April 24 Flu UpdateIndonesia has begun a major flu exercise.
It would begin with the isolation of a village where a field hospital would be set up to treat people with flu-like symptoms. At the closing on Sunday, officials will try to prevent ``infected'' travelers from leaving the international airport and spreading the virus to other countries.
A University of Pittsburgh team published a study that says that a vaccine is the best way to stop a pandemic (this is what I believe as well).
The team reviewed more than 150 scientific studies on bird flu and identified three main categories of potential vaccines. Treating infected people with antiviral drugs is not very effective and tests to diagnose infection need to be updated as the virus mutates, the researchers said.
India blames Bangladesh for spread of bird flu.
An Australian team claims to be close to a super-vaccine.
The new vaccine uses a natural plant sugar to trigger signals within the immune system, forcing it to produce more antibodies in response to the vaccine's antigen.
Revere wraps up the series on the cellular workings of bird flu with this post, where he explains the significance.
The bottom line here seems to be that Acute Lung Injury (ALI) with resulting ARDS is the result of oxidative stress coupled to the machinery of the innate immune system through one pathway leading out of TLR4.