February 8 Flu UpdateNot surprisingly, three poultry workers have now tested negative for bird flu.
Here's one for your migratory bird debate. The current theory is that the bird flu got to England via Hungary and the import of infected birds following their outbreak there. (This will also lead to quicker import bans when a country has an outbreak.)
Here is more from the Guardian on this suspected link.
South Africa is banning import of British poultry.
There's an outbreak in SE Turkey (among birds).
The government in Pakistan, as governments do everywhere, is downplaying the risk of bird flu.
ProMed on Turkey, Britain and Pakistan.
ProMed on the second confirmed patient in Indonesia, also reported yesterday.
African author notes that the media must be involved in pandemic prep. (Personal note: this is completely true. Changing or influencing human behavior is a major part of the equation).
CIDRAP weighs in now with notable quotes from its conference in Orlando. Note, with alarm, that Margaret Chen says global spread will take three months. Article is chock full on nuggets of wisdom, including from Peter Sandman, Risk Communication Guru.
CIDRAP on OSHA guidelines mentioned here previously.
From Southern Mississippi, an excellent story on pandemic prep for a local audience.
Same paper: personal tips on preparing for a pandemic.
Here's an interesting piece. Freeman, a company that produces "face to face events" (ie, conferences), is wondering how pandemic will effect its business.
Nice story from Britain on the nuanced reaction to bird flu that is appropriate.
Revere blogs (again) the Indonesian virus story. I agree with Revere. While I understand the nation trying to protect its interests, a virus is not property...and it isn't intellectual. You didn't create it with your brain (my comment).