September 14 Flu UpdateIn China, an expert is warning of a flu pandemic, and he's the same guy who blew the whistle of SARS.
Jakarta is offering free medical treatment to anyone with the flu.
The EU is urging governments to purchase flu medication before the pandemic hits.
There's an herbal brew remedy to the flu in Jakarta.
The BBC has a story which is very good. It talks about the rapid spread of the bird flu if clusters in Asia got large, and how, essentially, nothing could be done about it.
Dr Edmunds said: "This time we would expect it to be spread more quickly than it did last time because we have a lot more flights and there's a lot more contact between people these days.
"If it's spreading widely in south east Asia, then a few weeks is really all we could expect before the pandemic arrived here.
"So there isn't much time."
But he said analysis showed travel restrictions were likely to buy very little time, and be very expensive.
Screening people coming into the UK would be "very ineffective", and likely to pick up few cases because during a flu pandemic, people with symptoms would not be allowed to board a plane anyway, he said.
But many of those who did travel could be incubating flu but not showing any signs, meaning screening, say for high temperatures, on arrival in the UK would not stop cases getting through.
Dr Edmunds said: "There is only one thing that can be done to stop it, and that is to stamp it out at source and if you're lucky you can stop a pandemic developing at the source."
A Helen Branswell story is always welcome---this one is on a recently announced International Flu Conference in Canada.
Good news--the ostrich population in South Africa is bird flu free.
In Thailand, they feel like they are making progress on a flu vaccine.
Recomobinomics writes that the lack of human cases in Indonesia could be a lack of testing.