June 25 Flu UpdateCIDRAP reports on new cases in Egypt and Indonesia.
Usual excellent, high quality Revere post. Many people say that the current case fatality rate is to high--that mild cases are never counted. Revere says he agrees, but then notes that no study has actually found evidence that these mild cases exist. Read on to see what disease he compares H5N1 to, based on lethality.
As reported earlier, six wild birds in Germany are H5N1.
ProMed also on Germany.
Poultry in four Malaysian villages now are infected with H5N1.
Excellent Boston Globe story on the "silencing" of a songbird market in Hong Kong due to bird flu concerns.
The GAO says the USDA is not prepared for bird flu.
Still, GAO investigators said there is uncertainty between USDA and the Department of Homeland Security as to what role each would take during an emergency. The lack of coordination between the two departments would slow initial responses as they work to figure out their jobs.
Hawaii, on the other hand, says it is ready to go.
Scotland is hosting an International Flu Summit, under the auspices (oh, it has been so long since I have typed "auspices") of the UN.
Bangladesh discusses the need for a pandemic flu strategy.
New Zealand says major culls are unlikely during bird flu pandemic.