January 17 Flu UpdateFour dead, 21 sick in total, one of which is getting sicker. The toll continues in Turkey.
Reuters on Turkey.
In Indonesia, a three year old boy died of flu, shortly after his sister died in a lab confirmed case.
This story is inevitable...why the children? Is it contact with the birds, or something else? Buried in the story, note this:
With Turks complaining of symptoms still checking into hospitals, there were concerns the virus might still be spreading to people despite the precautionary slaughter of nearly 1 million domestic fowl.
There's also a new case in East China, a 35M.
From the International Donors Conference, the EU and Roche have increased their pledged committment.
The Russians have announced a $40M plan to fight bird flu.
I don't understand why news like this doesn't prompt investment in stopping the flu in Asia, but US insurers today said they could lose $133B in a pandemic.
In New Zealand, 1.4m people will get a letter on preparing for the bird flu in their mail box.
Cyprus seeks more drugs and to calm fears down, at the same time.
World Bank President speaks on bird flu.
Company advertises information on pandemic survival for business, from a risk management perspective.
In New Zealand, the central bank received backpacks with flu supplies.'
Bloomberg has this story, that says the drive for better flu vaccines might improve seasonal flu vaccines, too, which have not been much of a priority to date.
The Times (UK) asks if a pandemic is the circumstance that warrants breaking a flu drug patent.
How the flu scare is effect poultry shops in New Jersey...good local story.
Effect Measure has a very educational first start on explaining how a flu virus works. Dense, but if I can read it, so can you.