November 23 Flu Update--Thanksgiving (US) editionVietnam says it has successfully developed a human vaccine for bird flu. It has been tested on roosters and mice.
In South Korea, the bird flu has struck a poultry farm. 6,000 birds reported culled.
Some turkeys in Ivory Coast are confirmed H5N1.
An International Bird Flu Conference will be held in December in Mali.
The World Bank says that a serious pandemic would cost the US $623B.
Helen Branswell weighs in on the two recent studies (written up below) on how the bird flu spreads. So little is known that anything is important.
A myriad of questions continue to puzzle scientists:
- How does a bird virus manage to infect people?
- With so many people exposed, why do so few get sick?
- Why do so many clusters of cases among blood relatives occur?
- Why do children make up such a disproportionate number of the total cases?
But with cases occurring randomly in remote and varied parts of the globe, gathering information to accurately chart this disease will remain a challenge, Fukuda admitted. That's because dealing with human cases can place hospitals in crisis mode. And rigorous science is hard to do in a crisis.
WaPo editorial on whether, after all our technology and Tamiflu, we are no better off than our forefathers were in 1918...and whether we should do something about it.
Residents of a remote Alaskan village talk about what it feels like to be on the migratory path of bird flu.
The Canadian commercial real estate industry is recommending that building owners communicate with tenants on the potential risk of the bird flu....after all, with 40% absenteeism, rents might be late.
Here's a link to their letter template.
Here's a really good piece from Scribemedia. Talks about fickle media...one year ago, avian flu was everywhere. Now? Well, it is last year's news. Here's a post on that topic, and a some video of a symposium with medical/flu experts...
Africa is being urged to find the resources to fight the flu.
In Mongolia, seeing a migratory bird sends a shiver down the spine of local residents...
A Florida blogger gives thanks this day for the contributions various people are making to fighting the bird flu.
Here's an interesting map that assesses the global risk of bird flu.