Thursday, November 15, 2007

November 14 Flu Update

I could run nothing but stories from the media onslaught in Britain, which is largely repetitive.

Here's what you need to know:

The cull has been broadened....

Fleet Street is freaking out.....

Officials are forced to assure neighbors that the lab where the samples are being tested is not a public hazard....

Very good column on the crisis---how it might be hitting free range farms more, and what level of panic is appropriate.

In other news....

Revere points out that at least we know what is going on in the UK, and then notes conflicting stories from China, where the notorious secrecy machine has been fired up again. Note concern over Olympics next year.

Bird flu was also found at a poultry farm in Saudi Arabia.

Turkey posts article on what we can learn from their bird flu outbreak.

Shanghai is urging officials to be on the lookout for unidentified pneumonia cases.

Marathon County (Wausau, WI) is practicing its pandemic plan.

Very Cool magnified images of H5N1 virus.


At 6:53 PM, Blogger Wulfgang said...


Although Revere got his wire’s crossed a little and referenced an old September 2007 article about the bird flu outbreak in China’s Guangzhou’s Panyu district (as you know, that’s easy to do), his main point about the importance of government reporting transparency is still valid.

Eventually, the governments of China and Indonesia will not to be able to stifle the true extent of bird flu outbreaks in their countries. As SARS proved all too well, once the bodies start flopping horizontal like flies, it gets hard to explain why critical epidemic information wasn’t released on a timely basis to the international community.

I don’t think there is any doubt in anybody’s mind that China and Indonesia are at the top of the international deception heap, with certain African and Middle Eastern countries, for example Saudi Arabia, running a close second.

I find it ironical that we have the opposite problem in Great Britain, for the second time this year – the reports are never ending in the press, and we are inundated with “information overload”. Better to have too much info, than not enough though.

Maybe this all tells us something about the mindsets of certain political and religious regimes ? I get the impression some of these countries would love to push the west under a moving pandemic bus.



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