandemic alarmist language as motivated by base considerations -- "I think they're doing it because it helps them get their budgets approved
and pushes them into the limelight," says Schabas.

 

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