Monday, June 13, 2005

June 12 Flu Update

In Australia, they have a quick bird flu test developed.

Minimal German flu preperations are underway.

Baltimore Sun on Maryland's flu preperations. Recommended.

Interesting story from The Nation in Thailand on a volunteer health system they have set up for dengue fever, which is a model for H5N1. Except the volunteers say it doesn't work.

Recombinomics on the recombination of bird flu virues in China.

A clip:

These changes in the pathogenicity of H5N1 are due to recombination. Although the sequences have not been released by the Harbin lab in China, which used the sequence of the HA cleavage site to classify H5N1 isoalted from both outbreaks as HPAI (Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza), H5N1 has been evolving and expanding its host range via recombination, ever since it was initially isolated in Asia from a 1996 infection of a goose in Guangdong.

H5N1 has Medline flu links, if you are interested.

Declan at Connotea has a link to web-published pandemic plans.

Epidemica on the latest from China, and what it means.


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