March 29 Flu UpdateThis is, quite possibly, the most serious flu news in some time. A physician in Indonesia who treated a boy who had bird flu is now sick, though said to be getting better. Others have noted that healthcare workers are among the first people who will be infected if the virus goes H2H.
Avian outbreaks continue to spread in Bangladesh.
This story from Vietnam says that most experts believe bird flu will become a pandemic in "months."
The Student paper at Syracuse says you should consider the threat of a pandemic, but do no panic.
Perhaps trying to recapture the PR high ground, Indonesia now supports the establishment of an international influenza information exchange.
Last week the NY Times ran a comprehensive flu article which summed up the state of play today. Here, the author is interviewed on a podcast.
A UNICEF campaign in Nigeria is aiming to protect women and children.
The University of Rochester is getting funds to research bird flu.
Kuwait notes that even with no human cases, the virus is still dangerous.
In Toledo, OH, a flu summit is held. They seem to be facing the problem pretty head on. Note the story of the parade in 1918 that was held--and what happened to the flu after that.
The bird flu task force is now finding its way to remote areas of the Philippines.
Monticello, IN, held some pandemic sessions this week.
Revere writes that if we are going to use Tamiflu as we want to--widely, during a pandemic--than you have to expect the unusual adverse event.