October 22 Flu UpdateConfusion reigns in Indonesia....
Here the Health minister says the girl did die of bird flu.....
and here a health official says she did not.
Meanwhile, a WHO report confirms human-human transmission in Indonesia, as many have suspected.
But the WHO assistant director for communicable diseases, David Heymann, said it was likely the Sumatran virus was spread by human-to-human contact.
"We believe there has likely been transmission through intimate or close contact," he said.
In the US, a report due out Tuesday will say who gets first dibs on flu vaccine.
Deployed military troops, emergency workers, pregnant women and children will be among the first to get scarce vaccinations if a pandemic strain of flu breaks out, U.S. officials said.
Province in Philippines says it is bird flu free.
CIDRAP on US bio-preparedness, including for a pandemic.
A Chinese Rx company is selling vaccine within the country.
The directive, titled "Homeland Security Presidential Directive 21 (HSPD 21)," will "transform our national approach to protecting the health of the American people against all disasters," the document states.
"Ultimately, the Nation must collectively support and facilitate the establishment of a discipline of disaster health," the directive asserts.
Louisiana will hold a statewide flu exercise this weekend.
Opinion piece from UNLV says that federal government is out of touch and cites pandemic as one reason why.
Connecticut Governor tells people in her state that a pandemic is coming.
JAMA reviews Dr. Gregor's book A Virus of our own Hatching.