February 12 Flu UpdateCIDRAP reports two deaths in Indonesia, one reported previously. Also news from South Korea and Pakistan.
Helen Branswell must read on more research on the issue of immunity. Does ongoing exposure to H1N1 help to protect people from H5N1?
The U.S. researchers said that years of exposure to the human flu subtype H1N1 - one of two types of influenza A viruses that circulate in flu season - may provide some protection against the H5N1 virus that has ravaged poultry flocks in large parts of Asia and killed at least 166 people over the last three years.
Pakistan says it is watching closely, and has no human cases.
Helen Branswell with more follow up from Indonesia drawing a line in the sand.
"It has the capacity to undermine the capacity of the world to produce pandemic vaccines if they proceed in a conventional, business-as-usual way," says Dr. David Fedson, a retired academic and flu vaccine industry expert.
Excellent Washington Post editorial on the bird flu prep, urging CDC to reconsider some of its recommendations during the comment period.
Others point out that the guidelines, which advise people to avoid crowded spaces such as train cars or offices, do not address the needs of poorer Americans (among others) who must take public transportation or who can't telecommute. As the CDC gathers comment and updates its interim guidelines, it must consider how state and local governments might deal with the potentially massive social costs of school closures and work stoppages.
I don't know how much longer I am going to keep blogging this, but a brouhaha has erupted in Britain over the Hungarian poultry. Hungary disputes that it was the problem. Apparently, it all came down to a discarded wrapper (doesn't it always).
Lunar New Year is starting, which means feasts. Which has Hong Kong on alert.
Bird vaccine patch would allow supplies to stretch 10X.
From Britain, during a pandemic those who are infected will be asked to send a friend to the drug store or the mail box.
Story posted in Tennessee about how ready we are for the bird flu.
Effect Measure on telecommuting in a pandemic. Could bandwidth demands cause low-priority hogs like YouTube to go dark?
Revere also notes that the US poultry industry continues to insist that it couldn't happen here.