May 15 Flu UpdateMore bird flu in South Korea.
An additional confirmation of bird flu in India as well.
ProMed on South Korea and India. Note reference to a "slow" response in India.
There's going to be an online database with influenza virus information on it. Indonesia says it will participate.
"It think it's wonderful," said Peter Palese, who studies influenza viruses at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, adding that it will help researchers make sure the virus isn't mutating to a form that spreads more easily between people, with the potential to kill millions worldwide.
"It goes in the direction of creating a global health conscience."
The free, online site launched Thursday, 18 months after strategic adviser Peter Bogner and 77 influential scientists and health experts wrote a letter to Nature magazine calling for information about bird flu to be shared more quickly and openly, and creating the Global Initiative on Sharing Avian Influenza Data, or GISAID.
Nature's report on Tamiflu resistance is all over the place. Here, an Australian paper notes that a lot of eggs were put in the Tamiflu basket. Note that Relenza appears to perform well...
And this article explains why, in actual scientific terms.
More on the reaction in Australia...given the Tamiflu-reliant flu strategies in nearly every country, any country could really have written this.
CIDRAP has this as well. Note emphasis on anti-viral mix.
Good Revere post on the issue of scientific ethics and the sharing of flu viruses. He has empathy for the feeling that something belongs to you when you made it workable through your own hard work, and that might work for most research, but not for an emerging issue like the flu where time is of the essence.
A Filipino city changes its bird flu program.