November 15 Flu UpdateCIDRAP reports on the gene chip--to diagnose H5N1 quicker and more effectively.
The US and Mexico are working on cross-border pandemic issues.
Scientists have identified the two mutations that would need to occur for the bird flu to become tranmissible between humans.
The new report provides a molecular blueprint for the genetic changes required to transform a virus that only infects birds to a virus capable of easily recognising human receptors. Receptors are molecules on the surface of cells that permit the virus to dock with the cell and commandeer it to initiate a cascade of infection. By knowing what genetic changes are required for the virus to easily infect human cells, it may be possible to detect the emergence of pandemic strains earlier, providing public health officials and vaccine manufacturers with precious time to prepare for a global outbreak of highly pathogenic influenza.
CIDRAP on OSHA guidelines for people who might work with infected animals.
You can't have missed the stories out there about the side effects of Tamiflu including abnormal behavior. Effect Measure weighs in--also noting concerns about how Tamiflu works against N1 subtypes.
South Korea is going to train other officials in Asia on detecting bird flu.
Romania's goal is ambitious....no more bird flu outbreaks.
Lufkin TX is preparing for the flu.
Jamaica is holding a FIVE-DAY regional bird flu conference.
Pandemic planning is also going on in Cass County, MN.
Ft. Collins CO--on the frontlines of the bird flu surveillance effort.