March 4th Flu UpdateA woman who was suspected to be Laos' second human case has died.
ProMed on Laos...
Flu awareness is promoted in Nigeria.
Myanmar says other dead birds did not have bird flu.
In the Middle East, a Cooperation Committee is meeting to review recent developments in Kuwait.
Two more birds have H5N1 in Kuwait.
ProMed on Kuwait, new cases in Pakistan, and Malaysia says it will cull, not vaccinate.
ProMed with a good post on China. Note first the new case reported yesterday. Also, note that yesterday we ran a story about a flu survivor donating his serum to the sick woman. Here is what the mod says:
The use of human convalescent serum, possibly from an immunologically unmatched source, is a novel and risky approach in the treatment of avian influenza. Further information is awaited regarding the outcome of this treatment and whether other more conventional approaches such as the use of anti-neuraminidase drugs have been used.
Effect Measure calls for a true epidemiological study of bird flu.
A large and systematic seroprevalence survey (i.e., looking for blood antibody evidence of past infection) in Vietnam might answer some of these questions. Results showing little or no evidence of undiagnosed past infection might not settle all the questions, but it would lessen some of the nagging doubt that all is well in Vietnam. Comparison with Thailand where mass culling has been the main control technique and in Laos and Cambodia where little effective control of any kind exists would be instructive.
Hong Kong researcher has high hopes for his bird flu vaccine.
Senior Citizen pub says (with some self-satisfaction), that the kids will get the bird flu worse than their grandparents (but the world is still going to hell in a handbasket)