February 14 Flu UpdateA woman in Egypt has tested positive for bird flu. I believe this is a unique and new case.
ProMed on Egypt.
ABC News on the immunity story. Provocative quotes from Dr. Webster.
Back in 2003, the idea that some people might have limited immunity from the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus seemed almost impossible. I had a chance to ask one of the leading experts, Dr. Richard Webby of St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, about the theory, and at the time he had doubts.
"I admit I was skeptical," he said now. "It did not seem likely, and that's one reason it took us so long to do the experiments."
Despite the contention that bird flu moved from Hungary to England, the EU sees no reason to change its approach.
A Thai expert says bird flu should go global no later than next year.
A bird flu simulation will be held in the Philippines.
WHO also says bird flu strikes the young more.
New York Times features an article that says people still need to pay attention to the bird flu. Here's a quote from Dr. Osterholm, the quote maker.
"I've gotten at least 10 media calls in the last few months asking me to deliver the death sentence for avian flu," said Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota. "But at any conference, if you get a group of virologists at the bar, after the fourth beer, they let their hair down and admit it — they don't know what is happening. They've been incredibly humbled by this virus.
Remember last year when Kleiner Perkins, a venture fund, announced $200M bird flu fund? Big splash, Daily Source Code, everything. This article looks back a year and says that KP obviously got into a risky business.
The news in Britain was a pandemic---a news pandemic.
Editorial urges Nigeria to fight the bird flu--including coming through with promised compensation for culled birds.
Ottawa Citizen author plays SARS forward to the current bird flu threat.
With bird flu in Pakistan, it is now noted that it is knocking on India's door.
OK--you can make your own mind up on this from Hungary's "underground" paper.
Yesterday in ProMed, there was a strong statement in favor of poultry trade--as opposed to migratory birds--being at the root of bird flu. The mod speculated that US surveillance would be clear, as it was in Canada. Today, the data (Hint--it was).