February 18 Flu UpdateBiggest story of the day comes through Effect Measure. Did contaminated waste from the turkey factory leave there and spread the disease around the country? This article shows how vulnerable our food system is to contamination.
Here is Revere's source article.
More on the Russian outbreak, quarantines, etc. No word on where the flu came from, so everyone is still being cautious.ProMed on the apparent spread of bird flu in Russia.
Here's a good one for people interested in flu prep. One of the most fearsome parts of a worst case flu scenario is collapse of our just in time delivery system, creating immediate shortages of food, etc. The Grocers of America are preparing....
African nations recognize teamwork is key to fighting bird flu.
"The food supply is essential to the well-being of the community," said Hammonds. "We've been through a lot about what we need to do as a supermarket."
That includes urging wholesalers and retailers to talk with their suppliers about alternative sources for their products and to anticipate what products will be in high demand in a pandemic situation, such as medicines and food staples.
The owner of the Turkey farm in Suffolk apologizes for flu problems. (I am continuing to include these interminable stories for a couple reasons. First, because the presence of flu in a country with a well-developed scientific infrastructure and high regard for openness gives us a look we normally don't get. And second, because it demonstrates the finger pointing and animosity you might see in a larger pandemic.
The Episcopals have pandemic news out today, as well. Interesting read. Note emphasis on how the Church will care for its own.
I missed this from our earlier story about the Archdiocese of Edmonton....no confession during a pandemic.