January 19 Flu Update--Updated for breaking newsA death in Indonesia and a death in Egypt are reported.
26 suspected human cases are being watched in Northern Thailand. This clearly bears watching. These generally don't pan out, but there is some noise in the system indicating we might be getting more case clusters than normal. This may not be it, but this is what it will look like when it starts.
5 new human cases have been reported in Egypt.
There's a bird outbreak in South Korea.
There's also an eighth outbreak in the Mekong Delta.
Indonesia is trying to clear the capital of birds, but people are resisting turning over their birds.
Indonesia reporting continues to blame spread of disease on ignorance and economics.
2 more dead birds in Hong Kong are H5--N1 still TBD.
CIDRAP reports on Asia as a whole.
ProMed with WHO report on Tamiflu resistance in Eygpt. Note WHO says no indication that Tamiflu resistance is "widespread."
With H5N1 in Japan, that country realizes it has to come to grips with what other countries have looked at--tough questions like who gets scare vaccine?
Ireland released a book on pandemic preparations, calling the pandemic "inevitable."
UN Rx for H5N1: Soap+water.
Nebraska has announced a new bird flu surveillance program.