January 15 Flu UpdateBack in the saddle. Winter seems to be bringing its normal outbreaks....
Very interesting post which a number of people have forwarded to me. The lead speaks for itself...is a hospital in Indonesia "overwhelmed" with bird flu cases.
An Indonesian hospital was overwhelmed with patients suffering bird flu symptoms as the disease spread further in Vietnam and Thailand reported its first case in poultry in six months.
ProMed with news...human case in Egypt. In Indonesia, the father in the potential cluster is reported to be H5N1 negative.
Here's the official WHO report from Indonesia.
The Ministry of Health of Indonesia has confirmed the death of a 22-year-old woman from Tangerang City, Banten Province. The woman, whose infection was announced on 12 January, died later that day.
The Ministry of Health has also confirmed two additional cases of human infection of H5N1 avian influenza.
A 22-year-old woman from South Jakarta developed symptoms on 6 January 2007 and died on 12 January 2007. Investigations into the source of her exposure found reports of bird deaths near her home in the days prior to symptom onset.
The 18-year-old son of the 37-year-old woman from Tangerang City, Banten Province has now also been confirmed as infected with H5N1 avian influenza. He remains in hospital in a critical condition. Investigations into the source of his infection indicate similar environmental exposure as his mother (editor's note: WHO at it again).
There's an outbreak of bird flu among ducks in Thailand, too.
More on Thailand.
ProMed on Thailand and Indonesia.
China says it will be effective and transparent in flu fight---these promises made to neighboring countries.
There are reports that bird flu is spreading in Northern Nigeria, too.
Effect Measure asks about this recent flu outbreak. Revere cites two possibilities. Either January is just a bad month (and that's possible), or we've seen a shift in the virus.
Right now this looks like "flu season." But this virus has proved everyone wrong more often than not.
The Mekong Delta remains on bird flu alert.
Japan, too? Birds culled in Japan after H5N1 found.
South Korea notes with nervousness the outbreaks around Asia.
Newspaper says West Java in Indonesia was slow to react to bird flu danger, which certainly has been echoed over the past couple years.
Should Indonesia ban backyard flocks?
Wow, here's an interesting pandemic plan in Britain. Everyone is supposed to name a flu buddy who will bring them Tamiflu, as opposed to having them report to an ER.
Under a national pandemic plan due to be unveiled this week, patients who fall ill with the highly virulent form will be asked to name a friend or relative to bring them emergency Tamiflu tablets, rather than see a doctor or nurse.
A consultant in Britain says that the bird flu could reduce the DJIA 10%.
Officials in Jamaica are warned to be ready for bird flu.
Revere v. Furmento continues....Effect Measure responds, if reluctantly, to a dumb-ass challenged from Furmento.
US experts issue reminder--bird flu will challenge US healthcare system.
He disagreed with the suggestion that the bird flu threat has been overstated by the media.
"The number of cases in 2006 was more than it was in 2005, which is more than it was in 2004 ... so it continues to go up in people," he said in an interview.
"And it continues to be just as lethal as it was in the beginning," Bartlett said at a conference aimed at helping U.S. hospital administrators prepare for a pandemic.