November 5 Flu UpdateA little while ago, we had a story from WHO suggesting that there was a genetic element to people's ability to get the bird flu. I said I thought it made sense, since so few people get bird flu--even directly from birds. Effect Measure now weighs in with the idea that while it is possible there is a genetic component, it is not the whole story.
There is much more to the question of genetic influence on H5N1 infection than the implied inference that the reason someone gets bird flu lies in their genes. Infectious disease is an interaction between a host, its environment and the agent. Isolating one element can provide important information but doesn't correspond to the real world.
In Australia, near Asia, a pandemic business plan is a must.
Bird flu test kits have arrived in Uganda.
Britain apparently could order 3M body bags in pandemic alert.
Anchorage Daily News says that one year ago, all you heard was doomsday flu prophecies. Today, not so much. Still, Alaskan officials have their eye on the ball.