Friday, June 24, 2005

June 23 Flu Update

Quick notice: we'll be on a short hiatus until Monday. A Sunday post is a remote possibility.

Its amazing what can get into the news....experts from WHO are in Vietnam trying to ascertain if the "H5N1 bird flu virus may be evolving into a form that might trigger a human pandemic." Still, its good they are there. Hopefully, they will look closely in the north.

Hopefully, they will see the results of this...Recombinomics on the possibility that there are many, many more cases in North and Central Vietnam then have been reported.

Effect Measure on the same story.

Perhaps today's most far reaching story comes from California, where Gilead has terminated its agreement with Roche to produce Tamiflu. The article details the agreement and concerns about how Roche is marketing and producing Tamiflu. The process could take 18 months. Must read. One interesting point to call out:

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases in Bethesda, has said talks are under way with Roche and "the highest levels" of the U.S. government on a plan to build a Tamiflu plant in the United States. (emphasis added).

Although no agreement has been announced, Roche spokesman Terry Hurley said Thursday that he expected a U.S. plant to be "up and operating by fall.

New York Times covers the Roche/Gilead story.

Here's the offical press release.

Effect Measure has links to the expiration dates of foods you, too, can store for a flu pandemic.

In Vietnam, a local media report about bird flu in Central Vietnam.

Recombinomics comments....

Singapore has opened a major new animal health center.

York, Ontario says its ready...

The New Scientist has an article on more questionable behavior from the Chinese, citing reports in an investigative paper in China. Report also cites the Tacheng cluster which came to ProMed via a reliable source, quoted here earlier.

Finally, for your night time reading, a transcript (excellent) of a flu roundtable sponsored by Foreign Affairs.


At 2:09 PM, Anonymous SilverLining said...

Some doctors stockpile Tamiflu for their families...

At 10:31 AM, Blogger Watchdog316 said...

I will attempt to put a link to your site in tommorrows post. The more people aware of this the better.

The New Kid on the block.
Watchdog 316 Citizen Journalist

At 11:15 PM, Blogger Orange said...

Silverlining--thanks for reading and thanks for the tip. Got it posted today, finally. I'm not surprised, and not sure I would do anything differently, sad to say.

Watchdog, I'll be checking onto your site tomorrow to see what you came up with. Thanks for lending a voice.

At 11:32 AM, Blogger Watchdog316 said...


I had the most hits to date, out of my nine day blogging expierence; with the piece of the birdflu. I will check in upon occassion to see if an update is needed. Keep me in my mind for any continental shifts in the epidemic, or confirmed human-to-human transmission. Ever Watchful,

Watchdog316 Citizen Journalist

At 7:46 PM, Blogger Tom Naka said...

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At 5:30 AM, Blogger Nosey said...

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