Thursday, August 03, 2006

August 3 Flu Update

A second patient has died of suspected bird flu in Thailand.

Local reports say that the six people in Sumatra, Indonesia who were suspected of having bird flu actually do not, based on preliminary tests.

She said the investigation showed the patients to be suffering from the common flu that normally affects humans.
ProMed on the hospitalized Indonesian patients.

In a shocking reversal, Indonesia says it will now share flu data. CIDRAP reports.

Effect Measure on the Indonesian situation. Note the addendum on the clearing of the cases, including US Naval Lab confirmation. Also, check out the reaction the officials received when they entered the village with the suspected cases.

The health, welfare and agriculture ministers traveled to the area but were greeted by hostile villagers who ripped off the ministers' masks and forced them to remove their protective suits. The planned cull of local birds had to be called off and the army was needed to restore order.


CIDRAP with a summary of the latest from Asia. Note that there is a potential case in Vietnam.

Recombinomics on the suspected case in Vietnam.

Outbreaks in Thailand and Laos are spreading bird flu fears.

The two patients from Thailand have been placed in isolation. They both worked at a poultry slaughterhouse.


Thailand claims to have produced generic Tamiflu.

Laos claims it has "basically" contained the bird flu.

Recombinomics reports H5N1 in the Dresden Zoo.

Reuters reports that the Chinese truck driver who survived bird flu remains at the center of a mystery. Where did he catch it?

Missouri is preparing for a pandemic.

Minnesota farmers say they are ready to fight the bird flu.

Call Center workers are now stocking towlettes to help keep the flu from spreading on their equipment.

The company is buying the disinfecting wipes by the millions for use by employees of its 72 call centers across the world. The world's largest call center outsourcing company, which also provides human resources and billing services, considers the towelettes a first line of defense against the threat of a global pandemic from bird flu or other highly contagious disease.

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