December 21 Flu UpdateWHO's team confirms that close H2H contact spread flu, which is not unprecedented.
ProMed has more contradictory reports from Pakistan. Read mod comment.
New avian outbreak in Germany.
New avian outbreak in Russia, too.
Bird flu confirmed in Benin.
Novavax bird flu vaccine moves forward.
Pakistan's new goal is safer culling.
Hospitals in Pakistan are also taking steps to contain infection.
Pakistan gives bird flu advice to people in that region.
Bird flu is not a contagious disease and does not spread with casual contacts or shaking hands, hugging or embracing. The only way it can spread to the human being is close and continuous contacts with the birds affected by this disease. These views were expressed by Chairman PMS Dr. Masood Akhtar sheikh while addressing the workshop in connection with the "Bird flu" under the auspices of Pakistan Medical Society.
Perhaps the day's most significant story....research confirms the ability of swine to be "mixing vessels" for influenza. Via CIDRAP.
US State Department has second in series of avian influenza in SE Asia.
Waterfowl in Massachusetts is being tested for bird flu.
Revere blogs the Declan Butler interview with the Indonesian health minister, giving the statements the truth test. Generally, Revere is skeptical of what is said, but note that he notes that many scientists are hoarding isolates, not just Indonesia. See below.
Supari is neither rational nor responsible. Some very reputable scientists are rational but also irresponsible. There is more than a grain of truth to the fact that Indonesia and other developing countries have a problem which the developed countries aren't solving. The scientists can't see it because they are merely conducting themselves in the same ways as always. No one has ever said it was wrong or unethical. But this is a special situation.
I'm saying it, now. We can't keep pointing fingers at Indonesia when we refuse to put our own house in order.