March 17 Flu UpdateThere's a new outbreak in Chickens in Kuwait.
However, Kuwait also says it has no human cases.
ProMed on Egypt (flu in vaccinated birds), Nigeria (frenzy when bird flu found earlier.) Interesting quote from China in a story on corn prices....
Market prices for corn in the Jiangsu area are stable to slightly
rising. A large local feed producer says that after the Spring
Festival, there are rumors of avian influenza outbreak[s] in this
area with high death rates for poultry. Breeders are panic-stricken
and do not dare casually stock up. Breeding demand has fallen,
dragging down feed demand. But because incoming market volumes [corn
feed supply] are low, prices quoted by traders rose. Actual
purchasing requirements are comparatively weak.
As noted with wry smiles elsewhere, the Scottish executive says 63,700 people could die in a pandemic. Approximately.
Azerbaijan is now monitoring bird flu on a monthly basis.
A study that shows the bird flu in Russia is related to the Chinese strains may indicate the involvement of migratory birds.
An Australian company says it is working on a way to test people for bird flu before they get onto an airplane.
An alert reader sends this along---Florida lawmakers have not approved $$ to fund participation in the US government's discount Tamiflu program. This has DHHS concerned.