March 5 Flu UpdateHelen Branswell on the big vaccine news, that GSK says it has a vaccine that protects against multiple strains of bird flu.
(Given this, can someone with a better background explain to me why the US is using the Sanofi vaccine?) Revere blogs on the Sanofi vaccine being "better than nothing."
The GSK vaccine is made with an adjuvant, a chemical that significantly enhances the activity of the vaccine. Earlier work by the company showed it could trigger what is thought to be a protective response with two small doses of vaccine, at 3.8 micrograms apiece.
An unadjuvanted vaccine made by Sanofi Pasteur required more than 23 times as much antigen - two doses of 90 micrograms - and even then fewer than half of volunteers generated antibody levels thought to be protective.
China is the source of H5N1, according to this analysis. More specifically, Guangdong.\
And Guangdong appears to be the source of renewed waves of the H5N1 strain, which has killed or forced the destruction of hundreds of millions of birds, the team at the University of California Irvine reported."We show that the Chinese province of Guangdong is the source of multiple H5N1 strains spreading at both regional and international scales," the researchers wrote...
Russia says that new cases have stopped emerging in birds.
China is gearing up to fight the flu, including required immunization of all domestic poultry.
There were dead birds in Myanmar, but they do not have H5N1, according to reports.
There are now 50 avian cases of flu in Kuwait.
25,000 birds have been culled in Kuwait.
Reports from Laos continue to indicate that the country had its first bird flu death.
WHO concurs, via CIDRAP.
Africans are reminded that bird flu remains a threat.
Business Week on the leverage Indonesia has won for poor countries in the struggle to allocate flu resources.
A Canadian professor outlines the threats of bird flu for a Romanian publication.
A table top exercise will be held in Saipan.
A couple of days ago, we ran a story about a vaccine solution proposed in Hong Kong. This is a profile of the researcher, who is using techniques he learned fighting AIDS.
A Health Region in Alberta is holding a pandemic seminar.
Malaysia says it is sharing its experience in diagnosing flu with other countries, since they are bird flu free and all.
The UAE is stockpiling Tamiflu to prepare for a bird flu pandemic.