Monday, October 31, 2005

October 31 Flu Update--is bird flu in Canada?

In Canada some birds may have bird flu. Canada is confident, while tests are completed, that it is not HPAI.

Helen Branswell on the Canadian story.

Thailand has confirmed a 20th death to bird flu. CIDRAP writes.

Australia is warning Asian countries that it won't tolerate any cover ups of bird flu.

Pakistan says there's no bird flu there.

The Dead Parrot incident has Britain reviewing its quarantine procedures for incoming birds.

In Thailand, they are cracking down on bird flu vaccine smuggling at its borders.

The Indianapolis Star has its state officials saying no cause for alarm yet, but a plan is in place.

Hong Kong is under pressure to revive its plans for a central slaughterhouse for chicken.

Wales publication on the "killer that fell from the sky."

Australian Broadcasting Corporation surveys the Asian situations on the last day in October.

An APEC meeting is going on about bird flu, where apparently there are some divisions.

Limited supplies of Tamiflu are headed for Kiwi pharmacies.

CNN Money notes the financial windfall to Tamiflu, even extended to Donald Rumsfeld.

The Seattle PI says the Bush plan may stress a vaccine.

Reverse genetics vital to developing bird flu vaccine.

Forbes has this on fighting the flu...and good investing.

One long shot in the race against avian flu is BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, a company that designs novel enzyme blockers. Its shares have shot up 70% in less than three weeks. Behind this rise: a chance that BioCryst's small-molecule drug peramivir will be able to pick up the slack on a potential shortage of Tamiflu, the antiviral drug developed by Gilead Sciences and marketed by Roche. Tamiflu is the drug most widely stockpiled by governments globally, while BioCryst's drug has faltered since 2001, when developmental partner Johnson & Johnson called it quits.

CIDRAP on experts warning against hoarding Tamiflu.

CIDRAP catalogs its new influenza links over the past two weeks.

Effect Measure looks back at the news of October.

Recombinomics on Canada.

Recombinomics looks at the genes behind wild bird flu in Russia.


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