November 21 Flu Update
Happy Thanksgiving to all. See you on Friday.
Culling is ongoing on a sixth farm in UK. ProMed reports.
Longtime flu star Laurie Garrett and Dave Fidler have this to say about how to handle Indonesia refusing to share bird flu viruses.
Garrett and Fidler offer a novel proposal to overcome the virus sharing impasse. They propose that annually updated supplies of more than 500 million doses of highly specific influenza vaccine, plus antiviral medicines, protective masks and gloves, and germicide washes be stockpiled in Hong Kong. They select Hong Kong, they say, because it has shown "absolute transparency regarding disease emergences going back several decades," it is a dynamic center of virus research and response, and it sits in the middle of the ecological zone that has spawned the bulk of all flu strains known to have emerged over the last three decades.
Revere on fighting bullshit with bullshit....the debate with Indonesia about bird flu viruses.
3.2M birds have been culled in Saudi Arabia. Note reference to rumors of human infection.
OK, you can admit it. You didn't know there was a Delaware model for fighting bird flu. But there must be, because people are traveling from Bulgaria to learn it.
Yaaaawwwwwwnnnnnnn....South Dakota is using seasonal flu shots to test its pandemic response.
Practice and pandemic prep in small town Virginia.