March 18 Flu UpdateThe ASEAN oseltamivir stockpile will be in Singapore which makes good sense.
An Australian publication says that the region needs 1 million more bird flu masks, and that the additional masks could help to stretch drug supplies.
Nigeria is organizing a mass rally to discuss the bird flu. Hopefully, they won't follow this same technique if a pandemic begins.
The world's bird flu doctors are meeting in Turkey to discuss their experiences treating emerging cases. As with much in the flu arena, it appears we are closing to knowing the questions than the answers.
"If we can make a list -- What are the questions of highest priority and what needs to be done to answers those questions? -- I think that already will be a big gain for a meeting like this,'' says de Jong, a virologist at the Tropical Medicine Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, where some of the first H5N1 patients were treated.
Abu Dhabi has banned the importation of live birds--"even a feather."
In Micronesia, 40 people completed a pandemic flu training session.
A professor in Texas gives his ideas on how the state can be ready to fight the bird flu. Note emphasis on surge capacity--something I think is solvable and ignored.
The Philippines is tagetting illegal the wild bird trade.
The Mayor of Jakarta has set a deadline for door-to-door searches for illegal backyard poultry to be completed. The deadline is in two weeks.
You may have noted some comments on yesterday's post concerning problems with the legislature funding Tamiflu purchases in Florida. The same thing is happening in Georgia.