March 19 Flu UpdateA 2-year old boy in Egypt has the bird flu. Said to be stabilized with Tamiflu.
ProMed has this story as well. Note mod comment below:
A significant feature of these apparently unrelated cases is that the 2 patients are residents of Aswan in Lower Egypt, whereas the majority of Egyptian cases have occurred in Upper Egypt. Although Egypt now has the largest number of confirmed human cases outside of Asia, mortality at 50 percent is much lower than the 77.8 percent experienced in Indonesia and closer to the overall global 60.1 percent, possibly as a result of prompt resort to Tamiflu treatment.
A 21 year old woman died of bird flu in Indonesia.
There's also a new outbreak in Thailand.
Bird flu is also said to be spreading in Nigeria.
CIDRAP ties all of the above up in one tidy package.
This report says Japan has detected H5N1 in an Eagle.
Kits are being developed for quicker diagnosis of bird flu.
Russia claims to have developed a new anti-viral drug.
VOA with the official version of what is being done for bird flu protection.
People in India are reminded they are vulnerable to the bird flu.
Bird sellers are happy in Pakistan, because the bird flu has receded.
An outreach specialist at the Summit County (Akron, OH) health department is talking to people about the bird flu.
Media report of the recent multi-nation flu exercise in Asia.
Charles Doherty, who won the nobel prize for influenza work, is now working on H5N1 and AIDS.
A scientist from Generex is going to give a "state of the vaccine" speech at a conference.
At the big meeting in Turkey of flu docs, the docs backed vaccine access for poor countries, as noted in the Indonesian dispute.
Revere blogs this meeting...notes high value, wonders when the group will share what it has learned to a wider audience.
Via an alert reader, Michigan recently participated in a drill to see how fast they could generate volunteers in an emergency.
"Through our MI Volunteer Registry, Michigan now has the ability to immediately get the right volunteers to the places where their specific skills are needed most," said Ball. "Bottom line, that means helping people in need and saving lives."