January 7 Flu UpdateChina says its latest outbreak is under control.
Helen Branswell on the story about MIT researchers discovering why bird flu infects some people and not others.
"I think it's a significant piece of the puzzle in terms of what may be going on in the upper respiratory tract versus the lower with the avian-like viruses," said Michael Perdue, deputy director of the influenza and emerging diseases program of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority. Perdue was not involved in the research.
Effect Measure also blogs this story. As usual, tempering some media headlines with a little realism.
This is fascinating work but we are still at the beginning. It has implications for how research is carried out in the future, for example, how glycan microarrays are characterized and populated. But the headline that we now "know" the secret to what determines human infection is perhaps an exaggeration. What we now know is that the linkage itself may not be that important and we are further directed to some very fruitful areas to look to see what is important.
Nepal recognizes bird flu risk.
Zoo is Bangladesh has bird flu alert.
Dr. Capua, an Italian vet who has had a lead in flu efforts and the Indonesian situation wins an award from Scientific American.
Apparently there is progress on a milk based vaccine.