Saturday, September 02, 2006

September 1 Flu Update

Reader's Note: Holiday weekend. Our next update will be September 4, 2006.

Promed on four people in hospital in Indonesia suspected of bird flu--potential mini cluster. It can be hard to track, but I believe this is the same one we mentioned a couple days ago.

There was much publicity on the woman in Indonesia being given Tamiflu. Apparently, she miscarried. (I believe it has to be the same woman). Of course, as Revere has noted, no one can conclude a thing from this.

Here's an interesting one. From the Safe America Foundation, as published in the Atlanta Journal Consitution...the future of social distancing to fight the bird flu. This is an odd one out of left field, and I am not sure of the agenda here.

Pagano said he and a team of medical experts would leave for Paris early next month to work with the French government and Parisian companies, which for several days will try to persuade employees to stay a few feet away from each other.

At the same time, Pagano said, several Fortune 100 American companies will conduct similar exercises. It's probable that employees of companies involved in the experiments will be asked to utilize social distancing for as long as a couple of weeks. Employees will be watched by monitors.

Pagano, whose nonprofit foundation has held summits for business and health leaders in Kennesaw, Chicago and New York, said others will be held in months ahead in Atlanta, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Kansas City, Tulsa, Okla., Los Angeles, San Diego and Omaha, Neb.

More low pathogenic H5N1 was found in wild birds in Maryland.

Recombinomics says that while this case (and the one in MI) do not present immediate danger, they could recombine into highly pathgenic bird flu.

The Thai government tells people not to worry. There is no evidence a dog has infected a person there, despite that a dog was recently found to have bird flu.

Indonesia continues to backpedal on the funding issue, says $100M targetted.

UNICEF highlights again the tremendous obstacles faced in fighting flu in Indonesia.

"There are so many diversities. When you talk to different people, you have to use different languages in terms of the messages you convey," said Rotigliano, adding that officials should be more flexible in spreading the message.

CIDRAP on the Indonesian "media blitz" to educate on bird flu.

IBM and Scripps Florida were in a parternship with the state to fight bird flu. It would appear as if the state has changed priorities and is not coming forward with funds.

Will the ipod fight bird flu. In Thailand, they are writing songs to educate on bird flu.

The USDA has updated its fact sheet on bird flu.

Belize has concluded a national bird flu seminar.

Antibiotic resistant staph is now an epidemic...noting role of pneumonia in the Spanish Flu.

Effect Measure looks at the WHO case definitions, and notes for us that they seem reasonable, but that the cause of the disease can only be determined on a case by case basis.


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