December 29 Flu UpdateSituation in Egypt is called "grim."
On the current bird flu situation in Egypt, Egyptian Health Ministry spokesman Abdel Rahman Shahine told Xinhua that the situation seems to be dangerous but it is under control, specially as people start to recognize how dangerous the virus is and directly inform the authorities of any suspected cases.
The US government says it has met 90% of its objectives for bird flu prep from six months ago.
Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, director of the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), publisher of the CIDRAP Web site, said he applauds the Bush administration for issuing a progress report on pandemic preparedness. "But we really have to ask ourselves the hard question 'What does it mean to be prepared?', and right now, I don't think we have a clue," he said.Here's a link to the actual report.
ProMed on Vietnam...strong efforts with internal checkpoints to help stamp out the bird flu.
Jordan says it is still vigilant against the bird flu.
Researchers in South Korea say that travelers are not likely to catch the bird flu.
Indonesia has allocated $61M for bird flu prevention in 2007 to chase their goal of no human cases.
Amador County, CA, is preparing for a pandemic.
An official from a travel insurance company says that bird flu deaths could be reduced by immunizing against secondary diseases that come in after the flu.
From Budapest, the new flu risk is complacency.
The University of Maryland is testing a cell-based vaccine in clinical trials.
Businesses in the Research Triangle, NC, are preparing for pandemics.
Effect Measure evokes a earthquake zone building code metaphor to look at what case fatality trends mean for the bird flu.
Letter to the Editor in Salem OR calls for poultry to be removed from residential neighborhoods due to risk of bird flu.