June 18 Flu UpdateThe bird flu continues to spread in Bangladesh.
CIDRAP on Vietnam and Bangladesh.
Hong Kong has closed the market where the bird flu was found.
South Korea declared flu free.
More on vets getting bird flu first--thus, they should be in line for vaccines.
Interesting article. Study from SARS shows that even postponing elective surgeries during a pandemic would not reduce hospital admissions very much. This is interesting. Everyone is rightly worried about surge capacity at local hospitals. There would be flu patients, and then all the other sick people. Thing is, during a pandemic, I'm not going to the hospital unless I absolutely have to--the most flu-ridden place in any city.
There is a flu task force in Palawan, Philippines.
CIDRAP is also having a flu conference. Good stuff as always. Check this out.
"We really are not much further ahead today than we were in 1918," Dr. David Heymann, the WHO's assistant director-general for communicable diseases, said in the conference's keynote address. "We don't have the vaccines we need. . . . We have some antivirals. But we do have one thing that we did not have in 1918, and that is the International Health Regulations, that now provide for proactive collective action for the H5N1 threat to global public health security."
Revere says the new WHO regulations are obsolete already.
New flu therapy attacks "hot pocket" in neurominidase.