February 13 Flu Update--snowbound editionMore quarantines are called in Turkey due to bird flu fears.
The latest bird flu deaths in Egypt were from a tamiflu-sensitive version of the virus. Are there really two strains running around Egypt?
WHO has urged the media not to spread bird flu panic.
"Just this morning on one of the television stations we saw wrong messages being transmitted, people talking about vaccines when there are no yet available. The vaccines are for birds not for humans," he told reporters.
No surprise here. CIDRAP says that the American Public Health Association has interviewed people about their home emergency prep and "the cupboard is bare."
Hard hitting article from the Asia Times says Indonesia is "dithering at ground zero."
International Herald Tribune with story on the Lunar New Year and how it might spread bird flu (this is an annual story).
More on research at St. Jude that shows N1 vaccine may provide some bird flu protection.
Scientific American also writes on this story.
Finally, Revere blogs this study, too. Interesting post on what he views as an area of inquiry which has some promise, but is one of many facing an overstretched medical research commnity.
The Guardian (UK) says that the bird flu in Britain is more than 99% related to the virus in Hungary.
ProMed says this doesn't solve the mystery. Note mod comment:
Questions which remain unresolved, and which may not be resolved by sequence analysis alone, are firstly the origin of this unique turkey/goose strain of virus and secondly the direction of travel of the infection -- from Hungary to England as presently supposed or from England to Hungary.
Vietnam says it has contained bird flu in the southern part of the country, but warns that trade demand for poultry means the virus will probably re-emerge.
ProMed runs article that points finger at poultry trade--not migration--for bird flu.
The Philippines have opened a flu lab that New Zealand paid for.
In Britain, this article says the Suffolk incident was all about the government protecting the interests of the industry.
Greece is urging precaution against the bird flu.
WHO has told the Nigerian state of Ogun that it has the agency's full cooperation.
North Dakota has hired a company to run its tabletop exercise.