January 8 Flu UpdateSo much for a flu-free 2007--Indonesia has its first case of the year. A 14 year old boy on a ventilator. There were apparently dead ducks near his home, though the exact exposure route has not been declared.
CIDRAP reports that there are actually two cases in Indonesia.
ProMed on the second case in Indonesia--cause is "unknown."
CIDRAP with news from multiple sources....Hong Kong, Vietnam.
WHO/FAO are preparing to investigate bird flu in Vietnam.
China says it has a human flu vaccine it developed in conjunction with the US CDC.
A US biodefense advisor to President Bush says 1918 fatality estimates are optimistic.
"I think that number is a very optimistic number if we are talking about a 1918-wide pandemic today," Rajeev Venkayya, Special Assistant for Biodefense to President Bush, said.
Provinces in Vietnam are gearing up to fight the flu.
The World Bank is putting $10M into the flu fight in Vietnam.
Vietnam says its was poor surveillance that allowed a recent spate of outbreaks.
Avian vaccine is still banned in Thailand.
A British veterinary officer says that a cold snap would increase the risk of bird flu.
Effect Measure points out that cold weather is already having its effect in Asia.
The McHenry County Board of Health has a weekly column starting, and this one (the first) is about preparing for a pandemic.
Hong Kong has tightened import controls following finding H5N1. ProMed reports.
Australian businesses are told to prepare for business continuity for 2-3 months, with 50% absences.
Michigan Public Health officials have a pandemic resource guide.
Recombinomics with a local translation on a cluster in Indonesia. For what it is worth...sometimes these pan out, sometimes they do not.
Computerworld author blogs on the difficulty of writing a cover story on the bird flu...striking a balance between communicating the risks and appearing hysterical.