Tuesday, June 14, 2005

June 14 Flu Update

The Scotsman, perhaps the world's most loyal MSM flu outlet, has this on a conference in Liverpool on infectirous disease.

Here, we appear to have news of poultry in South Africa with H5...

Press Release touting good news on a recombinant flu vaccine...

CIDRAP yesterday on the downside of our Tale of Two Vaccines. Covered here are ongoing concerns about the Vietnemese human vaccine trials...

The seed virus used for Vietnam's vaccine was mixed with cancer cells to boost replication, and then grown in monkey kidney cells, a method the article describes as highly unorthodox. It is not the same seed virus as the one approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) for H5N1 vaccine development.

"People could get cancer from the vaccine," according to a TIME quote attributed to Klaus Stohr, head of the WHO's global influenza program.

I don't know how they will get this by the IRB, but I guess that's their problem.

WHO has an update with three new cases (mild) in Northern Vietnam.

Recombinomics on the cases in Northern Vietnam---note comment that they follow the North's trend of mild, wide clusters.

Recombinomics on the lack of H5N1 testing in India with meningitis cases.

A duck in New York has H7.

Recombinomics asks how we can contain a pandemic when we have no idea where it is.

ProMed Mail on the new WHO report.


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