November 29 Flu Update---Rumor Free EditionInternet rumors (snicker) reported a child with H5N1 in Quebec. They are not true and you didn't see it here.
Several Internet websites on pandemic influenza reported rumours that North America had its first human "bird flu" case in an unlikely spot - Rimouski, a city of about 42,000 people on the St. Lawrence River north of Quebec City.
Look who did, with a belated caveat.
Perhaps the day's most interesting story. Flu viruses may be preserved in glaciers and arctic ice, and then released when the ice melts to cause a pandemic.
The finding may help explain the constant emergence of influenza A-type viruses that cause seasonal epidemics and occasionally set off pandemics capable of killing millions of people. Disease trackers are monitoring flu viruses amid an outbreak of the H5N1 strain, known to have infected 258 people in 10 countries in the past three years, killing 153 of them.
``One expectation in relation to this phenomenon would be an increased rate of release of these microbes during times of global, or local, warming events and a decrease during cooler periods,'' said the authors, led by Gang Zhang from Ohio's Bowling Green State University.
Here's a more technical version from ProMed.
From the fact division: South Korea is culling/killing pigs and dogs, but not pets.
A pre-pandemic flu vaccine is ready for testing in Britain.
There's big flu news out of Alabama.
China has put an end to the construction of new poultry markets.
Effect Measure weighs in on the story of John Snow, who created epidemiology when cholera hit London...and how you can easily translate the "theories" on cholera to similar theories on bird flu. It takes some work, but it is worth it.
But the example of John Snow and waterborne cholera should remind us humility is also a scientific virtue.
Effect Measure comments on the culling of dogs in Korea.
CIDRAP on WHO urging that flu cases be investigated very carefully, especially to prevent false negatives.
Promed clears up the confusion on the death in Indonesia from yesterday.
Uganda has banned the transport of birds on passenger vehicles.
Highly recommended. Laurie Garrett of CFR with a podcast on the bird flu. Key quote: "there are no fools left who think it can be contained in one country."
Religious leaders are conducting bird flu training in Cambodia.
In Newton County, MO, they conducted a bird flu exercise.