November 1 Flu UpdateNow that we know that the Fujian-like strain is widespread across Asia, WHO has criticized the Chinese for not being open and transparent about it. Helen Branswell reports.
LA Times story on the Fujian-like strain that quotes Dr. Niman of Recombinomics.
Finally, Effect Measure weighs in on this, wondering on what it means. It includes the questions of why vaccinating birds is thought to be successful in Vietnam but not in China.
Recombinomics with his take on what this all means.
Remember the big scare when a man showed up in Australia with flu symptoms, and had been to Cambodia....then it turned out he was a drug mule? This is an excellent story on how healthcare workers improvised their response to this potential crisis.
I think this is an important effort--to the extent that the migration vs. smuggling issue of how bird flu spreads has been resolved. Britain is getting better understanding of the migratory patterns in its nation.
"He had come from Cambodia, he had a respiratory illness, on the plane he had been acting a bit differently and often people who are hypoxic can act strangely … In fact, he had become comatose prior to leaving the plane," Rawlinson says.
"We have to ask ourselves, 'Is this hypoxia because they have got pneumonia, is it about drugs, alcohol, is it some other illness such as malaria?' "
More credits to Vietnam for its bird flu program.
Tamiflu is launching a major advertising program this year. Some people wonder if the drug is worth all the hype.
The company's tactics drew sharp criticism from a Harvard Medical School professor who said it is irresponsibly promoting Tamiflu. Dr. Jerry Avorn , who is the author of "Powerful Medicines ," called Tamiflu's effectiveness marginal. Such advertising misleads consumers by overstating the drug's "slender" benefits, he said.
"It's not as if this somehow cures the flu or treats the flu. It just will shorten the symptoms by a day or so," Avorn said.
He also worries that the drug's indiscriminate use could reduce its value when the stakes are highest: Combating a perilous avian flu outbreak.
Cibola County, NM, estiamtes it could have 74 deaths in a pandemic.
Bird flu as economic development driver??--Ithaca NY talks about its new bird flu test being a job creator.
Not in Indonesia, where bird flu is hampering poultry production.
Another vaccine press release, this one for an inhaler-based vaccine delivery system.
A Tuscan mallard is found to have low path bird flu....
though not before culling was underaken.