January 21 Flu UpdateThree children are in the hospital in Indonesia with suspected bird flu.
There's an avian outbreak in Turkey.
The situation in India continues to deteriorate. There are reports of people eating sick birds or selling them at discounts, and yet the outbreak continues. Here, we see 5 people with bird flu symptoms...time will tell, often these are panic-induced.
A seventh district in India is now effected.
ProMed looks at the issue in India with some alarm. Note mod comment.
The extensive spread of H5N1 in India, reportedly involving very large number of small backyard holdings, is bad news, from the perspectives both of disease control and of potential infection in humans. The Indian authorities will have to make soon a decision between continuing the stamping-out policy and the possible implementation of mass vaccinations.
A porous border between India and Bangladesh is part of the problem for bird flu.
Random sampling of humans shows no human interaction with bird flu, according to report.
Nepal has banned imports of Indian poultry.
Today's most reflective story. Donald McNeil of the New York Times looks at the declining media coverage of the bird flu, and what is really going on today. Note Nabarro optimistic, Osterholm less so.
Dr. Paul A. Offit, a vaccine specialist at Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia, was one of those who, he jokes, “dared to be stupid” by bucking the alarmist trend in 2005.
“H5 viruses have been around for 100 years and never caused a pandemic and probably never will,” he said.
Progress on the virus sharing front. Apparently, more than 700 strains have been shared, and there is now a system in place to track viruses as they go through the system.
Effect Measure blogs this report, noting progress but that some larger systems are still broken.
Revere notes that whenever someone says the virus is stable, things are certain to go crazy.
A poll in Canada says that people are worried about pandemic prep in that country.
China says it still supports WHO (note yesterday's story about Taiwan being out of WHO meetings).
The United Arab Emirates are strengthening their bird flu defenses.
Article from Carnegie Mellon student paper on bird flu.