December 14 Flu UpdateBig news. Today's news from Pakistan indicates that there may now be five cases. If true, this is the most alarming news yet on H5N1.
CIDRAP has this as well. Note sense of urgency in post, and this:
Khushnood Akhtar, secretary of Pakistan's health ministry, said the cases occurred in November but said that four brothers are involved, Deutsche Presse-Argentur (DPA) reported today. One of the men, who worked on a poultry farm, may have contracted the H5N1 virus after he helped cull sick birds, Akhtar told DPA.
The man survived but may have infected three of his brothers, none of whom had been at the farm or in contact with sick birds, Akhtar said in the DPA report. The DPA report appears to contradict the KUNA story, which said the two men in its report were farm workers.
ProMed has the Pakistan information. Note this rather alarming phrase in the mod comment, from the normally skeptical CP.....
An unstated number of other people are suspected cases and are under surveillance awaiting the outcome of diagnostic tests.
Revere blogs this as well. Read to see what the phrase "The unexpected part is the thing that worries everyone. The unexpected part we are all expecting, that is," means.
Here's an AP story that rounds up the recent flu news. More than anything, this shows that the recent flu news is getting MSM attention again.
They are working to confirm the two deaths in Pakistan were H5N1. They were, by the way, poultry workers.
China says not to worry, the two cases of bird flu have apparently not spread around them.
Burma has its first case of bird flu.
ProMed reports on Burma has well, noting the disease extending its range.
CIDRAP on Myanmar.
In Hong Kong, a heron at a nature reserve has tested positive.
Story on community surveillance in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
The UAE has banned Polish poultry.
A Poultry Farmer's union protests recent moves by the UK government.
Australian paper has a shopping list for bird flu.
Rwanda says that it is successful in controlling bird flu.
More work in the Philippines on fighting bird flu.
Pakistan feels it will be important to educate poultry workers.
Finally, perhaps the most important piece of the day. CIDRAP looks back at ten years of the bird flu...what happened then, what have we learned now. This is a must read.