Tuesday, April 05, 2005

April 5 Flu Update

This report from the New Scientist says that initial reports appear to show that the flu in North Korea is H7 not H5...albeit indirectly.

Recombinomics on the H7. Notes co-infection of H7/H5 is more likely with two viruses running around.

Effect Measure on the H7 reports.

CIDRAP says its the first H7 in Asia.

Promed on the North Korea situation

Reuters says that two more are in the Haiphong Hospital

Reader Bill+ points out this article...could it be a case of human-human transmission. Another health care worker was infected earlier, but this could be evidence as well.

CBC reports on US flu vaccine trials.

Flu expert calls for Hong Kong flu containment methods to be adopted elsewhere.

Presentation at Paris flu conference to focus on a new type of vaccine treatment that would provide universal protection.

Recombinomics on the 27 year old female in Vietnam reported here yesterday.

Recombinomics on the possibility of bird flu in Vietnam.

Official copy of President's Bush quarantine order...suitable for framing.

ProMed on the Vietnam cases.


At 7:05 PM, Anonymous Bill+ said...

WHO Expert: Bird Flu Strains Could Combine


"The fact that two viruses, one with a proven track record of transmitting easily into people and another with a mortality rate of between 50 and 80 percent, are circulating in Asia at the same time is something to keep a very close eye on," William L. Aldis, the World Health Organization representative in Thailand, told The Associated Press.

If H7 and H5N1 came into contact and exchanged genetic material, it could create an "organism with H5 lethality and H7 transmissibility," said Aldis.


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