April 24 Flu UpdateAP says that while bird has "flown" off the headlines in the West, it remains a big deal in other parts of the world. Article details the rich/poor struggle over vaccines, etc. Interesting quote from Dr. Osterholm, who has persuasively made the point that we are all in this together.
"It's not just about altruistic public health," said Michael Osterholm, a University of Minnesota infectious disease specialist. "When we realize Southeast Asia and China are shut down economically from a pandemic perspective, so goes our economy. So goes many critical products and services that we count on every day."
Latest flu misery index...WHO says $200B global hit, 1 billion sick, 2 to 7 million deaths.
For those of you who look for signals things are getting worse, here is an interseting quote from the lead official in the ASEAN bird flu task force.
The disease, according to him, is becoming more complicated and vaccines are not as effective.
WHO has provided grants to six countries to help them build production capacity for bird flu, partly in response to the rich/poor debate.
ProMed on research that shows three clades are circulating in Europe and Africa--and that, in fact, Nigeria has had two separate flu introductions.
The Philippines claim to be still flu free.
Meanwhile, China says its bird flu situation is stable.
Farmers in Bangladesh are worried about bird flu. Exports are halted, etc.
Officials in Des Moines, IA, are looking for a quarantine site in the event of a pandemic.
Experts in Lebanon, PA say that bird flu is no reason to panic, but it is inevitable.
The Waterloo ONTARIO plan for a pandemic has been released.
Interesting Canadian Construction industry talks about flu prep. Interesting points, including the benefit of cross-training during widespread absenteeism.
Effect Measure asks why the poultry company was reimbursed for its bird flu expenses, but not the workers who lost their job.