April 17 Flu UpdateSouth Korea says it will be an "all-out" fight against the bird flu.
And this is what they mean.....3 million birds culled in South Korea.
There are now three more suspected outbreaks in South Korea.
Secretary Leavitt is interviewed in the Jakarta Post....pledges assistance despite disagreements.
The Secretary has also blogged the topic...CIDRAP reports.
Leavitt said he acknowledged Supari's legitimate concerns about her country's access to medicine and vaccines, but emphasized that health officials need to retain incentives that enable pharmaceutical companies to develop new countermeasures.
"I pointed out that technology is improving and might well hold solutions that we don't currently have," he wrote. "Once we are using cell-based methods of making vaccines, the capacity and cost will dramatically drop, which will change the entire equation."
The whole blog post is here....
The Wall Street Journal weighs in with editorial opinion on Indonesia's actions. Title says it all: "Recipe for a pandemic."
Indian regions on the Bangldeshi border are checking closely for bird flu.
Local report talks about West Bengal struggles with bird flu.
News today says there is a new approach to a flu vaccine that will provide broader and longer protection, using some common cold virus.
Big news is article on how flu virus spreads...starts in Asia, and dies in South America. So the best pandemic fighting plan is to take anyone with the disease and fly them to Uruguay. Or did I misunderstand?
Yemeni paper answers questions about bird flu.
Philippines also working on its risk areas.
In Bangladesh, they are talking about how to protect women and children (but not men) from bird flu.
Revere blogs the article that said that a pandemic would be no worse than seasonal flu, and that we are relying on a "single data point," the Spanish Flu. Excellent post, key point follows:
More important, however, is a point he makes with his own data: not all pandemics are alike. The three pandemics of the last century all had significantly increased mortality but varied in severity. The reason the flu world is concerned about H5N1 is the extraordinary virulence of the virus as expressed by its case fatality ratio (Doshi mistakes pathogenicity for virulence but this is a minor point). If this flu virus becomes transmissible, even with a major reduction in virulence, the results would be horrific. We hope it won't happen. But we have no way of knowing. Preparing for it is prudent and it would be insanity to look the other way, although that is precisely what Doshi's hand waving dismissal encourages.