Sunday, July 30, 2006

July 30 Flu Update

From Thailand, among the 44 suspected cases, there are at least five cases with symptoms which appear to be H5N1.

A new outbreak along the Laotian border in Thailand has prompted the culling of 310,000 news.

Local Thai report on what is going on there. Still unclear if these cases are highly precautionary or under a reasonable suspicion.

Another local report says 80 patients under observation.

Colorado-area companies are preparing their pandemic plans. As always, interesting stuff:

Boston Market Corp. is developing and testing alternative menu items at its Golden headquarters.

Officials at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc. are prepared to substitute pictures of burgers for those of chicken sandwiches on the company's menus and signs.

Executives at Red Bird Farms Co. in Englewood have drafted a nine-point plan for communicating the safety of their product.

The FAO says bird flu has cost Asia $10B.

An honest statement on bird flu prep from a Pittsburgh area local official. Article notes one school district and one city have a flu plan in the area.

"I don't even know what I don't know," said Pepe, borough manager for Zelienople, Butler County. "I don't know what resources I need."

A pandemic planning summit will be held in SW Utah.


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