Monday, October 02, 2006

October 2 Flu Update

China says the outbreak in Inner Mongolia is under control.

CIDRAP on the new anti-viral that is being worked on. Lots of hype. To date, it is only injectable, which is a drawback.

With all the talk of anti-virals, along comes this...warnings that we could be creating superbugs--drug resistant viruses.

Sir William Stewart, the chairman of the Health Protection Agency, warned that the widespread use of antiviral drugs to treat illnesses, including bird flu and seasonal influenza, is causing- viruses to mutate into drug-resistant- forms.

He claimed that drug-resistant viruses now represented as big a threat to public health as antibiotic-resistant superbug bacteria, such as MRSA. His comments come as bird experts were once again placed on alert for cases of avian flu returning to Britain with migrating birds.

More on China's claim that its latest bird flu outbreak is contained.

Flu monitoring results are in from Azerbaijan . All negative.

The Chinese samples are on their way to CDC.

The Wichita Eagle comes out of left field....with the news that you can eat chicken as long as it is cooked right.

The National Governor's Association has set up a pandemic preparedness project.

Recombinomics says that some similar tests around the world highlights the difference in strains in Indonesia.


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