June 8 Flu UpdateThe bird flu marches on. A 10 year old girl in Egypt has the flu, and she is "very critical."
CIDRAP on Egypt.
5 Malaysians are hospitalized with bird flu symptoms.
A magpie in Hong Kong is also sick.
Indonesia says that H5N1 now has an 80% mortality rate.
There are now avian outbreaks in 17 provinces in Vietnam.
Australia says 48,000 people would die in a pandemic.
Revere blogs an interesting study from China. Six people had died there who had no exposure to poultry. Study appears to point to wet markets as a significant risk factor.
Canada is beginning its wild bird surveillance.
APEC meeting ends with the right words--countries will share samples.
CIDRAP has the story on human antibodies protecting against the bird flu.
"In theory it makes obvious sense—it's an extension of the immunization process," said Osterholm, director of the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, which publishes CIDRAP News.
The main question on the scientific side is whether the antibody treatment would have broad enough activity to be effective against an emerging pandemic strain of H5N1, which could differ from the strain used in producing the antibodies, he said.
But on a practical level, Osterholm said, "Once a pandemic hits, there won't be time or materials to obtain and stockpile large volumes of this. What in theory is ideal, is in practice maybe a nightmare. I don't see how the plasmapharesis community is going to be able to quickly gear up to actually make lots of this antibody and then move it into the clinical setting in a timely way to have much impact. . . . The idea of trying to create millions of immunotherapy treatments is a stretch."
Australian publication says the vaccine shortage is a global threat.
Excellent Revere post on CDC mask guidance. Revere blogs that evidence is light that masks help, and if you were wearing a mask and thought you were safe, you might do some things you wouldn't otherwise--perhaps making you less safe.
The Catholic News Services mentions that one of its nuns is posting on the HHS blog.
Long-term strategies are being considered in Bangladesh.