December 22 Flu Update--Christmas EditionReaders, this will be the last update of this blog until December 26, the day before we will have a little second birthday party for the blog. In the meantime, we're going to have a Merry Christmas at our house, and I hope your house enjoys the season's blessings as well.
There is a new bird outbreak in Indonesia.
The most serious bird flu problem today might be in Nigeria.
More on the report that 62 million could die in a 1918 style pandemic.
Helen Branswell (back on the flu beat) writes on this report.
Effect Measure has its usual high quality thoughtful post on this report...essential to understanding this report in the context of December 2006. (Update: see Wulfgang's comments...I just read this article in depth, and it is fascinating and a must read.)
This paper reinforces what we already "know" but often refuse to acknowledge. Whatever the analysis, the bottom line seems to be that the best way to protect ourselves is to have a robust and resilient society with an intact, effective and functioning public health and social services infrastructure. It is highly likely that the variable per capita income is a surrogate for the benefits those things bring to a community's health.
How many death's will it take before we know, that too many people have died?
CIDRAP (where Dr. Osterholm is Director) also has this story.
South Korea has continued reports on culling.
The bird flu is back in Vietnam, and the government says vaccination is the key to stamping it out.
Wire story on how Asians are scrambling to stamp out this latest re-emergence of the flu.
Effect Measure also looks around the world and notes that the virus does not care if we believe it is present or not.
ProMed has an EU report on the state of the virus...heavy emphasis on the animal nature of the disease and improving veterinary services.
Nice story from New Jersey that details how bird flu might hit a local community.
Surveillance is ongoing for bird flu in South Carolina.
CIDRAP on the battles on multiple continents as 2006 comes to an end.
Cameroon has put money into the bird flu fight.
A massive bird registry has been created in Britain.
Experts on VOA say that the world made progress in 2006 on a number of diseases, including bird flu.