Monday, July 24, 2006

July 24 Flu Update

First, Thailand reports 5-7 new potential human cases. Now, the possibility of more sick birds (there were also reports of sick birds earlier this month.

As usual, CIDRAP has the best summary of the confusing developments in Thailand.

ProMed on the new potential human cases. I believe this story actually indicates one confirmed case, one new suspected case, and pending lab work on seven more, for a total of nine suspected cases.

Promed on the "dove eaters" mentioned in the comment from Slovenia in yesterday's post.

Indonesia is reporting a 44 year old man died yesterday of bird flu, suspected.
Although Bulgaria has its first case of bird flu (in birds), there have not been any other identified infections.

If you live in North Dakota, you are being told hunting is safe, even with the bird flu around.

Cayman officials met with the Pan American Health Organization to discuss bird flu planning.

Fiji is also considering a pandemic flu plan.

Johns Hopkins is sponsoring a pandemic planning meeting as well.

Others have noted that Roche is offering Tamiflu to companies when there isn't enough for governments. Revere critiques this, noting the business pays full freight, while governments get a price break.

Indonesia's bird flu policy is under fire from all from Revere.

The central government gave up almost all power to local fiefdoms and is rampant with corruption, so these pronouncements have no moral or substantive authority. This is what passes for Indonesian bird flu policy.


At 4:54 PM, Anonymous Leo Gates said...

Your first link which should be to ProMed (3rd item from top) actually links to "medical news today".

At 5:33 PM, Anonymous Leo Gates said...

When you say this Promed story shows "1 confirmed case, 1 new suspected case, and ... 7 more ... a total of 9 suspected cases", if you're referring to Promed story no.159 from Joe Dudley, then his reports actually refer to 1 confirmed B2B case, and 9 suspected B2H cases: one male age 11, one female age 11, and 7 earlier suspects.

At 9:59 PM, Blogger Orange said...

Mr. Gates--thanks for reading, and thanks for the comment. I have been having a hard time keeping these recent cases straight!


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