May 18 Flu UpdateFor the second time, South Korea has mobilized troops to help in the culling of poultry.
More on ongoing culling in South Korea.
Chicken restaurants are suffering serious problems from bird flu scare in South Korea.
Quang Nam in Vietnam says it is bird flu free.
Helen Branswell on EU approval of H5N1 pre-pandemic vaccine--Prepandrix!
Usual high quality post from Revere on the mantra that all human cases have bird exposure....they don't, and we may be missing H2H because we are so quick to explain away infections. Note this...
This case is mysterious in other ways, too. It was originally reported that the teenage girl's 15 year old brother was also a bird flu victim, but the story now goes that the brother died of typhoid fever 10 days before his sister. Had it been bird flu this would have been looked on as a likely person to person transmission. It seems a bit convenient -- but still possible, I suppose -- that the brother died of another fatal infectious disease within exactly one incubation period of his sister. Since it sounds like the brother died before the diagnosis of bird flu was suspected and the diagnosis is based on an unnamed blood test rather than PCR you have to wonder. Of even more interest is the report that a family member of the two, a 24 year old, is being treated at another hospital with bird flu like symptoms.
Don't know we have heard much from Nepal, but this report says its neighboring states are nervous.