February 2 Flu Update--Groundhog DayA state that neighbors West Bengal is culling poultry, apparently without any actual H5N1 being found.
More explanation here---apparently they are trying to create a firewall of sorts to contain the virus.
Meanwhile, the West Bengal government said that culling would end Saturday night and that the flu was under control....but things are continuing to be bad in Bangladesh.
Poultry workers from farm in Pakistan with outbreak are OK.
There is a suspected outbreak in Northern Turkey.
Two people in West Bengal are being held for illegally burying sick poultry.
Food prices in Bangladesh are skyrocketing....
A better plan is also needed in Bangladesh, according to local story.
A spate of five deaths in Indonesia (previously reported) has WHO attention.
ProMed looks at Indonesia, including an interesting article on how the flu is spreading there. Note this insightful mod comment:
The observation that the victims of bird flu have tended to be market traders rather than farmers is interesting and deserves to be supported by a comprehensive analysis.
ProMed also on Pakistan and England.
Australia reports a bird flu "breakthrough."
Perth (no, not that Perth, the one in Ontario) tested its pandemic plan.