December 13 Flu UpdateEffect Measure on recent research that shows that the bird flu does not stay exclusively in the digestive track of waterfowl, as previously thought. There are now recommendations to swab the respiratory track as well---a lot more difficult than just check feces. Another curveball from H5N1.
Revere also blogs the article about not giving up on flu patients who present later in the course of the disease. Also interesting--it still emphasizes the need for quicker flu detection tests. Revere notes that a lot of work is being done, and it needs to get online as soon as possible.
Declan Butler of Nature has the latest version of his Google Earth bird flu tracker out. Very cool.
WaPo on the report to CDC that tried to learn the lessons of 1918 and apply them to 2006-7.
A conference is held in Charlottesville, VA, on the "when not if" theme.
A tabletop simulation was held in Ontario.
Additional simulation news from Ontario.
Could this happen in the US? New Zealand passes law giving sweeping powers to government during a pandemic.
A new model in Britain projects 26 million people infected.
Hospital shortages are identified as a flu risk in Delaware.
Paper in Los Alamos reports on flu presentation that said pandemic could be like "many Katrinas."
While admitting their own friendly disagreements and the uncertainties of their disciplines, a team of scientists stopped short of saying, "you're on your own," but implied that might yet be the case.
Here's a link to the Trust for America's Health report on crisis preparedness in the US.
An Indonesian Youth Forum is doing flu education as a project.
Some wild bird surveillance in India is reported to be negative.
The Columbus Dispatch runs a story on whether Ohio is ready for a crisis--including a pandemic.
Here's the analysis, for those who are curious.