November 27 Flu UpdateMust read--CIDRAP and John Barry talk about quarantines during the 1918 flu. Foreward by Dr. Osterholm.
Since publication of his book in 2004, Barry has been involved in the preparedness effort and continued to do research on NPIs. Most of this work has expanded on findings in the book, and some of it has caused him to revise views expressed there. Since the Markel publication in JAMA, Barry has raised serious challenges to the data used by Markel's group to justify their conclusions about the public health actions they reported to have been taken in 2 of the 43 cities (New York City and Chicago). These are the only two cities among the 43 for which Barry did such follow-up research. Barry wrote what I believe to be a convincing and well-supported letter to JAMA with his concerns. Last week his letter and Markel's response were published in JAMA.
Revere blogs this article as well. Must read. (My note: this is so important because when a pandemic comes, we are likely to be in a poor frame of mind for making decisions. And, rash actions will be taken, including the ones debated here.)
Baxter's contract for non-egg vaccine production has been extended.
More poultry interceptions in Saudi Arabia.
Japan is donating a lab to Indonesia.
Article says Massachusetts group led the way to ensure fire fighters got the first pandemic vaccines.
An Iowa pandemic expert will speak at Drake University.
"One city, St. Louis, did the right thing and escaped with a much smaller mortality rate than Philadelphia which, their leaders fiddled around and didn't enact the right kinds of policies to prevent the spread of the disease," Gilchrist says. She says personalities, politics and economics can all come into conflict and cost lives.