May 6 Flu UpdateA WHO conference is starting in Geneva about bird flu. Very interesting. Here is the salient point:
The risk of a human influenza pandemic remains real and is probably growing as the bird flu virus becomes entrenched in poultry in more countries, health officials warned on Tuesday.CIDRAP has this story as well. The statement below should get the ball rolling....
"We are concerned that the spread through migratory birds hasn't stopped. Once the virus is established in birds it is difficult to get rid of the virus and the risk (to humans) remains unless countries develop good control of transmission in birds," he told Reuters.
CIDRAP's story includes a look back at what WHO issued the last time it gave flu guidance in 2005. Note emphasis on the containment strategy.
The World Health Organization has published a new pandemic influenza preparedness plan that puts increased emphasis on the possibility of delaying a flu pandemic to buy time for improving the world's defenses against it.
There has been a bird flu outbreak in Seoul.
No PEOPLE in Seoul have bird flu, based on this report....
but it hasn't stopped people from flocking (sorry) to their doctors.
Supari continues to talk in Indonesia, emphasizing cultural issues at heart of dispute with US.
Bill Gates will go to Indonesia to talk influenza vaccine.
Officials in York, PA are urged to have a pandemic plan.
Massachusetts schools have a plan to close during a pandemic.
A pandemic flu outbreak could force the schools to close for up to four weeks, or more if 30 percent of the district’s students and teachers become ill.
Weymouth High School would become a secondary hospital to receive patients who are seriously ill if South Shore Hospital is inundated during a pandemic.
“When you get to a 30 percent absenteeism rate, it will be time to close the schools down,” said Elaine Pisciottoli, a coordinator for the school district’s emergency crisis response management during a recent school committee meeting.
Trent University is looking at the need for better anti-virals, especially as Tamiflu resistance grows.