Thursday, October 04, 2007

October 3 Flu Update and hiatus

We'll be on hiatus until October 7.

This idea has emerged before--China is working on using plasma of flu patients to treat the next generation of flu patients.

New Hampshire is preparing for bird flu pandemic.

Indonesia says that a US report on human-human transmission is false.

Effect Measure blogs on the story about flu in the sewage system. Interesting, in that he notes that transmissibility and tamiflu resistance might, or might not be related.

In England they are wondering if the social services could keep up with a pandemic.

The Joplin County health department has a pandemic website.

In Alberta, they are still keeping poultry away from a Farm Fair.

Letter to Editor invokes bird flu to keep nurses working at Lester Pearson Airport in Toronto.


At 6:10 PM, Blogger Wulfgang said...


As I recall from memory, China was indeed successful at transferring blood plasma in 2006 from a prior H5N1 infected patient, into another who was quite ill, and the person recovered. However, a second attempt at this same procedure in 2007 failed, and the patient died, and is now pushing up daisies. So, my conclusion is that their track record for this medical procedure is still “inconclusive”.

Did anyone else see the biggest understatement of the year in your New Hampshire article ? It quotes Senator Mark Pryor (D-Ark), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee, as saying, “An influenza pandemic can be ‘problematic’ for the government because there are so many different parts of the government that we have to deal with”. That statement is a real prizewinner.

In my view, your Indonesian article which denies that H2H occurred on Sumatra Island really does prove one thing – that Health Minister Siti Fadillah Supari is a lunatic. She reminds me of that little Iranian weasel in the leisure suit, who insists the Holocaust “never occurred”. Both of them suffer from the same problem: extreme self denial.

Your lengthy article out of England really points out the huge problem the social services sectors are going to face during a pandemic: that is,who cares for these high-risk groups of people when large numbers of care-givers and contractor employees are out sick and suddenly unable to lend assistance? Who picks up the slack - volunteers perhaps, like the Red Cross ? There is no easy solution to this problem, but everyone has to remember: a common measure of any nation’s worth, is how they treat their elderly and disabled.

Regarding the nurses there at Lester B. Pearson airport, the only thing I have to say is that good nurses are in demand everywhere. Move to the US if you want to be appreciated and well paid. Let Toronto make their dumb cost cutting decisions and as a result, have infected passengers stumbling around their airport.

None of knows the full details, but dismissing nurses generally does not sound like a wise idea to do anywhere in the world at this time. Just my opinion of course.



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