May 16 Flu UpdateCIDRAP reports. Now that the Indonesians have resumed sending samples, WHO has cleared out a backlog of 15 cases that had not been included in official counts. 13 were fatal. (These are all 2007 cases).
Official known H5N1 death toll is 185.
CIDRAP on this case, as well.
Effect Measure on the Indonesian situation. Says by holding virus back, they make it likely no one gets a vaccine--them included.Effect Measure also looks at the real vaccine gap--in true Revere fashion, concluded something that large is beyond math.
Helen Branswell writes that Canada is stockpiling bird flu vaccine--for birds. Like most measures, it appears to be a holding measure to buy time.
Local governments are urged to work hard on bird flu in Vietnam.
Chan pledges again that WHO will get vaccine to poor countries.
64 farms are screened in Ghana.
Black market anti-virals seized in Burma.
They are training for a pandemic in Rock County, WI.