Tuesday, April 22, 2008

April 21 Flu Update

Culling number is South Korea is over 5 million. CIDRAP reports.

Meanwhile, a soldier in South Korea who has been working on the cull is being tested for bird flu.

ProMed on Saturday's report of an outbreak in South Korea.

The US is looking to put a naval lab in Indonesia, but talks are all tied up in the virus sharing dispute.

400,000 poultry vaccinated in Russia.

Two districts in Indonesia are at risk of bird flu...blame is placed on lax efforts to remove backyard flocks.

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville nursing school hosting pandemic flu exercise.


At 6:24 PM, Blogger Wulfgang said...


It seems the more reports coming out of South Korea, the more serious the situation appears to be, hence their swift and decisive action: lots of duck farms (natural habitat for H5N1 proliferation), workers involved in the culling who have fallen ill with bird flu symptoms (plus a prior history of antibodies in cullers), and a scurrilous dealer who sold infected ducks to numerous restaurants before getting caught. All these factors put together add up to a made-for-TV disaster movie, or the perfect recipe for catastrophe, unless the situation is brought under control quickly.

My take on the NAMRU-2 situation in Indonesia is fairly simple: if an MOU has been at an impasse for over two years now, it is doubtful that any solution can be achieved (kind of like our tragic war-of-occupation in Iraq which has gone on for five long years – no clear end in sight to this mess). Therefore, the US should take its valuable NAMRU-2 resources and relocate to Vietnam, India, Bangladesh or even South Korea or Japan…some other strategic location where it will do the most good for the region and the world. Indonesia no longer deserves any consideration for anything – bite the diplomatic bullet and write them off, along with the psychotic extortionist health minister and President. We don’t deal with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran, who incidentally denies that the Holocaust or 9/11 ever occurred – why should we be even having discussions with Siti Fadilah Supari, who asserts that the US uses H5N1 virus strain samples for bio-weapon development?

In fact, I really chuckled at the Jakarta article you posted Orange… the “head of the West Jakarta Animal Husbandry and Fisheries Agency” has decided to clamp down on the bird flu situation there, by re-issuing “clean bill-of-health certificates” for the back yard poultry in residential neighborhoods. This is the second year in a row that this useless approach has been suggested as a solution. It’s completely unenforceable and a non-value added approach, especially since they still have about a couple thousand wet market slaughter houses that are still in operation.

Not to mention the feral H5N1 infected cats and dogs roaming around the cities, won’t they need "health certificates{" too ?



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