August 14 Flu Update--Back from vacation editionYou go away, nothing changes. China is claiming a flu outbreak is under control (this time in Tibet).
A Russian journalist downplays the flu that may have been caught covering the pandemic.
They are preparing in Nepal.
Some companies are being advised to stock up on antivirals.
CIDRAP on the Asian flu conference. Osterholm notes here that supply problems hinder the effective use of any drug-based response.
Osterholm, director of CIDRAP, publisher of this Web site, continued, "What we need to do right now is focus on what will get us through a pandemic without counting on drugs. We just don't have a supply chain that can manufacture enough vaccine and antivirals to make a meaningful dent in what we'd need if the pandemic hits in the next 2 or 3 years. We need to think about things like food supplies, healthcare workers and facilities, essential services. We're wasting time."
Helen Branswell, of CP, perhaps the leading MSM source on the flu, writes about tests on a flu vaccine being conducted with people who received a 1997 Hong Kong H5 vaccine trial.
By giving this group a single shot of a newly developed H5N1 vaccine, researchers hope to start puzzling out answers to two key questions: How long can the immune system remember novel strains of avian influenza? And can priming the body's protective force to fight a previously unseen flu virus arm it to later battle a related pandemic strain?Recombinomics says the bird flu is racing across Russia.
Recombinomics on the further spread of the disease across Russia.
Recombinomics notes again that recombination is at work in Russia.
Recombinomics also says that tests show the H5N1 is being tracked in birds to Mongolia.
ProMed has the same report from Mongolia.
The CDC has updated its travel advice on bird flu, through ProMed.
ProMed on a follow up report from Kazhakstan.
ProMed has data which solidifies earlier report from Siberia.
This is comforting, Crofsblogs has this on the Russians testing their own flu vaccine.
Crofsblogs also has news of pandemic planning in New England via the web.