December 8 Flu UpdateThe father in the Chinese "cluster" is said to be getting better.
ProMed has a typical report out of China. Apparently, there's a new death from a week ago. He died before he could be tested for H5N1. Here's their exposure story.
Yin Kaisheng revealed that during this patient's hospitalization there was no way to confirm [he had] avian influenza. It was the Jiangsu Center for Disease Control's laboratory that detected that the infection was H5N1 type avian influenza virus. Moreover, the patient always maintained that he had no way [to contract] this infection, and had no history of contact with poultry. It is only known that 20 days before becoming ill [he] had been bitten by a dog, and 20 days later [he] developed fever after drinking a little alcohol.
India wants more money to fight bird flu.
Note: Indian PM asks people to think global, act local...
Another outbreak of bird flu in Poland has been located.
Small cull in Bangladesh.
FAO blames bird flu on gloablisation.
Fiji says more than 250,000 people could be sick there during a pandemic.
China holds flu exercise, including Hong Kong and Macao.
American Vet Society says that bird flu response is improving.
Gulf officials (as in Persian Gulf) are meeting about how to prevent the spread of the bird flu.
Indonesia plans a bird flu centre.