April 15 Flu UpdateOutbreaks all over the place in South Korea, nearing capital.
ProMed has this as well. Two notes: first, the failed quarantine. And second, the situation in South Korea is more serious than is generally suspected....see this mod comment:
If the figures cited at the end of the above newswire -- namely 32 suspected outbreaks of which 15 already confirmed -- are correct, the South Koreans have indeed a complex situation on their hands.
An apparent lull in Bangladesh no cause for complacency.
Japan plans to vaccinate healthcare workers with pre-pandemic vaccine.
CIDRAP has this as well.
International health officials have been cautious about taking steps toward vaccination in advance of a pandemic, because researchers are uncertain if vaccines that are currently in national stockpiles will offer cross-protection against a future pandemic strain. Also, it's not clear if any adverse events would arise from the use of the vaccine, which makes it difficult to weigh the usefulness of the strategy.
South Carolina article notes that the Federal Government will not be there to help in a pandemic.