December 20 Flu UpdateVietnam has confirmed the bird flu outbreaks and that the virus is H5N1, high path.
Effect Measure comments on this point. As Revere notes, people have suspected that the bird flu was still in Vietnam, even though there were no officially reported cases. In a complicated situation where information is hard to come by, there is no doubt that this makes sense. However, I do think it is fair to assert that Vietnam has gone from having the worst bird flu situation to the world to having, well, NOT the worst, and that seems like an accomplishment to me. Revere also discusses the difficulty in diagnosing cases that present as pneumonia.
ProMed on Vietnam and South Korea.
CIDRAP on Vietnam and other news, including mass bird die-offs that are NOT from H5N1.
There is a fresh outbreak of bird flu in Nigeria, which is said to be more widespread that first thought.
Recombinomics on Nigeria.
Dr. Bob Gleeson spoke about the bird flu as the next pandemic.
Experts in Thailand say it is still too early to stockpile bird flu vaccine.
Marin County, CA, sent home notes with 40,000 schoolchildren about the bird flu.
Editorial in Fort Wayne reminds people that the bird flu has not gone away--and that even if there is no pandemic, our prep time is not wasted.
Laramine WY is spending about 84K on pandemic prep.
The American Public Health Association has developed its pandemic guidelines in the form of a policy statement.
Thailand says it is carefully monitoring the development of bird flu in that country.
Florida thinks hurricanes are good practice for a pandemic.