March 6 Flu UpdateChina is now reporting an outbreak of bird flu in Tibet (it was at a poultry market, so it is hard to determine where it came from).
Bird flu is 20Km from Hanoi.
CIDRAP with this must read. Journal of Infectious Diseases undertakes a very careful look at the 1918 flu and what we can learn from it. Especially note their critical look at some dogmatic views of the pandemic.
With the flu breaking out in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia has instituted flu emergency procedures.
Scientists in Australia doing an experiment with wild ducks may have been accidentally exposed to bird flu.
Scientific American reports on the GSK flu vaccine (multiple strains).
Exactly how the adjuvant system works remains a mystery as well—even more so because GSK will not reveal what adjuvant system it used, revealing only that there are 25 new adjuvants being analyzed. "Does it somehow cause a whole new spectrum of shapes on the surface proteins of the flu virus to be recognized? Or does it increase the amplitude of the immune response?" Innis asks. "Those tests haven't been done yet, but effects that are present at very low doses with the adjuvant system are almost completely absent at eight times that dose without the adjuvant system." Its effectiveness is clear: the immune response in human blood was 25 times stronger with the adjuvant present than without it.
CIDRAP also reports on the GSK vaccine.
From Uganda, an article with facts on the bird flu.
BioCryst has a deal in Japan for bird flu therapy.
Author Michael Greger will speak to school administrators in Binghampton.
Bird flu article for the real estate industry--very interesting in fact, how a pandemic might effect people differently.
Building owners and property managers are particularly vested since any potential disaster affects every aspect of their job, from building operations to tenant safety to business continuity.
A Brazilian company is also producing vaccines against the bird flu.