August 28 Flu UpdateScientists in Taiwan have advanced knowledge of the bird flu virus and how it replicates.
About 52 key genetic changes distinguish avian influenza strains from those that spread easily among people, according to researchers in Taiwan, who analyzed the genes of more than 400 A- type flu viruses. The analysis will help scientists trace the mechanism for infection and how the viruses replicate in different species, according to a report appearing in the September edition of Emerging Infectious Diseases.
Another step forward. The University of Colorado has developed a microchip that can determine if a person has bird flu, and what the subtype is, in 12 hours. Obviously, in terms of isolation and containment, this is of great help if applied effectively.
China says its human flu vaccine is safe and effective.
Official press release on the Chinese vaccine.
CIDRAP on experts reviewing US state pandemic plans. Results show some basic items are universal, but others (like antivirals) are far from it. Also, non-drug answers like telecommuting should be higher focused.
ProMed on the pregnant woman receiving Tamiflu in Indonesia--and an OIE report on the disease in Thailand.
Effect Measure bemoans the fact that a science journalism award was given, the the great Helen Branswell didn't win it. Laurie Garrett did, and she has respect, too. (Revere also notes that he/she is not Branswell or Garrett.)
Indonesian editorial criticizes local governments for taking culling funds and not performing culls.
Ducks in Ben Tre, Vietnam, now have bird flu.
Officials in Kansas say that education will be the only key during a pandemic.
The State of Ohio is taking steps to fight pandemic flu.
Final verdict: Michigan swan not HPAI.