January 3 Flu UpdateA third person has died in Egypt of bird flu. They are from the same region, though it does not appear to be a cluster.
Japan will spend $10M on prototype bird flu vaccines.
Confirmation that the first family in Vietnam was H5N1 negative.
ProMed opinion piece states what I believe is a reasonable position in the migratory bird vs. smuggling debate.
As the European cases show, there is no doubt that wild birds are involved to some degree in the virus's spread, but this role has been massively overstated by some (especially the media). The key to halting the virus's further spread undoubtedly lies with better biosecurity measures within the global poultry industry.
ProMed on the news that poultry was still being illegally imported into Vietnam from China.
US DNA vaccine enters human trial.
Mississippi poultry is blaming a drop in exports on unrealized fears of bird flu.
Michael Fumento is back in the American Spectator with his latest diatribe against those who would prefer to prepare for a pandemic.