Tuesday, August 01, 2006

August 1 Flu Update

Bird flu is back in Indonesia, among birds. 1,500 have died in two provinces.

CIDRAP announces that the entire Thai nation is under bird flu alert.

ProMed says Thailand has 112 potential cases in 14 provinces.

Recombinomics reports that there are six people hospitalized in Indonesia under suspicion of bird flu, based on a translation of a local document.

Tourism operators in Thailand are concerned about the impact of the bird flu on their business.

Farmers in Thailand who do not report bird flu face jail time.

Two additional outbreaks are reported in Laos.

A sample of what the coverage looks like...bird flu concerns now "muted" by Federal study.

Abt Associates has a contract for consulting in the sub-Mekong Valley.

Officials in San Bernardino County are hoping to add four positions to help pandemic preparation.

Recombinomics reports that the big transmissible study reported yesterday showed flu near the upper respiratory tracts in the ferrets. That would make it different from the previous flu in the lower parts of the lung, and, in theory, easier to transmit.

Turkey warns its citizens of another bird flu outbreak this Autumn.

Italy issues a similar warning, pegged to the return of migratory birds.

Wisconsin is also stocking up on Tamiflu.

Recombinomics says that the virus in Sudan has some novel characteristics----proof of recombination.

Recombinomics....same story, just England this time.


At 4:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is this much flu activity unusual for the summer months.Has something changed or is this much activity to be expected.

At 9:42 PM, Blogger Orange said...

Thanks for reading. I think the answer to that depends on what is really going on in Thailand. I doubt most of these "suspected" cases are real. If they are, then this is not just unusual activity for the season--it is the biggest outbreak of the flu at least since December 2004.


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