December 3 Flu UpdateThe UK is planning a massive bird flu exercise, involving thousands of people working on the assumption that the country is "closed off" due to the flu.
At the Mali bird flu meeting next week, a major outcome will be to seek more $$--and to ID Africa as the weak link in flu prep.
The Cull in South Korea is up to 771,000 birds.
Now the Irish are concerned about the shelf life of their pre-pandemic vaccine stockpile.
Israel is helping Palestinian vets fight the bird flu.
The World Bank has a good insight--if you are going to fight the bird flu, farmers need to know they will get prompt and fair payments.
Though we feel helpless before the uncontrollable power of the influenza virus, we are far ahead of where our forefathers were in 1918. Revere comments.
Guam is conducting bird flu surveillance.
Interesting blog post from a student midwife. Apparently, a physician's group had adopted a position that hospital births were the best way to go. A number of groups objected, some citing pandemic flu as a reason. I had never thought of this, but for a routine birth, a hospital in a pandemic is the last place you would want to be.
Finally, we are distressed that this statement is published at a time when the public health system is preparing for pandemic influenza. The National Pandemic Flu Plan calls for hospitals to develop ‘surge capacity’ plans to maximize their capability to care for seriously ill patients, and create alternative care sites for routine care. Specifically, the plan calls for health systems to explore ways of “increasing the role of home care, and developing off-site care facilities.” It seems likely that in an influenza pandemic, a hospital bed – in short supply and in close proximity to those ill with a virulent virus – may not be the safest place for healthy women to give birth.Bird flu and its blogging effort was written up on the DailyKos, too.