January 17 Flu UpdateMore evidence for the idea that the 1918 flu was deadly because it provoked the immune system into attacking the body in hyperdrive. This comes from Nature Magazine.
If you want to understand what this is about, this Effect Measure post is for you. It is all good, so I don't want to excerpt it. It is a must read--especially the end on how a small number of amino acids may determine transmissibility.
To hear discussion of the Nature report, here is a link to their podcast, which features interviews with the researchers from this study.
Here's a local (Wisconsin) story on one of the researchers. He wonders if you couldn't treat the immune response and the flu symptoms at the same time.
CIDRAP on the study on 1918 virus--note end of article reviews a study on using statins in fighting infectious disease, including pneumonia.
Flu in Egypt is resistant to Tamiflu.
The flu in Japan has been determined to be highly virulent.
Bird flu in Thailand is confirmed in four birds, and it was high path.
Meanwhile, four suspected cases in Vietnam have been determined to be pneumonia.
The US has awarded contracts to three companies who are developing adjuvant-enhanced vaccines.
Australia is doing surveillance. Don't expect to find anything.
Hmm. In Iceland, they have determined that cod enzyme kills H5N1.
Helen Branswell on the recreation of the 1918 virus in a Winnipeg lab.
In the Philippines, a bird flu education program has begun.
Here's a company with a contract for an influenza patch.
An historic lecture on pandemic flu will be held in Beaumont, TX.