April 6 Flu UpdateTwo deaths to report today. The biggest news is Cambodia, where as 13 year old girl died--the first reported death there in a year. Also, a teenager died in Indonesia.
CIDRAP on Indonesia and Cambodia. Note that the girl in Cambodia presented with diarrhea.
ProMed on Cambodia and Indonesia. Note that all Cambodia's reported cases have been fatal over the last year.
OK. One of the big mysteries of the bird flu is why some people are infected and some are not. We talk about H2H, but we don't even have efficient B2H transmission right now. Here, a Chinese scientist says it may be a weakened immune system related to the "thymus" which is selecting who gets infected.
An anonymous vet from Myanmar has this to say about the latest outbreak. Note mod comment below:
This, apparently peripheral and minor news item, illuminates a significant phenomenon which is, unfortunately, not exceptional in developing countries and which contributes to the difficulties in controlling HPAI (highly pathogenic avian influenza). When adequate compensation for culled poultry is not secured, owners will refrain from reporting suspected cases, or alternatively get rid of their poultry as soon as possible for any payments obtainable on the market, with the resulting spread of the infection.
Kuwait is considering calling a special session of its legislature to help combat the bird flu outbreak. I find this interesting because, at least based on what we have seen, this is a much stronger reaction than we have seen from other countries with less reason. On the other hand, it is a small country.
Actual Kuwaitis are eating chicken with a shrug.
Bahrain is bird flu free.
A year later, the area where the first British case of bird flu (in birds) was found looks back. They think it might have helped tourism.
China says people should be...vigilant.
The University of Minnesota says it is also a Federal Center of Excellence for bird flu.
An Irish accountancy program for business continuity during a pandemic.