April 11 Flu UpdateEgyptian woman dies of bird flu.
Note this from ProMed:
A national campaign to slaughter possibly infected birds is more
often than not seen as a threat from authorities in which people have
no faith. The authorities recommend eating factory-farmed chicken
whose origins can be traced.
Perhaps the story of the day. In an Indian state, bird culling has been cut back so as not to cause controversy before an upcoming election.
Instances have been recorded of local officials found asking culling teams not to stop villagers in infected districts from repopulating poultry, and even asking them not to take away the villagers' chicken for culling.
From the ground in Tripura...interesting report on what is portrayed as a chaotic culling scene.
People are handling the infected chickens that are being culled. No one is warning the people of the dangers of this, the government is not helping. The locals may not be too off the mark. The local administrators shocked TIMES NOW's team of journalists when they instead of owning up passed the buck. AR Barman -- Director, Animal Resource Development Department, Kamlapur said, "It is not my department, we are only responsible for the animals."
A fourth outbreak among ducks in South Korea.
New article in a public health journal says that pandemic flu no more deadly than seasonal flu.
Doshi says the pandemic-equals-extreme-mortality concept appears to be a generalization of a single data point: the 1918 season, a period in which "doctors lacked intensive care units, respirators, antiviral agents and antibiotics." He argues that "had no other aspect of modern medicine but antibiotics been available in 1918, there seems good reason to believe that the severity of this pandemic would have been far reduced."
Bethel, CT, does a "first in the nation" pandemic exercise.
Times of London "Junk Medicine" column looks at the recent H2H transmission story from China.
Monitoring clean in Azerbaijan.
Effect Measure on "vagrant birds" straying from their migration routes, and the possible effect on bird flu.