February 22 Flu UpdateFrom Moscow with flu? There are reports of eight or nine outbreaks of bird flu in suburban Moscow.
More on the new siege of Moscow...(their metaphor, not mine).
All the outbreaks around Moscow have been traced to birds bought in the last two weeks at the city's pet market. The market was immediately closed down and a 5-km quarantine zone was set up around it. Health officials said the bird flu had not affected any of the 23 big poultry farms around Moscow.
The EU is years away from being ready for a pandemic, says this report.
ProMed on confirmed avian cases in Pakistan, Russia and Hong Kong.
Rajasthan (a state in India and a "haven" for migratory birds) is on guard for bird flu.
Egypt is going to compensate farmers for the bird culling campaign--not with cash, but with a vaccinated chick.
The American Public Health Association is releasing its pandemic prep guidelines...news story here...
and link to document here.
People in Pakistan are urged to be vigilant.
CIDRAP has a report that 2,000 flu viruses have been sequenced.
In response to a question, a paper in the Poconos gives readers the basic poop on bird flu.
The Erie County Health Department (Buffalo) says it is preparing for a pandemic.
A thousand body bags. Computer chips to plant on corpses to better track the dead. More saws for autopsies.
The Health Director in this Eastern North Carolina town gave a bird flu talk.
(Chart...poultry outbreaks in 2007...from WHO via Effect Measure). Effect Measure also blogs this chart--noting that the virus is still out there, and that it would be foolish to assume it will not mutate to H2H).