June 6 Flu UpdateThe big flu news today...has the virus mutated in Indonesia to transfer more easily between birds and people? CIDRAP reports that Indonesian flu officials say it may have, but WHO denies.
Helen Branswell has this story. WHO's response--share the samples. Is it possible Indonesia is just putting pressure on the sample issue?
Indonesia has announced a new case...a 15F who died.
For its part, Australia says it would share its "homegrown" (whatever that means) vaccine with Indonesia if a pandemic started.
There are also two more suspected human cases in Vietnam. One of the suspected cases is a slaugherhouse worker in the capital, where no bird flu has been reported.
Is the outbreak in Vietnam due to fraud in poultry vaccines--or is this an excuse?
Malaysia has found bird flu in chickens.
ProMed on Malaysia as well--note protective measures being taken.
Indonesia is prepping 290 million doses of avian vaccine.
If you follow the flu blogosphere, you have witnessed several bruising battles between Revere and Marc Siegel, who is a flu skeptic. Revere blogs a review Siegel did of an upcoming move on Hallmark called Pandemic. He gives grudging respect to Siegel's review. Siegel likes that the pandemic virus is not H5N1. Revere makes the point: preparation for one is the same as for the other.
Revere also blogs on a new paper, that calls into doubt the idea that there is a genetic susceptibility to H5N1--that chance is just as plausible in known family clusters.
The East Caribbean is preparing is pandemic plan.
Promed on Wales.
CIDRAP also has results of physician survey on pandemic flu (as published here earlier).
An Australian reporter says that the country's bird flu response needs to be improved, based on an exercise.