January 3 Flu UpdateProMed reports on two potential new cases in Egypt, though identities may be confused. Also looks at possible wild bird infection in Vietnam. Note mod comment below:
It is not unreasonable to assume in the absence of demonstrable H5N1 virus infection in domestic poultry that infection could have been introduced into the household via the carcasses of wild birds. However the evidence is no more than circumstantial as there has been no confirmation (in this case or any other case to my knowledge) that H5N1 virus has been contracted by humans from wild birds, dead or alive. Furthermore it has not been confirmed that the wild birds involved actually carried the virus. If transmission had occurred it would imply that the young child was genetically susceptible to infection whereas the family members who hunted and exhibited no
illness were not.
People have been asking for proof that the genetic structure--and not just the circumstantial evidence--shows no evidence of mutation in Pakistan. Apparently, that has now been provided.
CIDRAP has this story as well.
Bird flu found in chickens at a kindergarten in Israel.
CIDRAP looks at outbreaks around the world.
Egypt says its a not a pandemic in that country.
UK story on universal flu vaccine developed by Cambridge firm.
Indonesia says it will certify farms as bird flu free, based on sound practices.
There's another outbreak in Vietnam.
Editorial in Bangladesh urges country to protect the poultry sector.
If you are interested in that sort of thing, I can tell you that over on Effect Measure, there has been a raging debate over Revere's post defending WHO field workers. Today, he continues by running an email from the man he criticized, specifically. To his credit, the answer is non-defensive, rational, and demonstrates that poor reporting might be the cause. Note, the kicker, which is the final portion of his statement.