March 28 Flu UpdateA teenage boy died of bird flu in China. He was in the East, and while China says no one near him has the disease, there have been no bird outbreaks there.
ProMed on yesterday's Indonesian cases and two new cases in Egypt.
Bangladesh is putting the military on the bird flu case...
while the country seeks international help for better testing.
Birds continue to be sick in Bangladesh.
In Afghanistan, bird flu outbreaks are becoming more common, and have hit the capital.
CIDRAP reports on the Chinese case, and confirmation of previously announced cases in Egypt.
ProMed on a surge in cases in Myanmar and the outbreaks in Afghanistan.
Doctors are testing the idea of doubling Tamiflu doses to try and prevent deaths. That, of course, is an important thing to find out, though it would effectively halve the stockpiles. I wonder if the effect preventive dose is different from the therapeutic dose?
St. Joseph's, a University in Philly, has a flu plan.
Hmm. The Kuwait flu team says it is being completely transparent. And who said they weren't?
CIDRAP reports on two planes with sick passengers coming from Asia. In both cases, crews became alarmed. This will become increasingly common if the pandemic ramps up.
Something called South West Health in Nova Scotia just doesn't sound right, but they're working on the bird flu.
Very interesting. Researchers in British Columbia are looking for people alive during the 1918 pandemic---not for clinical research, but to gather their experiences.
Revere wraps up the Indonesian Imbroglio with a reminder that its all talk until we have vaccine production capacity.
Here's a good one. ProMed and the Iowa Markets are inviting applications to be in the flu market study. I'm tempted to apply. Do you think bloggers are welcome?
Cambodia is going to participate in those exercises in Asia.
Cambodia has been chosen as the country facing a mock outbreak and it will work closely with ASEAN and WHO to test risk assessment capabilities, communication procedures and decision making among all the partners, it said.