April 2 Flu UpdateVery interesting story from Korea about bird flu crossing the species barrier to dogs, and then go from dog to dog.
A cocker spaniel and a miniature schnauzer were among dozens of dogs in South Korea sickened by an H3N2 strain from birds, researchers said in a study published in the May issue of Emerging Infectious Diseases journal. Viruses taken from the sick canines were used in an experiment later to see if pathogens were capable of spreading from dog to dog.
Revere blogs this as well.
And there are other bird viruses that might also get into dogs or other companion animals. It's about time a serious, systematic investigation and any indicated surveillance of many more animal species got underway.
This story won't go away--Hong Kong expert says surveillance can prevent a pandemic.
Bird flu is reported to be abating in Vietnam.
The Chinese have an approved human bird flu vaccine.
A report from India says that there is confusion over culling numbers.
There appears to be an avian outbreak in South Korea.
China has banned poultry FROM Turkey.....
The US visits India, says flu is transnational concern.
Bird flu in Bangladesh described as "war footing."
Fascinating Revere post. Can healthcare workers be forced to go to work during a pandemic...by law? Interesting. I know some people in healthcare---I'd like to see you try. Anyway, the implications are there for docs, too. When you become a doctor, do you give up the right to say no during a pandemic?