April 3 Flu UpdateSiblings in Egypt had the bird flu. The country has ruled out H2H transmission in the case. I don't have any info on the dates of onset that might have helped determine if it was H2H or a common source of infection, which is very plausible as well.
In Kuwait, four foreign workers have been hospitalized with bird flu (These scares rarely pan out to anything.)
Egypt is bragging about a 68% survival rate for bird flu.
ProMed is reporting that there is a new human case in Indonesia, and as is increasingly common, she is dead when it is first reported. This also contains news about Egypt, H2H and the survival rate. Note mod comment.
The evidence for person-to-person transmission between the 2 Egyptian siblings is not strong since it has been established now that both children were exposed to the same batch of sick or dying birds.
The success of the Egyptian physicians in treatment of the most recent 5 cases (all young children) is encouraging and possibly due to prompt initiation o Tamiflu therapy. The overall survival rate of 59.4 percent for bird flu patients in Egypt contrasts with the survival rate of 21.7 percent rate in Indonesia (if the 72nd case is confirmed.
This will cheer up the flu world. Indonesia is talking about doing autopsies of people who die of bird flu. CIDRAP reports. Also in this report, the H2H news from Egypt, and a little nugget that Indonesia and Egypt are considering partnering in the research of bird flu.
This is all over the web. There is a new study that identifies antiviral resistance in Influenza B. Granted, even if it is B, it still could do the same thing for A. Effect Measure reports.
Promed also says Saudi Arabia reported an avian outbreak.
CIDRAP has its take on the story from yesterday on social distancing and the 1918 pandemic.
The Governor of Utah received bird flu recommendations from a commission.
Bird flu prep is part of Public Health Week in the US Virgin Islands.
School officials in Hampton Roads, VA, have finished their bird flu plan.
Bangladesh is holding a three-day bird flu seminar.
"Double dose" Tamiflu trials are going ahead.
Declan Butler has updated his Google Earth tracking of avian flu.
The Public Relations Society of America is having a seminar on keeping confidence high during a flu pandemic.
There's bird flu in West Virginia, but it is H5N2.