October 30 Flu UpdateCIDRAP on the sick 3-year old in Indonesia.
University of Wisconsin is completing its $12.5M flu lab, with enhanced biosecurity....
Ten-inch walls made with crack-resistant concrete. Outlets sealed with silicone.Sensors for broken windows. Infrared surveillance beams. Redundant air handling systems. A back-up generator.
Part 4 of the CIDRAP vaccine series--adjuvants. (You know you are a flu junkie if this topic is exciting to you).
"We have H5N1 to thank for opening up the flu research field, which was absolutely creeping along," said Dr. Arnold Monto, a flu epidemiologist at the University of Michigan, who has long research experience with live-attenuated vaccine. "We've always known that flu vaccine was good, but not great—not a 21st century vaccine with 95% protection—but there was a feeling that it was good enough. But H5N1 changed the risk-benefit ratio so that we are willing for instance to work with adjuvants, which may have theoretical risks but certainly may well afford tangible benefits. We're going to learn a whole lot about the immunology of protection that we haven't learned in the past" (see Bibliography: Monto 2007).
Australian region prepares for worst in bird flu pandemic.
Hey...nobody said it would be easy. Bird flu in China is raising the cost of duck down padding.
"Threats" Website looks at bird flu.
Sure, we make fun of people who compulsively wash their hands. But during a pandemic......