June 30 Flu UpdateToday's news...Dateline Cambodia.
Avian Flu says two babies in Cambodia have died of the flu, 1,000 said sickened.
Here's the media link
Here's an odd quote:
He said the illness appears to be a form of human flu, not the avian influenza that has killed dozens of people in neighboring countries and has health officials on edge over concerns the bird flu virus could mutate to more easily infect humans.
Also, courtesy H5N1, Morton Kondracke (bigfoot columnist and McLaughlin group member) who says the flu could be major issue in the 2008 Presidential election.
The first paragraph below is the most perceptive thing I have heard from a US politician in a long time.
[Sen. Brownback speaking]"There will be 9/11-style commissions all over the place and hundreds of Richard Clarkes testifying that they warned about what was coming and higher-ups didn't listen," he said, referring to the former White House counter-terrorism aide who charged that the Bush administration initially ignored Al Qaeda.
Frist, clearly, is not ignoring the problem. In his lecture at Harvard, he said that national leaders "will not be able to look away from what could be coming soon -- a front of unchecked and virulent epidemics, the potential of which could rise above your every other concern."
"For what the world could soon face it did not see even in the great wars of the last century," he said. "These epidemics ... could be devastating beyond imagination."
Frist said, "I propose an unprecedented effort, a 'Manhattan Project for the 21st century' to defend against destruction wreaked by infectious disease and biological weapons.
Singapore is considering travel restrictions if bird flu comes back....this is something Dr. Osterholm has been predicting.
Globe and Mail on the Chinese reports...
Vietnam announces mass vaccination program.
Here's a CBC Story with a headline that will become the "take away" from yesterday's China news. Except a downturn in MSM coverage over the next few weeks as this becomes CW:
WHO says fear of global bird flu pandemic easing
Singapore has masks and other flu staples on hand.
CIDRAP on yesterday's China news.
Effect Measure contrasts the US and EU flu responses.
ProMed on the Chinese reports.
Here's a good article from the Nation on the flu crisis and out government's inaction.
Courtesy H5N1, another death in Vietnam. This was a 73-year old man.
Here's the direct news link.
Epidemi.ca pointed to this article about Portugal ordering Tamiflu...they are behind 25 countries and will take delivery in one year. Still hot on the tamiflu containment plan?
Here's more on the Tamiflu fight between Gilead and Roche. A number of issues, one of which is (shockingly), the underpayment of royalties...and to think money was behind it all.