October 31--Halloween UpdateThe news continues to revereberate concerning the report of the Fujian strain--a new strain from China. There are a couple different perspectives.
First (of course) is Helen Branswell. She says WHO reports that the virus does not appear to be more dangerous to people.
"The virus isn't necessarily more pathogenic, more virulent. The fact that you have a virus that has mutated or has changed somewhat and that humans have become infected with the more dominant virus when it has occurred is logical, because that's the virus that is circulating," he said.There's also this take--that it could (and probably will) spark a new round of global outbreaks.
ProMed moderator has this story, with a comment that says it is more important for animal cases than human cases.
Following up on yesterday's comments...Bloomberg has this report on how the bird flu deaths this year are more than the last two year's combined.
CIDRAP reports that a Minnestoa vaccination rationing program should favor the young.
The vaccine allocation recommendations released last week by the Minnesota Center for Health Care Ethics (MCHCE) look much different from the ones proposed by the federal government. The vaccine rationing recommendation in federal pandemic plan is aimed at saving the most lives, and might favor the healthy 75-year-old over the 25-year-old utility worker.
The Minnesota group’s approach is designed to prevent not only deaths due to influenza, but also deaths related to public infrastructure breakdowns. It is weighted toward those whose immune systems are more likely to respond strongly to a pandemic flu vaccine. As such, it would put the 25-year-old utility worker ahead of the 75-year-old.
Along the same lines, CIDRAP cites research in Turkey which shows a strong link between the young and flu.
ProMed with a report on the death in Egypt.
According to the University of Rhode Island, Plavix interferes with Tamiflu.
Britain is stepping up its surveillance program.
A bird flu test kit won an Asian innovation award.
The State of New York is helping an Ithaca company do the same here in the US.
Reuters has an update on global case counts.
Effect Measure notes that you have to take vaccine stories with a grain of salt...especially in press announcements.