May 20 Flu UpdateDateline Romania, where parts of the capital are sealed off and bird flu outbreaks were found in two more regions.
Earlier on Saturday, Bucharest's head of veterinary services said the districts of Andronache and Luica, home to 2,000 people, were being quarantined, with traffic diverted and disinfection measures put in place.
There were two more outbreaks of Burkina Faso among birds.
Nigeria also suspects a new outbreak among birds.
Egypt denies a new human case of bird flu in that country.
ProMed on new bird outbreaks in the Czech Republic, and Russia.
China's Vice-premier is "not optimistic" about the future course of bird flu--interesting how Chinese officials--even when they posture--are different from US officials when they posture.
The US Deputy Surgeon General was in Oklahoma, talking about a pandemic, and how if there is one, it will hit Oklahoma.
Helen Branswell writes on what the situation in Indonesia has to say about the containment plan...namely, it says it puts it in doubt.
"This was never about wanting to contain the virus. It's about the reality of what happens in everyday life," Osterholm said Saturday from Minneapolis, where he is director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.
"One of the problems models can't address is the impact of politics, fear, panic and lack of compliance on written guidelines for public health actions."
This is very interesting. A 92-year old woman in Buffalo who survived the 1918 flu has given 10 vials of her blood to help today's pandemic vaccine efforts.
My mother and father and sister and I, all four of us had it and all four of us survived," she said Friday. "That was a miracle."
"All we did was lay in bed. I don't remember eating," said Horsch, whose mother hung a camphor bag around her neck to ward off germs.
She drifted in and out of consciousness with fever; she doesn't know for how long. The family eventually recovered, helped by twice-daily house calls from their doctor.
Associated Press with further withering criticism of Indonesia's pandemic response.
China announced that two boys--who had been released from the hospital months ago--have fully recovered from the bird flu.
Bolivia has strengthened its airport security plans....
The Dons at Oxford are helping to develop a flu vaccine, including some research with local citizens. Work funded by Sanofi.
From Effect Measure, a story on the infection of cats with H5H1, the virus that continues to be full of surprises.
ProMed with OIE report on Denmark.
Recombinomics with translations of reports of a new family cluster in Surabaya.
Greenhammer notes that Sen. Joe Biden is calling for more money to fight bird flu.