November 17 Flu UpdateA six-year old child has died in Indonesia, and is reported to have had bird flu. Promed reports. Note this:
Siti Fadilah said the spread of bird flu in Indonesia was unique, as the causes of the spread differed from one place to the other.
"After appearing in Karo (a regency in North Sumatra), where the virus was spread by wild birds, it reappeared in Tangerang, Java, where it was spread by contact between wild birds and domestic poultry," she said. "This means as long as we cannot control the migration of birds, it will be very difficult to stop the spread of the virus," Siti Fadilah said. The minister reiterated that if in a certain region local poultry was found to have the virus, the local administration had to make a quick decision to cull the infected chickens. A fast decision was needed because the infected chickens could transfer the virus to humans, she said.
CIDRAP has an HHS clarification that degrading of the virus stockpile is only 20%, not 50% as originally reported.
There was an outbreak of respiratory disease in a Canberra nursing home, but it was not H5N1, as feared.
Promed on the latest state of play in Egypt and Romania...in the former case, they have a new outbreak in birds, and in the latter they are confident it won't happen.
A Canadian epidemiologist says that during a pandemic, children should be vaccinated first.
If surveillance reveals that your bird has low path H5N1, USDA will pay the indemnity costs for destroying the effected birds.
Australia says it will back the ASEAN bird flu fight.
Though Recombinomics says otherwise, this media reports says that there has been no H5N1 founds in bird surveillance.
A public meeting in Regina, Saskatchewan reveals that a little scaring can help to motivate people.
Excellent Cincinnati Post column...looks back at 1918, and wonders how far we have really come.
It was not long after I met my future mother-in-law 40 years ago that I first heard the story about her mother's death. On New Year's Eve 1918, before Margaret Schneider was 3 years old, her mother suddenly became ill. Ruth Schneider, whose wedding photo hangs in an oval frame in our dining room, was a beautiful, healthy, wife and mother. Her daughter, Margaret, remembers her father carrying her mother - who had become suddenly very ill - upstairs to bed. She never saw her alive again.
Sarasota County, FL, is using school absence reports to look for early warnings.
Recombinomics reports on the genetic sequences in birds in Egypt.