January 2 Flu UpdateThere was a bird flu death in Vietnam, but this one could be different...wild birds may have been involved.
Another outbreak in Bangladesh, near the Indian border.
IHT story on the outbreak in Bangladesh.
Pakistan lists more actions against bird flu.
ProMed on Egypt and Bangladesh.
Revere on flu in Egypt. Key point follows:
The other interpretation, of course, is more dire. This could be the start of a more widespread outbreak, involving many more people than previously and possibly signaling a change in the epidemiologic characteristics of the virus. The problem, of course, is that in the initial phases it is impossible to distinguish the two. The best we can do is wait to see how events unfold and that is what we will do in this case. At this point there is no reason to think this is unusual. Probably most of the suspect cases will turn out negative. The reason to think that is because that is the way it has turned out in the past. It's not forced on us by logic or biology. But if I were a wagering man . . .
The United Arab Emirates say they are ready for bird flu if it lands there.