November 30 Flu UpdateSouth Korea is going all out with a massive cull to stop the bird flu in its tracks.
China is urging vigilance to keep flu from spreading into China.
Gartner (a consulting group) is telling companies to have extensive planning done by the second quarter of next year.
Among the suggestions offered Wednesday by a Gartner analyst at the research firm’s data center conference in Las Vegas: Store 42 gallons of water per data center worker--enough for a six-week quarantine--and don’t forget food, medical care, cooking facilities, sanitation issues and electricity.
FlaMedic, on his blog "Avian Flu Diary" gives an anatomy of the Quebec rumor and how it played out yesterday.
Helen Branswell spells out pretty much the same rumor, quoting Revere along the way. Niman says he was "hoaxed" by someone who pretended to be someone he knew. Anyway, the best part of the story quotes risk communication guru Peter Sandman (emphasis is mine).
In the era of the World Wide Web, sorting fact from fantasy can be tough when concern runs high and one website looks as reputable as the next, said Peter Sandman, a leading risk communications expert based in Princeton, N.J.
"Everybody who knows HTML now has equal access to the world," Sandman said.
He defended the contribution of rumours to public health, saying they play a key role in bringing to light disease outbreaks by countries that might wish to cover them up.
"WHO relies enormously on rumours as its early warning system," Sandman said.
"Long before a government tells the World Health Organization that something has happened the rumour mill tell the World Health Organization that something might have happened."
But he suggested sites that go out early with rumours should make that clear, and should correct themselves if the rumour turns out to be false.
Here is Revere's post on the issue.
The Indonesian Bird Flu Relief Committee has a new bird flu website.
A Labour minister in Britain says that the nation must have its own bird flu vaccine supplies if it is to be secure.
They'll be doing bird flu surveillance in Great Falls, MT.
Japan says its bird flu stocks are below satisfactory levels.
Apparently, a company that sells Tamiflu is using the WHO logo on its packaging, and WHO is not taking it lying down.
A suburban Chicago blogger has found public service brochures on bird flu at SPEEDWAY! This is from the "who would have thunk it" category.