March 25 Flu UpdateExcellent story on the disappearing poultry in Egypt.
In India, four workers are under bird flu observation. These are almost always nothing. On the other hand, when it starts, this could easily be what we see.
Culling is said to be almost done in West Bengal.
Vietnam says five provinces are still showing signs of bird flu.
Vietnamese minister says bird flu risk in the Mekong Delta.
ProMed has this on the source of flu in Turkey, and other stories.
Turkish authorities have reported that the source of the recent outbreak of avian influenza in Ipsala/Edirne (Western Turkey) was "Fomites (humans, vehicles, feed, etc.)" (OIE-World Organization for Animal Health report 6907, report date: 18 Mar 2008). Ukraine has come to the same conclusion regarding the recent outbreaks in Crimea [see comment]. (OIE report 6909, report date: 19 Mar 2008).
The Gates Foundation has sent $1M to the University of Wisconsin to fight bird flu.
CIDRAP has the story from yesterday about mallards and spreading the flu. Note this:
High concentrations of ducks, rice fields, and human populations—rather than chickens—pose the highest risk of sparking deadly H5N1 avian influenza outbreaks in Southeast Asia, according to a recent study.
Minnesota Public Radio has this audio report on bird flu.
World Bank is sending $6M to Cambodia.
Revere blogs on the recent announcement from Germany that they are bird flu free, and the usual perverse reaction of the virus to seemingly strike any country that says that.