Saturday, March 03, 2007

March 3 Flu Update

Slow news day...

Kuwait says two more chickens were found with bird flu.

Three more avian outbreaks are reported in Myanmar.

Myanmar says it is increasing bird flu protection.

There's also a new outbreak in Vietnam.

In Kuwait, the media is asked to call the government first if it gets rumors of bird flu.

In China, a man who survived the bird flu is donating his serum to the latest victim.

An avian case of H5N1 is confirmed in Hong Kong.

Effect Measure on WHO's "virtual" vaccine stockpile, and whether poor countries should worry that it would mean "virtual vaccinations."


At 12:31 PM, Blogger Wulfgang said...


It is a slow news day, but an interesting one.

When one looks at the geography carefully after reading your articles, it gets kind of interesting and little creepy. The proximity of the human illnesses, as well as poultry deaths, popping up in the news from Yangon and Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma for all us free people who don’t acknowledge their ruling military junta in power), Vientiane in Laos, and in the northern Hai Duong province in North Vietnam, and in Thailand and southern China – all of these reported poultry and human illnesses are believe it or not, only approximately within 100-450 miles apart.

The new H5N1 poultry outbreak in the northern Hai Duong province of northern Vietnam you reported in your article, is only 100 miles from the China border, only 250 miles from Vientiane, Laos, and approximately only 350 miles from Myanmar. Quite a “coincidence” don’t you think ?

Along this same theme, coincidentally, exactly one year ago today, Mandalay, a city situated in the northern edge of Myanmar, struggled with a widespread outbreak of H5N1 – Mandalay is only approximately 100 miles from the China border and approximately 400 miles at most, west from Vientiane, Laos where now a second female person is being reported ill with H5N1, as I type this. The first female victim from Vientiane, reportedly died within the last hour this morning.

A slow news day, but an interesting one – far too many coincidences now surfacing on the maps, no matter how silent China is.

The sad case involving the Chinese farmer who is receiving a blood serum from a previous survivor of bird flu infection, indicates that all medical procedures to date, antivirals and antibiotics, are not working, and she is in a coma. Doesn’t look good for her or the donor, for that matter. I can just see the blood donor and the Chinese authorities holding a Kalashnikov to his head, draining the life out of the poor chap, every time they have a severe case of bird flu reported now.

I don’t know why all the big deal about the Indonesian vaccine arrangement. The US and Canada will get the latest clade II strain, if it hasn’t already, which I suspect it has. Plus many more. It’s called purchases by “midnight requisitions”.

If Indonesia and similar countries think they can blackmail the world over influenza strains, they are sadly mistaken – they unfortunately will see who the real players are, if a pandemic emerges. If I were them, I would start my own vaccine production post haste.

William Shakespeare said: “A plague upon it when thieves cannot be true one to another. He that is robbed, not wanting what is stol'n, Let him not know't, and he's not robbed at all.



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