February 3 Flu UpdateJust checked the log, and searches and traffic are way up from the UK. No surprise there. Feel free to check back here...we cover the flu news each day, with an eye toward providing the facts as they are.
159,000 birds are being culled on that farm in Britain. Workers were offered Tamiflu, and the government is reminding people to remain calm.
More...BBC on how the virus got there, since migratory birds are considered to be weeks away. They believe maybe a bird arrived early, but there could be other sources...
Of course, there's no immediate risk to people, BBC again.
Some of the people in the village in Suffolk where this is going on are worried.
Effect Measure with short post to remind those that the flu was always lurking, even when it left the headlines.
My opinion...and it's just that. The outbreak may well end up being a "one off" as they say, in the short term. But in the long term, this signals a widening geographic spread of the disease (at least in birds), and probably will not be reversed in the long term.
Death in Nigeria is confirmed H5N1 by WHO.
Official WHO update from Nigeria.
ProMed on Vietnam, where most birds died and are being tested, and Japan, where H5N1 was confirmed on a previously reported outbreak.
The CDC held a pandemic exercise. The framing scenario for these always fascinate me...as for the results, they feel it was a success.
A 22-year-old Georgetown University swim team member just back from Indonesia eats dinner with his teammates but then develops a fever and doesn't accompany them to a meet in New York.
That is how a flu pandemic in the United States started.
A winter storm bears down on saltless and plowless Atlanta, closing schools and scaring commuters.