February 25 Flu UpdateA first human case is suspected in Laos. Note ProMed mod comment...
During the past several days, there have been reports of suspected human cases of avian influenza from Indonesia, the Philippines, Russia, Turkey and the UK, but none have been confirmed. Although there have been recent outbreaks of poultry disease in Laos as recently as mid-2006, it seems unlikely that this single human will be confirmed positive, as there appears to have been no contact between the patient and poultry. Further information is awaited.Avian cases discovered in a zoo in Kuwait.
ProMed on Kuwait and Pakistan.
The government confirms bird flu in Afghanistan.
Russia finds bird flu in new region.
War of the Worlds? Hoax email purporting BBC confirmation of human cases in Sussex causes concern if not panic.
Egypt has banned duckling imports to fight bird flu.
A school in Oxford has banned its pet chickens due to bird flu fears.
In Fredericksburg, VA, a new health educator is charged with educating the public on pandemic flu.
Parents in Indonesia are taking their message directly to the grassroots that they say are not being hit by government flu programs.
Effect Measure on an email from a tabletop simulation in the Maldives being sent out as "real." The government was quick to respond....would they have been so quick in a real pandemic.