October 30 Flu UpdateMost important flu story in some time. The Fujian variant of the disease appears to have taken over for other strains, indicating a virus that continue to evolve and change.
Offshoots of the Fujian variant were isolated in the 22 human cases of bird flu reported in China since last November, and the strain has sickened birds in Laos, Malaysia and Thailand, where it also infected people, the group notes.
An Eygptian woman who is said to have caught bird flu while slaughtering domestic chickens has died of the disease in Egypt.
CIDRAP on the death in Egypt.
Recombinomics has reports of what he feels are increasing numbers of hospitalized patients in Egypt.
Helen Branswell with what could be significant news on the flu virus. Though not H5N1 directly, it speculates on new doubts about the idea that the flu virus is constantly evolving to "outsmart" the human immune system.
A universal flu shot is targetting the stable portions of the flu virus.
Revere on the theory that flu victims can be cared for at home.
A committee in the Cayman Islands is working on a bird flu plan
Here's a new flu website...birdflusmart.com. It is designed to help people prepare for a pandemic.
The Times (UK) with an exhaustive Flu 101 on the virus to date.
Oregon is holding a statewide pandemic exercise.
Concordia University (Montreal) has formed a local pandemic planning committee.
FYI, Effect Measure is reprising some outstanding archived articles on the sceince behind the flu. Check here and here.