October 26 Flu UpdateFrom a Harvard study...people say they would abide by restrictions during a pandemic and be quarantined, etc. If you were home and sick, however, there'd be a big shortage of people to care for you.
According to Harvard's poll, 24 percent of 1,697 Americans surveyed nationwide from September 28 to October 5 said no one could take care of them if they became sick and had to remain at home for seven to 10 days during a bird flu pandemic.
About 45 percent of those living alone said no one would be available to care for them, and 34 percent of black adults said they would have no one to take care of them if they became ill with pandemic flu.
CIDRAP also has this story.
Direct link to Harvard press release.
Next article in the CIDRAP series (excellent) on what has worked in Vietnam. This article includes the story of how cultural resistance was overcome.
More reports from Vietnam--no bird flu in 2006.
We reported earlier that the Swiss has bought a pre-pandemic vaccine from GSK. Now an "unidentified" Asian country has followed suit, and the company expects more.
Ostriches in Zimbabwe are reported to have avian flu. No word of confirmation of H5N1.
Non-migratory sparrows in China have bird flu, but there is no reason for the public to panic.
An informational program on bird flu is coming up in Leominster, MA.
Recombinomics says recombination is taking place in Northern China.