December 15 Flu UpdateThe Pakistan situation continues to evolve. There now appear to be 8 human cases, which is the most we have seen emerge in one place. We don't know if this is it, but we haven't seen something like this before, and it must have some significance.
From the Canadian Press story....note WHO comment.
The WHO said confirmatory testing must still be done. And a spokesperson for the agency said investigations are underway to try to determine how the various people became infected, but noted some human-to-human spread may have occurred.
"We can't rule it out," Gregory Hartl said from Geneva.
"There are other plausible explanations.... We don't know enough at this point. And in some of these cases, one never will know enough."
My note: Even if another plausible explanation emerges, it is still something which has not happened before.
Note2: There are many, many stories on the Pakistan situation, which are essentially all the same story and not listed here.
ProMed covers the Pakistan situation.
Revere notes that his site isn't for breaking news, and neither is this one. However, he cites some places to go for updated flu info.
IHT reports on recent flu developments.
Effect Measure provides context to Myanmar and Pakistan. Must read.
There's an avian outbreak in Germany.
But hey! Armenia is safe.
More culling in Saudi Arabia.
Myanmar stresses flu prevention.