Wednesday, November 16, 2005

November 16 Flu Update--China cases dominate the news

ProMed on the dramatic Chinese announcement--girl dead, brother spared.

Wire reports on the Chinese announcement.

CIDRAP on the Chinese announcement. There had been a poultry outbreak in their village.

In other news, flu is reported in three more provinces in Vietnam.

Reuters adds the new developments to the bird flu timeline.

APEC is promising tighter coordination on the bird flu.

CIDRAP on this week's cytokine storm research

Another region heard from...the Caribbean is urged to prepare for bird flu.

The Jakarta Post notes something which will be a trend if a pandemic starts--protection of healthcare workers.

It sounded relatively simple. Test Canadian Geese to see if they have the flu. Alas, as Helen Branswell reports, it was not as simple as first thought.

It's proving harder than anticipated to type the avian flu viruses wild ducks sampled in Canada were carrying because a number were co-infected with several strains, creating a viral "soup" that is difficult to separate down to its basic ingredients, government officials have admitted.

They say, however, that it appears that none of the viruses are highly pathogenic, a finding that would support the suggestion none of the birds were carrying the worrisome Asian H5N1 flu virus, which is a so-called high path virus.

Peace has broken out in the Tamiflu war between Roche and Gilead.

India is asking China for raw materials for Tamiflu.

More news that should give pause to the Tamiflu bandwagon--more research is needed to determine the correct dose.

From Vietnam, this report says that the flu is already Tamiflu resistant. (With that in mind, a caveat....these stories crop up from time to time and often spring from the same semi-accurate source. Read accordingly.)

Vietnam is ready to mass produce a flu vaccine in early '06.

I have written before that China is doing better on transparency, because their tendency is to say there are NO cases. However, its not transparent if you say there are three cases and there are 300. It sounds like they are being straight.

Recombinomics has another view, saying that the admission of three cases validates boxun claims of widespread H5N1 deaths. has the boxun report, for your review. (via crofsblog)

Taiwan doubts that the birds in Britain died of H5N1.

CIDRAP says England disagrees.

New Zealand begins to enact its bird flu plan.


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