December 17 Flu UpdateDeclan Butler of Nature takes a welcome look at the situation in Pakistan. Note the comments, too....
The Pakistan cluster highlights the obstacles faced by the WHO in containing the spread should a pandemic strain of H5N1 appear. The strategy calls for early diagnosis of cases, in the hope that blanket treatment with antivirals will stamp out an emerging pandemic before it spirals out of control. Computer models suggest that for this to have any chance of succeeding, WHO would have a window of three weeks for this diagnosis at most.
Revere looks at the flu situation today, where WHO is urging quicker reporting as part of its Tamiflu blanket strategy. Revere goes on to wonder if we wouldn't be better off preparing for what happens AFTER the pandemic.
Pakistan story confirms eight sick people.
CIDRAP looks at the Pakistan situation.
A new avian outbreak is reported in Benin (Africa).
More bird flu in Poland.
The new outbreak in Germany has caused EU protection measures to go into place.
ProMed on Saudi Arabia and Germany.
CIDRAP looks at new break outs in countries listed above.
Indonesia says bird flu will require long term fight. (Note quoted case fatality rate of 87.5%)
WHO claims bird flu is contained in Burma.
Because of the outbreak in Germany, Denmark is ordering poultry to be kept indoors.
A legislator in Taiwan worries that a bird flu outbreak in China could be used as force majeure to cancel elections in Taiwan.
Seven US states have not taken the Federal Government up on its offer to help purchase Tamiflu.
In British Columbia, a quarter of people would stay home due to flu fears.
Businesses are urged to make continuity plans for a pandemic.
CIDRAP has the next in its series of best pandemic practices, focusing this time on the plans of an organization of disaster relief agencies.