June 21 Flu UpdateA second person in Vietnam is dead of bird flu.
ProMed on Vietnam's second recent death--note the family raised chickens.
There is a third outbreak in Ghana.
The outbreak in the Czech Republic is H5N1 (CIDRAP).
ProMed on the Czech Republic.
Perhaps accounting for the higher fatality rate, a researcher says flu in Indonesia is less susceptible to Tamiflu.
In counterpoint, a Canadian doctor says that Tamiflu could cut bird flu deaths in half if administered correctly.
We blogged recently on the new antiviral being investigated. Revere asks, what about old drugs? In our search for new drugs, are we missing obvious solutions, like statins.
This will get the blogosphere fired up. Report says US leads world pandemic efforts.
Experts are concerned that as public pressure on the bird flu drops, funds will dry up (from CIDRAP conference).
"Freedom from infection has not been sustained in the region," she said. "There has been a recurrence of cases in most of the affected countries, with some countries having continuing outbreaks. The virus may be endemic in some countries."CIDRAP on the vets/bird flu story.
This CBC story covers something we blogged on a little while ago....the religious community in Canada in preparing for its role during a pandemic.
Malaysia is going to help "poorer" countries gear up for bird flu.
In India, Punjab is preparing for bird flu, too.