Saturday, December 24, 2005

Christmas Eve Flu Update

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone who reads this! This will be the last update of this site until Monday, December 26, as we celebrate the holiday in our home. May you have blessed times and memories with those you love.

In direct contrast to yesterday's news that China was being open, WHO today has told them to stop hoarding bird flu samples. Apparently, they are sharing human samples but not bird samples.

Here is the official transcript of these remarks.

ProMed digests the stories from China.

Effect Measure comments on the matter of Chinese transparency.

WHO says that Tamiflu resistance is not a cause for concern.

Europe is bracing for another wave of bird flu with spring migration.

There's a sick chicken in Australia, but it does not have the bird flu.

Bird flu in Romania, on the other hand, continues to move toward the capital.

Here's a reminder that if the bird flu comes, it could hit pigs, too.

Columbia says it is bird flu free.

Dow AgroSciences is going to partner with an Australian university to produce "plant made" vaccines.

The Biotechnology Industry spokesman comments on Congress passing the funds for the Bush pandemic plan.

This legislation does not provide for the same level of liability protection that the industry received as part of the smallpox vaccine program passed by Congress two years ago. However, I am hopeful that the provisions passed in this bill will reduce the risk of frivolous lawsuits, while ensuring that bad conduct is appropriately punished through both government enforcement action and private civil lawsuits for damages.
US State Department article highlights the challenges facing Africa in a pandemic.

Vietnam says bird flu remains only in ten provinces.

WHO update on the two recently confirmed deaths in Indonesia.

Canadians are urged not to buy "generic" Tamiflu.

Tamiflu has been approved for use in children under 12.

Malaysia is still going to use Tamiflu to fight bird flu.

Long-time readers have noted that a critical element to Tamiflu is shikimic acid, which comes from star anise in its natural form. This article says it can be found in the needles of....Christmas trees.

Recombinomics notes that there are at least three strains of bird flu in Europe.

ProMed has current situation reports on bird flu from a number of countries.


At 11:37 AM, Anonymous slovenia said...

Merry Christmas to you, O&B, from all of us here in Slovenia. And thanks for your good work.


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