February 6 Flu UpdateA vet who worked in the cull in Suffolk is now hospitalized....
Indonesia has been withholding flu data from the world to protect intellectual property rights. Branswell reports...this is a huge political issues. Read this rhetoric, and then the entire article....
"We are sending our virus (samples) to the rich countries to produce antivirals and vaccines. And when the pandemic occurs, they survive and we die," Suwit Wibulpolprasert told the meeting.
"It is unfair to let the poor die and the rich survive. . . . We are not opposing the sharing of information and virus, but on the condition that every country will have equal opportunity to get access to vaccine and anti-virals if such a pandemic occurs."
CIDRAP weighs in on this as well...noting that the entire International system is being challenged.
NY Times on this new development.
There are two more human cases in Indonesia.
WHO confirms H5N1 cause of young girl's death. (ProMed)
WHO also confirms a sick girl in Nigeria.
The Guardian (UK) notes, correctly, that the pandemic will emerge from Java, not Suffolk.
Nigerians are told to expect more bird flu outbreaks.
Indonesia has been urged to do more against bird flu.
OSHA has issued guidelines designed to help employers stand up against the bird flu.
David Milliband, UK, Minister made this statement before the House of Commons.
At this early stage, we do not know how this disease arrived in Suffolk. A full epidemiological report will be produced by our experts as soon as possible and made publicly available The State Veterinary Service is carrying out rapid and urgent investigations both on the infected premises themselves and by testing poultry farms and collecting dead wild birds in the protection and surveillance zones
Shanghai has a new bird flu plan....
People keeping "fancy" birds in Pakistan are being asked (nicely) to get them vaccinated.
Good day on the stock market for companies promising bird flu vaccines.
At the CIDRAP conference, CDC Chief calls flu prep a marathon (note: good thing for us.)
Revere blogs on a new entrant in the anti-viral offerings.
The US Military has to prepare for a pandemic like everyone else....and they revised their plan recently.
“If [the bird flu] hits the DoD, they’re expecting a 35 percent attack rate with 40 percent of the force out sick,” Hachey said. “But the force still has to provide defense, as well as health care.”