December 8 Flu UpdateAt the Mali conference, $475M more has been pledged for the bird flu fight, though it is still a fraction of the need (they had hoped for $1B).
Also from Mali, it is acknowledged that no one agency will be able to fight bird flu---it will take many different agencies.
In Mali, an important point is made. Many scientists feel that the bird flu is only one animal virus that threatens humans, and results from a number of factors including farming practices.
OIE is happy with the Mali conference.
CIDRAP on Mali.
The Northern Region of Vietnam has made it through what ordinarily its first flu cycle.
Apparently, the dispute between China and Hong Kong from a few weeks ago that centered on the presence of a specific strain of flu is actually the result of a "stigmatizing" name.
Short but interesting article on the hajj pilgrimage and how it could present a bird flu risk. (And, in fact, it is exactly the kind of event that could, though the number of opportunities for the disease to spread are too many to count).
Cities in Quebec are completing mutual aid pacts in case of the bird flu.
Effect Measure blogs an article in the Globe and Mail that talks about a study done on hospital capacity in Toronto, and what it would be like during a pandemic.