February 26 Flu UpdateSetback on the vaccine front. The first tests from FDA show a 45% protection rate, and that is from a two-shot series. It would appear from this article that the vaccine does not use an adjuvant.
There are some outbreaks, starting in Afghanistan, where birds have been quarantined.
Bird flu has been confirmed in Northern Vietnam (in poultry)
The first reported human case in Laos has been confirmed.
More on Kuwait, with bird flu in the zoo and on the farm
CIDRAP also weighs in on Kuwait.
There are also reports of an outbreak in Hong Kong.
Egyptian officials are denying that there is a new human case.
There are no new cases in Moscow, however, or so they say.
The United Arab Emirates are prepared to fight bird flu.
This article says we have our first glimpse into the influenza replication machine.
Correctly, officials in the Philippines note that poultry farms are the biggest risk for bird flu.
Australian professor writes that bird flu has not gone away.
Is the Internet causing officials to lose important flu developments in the background noise as a European official suggests. Revere doubts it, noting:
But we need to recognize two things. The first is that the non-traditional sources such as local news media and chatter on internet boards contain potentially valuable information more timely than the usual sources. And second, that making mistakes is unavoidable in the face of uncertain data.
Finally, Dr. Osterholm writes in Foreign Affairs about how we are unprepared for a flu pandemic (preview only).