March 13 Flu UpdateAlmost certainly nothing, but....8 people from the same village in Indonesia are hospitalized with suspicion of bird flu.
There is now criticism that the state government in West Bengal is not serious about fighting bird flu.
Caluctta bird markets are being inspected for bird flu.
Bird flu losses continue to mount in Bangladesh.
The US is pledging help to Pakistan on bird flu.
WHO confirms recent Egypt case.
A post on Promed asks for more info on non-human primates in the flu-bearing world. This is, in fact, a good question.
Revere blogs about the civets in Indonesia. Whole post is good, key point follows:
The second question about the Vietnam civets is this: how did they get infected? They weren't fed poultry (as least as far as anyone knows, and this was explicitly considered) nor were they in contact with poultry. It sounds like these animals were semi-confined, so the virus would have to have been brought to them somehow. Wild birds? Possibly, although there is no evidence in this case. Humans? But how? On boots or shoes? Possibly. But this virus has shown transmissibility to mammals to be difficult, and unless it has changed in that respect, doesn't seem so likely. Other civets in the same enclosure were apparently unaffected. Or is their yet another vector. Bats? It might be. Bats are now implicated as an important source in SARS, not palm civets.
This case needs to be examined carefully. It is these often seemingly anomalous instances which are the most informative.
Bird flu information is passed along in Alabama.