January 22-23 Flu UpdateSorry for the missed day. Life intervened.
ProMed reports a woman dead in Egypt (she had sick birds in her home) and two people in Indonesia in the hospital with suspicion of bird flu.
Margaret Chan had important words. Deaths from flu in 2006 were more than 04 and 05 combined. So much for a story that was dying out. Also, more outbreaks in S. Korea, and Nigeria. (Via CIDRAP)
Effect Measure blogs this article as well--at least the leaders are saying the right things.
Look to the bottom of this CIDRAP report. Has bird flu reached Hungary (and Europe). Smae report--FAO says outbreaks among birds were actually down from last year....if they were all reported. Also noting that banning backyard flocks is considered ill-advised and more sicks birds in Thailand.
Southern Japan had a new outbreak among birds.
Definitive tests from Japan are expected later in the week.
Vietnemese Delta Province is bird flu free for three weeks.
An infectious bird flu expert from the University of Rochester is set to testify before Congress.
Developing countries are demanding their fair share of bird flu drugs.
CDC has released a pandemic communication guide. Note:
She outlined several mistakes to avoid, such as:
- Mixed or late messages. When it's critical to send a message quickly, "Don't worry about grammar or punctuation," she said.
- Paternalism. "It's not reasonable to tell people to not be afraid. Address that they are afraid, then give them information that may help alleviate that fear," Reynolds said.
- Ignoring rumors or myths. The longer rumors are allowed to circulate, the more likely they are to take hold.
- Power struggles between government agencies, which erode pubic confidence in crisis response.
The researchers show that strict travel restrictions would do little, if anything, to prevent the flu from spreading throughout the globe. Encouragingly, the model predicts that the use of antiviral drugs would significantly thwart a global flu outbreak within certain ranges of infectiousness if every country in the world had a drug stockpile sufficient to treat 5-10 percent of their populations.
A second national summit is being held in Orlando for business preparedness. It is sponsored by CIDRAP.
An international pharmacist's organization has issued a report calling for an emphasis on continuity planning.
Norvavax touts further success of its flu virus.
Effect Measure on a little-seen study that showed that cats can get H5N1 and have no symptoms...and implications thereof.
State in the Philippines is fighting bird flu.
As Lunar New Year approaches, so do chicken sales.