November 2 Flu UpdateIn Indonesia, the parents of the three year old child with bird flu have removed the child from the hospital, against medical advice. (Compliance will be a problem during a pandemic)
Margaret Chan issues warning in China--pandemic threat still exists.
6,000 chickens culled in Bangladesh after bird flu scare.
An additional province in Vietnam has been hit with bird flu as well.
CIDRAP on poultry outbreaks, including Pakistan as well.
Article in Lancet says that Africa has little to no hope of meeting WHO bird flu standards.
CIDRAP reports on GAO report on US pandemic prep.
The US will hold pandemic town halls in five US sites.
Clinical vaccine trials are being held at Stony Brook University.
Local reports aims to educate readers in Nigeria about bird flu.
Canada announces its plans for how to handle bird flu in pandemic poultry.
Canada also talks about the North American infectious disease plan.
CIDRAP reports on this as well.
Article in Alabama aims to do the same.
The University of Nebraska-Kearney is holding a bird flu Town Hall.
You have to remember that emergency workers sent to deal with the bird flu have worries, too. Here, two police officers are suing their force for not protecting them in UK during a pandemic scare.
CIDRAP wraps out its outstanding bird flu series....
Part 6 on novel technologies...
Because they contain live virus, live-attenuated vaccines provoke multiple types of immunity. In studies they have been shown to protect against both the strains from which vaccine candidates were derived and against drifted (slightly mutated) strains as well—characteristics that make them highly appealing to pandemic planners (see Bibliography: Belshe 2004). They also grow in eggs at a much higher volume than inactivated vaccines (see Bibliography: Monto 2007). But their live-virus content is responsible for the vaccines' greatest potential danger: the possibility that they might lead to reassortment between the vaccine virus and circulating flu strains.
and Part 7 on a "Manhattan Project"
Those calling for a Manhattan Project–like effort say that what is needed is much broader than what NIAID or all of NIH could deliver. It requires active coordination among all the federal health agencies along with cooperation from congressional funders, plus parallel efforts in other countries. "Pandemic vaccine development has been viewed primarily as a vaccine problem that should be addressed with better science," Fedson said, "but fundamentally it is a global public health problem that requires better management" (see Bibliography: Fedson and Dunnill 2007: From scarcity to abundance).
And, they say, it is urgent that such an effort be established soon, because there is no way of predicting accurately when a pandemic might arrive. If it arrives soon rather than later, the lack of vaccine in most of the world will create a divide between haves and have-nots that could corrupt international relations long after the pandemic ends.