December 13 Flu Update--9th flu death in IndonesiaA ninth person has died in Indonesia of the flu.
CIDRAP on this story and others in the news. Note that Indonesia says that better surveillance could be behind the perceived increase in cases. (My note: by implication, that must mean there were more cases before than we thought.)
ProMed on the ninth death--noting contact with sick chickens.
Crofsblogs notes that other stories tell us six more people are sick, which is news.
There's fear of civil war ramping up in Sri Lanka again, and WHO warns about its impact on health, including bird flu.
GPs in Australia say they have been left out of the flu planning process, and that in a pandemic there would be no way for them to get accurate and reliable information in real-time.
Bird lovers continue to object to the characterization of wild birds as "carriers" of the flu---they are "victims."
Germany is relaxing its poultry restrictions--the birds can come back outside.
In contrast, Madrid has extended its restrictions.
FDA has warned nine companies selling purported bird flu remedies--it must stop.
CIDRAP on the FDA Warning.
Ukraine outbreak extends to 12 areas in the Crimea.
Gartner research urges clients to prepare for bird flu pandemic. They say by mid 06, companies should:
- Enable large numbers of knowledge workers to perform their duties from home for an extended period of time
- Provide the means for workers to collaborate remotely
- Ensure that consistent communication with suppliers, partners, customers and other stakeholders can be maintained
- Offer backup means of communication in the event that conventional wireline, wireless, DSL (digital subscriber line), cable or other home-based communications technologies are overburdened by unanticipated traffic load.
The EU has guidelines on protecting poultry workers.
There will be a pandemic drill in Malaysia.
Newsday--does hoarding Tamiflu help?
The UAE says it will have 1 million tablets of Tamiflu by March.
MSN notes that the threat of government pirated copies of Tamiflu has speeded up Roche's production and partnership schedules.
After Katrina, the State of Texas is motivated to take a harder look at bird flu prep---but, like everyone else, doesn't know what "it" will exactly look like.
Effect Measure picks apart news reports of the White House flu exercise Saturday.
Effect Measure on why Asia is still the most likely place for a pandemic to start.
Recombinomics says that human bird flu in China and Indonesia is amantandine sensitive, proving transmission by wild birds.
ProMed on the ongoing cases in the Ukraine and Romania.
The Weybridge lab informs ProMed that it has received no samples from the Ukraine, though it thinks they have left the lab.