January 9 Flu UpdateUpdate on Update: China is reporting that a farmer caught H5N1 but has recovered and been released from the hospital. Interesting that there was no word until well after it had happened. This will start people to wondering. Of course, it would have been surprising if there hadn't been a case...implausibly, the Chinese report no poultry outbreaks in the area.
The Indonesian cases (2) that we mentioned yesterday are both confirmed H5N1.
ProMed on Indonesia.
World Bank article on newly pledged funds and its usage.
Another province in the Mekong Delta has been hit by bird flu.
Revere blogs the Computer World article, along with his personal experience doing bird flu planning at his own university. Excellent as always--note below.
There are also some lessons for the rest of us. One I see close up in our own efforts. The minute you start to dig beneath the surface and begin to imagine the interlocking chain of consequences of an interrupted supply chain or a 40% absenteeism the problem starts to look hopeless and insurmountable. With the uncertainty about when and if a pandemic will occur, the natural way to handle this is to procrastinate. It's overwhelming. But there's really quite a lot that can be done if you don't let the enormity of the overall problem make you choke. Even if you only manage 60% to 80% of the challenge of a pandemic, that's a life saving fraction and likely a business saving one, too.
Readers in South Central Texas get some suspect info on bird flu.
FAO has selected a bird flu detection program.
This is odd----the London Telegraph says that poultry workers are being given flu shots this winter--to forestall the spread of the bird flu.
The World Bank is supporting bird flu work in Bangladesh.
UNICEF is at work in Vietnam.
The Philippines are holding a media training session to improve coverage of the bird flu issue. (Could we do that in the US?)
Readers in Sault Saint Marie (Ontario) are urged to look at the province's pandemic preparedness guide.