March 7 Flu UpdateThe bird flu has reached Hanoi (avian outbreaks).
Bird flu continues to break out in Kuwait. (I don't think we are aware of a country with this kind of avian presence that has not had a human case.)
China says it is not the source of the bird flu virus.
"The findings, which say Guangdong is the source of the multiple avian flu virus strains spreading both regionally and internationally, are the wrong conclusion to the evidence and lack credibility," the China Daily quoted He Xia, a Guangdong agricultural official, as saying.
It did not elaborate.
Effect Measure blogs the paper that started all this, ending up frustrated by the quality of the writing and the way the ideas were presented.
ProMed has the news from a number of countries, and also mentions this article based on the press release from the University. Note even their mod says he/she is withholding comment until the actual article is available.
China claims a mass cull has taken care of the flu problem in Tibet.
CIDRAP on the Iowa Flu Market. Dr. Osterholm thinks it is a bad idea.
Not everyone thinks the AFM is a good idea. "It really compounds uncertainty," said Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, director of the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, publisher of CIDRAP News.
"Right now the world's best experts can't tell you what's going to happen, so having 100 people predict what they don't know doesn't add any more precision or intelligence to the issue," Osterholm said. "It's maybe not quite a gimmick, but it doesn't give me any more reason to think we'll be more informed about the next pandemic."
He added, "Whether you have a market or not, you still need good disease surveillance. This just seems like a glitzy way of doing disease surveillance."
This article from the Globe and Mail (Canada) is excellent. Talks about British NHS plans to have people help their neighbors during a pandemic (picking up meds, etc). Question is this...sure you're a good neighbor. But would you be in a pandemic?
Japan is spending money to prepare for a bird flu pandemic.
Novavax of Pennsylvania is a late entrant into the vaccine war, but they have spunk.