October 16 Flu UpdateBlunt warning from China....surprisingly blunt.
A Chinese health official with the China Center for Disease prevention and Control (China CDC) warned yesterday that China is increasingly at risk of influenza pandemics that could see almost 200 million people infected in China, according to domestic media.
Can you screen incoming travellers for flu? Apparently, some people in the US government think you can.
According to Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientists currently investigating pandemic response procedures for the Department of Homeland Security, for every flu carrier who --unwittingly or not-- eludes that envisioned net, as many as 10,000 Americans could suffer exposure within three weeks time.
Consider the sheer volume: over 25,000 passengers arrive through Los Angeles' international terminals on a daily basis. In August, when a software glitch struck U.S. Customs' computers there, 20,000 passengers were stranded for up to 18 hours.
More from the US government. Pandemic could cripple US government.
After four years, questions on bird flu remain.
Turkey says it has a bird flu plan.
As the population grows, the global demand for food increases. Part of this involves meat production, and where there are animals, there are animal diseases....like bird flu.
London Ontario is using flu vaccinations to test part of its pandemic plan. This is smart and resourceful.
Mount Pleasant, MI, is holding a pandemic summit.
This is a Revere-Must-Read. He looks at a recent paper on flu receptors in human cells, and explains how this all works. Along the way, he illustrates why science isn't fast.