Feburary 17 Flu UpdateBird flu continues to spread in Vietnam.
Vietnam is strengthening its bird flu activities.
People are still skittish about poultry in India.
Flu is now in the capital of Bangladesh.
Gulf States are meeting on bird flu.
Another bird in Hong Kong with bird flu.
Jackson County, OR, says, "not if, when"
ProMed looks at the World Wildlife Fund report on migratory birds. Interesting mod comment....
The good news is that the initial concern that the global spread of H5N1 was dependent on and a result of migratory birds has proven to be a false alarm -- now that thousands of such have been sampled over the past few years -- and it is now clear that any H5N1-infected wild birds were infected essentially incidentally.
There was no global biological conspiracy of that virus in nature, though the events are not without interest within the greater epidemiology of avian influenza viruses. This is not to say that it cannot go from wild birds to domestic birds, but that is the exception, not the rule.
The bad news is that H5N1 seems to be well embedded in the commercial and domestic poultry in various parts of the world and will probably remain so for some time to come. There are a total of 79 postings on this topic. For earlier reports beyond those cited below, see the ProMED-mail archives. - Mod.MHJ