Sunday, April 23, 2006

April 23 Flu Update

Two more farms in Pakistan are bird flu positive.

If you live in a city, this should be a relief. Pigeons are not believed to be a big bird flu problem.

"Pigeons aren't a big worry," said Rex Sohn, a wildlife disease specialist at the U.S. Geological Survey's National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, Wis. "But to make absolute predictions that pigeons won't be susceptible to this virus, in whatever form it arises in North America, is not something you want to say."

The EU is set to bail out poultry farmers impacted by the bottom dropping out of the market from the bird flue scare.

In Jordan, poultry sales are back to normal after brief flu scare.

Did the bird flu in Scotland cause a tourist boom to a seaside area?

Yesterday, we reported a vet might have bird flu in India, where he had supervised cullings. This report says negative.

A union official says that Homeland Security employees at airports are undertrained to fight the bird flu at the border.

Oddly, a similar report from the poultry industry. They call it biosecurity. Industry complains about new measures for "nothing," labor wonders if enough has been done.

Lake Charles, LA is preparing for the bird flu, by hosting vaccine production in the city limits.

Editorial in AZ warns against panic during bird flu.

Proud local paper. Dayton Daily news on Fairborn OH grad (in the Dayton area) leading US biodefense efforts.

Q&A with the native Daytonian.

ProMed on bird control measures....culling in Pakistan, and (interestingly) vaccinations in Norway (where no disease has even been) and Holland for hobby and free-range owners.

ProMed on reports to WHO of deaths in China and Egypt.

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