March 1 Flu Update--In Like a LionAs predicted in our comments thread, there is a reported human case in China.
Two people in Afghanistan are suspected of having bird flu.
For the first time in three days, there are no new cases in Kuwait.
Bird flu has come back to Southern Vietnam (in birds).
Japan declares its bird flu outbreak over.
ProMed also has the OIE report on an outbreak in Myanmar.
CIDRAP reports on confirmed new cases in Egypt and China.
ProMed has similar news.
Indonesia and WHO continue to work on their dispute.
Back to the graveyard...could an exhumed British body yield clues to the Spanish flu?
The Diocese of Toronto (Anglican) has provided a resource guide to its parishes.
Five public health directors talked at Yale about the "impending" pandemic.
Brampton, ON also has a pandemic plan.
The Town Council in Middlebury VT also has approved a pandemic plan.
Tier one begins with health care workers, support personnel and vaccinators. Next are high-risk patients with one high risk condition, patients six months to 64 years-old with two high risk conditions and people six months-old or older who were hospitalized in the past year with influenza, pneumonia or a high-risk condition.
A meta analysis of 1918 flu studies reveals...the confounding and the ambiguous...
"Today, nearly a century after the 1918 influenza pandemic, its mysteries remain largely unexplained," says Dr. Fauci, NIAID director. "Much work remains to be done, by scientists as well as by historians and other scholars, with regard to the many unanswered questions surrounding this historic pandemic. These studies must be part of our preparedness efforts as we face the prospect of a future influenza pandemic."A pandemic drill in Longview TX was completed successfully.
Avian influenza is coming to the Iowa Futures Market.
Though not from the flu, Revere has this article on the cytokine storm, the suspected culprit in many flu deaths.