Tuesday, June 27, 2006

June 27 Flu Update

A new outbreak of bird flu has hit birds in Western Siberia.

Recombinomics wonders if this isn't the start of a new geographic reach for the disease, as it was the last time outbreaks started in Siberia.

Zambia insists that it wasn't bird flu....

German researchers have concluded that the seven cases in Azerbaijan came from wild birds, the first known example of this transmission. Effect Measure reports.

The First International Conference on Avian Influenza in Humans opens tomorrow in Paris. Here is what is on the agenda.

Sidney, MT is doing some local planning on the bird flu.

A Pan African Action Statement for a pandemic was released.'

Robeson, NC also has some planning on the agenda, but always being careful not to overreact.

“You have a better chance of being hit by a car,” said Greg Britt, owner of Sunshine Farms in McDonald. “It's something that needs to be looked at and addressed, and we need to be cautious, but I'm not that worried about it.”

More talk about high-tech imaging to track and fight the bird flu (my comment--we need to use everything we have, with an appropriate balance of realism and hope).

'Tis the season for economic projections. Bird flu @180M Euros for Europe.

Michigan is testing geese for bird flu.

Jakarta Zoo had bird flu, and Milwaukee is determined to avoid the same fate.

Roche writes a letter to the editor refuting a previous article that Tamiflu it was not known if Tamiflu would be effective in an H5N1 Pandemic (it seems to me this is not known--and not knowable).

The Annals of Internal Medicine reviews pandemic planning, noting the biggest deficiency in the most important area--regional planning.

China has announced that media outlets reporting on "sudden events" without approval of the government could be fined. Effect Measure protests.

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