Wednesday, September 07, 2005

September 7 Flu Update

Another slow, slow news day.

BBC says Northern Ireland has a low risk of bird flu, though they are carrying on some wild bird surveillance...hear that ProMed?

WHO says a flu pandemic isn't an "if" its a "when." WHO also says that only Thailand is preapred to deal with it....

"We may be at almost the last stage before the pandemic virus may emerge," Dr. Jai P. Narain, Director of WHO's communicable diseases department told a news conference on the sidelines of a Southeast Asia health summit in the Sri Lankan capital.
Glaxo Smith Kline is acquiring a vaccine company in order to increase its production capacity.

Yesterday, we talked about a report from Europe on the bird flu threat, one that idenfied that some areas of Europe are at higher risk than other areas. Effect Measure has its take today.

The "Dead Birds Don't Migrate" debate continues at ProMed.

ProMed asks if there is evidence that domestic chickens could also be a reservoir for flu.

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