June 26 Flu UpdateA new human case is reported in Vietnam.
Among birds in Vietnam, a new outbreak in one province, while four other provinces are declared clean.
ProMed on Egypt and Indonesian human cases from yesterday.
A second avian outbreak has occurred in Germany.
ProMed on this outbreak in Germany. Note especially this mod comment:
The distance between Leipzig and Nurnberg exceeds 200 km [124 miles]. Confirmation from the OIE reference laboratory in Riems is anticipated, as well as molecular data on the interrelationship between the recent isolates from Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary, England (as well as the recent Siberian isolates from wild duck?!). - Mod.AS
ProMed on the previous outbreak in Germany.
Meanwhile, Malaysia claims it is bird flu free.
The BBC on the international bird flu meeting being held in Scotland.
CIDRAP--could diluting the flu vaccine protect more people in a pandemic? (Note: This is curious to me, since the vaccines have had trouble stimulating immune response at low doses).
For example, in one scenario, the model showed that if 20 million of the United States' 300 million residents were given two 10-mcg doses of one vaccine, the attack rate would drop from 73.2% to 69.5%, and if the same amount of vaccine antigen were spread out over 80 million with two 2.5-mcg doses, the attack rate would drop to 67.7%.
Another scenario envisioned dividing the planned US vaccine stockpile among 160 million people instead of the targeted 20 million. That approach would lower the overall attack rate from 67.6% to 58.7%, according to the model.
Did more healthcare workers take a seasonal flu jab last year--and was it because of bird flu?
Nova Scotia has rolled out its pandemic plan.
Revere blogs on the GAO report on the USDA pandemic plan. He notes that H5N1 has a lot of uncertainty as it relates to humans, but much less as it relates to animals. So, a veterinary organization should be farther ahead than this.
ProMed/OIE report from Togo.