December 12 Flu UpdateIt is truly remarkable. Vietnam is bird flu free for a year, but their guard stays up.
A doctor in Vietnam says not to give up on late stage bird flu cases, they can be saved.
The medical community believes anti-virals such as Tamiflu are only effective in fighting the H5N1 bird flu virus if they are administered within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms. But virologist Menno de Jong said this assumption might only hold true for human flu viruses. H5N1 behaves differently from human flu viruses and has been observed to be replicating in its human hosts even on the seventh or eighth day, he said. "In my experience, there is a clear suggestion that there was still virus replication (when we made) a late start in treatment. In four of my patients, there was very rapid clearance of the virus from the throat and all 4 survived," he told Reuters on the sidelines of a conference on avian flu and other infectious diseases in Singapore.CIDRAP has this story as well.
Effect Measure on a report on bird flu in the acturial industry. They seem to think that they will be able to handle it....or settle it in court.
Federal poultry officials held a meeting to warn the poultry industry not to let their guard down against bird flu.
Fecal samples from Utah birds are being tested as part of routine surveillance.
Tests in California surveillance were also negative.
South Alabama businesses are warned to be ready for the bird flu.
The public health department in Guam has created a pandemic flu committee.
In Bangladesh, they are preparing to do bird flu surveillance.
From Swazi: how does bird flu affect birds.