Tuesday, September 26, 2006

September 26 Flu Update

Some actual news today...

First, Indonesia is looking into whether there might be another cluster.

Indonesia is investigating a possible cluster of bird flu cases after a man died and his brother and sister were hospitalized, one of them testing positive for bird flu, a doctor said on Tuesday.

The man, 25, died on Sunday with bird flu symptoms after being treated at a Christian hospital in Bandung, the capital of West Java province, said Hadi Yusuf, head of the bird flu ward at the city's Hasan Sadikin hospital.

ProMed has official news on Indonesia and Thailand. Note the following mod comment:

The precise status of the 3-member cluster of blood relatives under investigation in West Java should become clearer when test results from the sister of the 2 brothers (one only known to be H5N1-positive so far) become available in the next 24 hours.

A man from Vietnam flew to Australia with flu-like symptoms. Now he's in quarantine.

Thailand is also reporting a third flu death for this year.

Recombinomics says the flu was diagnosed only on autopsy, and not from normal tests, which were a false negative.

Meanwhile, on the always controversial topic of what Pandemic Phase we are in, WHO has formed a committee of experts to help make the call. Helen Branswell reports.

The list of 20 or so international disease experts includes leading avian influenza expert Dr. Robert Webster of St. Jude's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., Dr. Ab Osterhaus, a veterinary virologist at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, and Dr. Nancy Cox, director of the influenza division at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta.

CIDRAP reports on their first meeting.

WHO also has a news release.

Effect Measures worries the group is too big to be led, and wonders how independent from WHO it will really be.

Early on, the group takes a stand promoting the sharing of virus samples.

Russia continues to worry about the migration that is on its way.

And Virginia tells its colleges--if a pandemic hits, you will get no aid.

Wyoming is going to drop $800K on bird flu medicine.

The Chief Health Officer of Maine will address a municipal audience on bird flu.

The paper in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin says that beyond just preparing for the impact of seasonal flu on business, this is a good time for a pandemic plan as well.


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