April 1 Flu Update--No foolin'More on the latest cases from Egypt.
Kuwait continues to have bird flu cases in birds.
ProMed on Kuwait, and on Pakistan shutting down bird shops in one region.
ProMed on Egypt.
Thailand is disinfecting key areas.
Domestic birds in the Moscow region have been vaccinated.
A health official in Williamsport, PA, had this warning about pandemic flu.
Dr. Paul Ewald, who is director of a disease evolution program at the University of Louisville, is speaking in Edmonton. Here is what he had to say about bird flu.
A: I’ve been telling people for 10 years, ever since this H5N1 isolate was discovered, that everybody is overreacting. And I’ve been right for 10 years. I don’t know how long I’ll have to be right for. If I can be right for 20 years, maybe people will realize that I’ve got the right answer here and the other people who were pedalling hysteria have the wrong answers.
Q. You’ve described some feared diseases, including influenza, as "fizzlers." What do you mean by that?
A. Everybody, like Michael Osterholm (director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research), are saying this could be the end of civilization as we know it. I’m saying we’ll put a lot of attention focusing on H5N1, but it, like SARS, looks like it’s causing a problem and then it fizzles out. That’s been the history of H5N1. It’s causing a 50 per cent mortality in Indonesia, we get some spread and then it fizzles out. SARS got into Toronto, it started to spread and then it fizzled out. That’s what I said about SARS at the time.