April 27 Flu UpdateThe EU says it is ready to approve a cell-based vaccine. This kind of production could eventually make a big difference in future pandemics.
CIDRAP has this story as well.
Russia Doc warns of Bird Flu Summer...AgSec says country is ready.
CDC holds bird flu "war game." They say it is like '24' without violence.
In the script, a student infected with a new strain of H5N1 virus returns from Indonesia where a bird flu outbreak is under way. He dies but not before infecting others, including members of a swimming team.
On Day One, 12 people contract the disease in four states and 25 percent die, a rate that shows the virus to be particularly lethal.
Border guards are told to be on alert in Pakistan.
The saga is over. Florida lawmakers budgeted $0 for Tamiflu, the only state not to participate in the Federal program.
The Wisconsin College of Medicine has a developed a website that will use bioinformatics to let people track known bird flu sequences.
Try it out...it's free and fun.
More on the Roche/Tamiflu production issue. Apparently, Roche ramped up production, and then governments quit ordering as the pressure to "do something" about bird flu waned. Roche thinks this is a bad move--surprise?
Revere blogs the Tamiflu issue, noting that it would take Roche four months to ramp back up to full capacity. He then questions the free market approach to producing this drug.
ProMed on Malaysian fears of bird smuggling. Note mod comment on how smugglers will adjust if necessary.
Article from France touts national leadership in Tamiflu stockpiling.