March 3 Flu UpdatePost of the day. Revere looks at some research that tested blood of poultry farmers in Thailand. The conclusion is that there do not appear to be large amounts of minor, undetected cases of bird flu. "The tip of the iceberg is the iceberg." Given the virulence of the disease (and the implication that the case fatality rate we see is, more or less the real case fatality rate), we should hope it stays that way.
There is a suspected human case in Thailand.
Tamiflu appears to be doing better in aiding the survival of H5N1 patients.
(Effect Measure blogs this as well....)
Two more provinces hit in Vietnam.
Pakistan is looking to register all poultry farms.
CIDRAP on the new case in Eygpt.
ProMed also summarizes recent cases in Egypt.
A suspected case in Hong Kong is negative.
Interstingly, the new flu vaccine apparently is more protective of Asians than Caucasians. (Take that Indonesia).
Indonesian NGO is taking its bird flu program into new areas.
After that the center introduced the use of special nets to contain the movement of chickens and ducks in backyard farms.
"We recommended they develop healthy backyard farming by installing the special net around the farm to minimize direct contact between human and fowls."