April 5 Flu UpdateA 2-year old girl in Egypt has bird flu, but is said to be stable.
Perhaps our most significant story, via ProMed. Reports from Hong Kong report continued non-transparency from China.
Hong Kong sources confirm that diseased migratory birds died in large numbers in periods when China did not report any infections in the area. They fear that the virus is far more widespread than official Chinese data claims, given the lack of information forthcoming from Beijing regarding new cases of infection among poultry and humans. Hong Kong has halted imports of live poultry and poultry meat from 13provinces, where infection has been confirmed.
Saudi Arabia is working to prevent bird flu.
CIDRAP on the negatives in Kuwait, and a lab confirmation in Indonesia.
ProMed on the same two things. Note the moderator taking a victory lap for calling the negative tests.
Here's a guy in Dubai who got chicken pox and thought he had bird flu. No, this is not an episode of I Love Lucy.
Turkey says it is free of bird flu and is lifting quarantine measures.
The US Ambassador of Bird flu had this Q&A Coffee Break with a State Department reporter.
Sweden is working on the bird flu.
Canada is investing $5M in flu measures.
Editorial praises flu prep efforts in Utah.
Vietnam says it has enough Tamiflu. End of story.
Revere on the Kuwaiti, "now they are positive, now they are not."
I don't run many of these Tamiflu stories about the psychiatric effects, but here is a dramatic one: South Korea has banned teenagers from taking the drug.