October 20 Flu UpdateThailand experienced its first bird flu death in more than a year yesterday, and the man's son is also sick, though not as sick. Today, the family is ripping the government for trying to cover up the cause of death.
Here's Reuters on the death in Thailand.
Bloomberg is reporting on the latest death in Thailand, and why the illness of the son is raising H2H concerns in that country.
Family clusters in Indonesia are causing other H2H concerns.
The Globe Mail covers the day's flu news, including reports that the dead man ate a neighbor's sick chickens.
CIDRAP on Thailand's death.
Recombinomics on Thailand.
The drug industry is concerned that the flu could net bad PR for them...and they are taking steps.
A flu Q&A from NPR.
Russia is working to keep bird flu from stretching from Tula to Moscow, all the while talking about how unlikely flu is to move from Tula to Moscow. Tula provides most of the poultry to Moscow.
The British government is undertaking an idea that has been suggested before--they are advancing funds to pharmaceutical companies.
Time has a report from the frontlines of the flu--in Romania.
When people living in the remote Danube Delta villages of Ceamurlia de Jos and Maliuc heard last week that their chickens and ducks would have to be destroyed to help prevent the spread of the Avian flu virus, they reacted in different ways. Some wept and prayed as they handed over their birds; others tried to hide them. Said Ceamurlia resident Gina Braileanu, "My uncle was caught hiding a hen close to his chest. He had to give it up."
Others immediately slaughtered their flocks, stuffing them into freezers for later consumption. But in the end there was no hiding place...
Dr. Elizabeth Whalen, of the American college of Science and Health is beginning a national tour to discuss "the nature of a potential outbreak of avian influenza, the shortage of anti-viral medicines such as Tamiflu and the lack of an effective vaccine."