June 19 Flu UpdateBird flu continues to rage in Northern Vietnam.
Scientists in Britain worry about H7, not H5.
Feedback is good from a pandemic drill in New Zealand.
Dhaka is culling birds as well.
Bird flu is back in Ghana.
Bird flu has been found in Siberian Ducks.
ProMed on the re-emergence of the flu in Vietnam.
CIDRAP reports on its ongoing conference, today about what "virus ownership" could do to the flu vaccine system.
It is not clear whether Indonesia and its partners could assert enforceable property rights over isolates from their territories, according to several intellectual-property experts.
Under US law and the voluntary International Patent Cooperation Treaty, natural organisms such as wild-type viruses cannot be patented, said Gerry Norton, PhD, a flu virologist who heads the intellectual-property group at the Philadelphia law firm Fox Rothschild.
"There has to have been an 'act of man' to have changed the thing found in nature," he said. "To be patentable, it has to be new, it has to be useful and it has to be something that didn't exist before."
Revere blogs on a pandemic prep article from Canada...calling again for a public health system to deal with this--and any other--shock to the system.
Usual high quality Helen Branswell story on development of new anti-virals to open a new front against the flu.
Later this week, scientists will present an update on work to bring to market a new drug, provisionally called T705, which targets the polymerase protein. Hayden said Phase 2 clinical trials will begin in Japan later this year.